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Fisherman's Wharf

The Embarcadero & Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133
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  • Fisherman's Wharf
    Xu Yin
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    5 Oct 14, 2013
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  • Fisherman's WharfPro 2014
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    3 Feb 23, 2014

    It's definitely touristy, but fishing is part of the city's heritage. Don't spend all your money here.

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    D'Maris Coffman
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    3 Aug 31, 2013

    definitely getting touristed, but great seafood and fun atmosphere. must see even if you're just there for the day

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  • Fisherman's WharfPro 2014
    Ingrid Katz
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    3 Oct 03, 2013

    Fun to watch the Sea Lions on Pier 39; you can cater a boat that tours you underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz which is fun, otherwise it is a very loud, crowded touristy place.

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    Veronica Raye
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    5 Nov 11, 2013

    So much fun to walk around, day or night. Yes, it can get chilly but bundle up and take a stroll. Great people watching, street vendors, food, and nice views of the Bay Bridge.

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  • Fisherman's Wharf
    Thannova Dominika
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    5 Feb 25, 2014
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    5 Feb 25, 2014
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  • Fisherman's Wharf
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    4 Jul 28, 2014

    After walking from Chinatown to Coit tower, we made it to Fisherman's Wharf. There was soo many people, and it was hard to navigate and look at each store while avoiding running into all the people. It was nice to sit on the bench and stare out in the sea... contemplating life and whatnot... HAH nawttt. I liked looking at the sea lions playing on the pier :D so cute.

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  • Fisherman's WharfPro 2014
    Lauren Baker
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    4 Nov 07, 2013

    While it is very touristy and crowded, there is so much to do and see here that it's worth at least a quick walk through.

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  • Fisherman's Wharf
    Emon Tjokro
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    4 Dec 19, 2010
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  • Fisherman's Wharf
    Julia
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    4 Jan 20, 2014
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  • Fisherman's WharfPro 2014
    Kim L. "Lady Boss"
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    3 Nov 29, 2012

    What a tourist trap but fun, This place is always packed.

    But it's fun, and a nice place to get the full touristy feel of SF.

    There are plenty of places to check out. And always a street performer or two to enjoy.

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  • Fisherman's Wharf
    Panu
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    3 Jul 07, 2014

    Good place for tourist!! but it's crowded all the time. Good place to check it out. Food is kinda expensive

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    The Vacation Rental Travel Guide
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    5 Jun 27, 2014

    San Francisco is known for its foggy days, and so I would go to Fisherman's Wharf on a sunny day. Fisherman's wharf of cousre is down on the water with tons of great restaurants serving fresh seafood.

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  • Fisherman's WharfPro 2014
    Louisa M.
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    3 Jun 24, 2014

    It's stinky. It's dirty. It's overpriced. It's touristy. But damn it, I just can't help myself when those crab stands sing a siren's song to draw me down to Fisherman's Wharf! I simply cannot resist a stop here when I'm visiting San Francisco. The stands are pretty much one and the same and all the prices are exactly the same. I like to take a stroll and look at all of them before I decide what I want to buy where. Some stuff will look fresher than others so don't bust out your wallet until you've perused them all.

    It can get VERY expensive to eat here. We love food and we love to snack around but it's normal for us to drop close to $150 - $200 on a trip down to the Wharf. Crab cocktails are the way to go because the hard work has been done for you -- but you'll PAY for the convenience (crab cocktails range from $8 - $15). If you are unclear on the price of something, ASK first or get surprised later! Bring your own giant soda from 7-11 before you head down here because canned sodas are outrageously priced.

    Most of the stands have little ledges where you can stand to eat; there's NO SEATING so if you aren't adept to juggling things in your hands while eating sans utensils, you'll hate this place. If you are snotty about cleanliness in any way shape or form, I do not recommend you eat at any of the crab stands. Visit yes, eat no. I figure eating here helps build up my immune system to superhuman levels.

    We've never had the seagulls bother us but it might be because we are both a little "fluffy" and those birds know they'll have a fight on their hands if they even try to snatch our food. Ha ha ha!

    Be sure to get your parking ticket validated (there's usually a minimum purchase requirement but trust me, you'll meet it). It'll save you some cash on the expensive parking fees and you'll get to park in the convenient lot that's literally steps across the street from the stands.

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  • Fisherman's WharfPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    1 Jun 22, 2014

    A tourist hell and prime location to be wiped off the map this beautiful city, it's a hokey nightmare of the worst kind, and fails at any kind of authenticity. Do not mistake this for the real San Francisco.

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  • Fisherman's WharfPro 2014
    Gary G
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    4 Jun 07, 2014

    This spot has a little bit of everything, no shortage of things to see and do! You have lots of restaurants, though choose wisely because most of them aren't so great. You have Boudin's for amazing bread, Musee Mechanique for a really unique arcade experience, and the cutest sea lions you've ever seen hanging out on Pier 39! Blue Bottle for coffee, Scoma's for amazing Cioppino, plenty of shopping, I could go on and on. Only one problem...because it's so huge, it attracts lots of tourists, and most of them are obnoxious and oblivious to all around them. Ah well, nothing's perfect I suppose...

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  • Fisherman's Wharf
    Rachel Fairbanks
    3 Mar 31, 2014

    As a local, I stay away from this tourist trap, but it's a great place to take kids and visiting families. Don't miss the aquarium, and definitely try and get a seat at one of the restaurants at the end of the wharf to get a good look at the sea lions. Also, have a soup in a bread bowl!

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    3 Mar 21, 2014

    This is a very touristy place. I'm not really partial to any of the eating places here as I feel that it doesn't have any soul. Having said that, it's a nice place to entertain the kids. They love watching the sea lions lounging on the deck, and the carousel ride.

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    Waqar Rizvi
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    3 Mar 14, 2014

    This is considered the touristy part of San Francisco. Some highlights include listening to the barking seals at the pier. A lot of shops dot this area, selling souvenirs and jackets (yes jackets!). Few people visiting the city realize how chilly it can get.

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Description

Fisherman's Wharf consists of a coast-side row of seafood restaurants, street vendors, souvenir stores, and bay scenery. It was originally a major fishing pier, but today it is mainly a historic tourist attraction. Ferry rides are available to Marin County, and Pier 39 is home to numerous lounging sea lion bachelors.

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