Yum! Yum! Yum! Woodhouse Fish Company in San Francisco has to be the best seafood restaurant in the city. It's not overpriced like the Farrallon or dirty and bird infested like the stalls at Fisherman's Wharf. It's the real deal. Woodhouse has two locations, one Castro/Market and the other conveniently located by my house on Fillmore and Bush. The restaurant clearly was designed by someone who has been to an actual New England town like Newport, RI. Its quaint, white walls with pops of color (very Pottery Barn) with a nautical theme. The only thing about the ambiance that throws me off is the large 'electronic picture' hanging by the special board that displays a bunch of random nautical-type pics. It really doesn't jive with the overall New England theme. They don't take reservations and the restaurant is small but the tables turn over quickly. There is a nice long bar with 10 seats if you don't want to wait for a table. Come early, around 6pm for minimal to no wait.
I ventured to the Pacific Heights location with my friend Kerstin last night. It's a great place to have a meal with a vegetarian (pescatarian) friend because they can order anything off the menu and you don't have to feel bad about the limited non-meat selections. Since neither of us could decide on what to get, we split the Ciopinno and the Dungeness Crab Special, a whole crab grilled with cracked pepper and sea salt with jalapenos and green onions. OMG delicious. We both couldn't decide which was better but after much deliberation and eating, I liked the crab special the best. Some other highlights on the menu are: Crab Cakes, Stuffed Artichokes with Dungeness crab and bay shrimp, clam chowder, fish and chips and the $1 oysters on Tuesdays. Everything I have tried is great, so I am sure the other half of the menu is just as delicious. This is the best spot for seafood in the city and the beer/wine is reasonably priced.
It's Crab Season in San Francisco so go now why the little guys are fresh!!!