When you have visitors who want a classic SF seafood experience, take them to Sotto Mare. The walls of this North Beach spot are covered in toy boats, wooden steering wheels, and other nautical memorabilia, and the bar is always full of people eating huge portions of Italian-American seafood dishes. Their cioppino is solid, but our favorite thing here is the linguine with seafood - get it with the cream sauce - that has shrimp, clams, squid, diver scallops, and mussels. It’s so big it could feed the entire 49ers defensive line. And if they have branzino as a special, order it - their pan-fried version with butter and capers is as old-school as it gets.
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Church Key in North Beach is where we head when we want to drink good beer and listen to better music.
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