Bernstein's Fish Grotto

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Bernstein's Fish Grotto was a popular restaurant in San Francisco, California, USA that operated from 1912 to 1981.


Opened by Maurice Bernstein (1886-1932) in 1907,[1] Bernstein's Fish Grotto was known for its unique entrance, a ship's bow jutting into the sidewalk. It was intended to be a reproduction of Christopher Columbus' ship Niña. Inside the restaurant, the marine theme continued. Bernstein's had seven dining rooms styled to look like ship's cabins:[2] the Fisherman's Cave, the Pilot Room, the Sun Deck, the Main Salon, the Cabin Nooks, the Upper Deck, and the Porthole Counter. The sister restaurant in Los Angeles, was also known for its Coo-Coo Clams from Coo-Coo Cove.[3]

Located at 123 Powell Street, near the end of the cable car line, the Grotto was a popular tourist attraction for many years.[4]

Bernstein's Fish Grotto closed in 1981. There is now a Uniqlo retail store on the site.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Bernstein's Fish Grotto, 123 Powell Street. San Francisco". Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Message in a bottle". Life Magazine. November 18, 1940. p. 24. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  3. ^ Federal writers project of the Works Progress Administration (compiled 2011). Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City of Angels. University of California Press. p. xliii. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Riegler, Shax (2011). Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates. New York: Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing Company, Inc. p. 216. ISBN 978-1-57965-412-2.

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Coordinates: 37°47′09″N 122°24′29″W / 37.78593°N 122.40796°W / 37.78593; -122.40796