In the 1930s the building that houses this restaurant was a meeting hall for local fishermen. In 1946 Tarantino's Italian Restaurant opened as a ... More
Tarantino's Italian Restaurant
In the 1930s the building that houses this restaurant was a meeting hall for local fishermen. In 1946 Tarantino's Italian Restaurant opened as a sidewalk cafe serving sandwiches and salads. Today, an outdoor cafe still serves lighter fare, while upstairs the restaurant offers a more elegant dining experience, complete with a full view of the Bay and live piano music. The house specialties are the pasta dishes, such as Penne Rustica , which is penne pasta with scallops, swordfish, prawns and mussels in a garlic cream sauce. The restaurant also serves a variety of vegetarian entrees. The service is friendly and quick.
Had dinner reservation there on the 4th of July and was seated immediately after we arrived. The service was quick and the food was pretty good. I wouldn't say it was worth the price given we had better meals in different cities for the same price, but it goes with the older wharf feel. The appearance of the restaurant is a little run down but still has a nice view. The server rushed us a little, understandably given it was a busy holiday night. Overall, the food and experience was ok but I wouldn't return there again. Would rather try somewhere else in that area.
Today I walked to Fisherman's Wharf for the first time in years; I am a local and also a restaurant owner in San Francisco. The day was glorious and I sat at a sidewalk table. The manager was really friendly - my 1/2 crab and clam chowder was really delicious; it made me remember the charm of the area and why our visitors love to spend time there...good news also is that they have 3-hr. validated parking which makes it even more inviting. I plan on returning and dining in the upstairs dining room which looks out to the Bay...
The wait staff at Tarantinos knows so much about the food and what wine or beer to have with each entree. They really care that you are having an experience, not just a meal. The next time I go, I want Tamaira to be my server agian.
The clam chowder tasted like uncooked paste.The crab cakes were fishey tasting.This place has gone so far down hill its not funny.With out a doubt the worse meal I have ever had in San Francisco bar none.
We stopped at the sidewalk cafe and had fish & chips and Fried Shrimp. The fish was really bad and the french fries were cold & soggy. The shrimp was ok. I would try another place in Fisherman's Wharf.
I am embarrassed that this once apparently fine restaurant has gone to the dogs. I had company in from out of town last week and they were kind enough to treat me to dinner. They chose Tarantino's and I am so sorry they did. Not only was the food mediocre at best, the service was poor. There was not enough wait staff on duty and our particular waiter was not experienced at all. We waited so long for our meals that we considered getting up and walking out at one point. I ordered a Shrimp Louie and received a shrimp salad with vinaigrette on a bed of greens not fit for consumption. If you can believe this, one of these pieces of lettuce actually got stuck in my throat--a blade of grass really--and I almost choked on it. It was all I could do to keep my composure. I would also question why Tarantino's calls this salad a Shrimp Louis when it comes without the Louis Dressing. It boggles the mind. My friends had no comment about their meals if that tells you anything and all one of them had was soup and cracked crab. One thing we have to say is the atmosphere was pleasant so if all you are going out for is atmosphere, Tarantino's is the place to go. It's a shame the food and service are so bad at this restaurant which was once a San Francisco jewel.
We decided to stop at Tarantino's beside the restaurant for a quick bite, rather than the main restaurant itself. The Crab was very good as was the clam chowder in the sour dough bread. The staff that served us ripped us off, as they threw away our receipt and gave us another one wanting to make a profit of $20 for themselves. I finally got my money back from them as they seemed very upset that we caught them. I hope the owner see's this review, be careful of that staff, they make profits for themselves. Won't go there again!
I recommend this restaurant!!! The view of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge is to die for. The food! Oh my God! Clam Chowder and the Crab cakes are a MUST. The waiters were excellent too. I have nothing but praise for this restaurant
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