Where To Eat And Drink In Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf | © Mike Roqué/Flickr
Fisherman's Wharf | © Mike Roqué/Flickr
Photo of Jake Hoffmann
28 October 2016

Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular tourist attraction in the northern waterfront of San Francisco. The name is derived from the mid-1800s when Italian immigrant fishermen would stop by the city to take advantage of the rise in population due to the gold rush. Today, Fisherman’s Wharf has become a hot spot for great seafood, chocolate, and history.

Food Trucks and Stands

Some of the best food in Fisherman’s Wharf can be found at Pier 39 – home to some of the freshest seafood found in the area. A local favorite is the Chowder and Crab Stands where the clam chowder in the bread bowl is highly recommended. Another favorite, located a little bit off of Pier 39, is The Codmother Fish and Chips. The Codmother offers a very authentic experience and allows diners the opportunity to sit outside.

The Codmother Fish & Chips | © Gary Stevens/Flickr

Forbes Island

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Forbes Island | © Paul Sullivan/Flickr
At Forbes Island diners will have the unique experience of dining under water to enjoy a traditional four-course meal. Getting to the island is a full experience in itself; it should be noted that although the island is listed at Pier 41, this is where the restaurant is floating. Guests should go to Pier 39 and head towards the north side (side that faces Golden Gate Bridge) and look for a little walkway that runs behind all the shops and restaurants. Here, they will find the dock for Titanic, the water taxi. Make sure to take time to not only enjoy your meal but to also explore the area.

Scoma’s Restaurant

Restaurant, Seafood, Italian, $$$
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Scoma's | © Zengame/Flickr
Known for its Italian and seafood dishes, Scoma’s is covered with photographs of old celebrities and sport players. If looking for a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge, it is recommended to sit at the bar. Make sure to make a reservation as it fulls up quickly, no matter the day.

The Franciscan Crab Restaurant

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Franciscan Restaurant
Franciscan Restaurant | © Clotee Allochuku/Flickr
Located off of Pier 43, The Franciscan Crab Restaurant is a big tourist attraction. Each table comes equipped with binoculars, allowing guests to check out Alcatraz, Golden Gate, Bay Bridge, and the sea lions that have made Fisherman’s Wharf their home. Although it can be extremely crowded during the lunch and dinner rush, The Franciscan Crab Restaurant is great for accommodating large parties and offers a diverse menu and a dessert menu.


The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop has everything from ice cream to sweet, delicate chocolates. Less crowded, Trish’s Mini Donuts looks like a stand out of a 1950’s movie but has some of the best donuts in San Francisco.

The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop | © Bernard Gagnon /Wikipedia