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Wipeout Bar and Grill (San Francisco, USA)

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Address: 39 Pier # A02 / San Francisco / CA 94133 / USA

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      01.03.2012 14:13
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      A great place to have a chilled out meal with plenty of atmosphere

      Wipeout Bar and Grill is located at the entrance of Pier 39 in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf area and it is certainly a very colourful place that offers good food in chilled out surroundings. We wanted something nice and relaxed for lunch after a busy morning's sightseeing and we had walked past the restaurant / bar a few times and it always looked pleasantly busy, so we decided to go in for a beer and a bite to eat. Outside, the bar has been presented as a sort of beach side shack and this is an impression that carries on throughout the restaurant. On the outside there are wooden tables and chairs that are designed to look like beach picnic tables and the side of the restaurant is adorned with a huge three dimension Volkswagen camper van that presents a very chilled out style. There is also a little fire amongst the benches that looks like a kind of beach barbecue. Inside there are trinkets and souvenirs covering every possible space, from giant sharks hanging from the ceiling to beer mats on the walls. There are some huge TV screens as well where they play sports channels on loop. I loved it all because it seemed really authentically San Franciscan and was everything I'd expected from the city. A little stereotypical maybe, but that isn't always a bad thing. The food is standard bar / restaurant fare and there is quite a good selection of burgers, pizzas, fried fish and salads. The portions sizes are huge. We decided to go for the lighter bite options and my husband had a small pizza and I had clam chowder in a bread bowl, which is a very popular dish in these parts.. Both of them were far bigger than what I'd consider to be a light lunch, but they were both still reasonably priced. The pizza was absolutely packed with topping and was very tasty. My clam soup was delicious as well, although if I was to have it again I'd probably skip the bread bowl as it was an extra dollar, as compared to a regular bowl, and it meant that the bread to soup ratio was off balance. You don't need bread with the soup as it is so creamy and thick, it is a bit surplus to requirements. We had beers with our lunch (we were on holiday after all!) and my husband, mishearing what the waiter said, ended up ordering us both huge 20oz beers. It was a local beer that was pretty good and lasted even him the whole meal. This meant that our bill was less that $30 for both of us which is more than we'd normally spend on lunch. Having said that, we could have quite happily had that for dinner so the price isn't actually that bad. The service was great, the staff all very friendly and knowledgeable. The surroundings were great and the food was simple but good - I'd definitely recommend this place to any visitors.

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