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Old Fisherman's Wharf

Monterey, CA
831-649-6544
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Ranked #19 of 58 activities in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Neighborhoods
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: Monterey Fisherman Wharf Area has restaurants, unique tourist shops, whale watching opportunities, bay cruises,and fishing and sailing excursions. more »
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Fremont, California
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1,030 reviews 1,030 reviews
620 attraction reviews
742 helpful votes 742 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We enjoy going to Fisherman Wharf area for the views of Monterey Bay. Our favorite place to dine is at the end of the wharf area called Rappa's Seafood Restaurant. The views from that end of the wharf are breathtaking; there are sea lions at play, boats coming in and going out, kayaks gliding by, etc. If one does not... More

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Park City, Utah
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The wharf is huge. There are restaurants serving fresh seafood and passing out samples to tempt you to come into their place! There are also fresh seafood cups to go. The shops have lower prices for items then Cannery Row. You can also see seals perched on top of docks and buoys making lots of noise! Very cute! The whale... More

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reno nv
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187 reviews 187 reviews
61 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have been coming here for years!! When my kids were small they enjoyed the man wiih the cute little monkey just as you arrived. He is gone now but the rest is still the same Many free samples of clam chowder handed out in front of each restaurant and all the stands selling roasted garlic a real treat and... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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92 reviews 92 reviews
56 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you dislike the super tourists stuff with tons of people walking around than skip this. We walked around the area on our way to cannery row, just 30min to 1 hr is all you need. I would recommend food and drinks out at cannery row instead (also very touristy but better options).

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Turku, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

but it's still worth visiting. Yes, of course you have to pay for parking as you do everywhere else. There are free clam chowder samples at almost every restaurant. If you walk to the Wharf #2 you can see more boats and sea lions, a few more restaurants and a nice sand beach. There is also a nice local market... More

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Ankeny, Iowa
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22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is my must-go place every time I visit Monterey. I miss its short, narrow, yet exciting walking street with over a dozen of seafood restaurants lining up on both sides until its end. Here I could have the best seafood in town. In my past March visit, I had tried a couple of free, tasty samples of clam chowder... More

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Medina, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

A lot of beggars around. Very low level tourist stores and you have to pay to park. We stayed 5 mins.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Uglly and shabby. Go to the coast guard pier to see Sealions, go to Cannery row for a stroll and restaurants, go kayaking or biking on the recreational trail - just don't waste your time here.

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Paradise Valley, AZ
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If you like crowds, noise, tacky t-shirt and souvenir shops and average quality restaurants, this is the place for you. Hawkers yell at you to come in and eat at their overpriced restaurants, while beggars ask you for spare change. Do yourself a favor and skip it entirely - head to Cannery Row or the U.S.Coastguard wharf nearby. You can... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Expected more from Monterey, average town and disappointing wharf. If your in the area try Carmel, beautiful town , lovely houses and restaurants with very scenic coastal drive.

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