Joey Ng and Ute Bowes opened Ferry Plaza Seafood in its original San Francisco Ferry Building location in the fall of 2003. It was conceived as a classic chowder, sandwich and salad lunch/early dinner spot; a nice place to hangout with friends and family along the Bay.
As time went on, their creativity and increasingly spectacular seafood dishes began to push the limits of their little kitchen. So in December of 2013, having outgrown the small kitchen space after a 10-year run, they closed the Ferry Building location and moved the operation to the heart of North Beach, right off the corner of Columbus and Union.
Several design elements from the old location, such as the taxidermied-fish collection and reclaimed Carrera marble from the old bar, made it over the hill to the new location. The historic exterior storefront was brought back to it’s former glory with handmade ceramic tile in a brick pattern, new storefront windows and a copper entry door.