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Fisherman's Wharf Restaurants in San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf Restaurants in San Francisco

Restaurants at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf is in the middle of San Francisco's busiest tourist area and a lot of places try to get on the bandwagon, claiming to be at Fisherman's Wharf when they're really only close - a few blocks away or across the street. If you're looking for a Fisherman's Wharf restaurant for your San Francisco visit, chances are when you hear the words "Fisherman's Wharf," you conjure up images of windows overlooking water, scenic views of fishing boats - and a seafood menu. This list features restaurants that meet all those criteria.

If you're in a hurry (or on a budget), you'll find a collection of sidewalk stands selling seafood around the wharf. They serve local Dungeness crab, pre-cooked and warmed up in boiling water if you ask, along with shrimp, calamari salad, fish and chips and other items.

These are the real, sit-down restaurants. All of them say they're famous for more or less the same things: local Dungeness crab, seafood and Italian-style dishes. They're listed in alphabetical order.

Alioto's: The Alioto family has been running this place since 1925, serving a Sicilian-style seafood menu. The dining room is upstairs and downstairs is a less-formal cafe.

Castagnola'sThey've been around for over 90 years. 

Scoma’s RestaurantCompared to some of their neighbors, Scoma’s is a relative newcomer, started in 1965 as a six-seat coffee shop. They're well-known for their crab cakes and hearty Cioppino stew. Their fish is said to be "decidedly fresh," and it should be: They have their own fish-preparation operation and you can watch them in action.

FranciscanLocated near Fisherman's Wharf and not quite on it, The Franciscan is located in the wharf's prettiest restaurant building and it has some great views of the bay that often earn it a place on the city's "most scenic restaurant" lists. They're also the highest-rated restaurant in the Fisherman's Wharf area at opentable.com.

Tarantino RestaurantTarantino Restaurant is located right next to the fishing boats, with nice views of its competitors just beyond. Besides the main dining room, they also have a crab stand on the sidewalk and an informal sidewalk cafe.

Also near Fisherman's Wharf - actually over next to Pier 39 - is Forbes Island, which offers a similar waterfront dining experience. It's located on a man-made "island" with a 40-foot-tall lighthouse, giant palm trees and features underwater dining rooms. To get there, you take a quick water taxi ride from the dock next to Pier 39.

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