Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
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The historic Fisherman’s Wharf is one of San Francisco’s must-visit spots. Even getting there is an experience in itself—you can hop on a classic cable car from downtown. Dine at a scenic waterfront restaurant (try the famous sourdough bread bowl), explore the area’s shops and art galleries, check out the street performances and don’t miss the historic WWII submarine—the USS Pampanito. You can catch all these highlights on a walking, bike or big bus tour. Stay for the magnificent sunset views and if you’re lucky, you might even spot the mischievous sea lions at Pier 39. – Tripadvisor
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Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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  • Nayrex
    Toronto, Canada72 contributions
    Walk About Fun
    We loved coming back to our old haunts here in Fisherman's Wharf. There is so much to see and the food is outstanding. Despite COVID we made our way back and the atmosphere didn't disappoint. There are a bunch of great restaurants to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All are great.
    Visited August 2022
    Written December 7, 2022
  • Travelsotl1990
    Sydney, Australia65 contributions
    Stay here not Union Square!
    For us we spent so much time down here. Most trips started from here eg Muir woods, or Alkatraz. That we thought why on earth did most reviews suggest Union Square? Maybe if you like shopping but even that was underwhelming. For us we found nothing great about Union Square except for the little cable car which we took to (You guessed it) the wharf! There are SO many eateries down here and a nice walk to the famous Pier 39 or in the other direction and you can see the bridge in the distance. Coming from Australia we couldn't find many breakfast/brunch spots but we still managed to find something - ihop for example. It was our first time in San Fran and we loved it. we spend 5 days.
    Visited October 2022
    Written December 31, 2022
  • santaclara69
    Tumwater, Washington19 contributions
    Remembering my past.
    Although still a tourist attraction it is not what it once was. The famous Alioto's Restaurant is closed and Fisherman's Grotto soon will be. We did have bread chowder bowls for lunch and walked along the water's edge. We stumbled upon on took a 2 hour boat tour on the Bay called Bridge to Bridge. It was a beautiful clear sunny day with mild wind. A surprise for December.
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 9, 2023
  • Ebru A
    Ankara, Türkiye1,096 contributions
    The Attraction Point at the Waterfront
    The Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the places to visit in San Fransisco. You can spend almost all day over there by shopping, sittin and having somethings at the restaurants and bars. You can also have many choices to take pictures and learning much about the history of San Fransisco marine commerce.
    Visited April 2022
    Written January 21, 2023
  • Jen P
    El Segundo, California14 contributions
    Not as touristy as I expected
    Lots of things to see and do here. Easily spent 4 hours here and it was clean and safe and had tons to do. If I had kids with me, I could probably spend more time even. This was a must go for a first time here.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 1, 2023
  • dawnenator
    Singapore, Singapore593 contributions
    A fun way to spend a day
    Locals hate it and there's a lot of hype, but it's a really enjoyable way to spend half a day, or a day, just walking around, eating and shopping. For us, this was the first return visit after more than ten years, so it was nice to be back. Beware bad restaurants at Pier 39, such as The Hook (B-01). Prices are deceptive, but it's not good value and in fact some of the food was downright awful. But do try Chioppino's. Great service and delicious food.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 4, 2023
  • bluebell101
    Hampshire, United Kingdom582 contributions
    It was alright.
    You see it in the movies, so it's on your wish list when on a Californian road trip. It appears very run down, could do with a lick of paint and updating. Restaurants and shops are ok. Theres a bakery there and the smell of the bread being baked was lovely.
    Visited September 2022
    Written March 6, 2023
  • stay99
    Miami, Florida33 contributions
    Must see & eat..
    One thing I need to point out is that fisherman‘s wharf is not that close to Ghirardelli square we thought we could walk it but we decided to take a quick cab over to it. Also we ate at Ghirardelli Square, and I wish we would’ve waited because there’s so many more options at fisherman‘s wharf. It is a seafood lover‘s Paradise
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 6, 2023
  • Raymond Abeltun
    Trondheim, Norway443 contributions
    Touristy, but iconic
    Does not give the authentic feeling of a place of importance that it probably once had. Allt of restaurants and ALLT of tourists. But nevertheless its a place you feel you need to experience when visiting SF. Had a excellent lunch at one of many good seafood restaurants.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 8, 2023
  • Olde_biL
    Markham, Canada1,112 contributions
    A must do, once, if only for the photo op.
    It's a tourist haunt and, I suppose, a must do if visiting San Francisco. Even if it's in the rain and for the sake of getting a selfie with the sign. For us, its plus is the other things that are close by, included are: Boudin's for it's iconic Sourdough bread and its Clam Chowder in a Sourdough bread bowl, a couple of iconic San Francisco cable car lines, Ghirardelli Square, and an In-n-Out burger. Specifically for our family, it's home to many, many souvenir shops that lets us play our usual game in which we compete to see who can find the tackiest souvenir. Fisherman's Wharf is easy to get to by SF public transit i.e., the Muni. It's served by many bus, streecar, cablecar, and trolley lines. From there you can easily get to other tourist destinations such as Pier 39/Embarcadaro, Lombard St., Chinatown, and so on. Enjoy, just don't expect a lot beyond lots of opportunity to separate you from your money.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 30, 2023
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Joanne
Lake Mary, FL1,749 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Solo
It is a bit on the touristy side. But there is a lot to do with a free machine museum and the USS Pampanito. They are worth a visit. The views of the bay and bridges are fantastic, pictures can't get the visual effect. Some street performers do set up quickly and are a bit on the loud side with their music.
Written November 22, 2023
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,481 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
We took the cable car from Powell street here albeit somewhat disrupted thanks to APEC. It is very touristy but the highlights were sea lions at pier 39 and some crab chowder. A fun place to visit.
Written November 13, 2023
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Dr Javed Rasheed
Kurnool, India2,685 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Visited this landmark on 14th of May 2023. A must visit landmark when one is in San Francisco. Fisherman’s Wharf, on the northern waterfront, is one of the city's busiest tourist areas. Souvenir shops and stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls appear at every turn, as do postcard views of the bay, Golden Gate and Alcatraz. There are a lot of restaurants that one can visit and usually very crowded with tourists and it’s difficult to secure a place on the weekend. Visited and had a late lunch here in one of the sea food restaurants located there.
Dr. Javed Rasheed
Written October 27, 2023
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BillyF
83 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
Despite the wonderful setting this area is dirty, run down and has too many people. It needs a complete revamp to bring it up to date as it all feels tired and dated. The food offerings are much as you’d expect - all selling the same poor quality over priced food. Multiple places selling clam chowder, over priced and over rated. And gift shops selling the usual rubbish that will end up in landfill. Didn’t feel safe here and couldn’t wait to leave.
Written October 26, 2023
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BBB-MLJ
London, UK355 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Quite expensive but good for a look. The seals are too far away to see properly or photograph.
Grab a coffee, sit down and people watch - more interesting than the shops.
Written October 21, 2023
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LAP
17 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
Not much to see. But plenty of vendors offering "World Famous Everything under the Sun" at super inflated prices.
An absolute tourist trap. Walk through without buying any overpriced, overpromised wares, then leave.
Don't buy anything, just walk through and leave. Avoid buyers remorse.

Written October 11, 2023
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,407 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Intereating area and lots of different things going on. Restaurants bars and shops. Great views of the bay. Worth a visit.
Written October 8, 2023
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Janis Y
Palo Alto, CA113 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Solo
Used to love this place! But after the pandemic, everything changed. Many stores closed, but few new places open. Will go to another attraction instead. SF tourism is slowly picking up, maybe soon the international tourists come back, and this famous place will awake again. :)

Best wishes!
Written October 3, 2023
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Anne E
Salt Lake City, UT69 contributions
Sep. 2023
Good place to walk and eat fresh seafood. Some of the area seems a bit run down and sketchy, though, so don't expect a pristine waterfront with swanky shops. I had some good chowder in a sourdough breadbowl at Cioppino's.
Written October 2, 2023
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63impala
Stoneham, MA1,248 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
2nd time here in 15 years and it seems like it has gotten even better. This is a place that you can spend an entire day here. To me this is the heart of San Francisco!
Written October 1, 2023
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FISHERMAN'S WHARF - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Fisherman's Wharf admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost C$37.95, while a popular guided tour starts around C$12.18 per person.

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