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“Nice to see the vacant space being used now but still not much to see/do here.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Cannery

The Cannery
2801 Leavenworth Street at Jefferson Street, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
415 771 3112
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Ranked #101 of 220 shopping in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Shops, Malls
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: This Del Monte Fruit Company factory was converted into a shopping mall in the 1960s and continues to attract locals and tourists alike.
Hong Kong, China
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“Nice to see the vacant space being used now but still not much to see/do here.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We visited the Wharf area recently and decided to stop by The Cannery again to see if things had improved since our visit last year.

The good news is that the large number of vacant shops and empty space found here last year is now being occupied by the Academy of Art University. This is a good thing as it was just sad to see so much dead space in this renovated historical location.

Unfortunately, this particular tenant offers little reason to visit the Cannery, thus rendering it very limited as a shopping and dining location on the Wharf. There is a large bar, an ice-cream shop and a fun souvenir shop called Garage on the ground floor. A few other businesses occupy similar space on the street facing side of The Cannery, but that is pretty much it. Most of the interior of the building is being used by the University.

Overall, while in a much better state of affairs compared to last year, there remains little to see/do at The Cannery. Of note, however, is the good restaurant called Blue Mermaid that is right next door, serving genuinely very good clam chowder, much better than anything we've ever found in the more touristy areas of the Wharf.

Visited September 2012
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“Nice, but lacks business”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

There's not much going on here--it may only be interesting if you know the history of the place. There is a Las Margaritas that looked fun and has a great patio area, there's also an bar inside the courtyard that looked good. Looks like a great place to go at night.

Visited April 2012
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“Very nice looking building, strangely missing businesses and activity.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

Little seems to have changed since fellow TA Poster - DJ_guy's post from December 2010. The Cannery building itself looks very nice and seems primed to be a great little shopping centre and restaurant area. However, there are a lot of vacancies beyond the street level shops on Jefferson and as a visitor, we found the place strangely quiet and lacking in shops, restaurants, people and activity.

There is a good souvenir shop on the ground floor and a bar, Jack's bar that seems to dominate the far side of the Cannery. Both can be accessed directly from Jefferson street where there is a lot of tourist action. Beyond these two businesses, and cute little Ice Cream shop, the Cannery seems to quickly and eerily become devoid of energy, shops and just feels like something is wrong with the place.

At present, The Cannery is a difficult place to recommend considering the number of very good attractions in the area. Hopefully it will develop into a better option for visitors in time.

Visited September 2011
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“Where did it all go?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2010

I'd been to the Cannery decades ago, and it was a bustling marketplace. Last weekend I returned. We visited the Wharf Garage on the first level. Interesting store. There was also a bicycle rental place on the same level that was closed, temporarily. We took the elevator to the second level and found...nothing. Nothing but vacancies. There must be more somewhere, according to their website, but you couldn't see anything open at all from the second floor. I guess most business has shifted to Pier 39.

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“Not well-known but many options”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2008

I stumbled upon the Cannery on my way to Fisherman's Wharf. It's not as well known as the other notable areas of the Wharf, but it has its share of interesting shops and dining options.

What drew me in was a sign for Norman's Ice Cream shop naming it as the best in San Francisco. It's a small shop, but it has a wide variety of ice cream and dessert options, including some exotic tropical flavors. For a touristy area, the prices are reasonable and probably cheaper than the nearby ice cream franchises. There is an open outdoor area where there are sometimes musical acts playing, so it's a fun place to grab a bite.

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