On a followup visit to Cafe Maritime on Lombard, we found the food so much improved it bears posting.
Our group of six enjoyed wonderful fresh oysters to start, and went straight to entrees for this lighter dinner. My sister loved her seared ahi, which was crusted with sesame seeds and served on rice reminscent of sushi, with a salad of vegetables julienne. Although this sounds fairly common, the flavors really sparkled, making this dish worth seeking out. I loved my salmon, served with an excellent chopped salad and soft polenta - thje flavors really worked together and I wanted to make sure to get some of all three with each bite. Others at the table were also impressed with the cool simplicity of the food -- they aim to create a real seafood restaurant in San Francisco, and they succeed with good ingredients well-handled.
I was also bowled over by the service, we were well-attended to although they clearly got slammed mid-way through dinner on a Sunday night. And they went to pains to make sure we had a table where we could keep our stroller alongside, and where we had some room to maneuver without disturbing other guests.
I appreciated the wine list, while others favored some [generously poured] mixed drinks.
It's good to see this place hit its stride. We definitely plan to return when the urge for well-prepared fish strikes.