Fisherman's Wharf, CA

San Francisco
Fisherman\'s Wharf showing a city and a marina

This waterfront neighborhood dates back to the gold rush era and is a hub for tourist activities, sea lions and seafood restaurants.

The traditional waterfront life on this historic wharf founded in the mid-1800s has long since faded, with only a few fishing boats now serving a handful of local restaurants. For generations, Chinese and then Italian immigrants mined the rich ocean. The Italian fishermen were as colorful as the tiny wooden boats they sailed into the bay, singing arias while hunting for oysters, shrimp and Dungeness crabs and then selling their catch in stands along the wharf. While these craftsmen are no longer there, the festive environment of the wharf has been preserved.

Fisherman’s Wharf is now a thriving shopping and entertainment hub with souvenir stores, clam chowder stands, upscale seafood restaurants, museums and street performers. It’s a bustling day-and-night carnival that extends from Ghirardelli Square at the wharf’s west end to Pier 39 and its amusing sea lion population at the east end. The sea lions, who live on floating wooden platforms beside the pier for most of the year, are among San Francisco’s most famous and verbal residents.

For some old-fashioned fun, spend some time at the Musee Mecanique, an interactive collection of mechanical machines and penny arcades. Mingle with wax figures of your favorite movies stars at Madame Tussauds or experience what life was like aboard a World War II submarine with a visit to the USS Pampanito. If you have a few hours free, head to Pier 33 and catch a ferry to Alcatraz Island.

There are plenty of dining options here, from sidewalk stands to cafés and restaurants, with seafood front-and-center on many menus. However, you can also find Italian, Chinese and other sumptuous ethnic offerings. Many restaurants offer a quiet respite in which to refuel as well as great views of the ocean, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge.

The best way to visit this neighborhood is by public transport and on foot. Parking is available in the vicinity of the wharf but it’s not cheap. To really get you in the feel for old-time San Francisco, jump on the Powell/Mason cable car line and you'll land only a couple of blocks south of Fisherman's Wharf. The rattle and clang of the typically San Francisco transport adds to the spirit of the journey.


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Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
550 N Point St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is $161 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,097 reviews)
"Quiet"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $189 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,411 reviews)
"Great hotel and location! Super clean and friendly, helpful staff. Great activities and bar area! Would stay here again and recommend it to others."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $169 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,857 reviews)
"Breakfast was amazing, never have I seen a free buffet breakfast like this! Hotel is super close to every cool attraction too."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $219 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy WiFi, valet parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,465 reviews)
"Lonely location, professional staff and clean room! Perfect weekend away!"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

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Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Francisco
Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Francisco
3 out of 5
2620 Jones St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $209 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (203 reviews)
"Great location (extremely hard to get cabs though), clean, spacious rooms, very friendly and helpful staff"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Francisco
Kimpton Alton Hotel - Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton Alton Hotel - Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2700 JONES STREET, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $210 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (217 reviews)
"I enjoyed how easy it was ... clean and convenient too!"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Kimpton Alton Hotel - Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
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