"With our pier-to-plate menu, we harken back to when Fisherman’s Wharf was about the fishermen." -The Scoma Family
For the last 58 years, Scoma’s has set out to illustrate its story with its ever-evolving pier-to-plate menu. Our famous clam chowder was called one of the best clam chowder recipes in the country by Newsweek Magazine. The Lazy Man’s Cioppino, Scoma’s original take on the classic seafood stew, and the ever-popular crab cakes are also among diner’s favorites. When in season, fresh local Dungeness crab, petrale sole, sand dabs, and halibut star on the menu. Certified by the Aquarium of the Bay Sustainable Seafood Alliance, Scoma’s is committed to serving 100 percent sustainable seafood and supporting local fishers and farms. The well-appointed bar is known for the 1965 Manhattan, aged 1965 hours in charred oak barrels, the signature Bloody Mary and a variety of seasonal hand-crafted cocktails. The award-winning wine list includes several popular wines on tap rescuing thousands of bottles a year from the waste stream.
"We started with six stools and our Mother’s recipes as a restaurant for fishermen and soon became the place that served their daily catch." -The Scoma Family
In 1965, when brothers Al and Joe Scoma heard about a small coffee shop on the Wharf that was for sale, little did they know they were on the road to creating a legendary landmark restaurant. The brothers bought the tiny, six-stool coffee shop on Pier 47 that served local fishermen. For the Scoma brothers, this humble start began the long and ultimately successful process of turning the hidden local hang-out into one of the nation’s highest-grossing independently-owned restaurants.
Al Scoma, Founder
Al Scoma always believed in working hard, enjoying life, and being the best in the business. He attributed his success as a restaurateur to the variety of career paths he took before his restaurant days.
"You can see the timeless relationship between local fishermen and Scoma’s at work on the pier." - Gordon Drysdale | Culinary Director, Scoma’s
From the beginning, the Scoma Family forged relationships with the fishermen who defined the wharf. The family tirelessly renovated Pier 47 to fit the needs of local fishermen who wanted to sell their daily catch directly to the family. A fish receiving station was built on Scoma’s pier, where you can still watch boats drop off their catch as they arrive each morning from the Pacific Ocean.
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Locals and tourists alike laud these “old-school” “family favorites” that “keep the quality up” via “top-notch” Italian-style seafood, from “wonderful crab” to “must-try cioppino-”; the “seasoned” staff and “beautiful” waterfront views still make for “a true San Fran tradition” by most standards.