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Fisherman's Wharf

Jefferson Street, Between Hyde and Powell Streets, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
+1 415-673-3530
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As featured in 3 days in San Francisco
Ranked #65 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Drinking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Yes, it is over-the-top touristy, although it has one or two high points.  Yet, for some reason, Fisherman's Wharf is San Francisco's most popular... more »
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Fisherman's Wharf is a great place to see and tick off the list of places you want to go, but don't expect too much, its just waiting for tourists to grab your money. Lots of restaurants and junk shops but a great place to while away a couple of hours in the evening walking up and down to see whats... More

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Calgary, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I had long looked forward to visiting Fisherman's Wharf on my first SF visit and have to say it turned out a little disappointing. It is certainly a very vibrant area but sadly insanely busy and bursting with tacky souvenir shops. If crowds are not your thing head for the marina area and Ghirardelli Square / The Cannery, or the... More

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Athens, Alabama
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99 reviews 99 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

No good restaurants just good snack vendor type food. Great place to walk to with places to sit and enjoy view. Has few kids activities. Just OK

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

What an awesome place, we loved it, so much atmosphere, great shopping and so much to take in. There was a VERY expensive little fruit shop, he doesn't advertise his prices, any wonder! but it was the best fruit we have ever had, was well worth the small loan taken out to buy some strawberries, cherries and the best nectarine... More

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Fernhurst, England, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The best is the sealions, all the rest is noise, smells, loads of people and food shops . Beggars on the street corners ruin the experience (come on city council do something about the problem) Avoid the the camera shops, when it sounds like a good deal it is (for the shop owner, not you). Go there with an open... More

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Ballwin, Missouri, United States
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Fishermans warf is a fun place but don't expect too much authenticity. The Fishermans Grotto resturant is OK the service and the food is good. The decour is old fashioned but nice. I can't give it too high a review but for it's location it is what you may expect.

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

As a local (living in SF since 2003), I avoid fisherman's wharf altogether and steer all my visiting friends away from visiting the wharf. It isn't representative of SF and doesn't really offer much to tourist. I always feel sorry that people had to eat at anyone of those joints when they could have enjoyed so many other treasures of... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It's a mix of sounds, colors and smells. You'll probably see too many people, but that's not a problem. Unlike, everybody will show joy and fun. Try to eat all kinds of foods and buy some souvenirs.

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Mamou, Louisiana
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159 reviews 159 reviews
100 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Would be very nice if the city would get the panhandlers off the streets. Ruins the experience when you are constantly approached.

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East Midlands
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This place is commercialism and consumerism at their worst. It is just horrible. The whole area is full of chinese owned and run shops selling tat made in China. And I mean REAL TAT that you would never normally spend money on under any circumstances. Disgusting hot dogs, clam chowder galore, candy floss can you believe?, something called 'salt-water taffy'... More

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