Went to Yabbies tonight for the first time in a while and I was very impressed. We arrived at 6:30 and the restaurant was almost emplty. By the time we left (around 8), every table was filled.
The first thing I noticed was how reasonable the prices are. Most appetizers are around $7-8 and the entrees range from $13-19, with several selections around $14.
We started with a selection of a half dozen oysters. All were incredibly fresh amd the Kamamoto were particularly noteworthy, almost floral in the finish.
Followed that up with clams in a smoky broth, which was excellent and very generous at $7.50. With that we had seared diver scallops served with a dungeoness crab salad. The scallops were cooked to perfection and were excellent. Our last dish was the tuna poke, which is diced tuna tossed with cucumber, soy sauce, cilantro and other spices. An excellent, spicy dish.
Service was very proficient. A red wine we ordered was served too warm and the staff gladly placed it in the fridge for a few minutes to bring it to the correct temperature.
Yabbies has one of the best wine lists in San Francisco. Prices on many of the wines are just slightly over retail, many hard to find wines are offered, and the selection is wide ranging. We sampled a Ponzi Pinot Gris and a Joseph Swan Pinot Noir(very earthy and tannic), both of which were wonderful.
After visiting Yabbie's again I was reminded of how much I love it. I think it is a tremendous bargain for the quality of food, and the wine list makes me want to go back tomorrow. Higlhy, highly recommended for seafood and wine lovers.
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