When the kids are ravenous after a day out at Ocean Beach or at the San Francisco Zoo, stop at Pisces California Cuisine at Judah and 38th Ave. Here’s a place where you can just walk in and enjoy good food and relaxed conversation in a warm, modern setting. They even have a daily happy hour menu, as well as a kids’ menu, crayons and paper—you’re set for a family night out.
Pick a table closer to the back if you want to enjoy the gas fireplace or closer to the street if you want to avoid your kids staring at sports (without sound) on the big TV screen above the bar.
For children, the options are pasta, chicken nuggets, grilled-cheese sandwich or beef burger. Note that portions are large and can easily be shared for small appetites, and dessert’s included (bowl of fruit or a sundae). Adults can pick from Asian fusion seafood dishes such as smoked salmon strudel with tobiko (think fried imperial roll) or crab cakes served with a sesame-mandarin sauce, as well as staples ranging from crispy calamari to mixed greens or sizzled shrimps. Sweet and sour makes appearances in the main menu with tilapia and mango salsa or lobster ravioli with strawberry vinaigrette, but the restaurant also offers classics such as a seafood cioppino, short ribs, slow cooked pork belly or angus steak. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert: the vanilla crème brûlée is a big hit with locals.
Service is attentive and friendly, and the owner can answer any questions you may have on the menu. Two prix fixe menus at $25 or $35 make the experience easy on the wallet even when you’ve missed happy hour. Note: there are no vegetarian dishes on the menu.
Pisces Californian Cuisine. www.piscessf.com. 414-3416 Judah Street, between 39th Avenue and 40th Avenue. Phone: 415.564.2233