Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
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The historic Fisherman’s Wharf is one of San Francisco’s must-visit spots. Even getting there is an experience in itself—you can hop on a classic cable car from downtown. Dine at a scenic waterfront restaurant (try the famous sourdough bread bowl), explore the area’s shops and art galleries, check out the street performances and don’t miss the historic WWII submarine—the USS Pampanito. You can catch all these highlights on a walking, bike or big bus tour. Stay for the magnificent sunset views and if you’re lucky, you might even spot the mischievous sea lions at Pier 39. – Tripadvisor
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Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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  • Kelvin
    Dunedin, New Zealand592 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit.
    We stayed at a hotel only a couple of blocks from the Main Street here, so we were able to spend a fair bit of time here. There is plenty to see and heaps of places to eat. Another iconic location that always seems to have something going on. A must do to visit while in the city.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Honeylocket
    Wales, United Kingdom141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sea lions are amazing - lots to do
    This is a fun place to spend a few hours. Yes, it's 'tourist central' but you can walk the pier and watch the sea lions, San Francisco Bay for no charge. Some lovely restaurants and shops. Must do
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Neil H
    Gosnells, Australia21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed our stay in San Francisco
    Travelling with 2 other couples and we found San Fran easy to travel around, plenty to do and friendly people. We just loved the cable cars, those hills are crazy (we live in a flat city). Lots of options for tours and things to do, and we did a few of them, lol. Plenty of food options to, all reasonably priced we think.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Trembl38
    Montreal, Canada126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A no fence aquarium.
    There’s a lot of action in the area. Visit Pier 39 to view the famous Sea Lions. My girlfriend had never seen them and she was amazed. It’s so cool to see all these animals sunbathing and staying there with humans spying on them all the time. The area is great for them, they came in years ago and where tolerated, nowadays they are protected which is why we can enjoy there presence. The area is also full of restaurants and boutiques so you can find all you need in one place. The area is a long series of Piers you can walk along the bay side if you don’t feel like climbing one of the numerous hills of the city.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Rob4Patti
    White River Junction, Vermont198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a place to see
    If you are ever in San Francisco this is the place to go. Fisherman wharf has plenty of entertainment, shopping, restaurants and you can even watch the sea lions. You can hop on a trolley or bus there to bring you to other places in San Francisco. The Muni is the way to go. Buy one, three or five day pass it is worth it. I didn’t understand what others meant by muni pass. When I figured it out I found it was easy to use. Download the app. Fisherman wharf has everything you want to see.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Janis Y
    Palo Alto, California111 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can give it a try!
    Used to love this place! But after the pandemic, everything changed. Many stores closed, but few new places open. Will go to another attraction instead. SF tourism is slowly picking up, maybe soon the international tourists come back, and this famous place will awake again. :) Best wishes!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Joanne
    Lake Mary, Florida2,045 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    fun walking around
    It is a bit on the touristy side. But there is a lot to do with a free machine museum and the USS Pampanito. They are worth a visit. The views of the bay and bridges are fantastic, pictures can't get the visual effect. Some street performers do set up quickly and are a bit on the loud side with their music.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 November 2023
  • AMohsen
    Port Said, Egypt513 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vibrant and must spend high quality time there
    It is quite a vibrant and joyful region that allows spending high-quality time. It is cheerful and full of tourists. The region includes popular and picturesque piers, malls, shopping outlets, driving small race cars, and several activities. It is one of the best locations to reside and reserve the accommodation.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 March 2024
  • Nico Samneil Sy Salado
    Newport, Vermont1,898 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yeah cool
    This place became iconic since the sign for the wharf is here. Whole wharf has been changed into a tourist spot so it’s cool looking with lots of activities. Modern cable car has also a stop here. See images further reference.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 May 2024
  • Rachel & Andy
    348 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Area but a Tourist Trap
    Visited: 10/06/2023 Fisherman's Wharf could be another tourist trap for sure. It was well worth the visit, but be wary of prices on food and things to do. The streets are lined with stalls of food and craft vendors so the walkways can be really crowded, and worse when people are not aware of surroundings and suddenly stop in front of you. It is a nice are to walk around, but prices are hiked up. What I will recommend is an old style gaming arcade called Musee Mechanique where they have retro-fitted lots of centuries old arcade games to take modern coins to still be played. It's like a museum but with games. Fabulous. And seeing the USS Pampanito was fabulous as well.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 May 2024
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Connor M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Best meal I've had ever in my life eating food was a great staff and and our server Stephanie was amazing, will be back very soon!
Written 8 June 2024
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keithamara
St Ives, UK484 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It is really sad to see Fishermans Wharf these days. Its now a shadow of its former self, with most of the big, long-standing restaurants now standing empty. Perhaps it will improve again over the next few years but there needs to be serious commitment from the local city council to get it back on its feet.
Written 8 June 2024
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DesertTrips
Morocco261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We had an amazing time at Fisherman's Wharf! The lively atmosphere and beautiful waterfront views made it perfect for walking around. Our seafood lunch was delicious, with fresh clam chowder and bay crab.

There’s so much to see and do, from street performers and historic ships to the Aquarium of the Bay and the bustling Pier 39. Fisherman's Wharf is a must-visit for anyone in San Francisco. Highly recommend!
Written 7 June 2024
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Cara Lee
Tokomaru Bay, New Zealand14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Enjoyed the dining experience and many options available. Spent the whole day there. Best to shop around for sales as some souvenir shops are expensive again alot of options. The sea lions were a must see and we enjoyed watching them for a time. Some very good street entertainers. Easy access to tour boats and buses etc. On a downside a couple of rest rooms we used were filthy and reeked of urine and Marijuana which was not nice so didn't use. They need more restrooms that have attendants to keep clean.
Written 6 June 2024
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Rachel & Andy
348 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Visited: 10/06/2023

Fisherman's Wharf could be another tourist trap for sure. It was well worth the visit, but be wary of prices on food and things to do.
The streets are lined with stalls of food and craft vendors so the walkways can be really crowded, and worse when people are not aware of surroundings and suddenly stop in front of you.
It is a nice are to walk around, but prices are hiked up.

What I will recommend is an old style gaming arcade called Musee Mechanique where they have retro-fitted lots of centuries old arcade games to take modern coins to still be played. It's like a museum but with games. Fabulous. And seeing the USS Pampanito was fabulous as well.
Written 25 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gillian Stewart
38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
What can I say about San Francisco🤔🇺🇸 it's big a lot of streets🤔Cable cars are good to drop u off the different streets😊as for fisherman's wharf we ate in the sports place not much chooise of food🫤no bars to have a drink inn eather and the price of the food💲🫤🫤meet some nice people and a lot of homeless there🤔🥺went to see the rock that was cool😊😊went to the golden gate bridge😊and the chinice gardens that was nice too 😊
Written 17 May 2024
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blueandcopper
Lethbridge, Canada40 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Having been here years ago it seems very tired now. Perhaps the pandemic killed businesses? But there are a lot of old and tacky tourist places that need a facelift.
Written 16 May 2024
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Nico Samneil Sy Salado
Newport, VT1,898 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This place became iconic since the sign for the wharf is here. Whole wharf has been changed into a tourist spot so it’s cool looking with lots of activities. Modern cable car has also a stop here. See images further reference.
Written 12 May 2024
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Ricky P
Edinburgh, UK194 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Good and bad things about this place
Good: the views, the sea lions (but boy do they smell!),access to the Hyde St cable car stop, access to Sausalito and Alcatraz and Ghirardelli’s (if that’s classed as part of FW?)
Bad: rundown, some degree of homelessness, lots of crappy and overpriced restaurants, but few good ones and LOADS of completely closed ones which makes the area look really dilapidated. Tourist trap shops aplenty

Is it worth visiting? On the whole I’d say yes but only once!
Written 10 May 2024
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ladybug5
Fountain Valley, CA522 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great place in San Francisco away from homeless it’s clean and fun Nice restaurants Acquarium shops and carousel Also known for seal lions and great views of Alcatraz wax museum so definitely go and have fun
Written 4 May 2024
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