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Betty Lou's Seafood and Grill

318 Columbus Ave, Corner of Columbus & Grant, San Francisco, CA 94133-3908
+1 415-757-0569
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood risotto” (16 reviews)
“sand dabs” (10 reviews)
Closes in 5 min
Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
318 Columbus Ave, Corner of Columbus & Grant, San Francisco, CA 94133-3908
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The quality of the food is very good. And the menu is focused with just enough variety. The service is great. It feels like the servers and hostess are long lost relatives. They greet you as if you’re part of their family. The check in...More

Thank AroundTheWorld8080
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a friendly, low-key spot with an open kitchen (finishing station, really) and very good service. We had seafood risotto and seafood linguine with tomato-cream sauce. Both were loaded with seafood: little clams, big shrimp, calamari, mussels, and one big scallop. Delicious!

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came across this fantastic restaurant by accident while walking through china town en route to our hotel. We didn't have a booking but they managed to fit us in and we are glad they did.. If you are in San Francisco then this place is...More

Thank Alistair B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I called at 6pm on a Saturday night and spoke to Lou. She gave us her last reservation at 9.15pm. We arrived a little early and Lou gave us a complementary glass of wine while we waited for our table. We knew what we were...More

Thank PeterCharon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were wandering in China town and came across Betty Lou’s quite by chance. Although we did not have a reservation, we were accommodated at the bar table with a view into the kitchen. The food was excellent and we enjoyed watching the masters at...More

1  Thank Jane G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We turned up without a prior reservation but despite a very busy night and nearly full restaurant, the lady on the desk very kindly found us a table for two. My wife chose seafood risotto and I had lobster ravioli both absolutely delicious. Would highly...More

Thank Pete11560
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Called here without a reservation and were very lucky to be accommodated by the lovely lady at the door. This really is a popular place and after eating there we now understand why. I had the sauteed scallops and prawns and it was amazing. By...More

Thank TamC223
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a recommendation from some S.F residents who we met whilst hiking in Marin county. Took a gamble and turned up without a reservation on a busy Friday evening. We were found a table within 20 mins and sat at the bar surrounding the...More

1  Thank paulbaxby
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I stopped here based on a TripAdvisor search and we were not disappointed! I had the catch of the day which was Halibut and capers and my wife had the linguini seafood which also was to die for!! Great selections of wine...More

Thank Huhner
Reviewed October 12, 2018

This place was recommended by our hotel bartender and it was a great recommendation. I'm still thinking about the wok crab which is one of the best things I've ever eaten. I highly recommend Betty Lou's but make sure you call for a reservation because...More

Thank dawgtrooper
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds
of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian
ristorante come together to create the charming
neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping
grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of
North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always
suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in
the city exude as much European charm and style.
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Don't know you'd have to call to find out ! Sorry
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$45
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 318 Columbus Ave, Corner of Columbus & Grant, San Francisco, CA 94133-3908
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-757-0569
Casual, no frills, family restaurant with friendly vibe serving San Francisco classics including cioppino, sand dabs, wok crab and even a great steak. There's something for everyone!
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