Old Fisherman's Wharf

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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,333 contributions
The Wharf was built in 1846 by a Shipping Company to bring in shipments of Lumber and all kinds of Fish – large and small – to this area. Today, the commercial area serves as a unique tourist attraction full of Seafood Restaurants and kitschy Souvenir Stores with a Pirate Theme. There is a Beach on the other side and a Pier that was safe to walk around in. Luckily, as tourists, we were able to come on a weekday, so the place was not that crowded.

We had a delicious lunch at the Rockfish Harbor Grill, and had Dessert at the Monterey Bay Creamery.

The area is chock full of docked Boats of all types and sizes, and you can even book Glass Bottomed Boats, Whale Watching Excursions and Bay Cruises right here.

Would love to come again on our next visit to the Bay Area.
Written July 24, 2022
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Erick Tseng
San Francisco, CA500 contributions
Family
Sure it's a tourist trap, but this is still a fun place to drop by and walk around when you visit Monterey. During Covid-19, it's required that you wear a mask. Otherwise, you may get fined $100. Finish distancing policies are also in place though it's really hard to follow these rules sometimes with the crowds
Written August 29, 2020
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GitchSup
Duluth, MN1,387 contributions
The Old Fisherman's wharf is a fun place to go for a walk, window shop, grab a bite to eat on the go, or find a nice restaurant to sit and have a meal. It's like a mini summer shore boardwalk with all the fun and a lot less noise. Our whale watching tour left from the end of the wharf so we had a chance to see the whole thing. If you have kids definitely stop here for a look around, all ages will like seeing taffy pulled in the windows, the seafood being sold on the walkway, and all the fun signs out in front of the shops. The only downside, if you can call it that, is the restaurants trying to do anything to get you to eat at their place, they will stop you and ask if you want to come in and eat and offer free things like appetizers or dessert.
Written June 1, 2022
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX989 contributions
Couples
We stumbled upon this place by accident and unfortunately didn't have long to visit. Its too bad considering how many shops there are. I could have easily spent hours browsing but we snapped some pictures and visited one gift shop and the candy shop. There is a fee to park that is based on how long you stay so you pay before returning to your vehicle. I think we ended up paying $2 since we didn't stay long. I would definitely recommend spending a few hours here and I would love to come back and visit again in the future.
Written September 14, 2021
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,504 contributions
We walked out here one night and fended off restaurants hawking their meals and the garish and gaudy retail store fronts full of junk. Cancelled our dinner reservation when we saw an average meal would be $60. It's not our anniversary, lol. We ate on a picnic table one of the many clam chowders. It was good and got us off the pier quickly.
Written August 1, 2021
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Seaview5
826 contributions
Fisherman’s Wharf was interesting if a little underwhelming. It seemed to comprise mainly restaurants and tourist shops. As my wife was feeling cold we were glad of the tourist shops and bought a very reasonably priced zip-up fleece. The Customs House Museum at the top of the Wharf was small but interesting. The views from the wharf were nice and we enjoyed seeing the sea lions basking under the pier.
Written January 7, 2020
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ItchyFeet
Camarillo, CA7,582 contributions
Couples
Lots of sea lions here this year . Please give them their distance, they are wild animals! Wharf has great restaurants, tourist shops, several whale watching trips. We like Old Fishermen’s Grotto restaurant and Monterey Whale Watching
Written June 20, 2022
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TravelingSwan
Concord, CA55 contributions
Great place to walk around and get something to eat. The one kind of annoying thing is that the restaurants seem to all sell the same exact food but the prices vary depending on if you want to eat in a fine dining environment vs. something for kids and casual dining. Shops aren’t too bad, definitely a tourist spot. But food is available from the famous deadliest catch crew.
Written April 13, 2021
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933cindyf
Wyandotte76 contributions
Couples
Hand in hand we strolled through the stores and wharf.

We saw barking sea lions, sea otters, and pelicans.

A nice area to people watch even with masks. Which are a must or a $100 fine.

We bought souvenirs and munched on candy.

We parked in the $15.00 for the day, which is closer. We got there a little later in the day, and we only had to pay $7.00 for parking. A bonus.

We would stop there again when in town.
Written November 6, 2020
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Jensfamily
Visalia, CA49 contributions
Family
Visiting the wharf is always my favorite part of our Monterey trip. When my husband and I go, we do happy hour at every restaurant, then stumble our way to our hotel LOL. This time we brought the kiddos, and still had fun without happy hour. We love all the different clam chowders! We had the kids pick out their 3 favorites to take home. We have a 3 hour drive so we have a cooler with ice to keep that chowder cold. Kids spend about $100 on all the different candy stores, ice creams and treats. It’s a very happy atmosphere. I love the jewelry and art pieces for sale at the entrance.
Written April 12, 2021
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