7.3 out of 10

Fisherman's Wharf

Ranked 47th best neighborhood in San Francisco
37.8090224799465 -122.414894791239
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping Options
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Schools
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Take your visiting friends here"

Fisherman's Wharf isn't a place that the locals like to frequent. It tends to be crowded with tourists and is a slightly stressful and chaotic place. However, if you have visitors coming from out of town, then this is a mandatory area to visit.

The best part of this area has to be Pier 39. There are a lot of shops to browse through and there are many places to grab a meal if you need to (mostly chains though, like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co). After you pass the shopping area, you can walk to the end of the pier. This gives you a great view of the water, Alcatraz, and the towns across the bay. Also at the end of the pier are the famous seal lions and seals lying out on the floating docks.

Some important attractions that I would suggest seeing are the aquarium, the Alcatraz tour (it leaves from this area), and possibly a relaxing cruise or boat ride. There are some great dinner cruises that go under the Golden Gate bridge and come back in a couple hours.
Pros
  • a must for tourists
  • great for walking/peoplewatching
Cons
  • Too many chain restaurants
  • A Tourist hotspot
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Tourist mecca"

Ok, yes, the Fisherman's Wharf is cheesy and obnoxiously crowded with tourists and tourist - oriented business. But, there are some pretty cool things about the Fisherman's Wharf that most locals just don't want to admit to. For one, if you go during a non-touristy time, the view of Alcatraz is pretty spectacular. I have a weird fascination with Alcatraz even though I haven't been on a tour in years. It's weird to think that such a gnarley prison was that close to the city; and, yet, no one could escape. The Wharf holds a pretty cool view of the place and it's where you get on the boat to actually go to the island for a prison tour (which I highly recommend to tourists and locals alike).

I used to do the find a pearl in an oyster game when I was little so whenever I walk past that stand on the wharf I always feel a bit nostalgic even though it's a total rip. There are a lot of game stands and god awful restaurants at the wharf. But, if you're savvy, you can find some pretty stellar food. Boudin's is the place to go for take out clam chowder. On a foggy day (which is pretty much every day in SF), getting a bowl of this and walking over to watch the sea lions is pretty hard to beat. If you want a sit-down situation, I would recommend Chez Michael. It's way better than most of the tourist haunts and it's not expensive.

The wharf is one of those places that has remained a spectacle since its inception. It has always been a tourist haunt in much the same way that Atlantic City used to be a mecca of curiosities. There have always been weirdos around, there has always been clam chowder, and there have always been bizarre games and museums meant to rip off the tourists. It has, however, managed to avoid the skeeze factor that most other tourist haunts have collected through the years, so the Wharf, in my opinion, is not nearly as bad as people pretend it is. Granted, I wouldn't live within spitting distance of it, but those sea lions make the Wharf worth a trip.
Pros
  • Some parts are skeezy
  • a must for tourists
  • great for walking/peoplewatching
Cons
  • Wayyy too full of tourists
  • Parking is Terrible!
  • Too many chain restaurants
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Tourist Mecca and Fresh Seafood"

Located at the northernmost tip of San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf is the tourist Mecca of San Francisco. The area features picturesque waterfront views, offers family friendly attractions and plots souvenir shops and food vendors all along the main drags (great seafood spots along Beach Street).

Pier 39 in itself is a touristy spot. There you can find a carousel for the kids, a video arcade, a small 3D movie theatre showing the latest animated films and the famous sea lions celebrating their 25th anniversary as a resident of the area. Every afternoon, street artists set up booths, equip themselves with painting tools (usually spray paint canisters) and paint futuristic backdrops of San Francisco. If you walk along the harbor, you can get a tantalizing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. You might want to dress warmly though because the ocean breeze is sure to pick up. If you want to get a better glimpse of the bay, Pier 39 offers boat tours around Alcatraz and Angel Island. Some boats even offer a tour of Alcatraz prison where people can visit the cells and have former residents recount their life experiences. Another tourist hotspot is Ghiradelli square. Known for it’s popular chocolate delicacies, the old chocolate factory has evolved to incorporate many other shops and restaurants worth trying.

Dining out is always a luxury in this neighborhood. Visitors have plenty of options ranging from fresh seafood to delectable bakeries but the prices aren’t cheap. A great restaurant for tourists is Boudin, a quick style bakery where there is an intricate conveyor belt system filled with bread loafs that hover over the customers.

Nightlife in this area is a bit scarce. However, Fiddler’s Green is a trendy two-story spot with a larger than life dance floor. The place is usually overcrowded on weekends, so get there early to secure yourself a spot and avoid the cover.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"No One Lives Here But the Sea Lions"

Fisherman’s Wharf is mostly just for checking out the tourists or bringing friends visiting from other parts of the country. I really only come down here on two occasions. My elementary school age son loves it here. He loves to look at the sea lions (seals? I’m terrible with even the simplest of animal ID’s) and he loves the Rain Forest Café. I guess it is definitely the whole wild life theme that gets him.
I could really spend all day with him hanging out, checking out the Peruvian flute players, the robot guy, the jugglers, going on the carousel and all that. I take him here at least twice a year. Now that we are in the city we will probably do it more. It’s a good time and doesn’t have to be that expensive if you walk there and go to the cheap places on the pier.
It’s also cool if you want to see tourists from other countries. You can literally hear a dozen languages by just standing around.
I also come here whenever someone from out of town is visiting. I’ve played t
Pros
  • Fun for Young kids
  • a must for tourists
  • great for walking/peoplewatching
Cons
  • Parking is Terrible!
  • Overpriced in every way
  • Wayyy too full of tourists
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
2yrs+

"Bring Your Tourist Friends Here"

The reviews of Fisherman's Wharf always crack me up, because they are SO searingly bad through the eyes of locals. The most important thing to keep in mind is that if you are a local, you will NOT hang out here, as the area is designed entirely as a tourist stop. The only times I have ever been here have been with out-of-town visitors, and the place is such a spectacle that it is even worth the trip.

Street artists have a stronger presence here than in any other neighborhood in San Francisco which is nice for several reasons. First and foremost, they provide some entertainment value for those seeking it. Second, and perhaps more importantly, they are here for the people who want to see them and therefore do not get in the way of people in other parts of the city who want nothing to do with break dancers and moving statues.

The tourist vibe extends beyond the street artists to the entertainment, which includes everything from a cheap Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum knockoff, to a Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, to boat tours, to the overpriced food of Hard Rock Cafe. Beyond this restaurant, the food is actually pretty good for a tourist trap and includes an abundance of seafood spots (all claiming to serve the best crab in San Francisco), clam chowder (usually with bacon - non-meat eaters beware!) and all the Ghiradelli chocolate any woman could ever ask for. Not too shabby for tourist central.

Beyond that, you will find your fair share of souvenir shops (all set in the venue of an outdoor mall), Gray Line tour buses, and boat cruises leaving Piers 39-45. It's not for locals, but it gives a huge injection of San Francisco stereotype to anyone looking for foggy, chocolate-covered Rice-a-Roni. And hey, it can even be fun every so often, in the same way that New Yorkers can find Times Square fun.

As a matter of fact, San Franciscans should be thanking Fisherman's Wharf for pulling all of the cheesy tourist things to one centralized area that is out of the way of their daily commute and far enough removed from the rest of the city that they can avoid it at all costs without even trying. Take that, Times Square!
Pros
  • Good food
  • a must for tourists
  • for artists and art lovers
  • great for walking/peoplewatching
Cons
  • Wayyy too full of tourists
  • Overpriced in every way
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Fisherman's Wharf - A Must See for Tourists"

Everyone that has ever come to visit me is always amazed by Fisherman's Wharf. I've seen it a dozen times or so and I am always so amazed at how pleased they are after visiting it. Most recently, my father came for a visit and it reminded me of why everyone who visits San Francisco needs to visit there.

Sure, Fisherman's Wharf is a touristy part of the city. It's filled with gift and souvenir shops, sketch artists, jewelry crafts and food you can eat out of a bread bowl. What's not to love?

What's there to see? Well for starters, a must see is Pier 39. Not only is it like a little boardwalk, which is great if you have kids, but there's also a little amusement carousel, and on the weekends a live magician plus let's not forget the sea lions! They have been a historic part of Pier 39 for decades.

The second thing to do is to stop by Pier 45 for lunch for live seafood that just came in off the docks. Fresh Dungeness crab, lobster, clams, muscles, and much more and don't forget to get the chowder in the famous sour dough bread bowl.

The third thing to see, is also at Pier 45 and is the Musee Mecanique, a large privately owned collection of antique coin-operated automatic mechanical musical instruments, video games and pinball machines. Games cost anywhere from a nickel to fifty-cents and change machines are located throughout.

Just outside the Musee Mecanique at Pier 45 is the USS Pampanito submarine, opened to the public seven days a week. (Check http://www.maritime.org/pamphome.htm for hours of operation). For historians, this is great site to visit since the Pampanito is a historic fleet from World War II that sank six Japanese ships and damaged four others.

As you head West down Beach Street from Pier 39 you can see Alcatraz and Angel Island across the Bay and a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Walk a little further West down past the Maritime Museum and to your left is the famous Ghiradelli Square. These days Ghiradelli Square has evolved into much more than just a location for the famous chocolate factory. There is now Kara's Cupcakes, wine tasting at Cellar360, tea and biscuits at Crown and Crumpet, and soon a spin off from San Francisco renowned chef, Chef Gary Danko. You should also check out the variety of shops below the square. If it's cold and you need to warm up, you can always stop by the Buena Vista down the block for one of their famous Irish Coffees.

But before you leave the Wharf, you must do what even the locals do on their way to work some days, which is take a cable car ride up the steep hill of Hyde Street. When you get to Mason St, hop off and check out the Cable Car Museum. The cable car is an essential part of San Francisco history and has been around since 1873.

Enjoy!
Pros
  • a must for tourists
  • great for walking/peoplewatching
  • very cosmopolitan
  • for artists and art lovers
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Pier, aquarium, chocolate, water!"

One of San Francisco’s biggest tourist attractions is the Fisherman’s Wharf. Tourists themselves aren’t the only reason that keeps the Fisherman’s Wharf busy, but also San Franciscans themselves who come to the Fisherman’s Wharf knowing the attractions there, the food, sea views, etc. Some places specifically get the most attention here, such as Pier 39 where you’ll find tons of souvenir shops, small snack/treat shops, an arcade (not sure if it still exists or not), clothing shops, great view of the bay waters, and many fishermen. Another place that gets a lot of attention is the Aquarium of the Bay. I was a camp counselor for three years, and for each of those years, there was at least once where we brought the kids to the Aquarium of the Bay. The aquarium is one thing to not be missed by tourists, who wouldn’t want to see the beautiful aquatic life of the bay while standing on a motorized moving belt. At the end of the aquarium ride/tour, you’ll reach a big room with several large pools of water, and there you’ll get to see small fishes such as sting rays, sharks, etc. You even get to pet them, but with professionals nearby to make sure you don’t do anything stupid or harm the animals. Ghiradelli is also very well known here. Great ice cream and chocoloate!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Fish and Tourists Smell After Three Days - Ben Franklin"

Distasteful, overfed, smelly, loud, and ill-mannered. Who knew that the seals and tourists had so much in common? If you want a French clown doll, a romanticized whale painting, or a thong that says San Francisco, you have come to the right place. The chocolate, seafood, views, and shopping are supposed to be better all around here. Even though I don’t live in SF, I still understand that the tourist dollars keep people employed and these days that’s a good thing. The Wharf is largely flat and in its offerings, homogenized. If this makes it a more accessible San Francisco for individuals from, say, Wisconsin, that’s a good thing. Go on a weekday if you must go. My two favorite days spent here, of the dozen or so times I have been here, include the time I went on the Alcatraz tour and the second time I went on the Alcatraz tour. The first time, I listened to the audio self-guided tour. The current cost is $26. If you don’t want to listen to the audio, you can get a refund for that part of your ticket price (it’s included). The second time I went, still a day tour – though I’ve heard the night tour is phenomenal, I chose to listen to my own soundtrack of Fugazi, Bauhaus, Muse, and the like. You get tickets for the boat ride out there at Pier 33 (Look for the so-so performance artists). The walk itself in and around the Wharf is brisk with salty sea air. I love to run here when I am staying with friends for the weekend. The people watching is great and I can always catch a good pastry at DeLise (a combination of the owners’ names) on Powell. If I’ve run far enough, I will get two treats. Although they change their menu a little seasonally, I can usually count on finding the bacon maple scone and lavender madelines. Flaky buttery happiness.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great Place to Visit"

Very Busy Location, lots of tourism, lots of shops for souvenirs, nice view of the bay, good view of Alcatraz, good food choices, choices for parking are limited, restroom facilities are not close by, fun for sight seeing and tourist attraction. Lovely place to take your family for vacation to visit in San Francisco area if you are there for visiting or sight seeing. Trolleys, cable cars, buses, and taxis are all available modes of transportation. People seem to be very nice and very helpful.Great view of the bay and Alcatraz. Good place for boat tours around the bay and near Alcatraz.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A nice area to visit or stay for a short while."

It's a good area. Lively, entertaining, diverse- but a bit noisy as well. I've visited friends there many times and enjoyed it, there's always something to do. On the other hand many of them move away quickly, it's alright for a short stay, but it tends to become annoying after a while. But for younger people and or if you're planning on sharing the place, it's perfect.
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"One local's alternative advice"

Fisherman’s Wharf is a part of San Francisco that visitors flock to and most local residents avoid. More of a manufactured version of San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf is full of overpriced low-quality restaurants and touristy shops hocking t-shirts and knick-knacks. Almost all tour buses and boats embark from Fisherman’s Wharf and visiting cruise ships off-load visitors by the hundreds. Not that Fisherman’s Wharf does not have its charms. The view of the Bay is lovely, the sunbathing sea lions in the marina are entertaining, and the Musee Mechanique awesomely creepy and definitely worth visiting. Also, be on the lookout for The Bushman, a man who has made a career out of dressing up as a shrub and jumping out of bushes and scaring unsuspecting tourists. It can be quite hilarious to watch.

There is one Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant worth finding, Scoma’s, a seafood restaurant set off of the main strip and located right on the docks. Scoma’s is a classic San Francisco institution and its white tablecloths and tuxedoed waiters harkens back to an earlier era. The seafood is loaded fresh off of boats every morning, and they stir up a mean Manhattan.

Another glorious thing to do—especially on a foggy summer day or chilly winter night is to bundle up and catch the cable car at the Powell Street station, near Union Square. Ride the cable car over Nob Hill, through Chinatown, Russian Hill all the way to the end of the line in Fisherman’s Wharf to the Buena Vista, an establishment that claims to have invented the Irish coffee. Order a round, or two and find yourself a seat near the panoramic window and warm yourself as you gaze dreamily out at the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Go for the chocolate!"

At first, Fisherman’s Wharf may just sound like an old dock where there are some fisherman hanging out. However, San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is nothing at all like that. In fact, this neighborhood is a pretty big tourist attraction. However, in the early days of San Francisco, this region really was where immigrant fisherman fished for crab. Luckily, there are still some fisherman in this part of town. They haven’t all been driven out by the tourists!

This area is situated on the waterfront and the streetcar turns directly though the area. Fisherman’s Wharf is home to a ton of tourist activities including The Aquarium Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Pier 39 and even a Wax Museum. Of course, there are also lots of restaurants serving seafood. Be sure to get the SF experience and get a sourdough bread bowl.

Of course, you will want to eat at Ghirardelli’s. You can eat a sundae, shop for chocolate gifts and see all the machines that make up the chocolate. The chocolate does seem to taste much better when you sit at the “original” Ghirardelli’s!

While there are a variety of upsides to Fisherman’s Wharf and its definitely worth seeing once, its not one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco. It is a bit too touristy for my tastes. When I was there, I found there to be too many noisy families.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"More Than Just Fishermen"

Not necessarily a quiet neighborhood for raising a family, Fisherman's Wharf is definitely a must for taking the family for a day or two. One of the most famous attractions of San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf is located on Pier 39 and very similar to the Seattle Waterfront with novelty stores like Ripley's Believe it or not and restaurants boasting that they serve the best clam chowder in the area. Be careful of the Bushman who hides in bushes and behind branches who has become famous for leaping out and startling unsuspecting passersby for almost 30 years. Grab the family and some spending money and be sure to spend at least a day here!
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"An OK place to take the kids, but expensive."

I am glad that I paid the cost of admission to the very small aquarium here. The tunnel part was really great and it wasn't crowded that day, so my daughter and I felt we could linger. And, we really enjoyed the carousel-- got some great pictures. But, be ready to spend, spend, spend for everything. Parking was not great-- there is a multi-story garage and the rate was OK. But, it's across a street from the attractions. And, everything just seemed smaller than the build up that everyone kept giving us. Some good stuff, but some let downs. There was an overlapping bar scene that just didn't make sense to me, given the kid-friendly stuff in the area.
Recommended for
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"Tourist central"

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
2yrs+

"Fishermans Wharf, what a delight!"

On my recent trip to California, of course I had to visit Fisherman’s Wharf. I was so pleasantly surprised by it and already booked my trip to go back next year! There are so many things to do there. My favorite was the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum. I remember going to the one in Orlando and this one was bigger and better! The Cannery Shopping Center was humungous and gave me some great souvenirs. Luckily, my trip was during July and we were able to see the great fireworks show that is displayed there every Fourth of July. It was a great trip overall, and can’t wait to go back!
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Fisherman's Wharf is sooo worth visiting"

True it is a tourist attraction, but that doesn't mean it is lame! I had sooo much fun when I went there. It is pretty much like a boardwalk, but it is certainly no Atlantic City. I loved the open fish market, it really added to the atmosphere. Which leads me to my next point, if you love seafood this is the place to visit. As I mentioned there's a market where you can buy fresh fish, but if you are lazy like me there are tons of restaurants lining the wharf that serve great seafood. Also, there are a lot of shops that sell little gifts and souvenirs.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"A Tourist Trap"

As a local, I only go to Fisherman's Wharf when I'm interested in taking someone out for a tourist's look at San Francisco. It is quite a site for these purposes.

You can enjoy the ferry rides to Alcatraz from here, as well as Angel Island. You'll see human statues doing performance art. You'll hear musician's playing. You can even take a horse drawn buggy around the area.

I recommend a stop a Boudin's where you'll be able to see them making sourdough bread or enjoy the museum. The restaurant, while pricey, is quite lovely.

And an absolute must for a tourist is the ride the SF Trolly Car from Powell Street to the Wharf or back again. Be sure to dress warmly (even in the summer) because SF can get chilly and foggy and the trolly is open air. It's a beautiful opportunity to appreciate the more modern ways we travel.
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"Sightseeing made perfect"

San Francisco's world-famous Fisherman's Wharf brings with it fishing boats, souvenir shops, steaming crab and clam cauldrons, amazing seafood restaurants, and much much more. The historic street cars terminate at Fisherman's Wharf and drop you off only to be picked back up by a sight-seeing boat on the way to Alcatraz and Angel Island.

Popular shopping hot spots are Ghiradelli Square and Pier 39. There is truly something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From wineries, to chocolate factories, to bay view restaurants, the Wharf has everything a tourist could desire and more.
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"Something for everyone, if you don't mind the crowds..."

Ok, it’s a tourist trap but you have to go. It will probably take the whole day. For fish, I am not crazy about the famous places here. You are better off getting some of the sublime Dungeness crab from a street vendor and a sundae at Ghirardelli’s. Save the big meal for the Tadich Grill. Check out the loads of sea lions that sun themselves on the floating wooden pallets. Also, this is where you get a boat for the many tours of the bay. The best is the tour to Alcatraz; fascinating and worth every cent.
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"Fisherman's Wharf - popular tourist area for shopping and good seafood"

Fisherman’s Wharf is pretty much a typical tourist area. On this street you will find many stores trying to sell tourist items such as t-shirts, fake brand name sunglasses, electronics, jewelry, and clothing. Some prominent stores include the Gap, Mcdonalds, the Rainforest Café, In-n-Out, Hooters, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. The wharf is crowded everyday with tourists who are buying souvenirs, seafood, or taking a boat tour of the San Francisco Bay. Many of the road side restaurants including Pompei’s Grotto and Alioto’s have excellent shrimp, crab, and fish dishes. Also there is a certain section on the wharf where the infamous “Tree Man” will pop up behind his leaves and scare people walking by.
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