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    Veronica Raye
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    5 Mar 17, 2014

    One simply cannot visit San Francisco proper and not stop by the wharf. As seen in the intro to Full-House, featured in handfuls of other movies and listed in numerous travel guides. A great place to visit night or day with a lot of buzz and people watching opportunities. Street vendors, performers and foods a plenty. Enjoy views of the water and breeze in the fresh bay air..

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    Stephanie
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    4 Feb 24, 2013

    Fisherman's Wharf is a great place for good food, inexpensive souvenir's, and relaxing people watching. It's also where a number of boat tours start. Weekends are very crowded and full of street performers and artists painting, drawing and singing. Food varies from expensive to inexpensive.

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    Arlo Hemphill
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    5 Jan 24, 2013

    Lively, festive and a giant tourist trap. The locals tend to stay away from this tourist-geared neighborhood, but I love it. I grew up in a tourist town and the kitsch reminds me of home. Plus, there's lot's of great food, fun things to do, and a mess of sea lions!

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    Ying T
    4 Sep 15, 2012

    Though this is a recommended place, don't expect this to be a large attraction. It's quite small in scale. Good place to get some seafood.

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  • Fisherman's WharfAmbassadorPro 2014
    Kat Sun
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    great place to walk around, view the bay, and eat seafood! you'll also find a variety of street performers; i saw a really talented artist -- he used spray paint to make his paintings!

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  • Fisherman's WharfPro 2014
    Dave M
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    2 Jul 05, 2012

    Over rated and by FAR the most touristy part of the city. Unless you are looking for cheap sweatshirts, and do-dads, SF has much more and much better to offer. Yes there are a few good things here, but get in and out, don't spend much time here. See the rest of the city.

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    Grace Byun
    5 Jul 06, 2014

    This is the sign at the Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco! Love the wharf there cause there so much to do. Good food!!!

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    Luke Hornof
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Seals. And film. And T shirts. And good restaurants. And tourists. And docks. And crab. And sourdough bread. And tourists. And traffic. And film. And T shirts. And bars. And shops. And ... that's all I can think of. Enough?

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    Traci
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    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Definitely touristy and crowded but a great thing to experience. If you like crab - definitely grab some space at one of the dungeness crab stands for freshly steamed crab. You can also get some chowder in a bread bowl.

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  • Fisherman's WharfCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Keane
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    When I was a kid, my mom and I would walk from the Presidio—where we were living at the time—out to Fisherman’s Wharf. The hike didn’t seem long, as there was plenty to see: Crissy Field, the Marina Green, Fort Mason and finally the Aquatic Park. As far as San Francisco views go, the vantages from these points offer the best.

    Nearly 23 years later, I’m still loving Fisherman’s Wharf. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Hawaii, but I have a fascination with tourists. It’s like I can live vicariously through them. So when daily life in the city because too mundane for me, I revitalize my perspective by heading out to this strange neighborhood. With the bright colors, weird sights and happy visitors, it’s a great place to reset your mind.

    Prices for things are obviously very high here, as they are targeted to the passing through. Some deals can be found, however, like the ever-reliable In-N-Out (note: the location here is slightly more expensive than those outside, but it’s still a wild deal). Kennedy’s Irish Pub, 901 Columbus Caffè and International Cafe offer the best happy hour deals in the city, and they are all in the same block area. Nearby, you’ll also find Trader Joe’s, a great place for a snack that won’t bust your budget.

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  • Fisherman's Wharf
    Mike Pistilli
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    4 Nov 16, 2012

    Nice to walk around, some good shops too. Never a dull moment with the street performers.

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    Randy Baker
    4 Sep 30, 2012
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    Ginny Braddock
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Check it out.

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    Peter Wuebker
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    My favorite SF spot. Entertaining and you can't go wrong with off the boat seafood.

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    Sharon Shafran
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    what a great place to wander around and enjoy the sites and food

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    Kelly Lees
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Blah blah bla.....

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    Diane Spinner
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    You can visit the sea lions, eat some clam chowder and visit world famous fishermans wharf!

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    Kevin Picholo
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    5 Mar 19, 2012
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    Luciana Machado-Simon
    5 Feb 01, 2012
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4.5 out of 5
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Description

While it is still a thriving fishermen community, Fisherman's Wharf has morphed into San Francisco's busiest tourist destination. Its most popular stop, Pier 39, is a collection of shops, restaurants, performers, and an always-barking family of seals. Rows of seafood stands lead up to the Musée Mécanique, an old warehouse filled with vintage arcade games, and just steps away is the unbelievable ... read more
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