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Fisherman's Grotto - 21 Reviews - 2851 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94133, San Francisco, CA - Gift Shops Reviews - Phone (415) 673-7025

Fisherman's Grotto

2851 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94133
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 673-7025
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Fisherman's Grotto - San Francisco, CA
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I love it! Fisherman's Wharf is the place to visit during your stay in S.F, It has so many place's to shop! and some of the best restaurants. One thing to remember, is no matter h...


When I have guests from my home country, and this happens several time a year, I always take them through tens of spots, view points and other gorgeous places in the City. Soemtim...

Fun, Tasty, but not Memorable! 6/30/2014

Rick Provided by Partner
While in town for business my wife and I lunched here... as other's have mentioned, it is tourist centered, located next door to Alioto's ($$$$). A... more

Editorial review from Citysearch 2/23/2014

This place has a lot of cool shops and eateries. There's something for everyone and if you're in the SFO area it's a must see. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 2/22/2014

A place were you can find shops and fresh seafood around every corner. Make sure to try their clam chowder and lobster roll. more

Don't forget your Sweater 5/20/2008

I love it! Fisherman's Wharf is the place to visit during your stay in S.F, It has so many place's to shop! and some of the best restaurants. One thing to remember, is no matter how warm it is in other parts of San Francisco it is going to be chilly at Fisherman's Wharf. . Never the less it is a great place to be? more

The Complete SF Experience 3/17/2008

Fisherman's Wharf is awesome! Yes it may be crowded and fish alley is smelly, but this is the real deal. What fun to watch the crowds, enjoy the street performers - don't forget to give them a dollar or 10 - and enjoy the SF weather. In fact, after having eaten at several of the dining establishments in the area, the absolute best seafood can be found either on fish alley or at Boudin. You can have the white tablecloth, and pay 5x more for lesser quality seafood and bad service, or enjoy awesome seafood on the wharf at a price that will also make you happy while enjoying the sites sounds and salt water smell in the air. (just be sure to take cover from the pigeons. Pros: Great Seafood - Great $$ Cons: Crowds, pigeons more

What else to say 11/13/2006

Whats a trip to San Francisco without Fisherman's Wharf. Eat crab out of a cardboard bowl, shop at a bizillion stores selling the same old T shirts. Watch the street performers. Take your picture a dozen times, and then go explore the real San Francisco if you have the time. Walk thru North Beach, or the Marina district. Go to the Castro district or even Union Square. more

The whole enchilada 8/20/2006

The Wharf is classic SF. Elegant chock-a-block with tawdry T-shirts. Go for the views, the smells (yes!), the street performers, and the corny stuff. Do eat at Boudin for the best clam chowder this side of Monterey. And the best sourdough in town, bar none. They now have incredible gourmet market as well! If you have kids, it's a must. They can go to the Wax Museum and you can escape for a nice latte! Later, go to the seafaring museum, there is still a lot of very authentic stuff here; you just have to walk a few blocks and ignore the tacky T-shirt shops. Those who require perfection should probably go elsewhere. more

The Seals are Tops 6/9/2003

The best thing at Pier 39 is the Sea Lions. I could have watched them for hours. All the items for sale at FW are cheaper in Chinatown. Pros: Sea Lions, Boardwalk, View Cons: Overpriced stores more

Day-at-the-fair atmosphere 4/7/2003

Very touristy, but kind of fun. Cheap trinket shops are everywhere. The public restroom was tiny and not very clean. The freshly made crepes were great. The sea lions and occasional seal are fascinating. Interesting to see the fishing boats. Fairly good seafood at stands and little restaurants nearby. Not for discerning tastes but fun ""day at the fair"" type afternoon. Pros: Sea lions, junk food Cons: Crowded, tacky more

Seafood n' Shopping 3/10/2003

My fiance and I made a smart move getting down here early (before 9:30). We were easily able to find parking and take in the many gift shops, eccentric characters, (the silver rap/mime dude was the standout), and tasty seafood. I thoroughly enjoyed the crab sandwich w/ sourdough bread, and their 'fast food' clam chowder WOW! It beats chowder in many of Chicago's trendier seafood restaurants. Sure it had a tourist trap feel, but we tourists could care less. We had fun! Can't get much more 'Frisco flavor than the Wharf. Pros: Lots of character, Fast seafood excell., Quirky shops Cons: Parking tough aft. 10, very croweded yr lng, Lots to do. more

Fishermans Wharf is the Greastest 2/15/2003

It's my favorite place to go in the whole world , been going there since I was a young kid , love the Old Boats,the history ,and everything about it,It's a place you have to see atleast once in your life,but be warned , once you do then it's hard to stay away!!!!!!!!!! more

Much Like any other Pier... 10/21/2002

And just as lovely as the rest. I know a pier is a pier, but come on folks. If they weren't interesting, then it wouldn't have been built. I adore this pier, tons of nick-knack shops and sweets. A Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant at the very end of the pier makes for a great lunch spot, or a place to sit and grab a mid afternoon cocktail. Also, unlike many other piers, this pier boasts their SF seals. You can stand at the side of the pier and watch the lazy sunbathing seals loudly enjoy their warm afternoon. Definitely a must see. Pros: Seals, Attractions, Bubba Gump more

Visit the Gump 9/26/2002

Fisherman's Warf is a fun aera to visit while your in town! they have live entertainment for the kids and adults, Lots of shops and places to from oranges to steaks. I was there in July 2002 and eat at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory. The people there are so cool they come around to your tables and you play a question game with the table next to you about facts from the movie""watch the movie again before you go"" more

I wonder WHY 9/20/2002

When I have guests from my home country, and this happens several time a year, I always take them through tens of spots, view points and other gorgeous places in the City. Soemtimes I take them to Fisherman's Wharf. After a while I ask them: can you tell why all this crowd here? They usually don't have an answer (except for the sea lions) but they like the idea that this crowd wasn't in the great places they have previously visited. Pros: take away the crowd, sea lions Cons: trap for tourists, nothing to see, noisy more

very TOURISTY indeed! 8/21/2002

You can see/experience everything San Francisco has, here at Fishermans Wharf! At the waterfront, you could go to Pier 39, and take cruises to see the bay bridge, see alcatraz, & MANY other places (i dont remember them all) There are stores along the waterfront, where you can do tourist shopping. Walking westward is Ghirardhelli square where you could have a taste of their ice cream (yummy i might add) as well as trying some Irish coffee over at the Buena Vista! There are also horses that provide little rides around the waterfront, but of course you'd have to pay. These are only the few things that Fishermans Wharf can provide, there is SO much more i can't name!! It's a MUST! I might add however, the food can be fairly expensive, so I stick to my clam chouder in a bread bowl, they've got the BEST there!!! Pros: Crowded, sometimes smelly, entertaining more

Fish, Sourdough, Alcatraz, Golden Gate 8/14/2002

Fresh fish, fresh clam chowder in a sourdough bowl, everything that San Francisco is known for can be found or seen from here more

Skip it 8/14/2002

In such a beautiful city with so many things to do, why waste time at Fisherman's Wharf? It's expensive (except for the trashy cheap T-shirt shops), crowded, and not representative of the rest of the city. The fish restaurants there are the worst in the city, and the other restaurants are merely chains that populate every other city in the nation. Do yourself a favor and walk around North Beach and Russian Hill (two neighboring areas) instead, and you'll definitely experience SF's beauty and unique character. Pros: sea lions Cons: crowded, dirty, expensive more

Tourist Toilet 8/10/2002

This smelly, noisy, crowded, expensive carnival attraction must have been custom designed to fleece sucker tourist out of their hard earned dollars. This is the LAST place in San Francisco any tourist should go. There are maybe four or five good restaurants in the area (out of dozens), and all of them are mediocre values at best. The worst dumps in North Beach are better than the average restaurant on the Wharf. The views of the Bay are alright, but Chrissy Field has better - and without the obnoxious crowds. The shopping here is absolutely pathetic - $15 t-shirts? Give me a break. Visit Union Square and environs downtown instead, for the best shopping this side of New York. I'm sure you can find crowded, smelly, overpriced attractions back where you live - why waste your time (and your money) in San Francisco on a dump like this? Pros: Nice Views, Parking Cons: Expensive, Crowded, Poor Value more

You'll leave your heart in San Francisco 8/8/2002

I live 15 minutes from the ""city by the bay"" but it's ALWAYS exciting! If family or friends come to visit, the Wharf is one of the 'necessary trips'. Here you can find great seafood, talented street performers and beautiful views! Take a day and just do it....... Pros: diversity, scenery Cons: a little pricey, traffic more

My rating 7/25/2002

This is essential San Francisco. Down by the waterfront - the cable cars, the sea, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate in the background. Pros: Beautiful view, Great food, great shopping Cons: expensive restaurants, Fish smell more
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  • The Appeal
    Tourists get up early to greet the sunrise and brisk bay air with a hearty walk on the piers along Jefferson Street. Many hold their noses when turning onto Fish Alley, where...

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    Fisherman's Wharf (North Waterfront), Fisherman's Wharf, Northeast