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Hey, San Francisco visitors, tell the locals about Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39

rworange | | Jul 9, 2006 07:08 AM

Here are past posts about the Wharf ... things change so fresh feedback is always needed.

PLEASE tell us what you ate on your visit ... the good, the bad, the ugly ... help others visiting this area neglected by locals.

We warn visitors away, but like riding a cable car, ya gotta do the Wharf once, eh?

I play tourist from time to time with guests who want to go to the Wharf. Yep... too many cheesy (not the food kind) souvenir and trinket shops ... BUT ... bay, boats, sea lions, mimes ... what's not to like?

My opinion ... the food is fair ... but less expensive and SO much better eats are elsewhere in SF.

So ... what'd you eat? Do you agree with our opinions below? What did we miss?

Help visiting Hounds.

It doesn’t have to be a sit-down place ... pizza, beer, burger, ice cream, candy ... happy and want to give Chowhounds a heads-up ... or ... unhappy and want to warn Chowhounds not to waste the bucks or calories.


THE WHARF AREA IN GENERAL

Complete posts at end in alphabetical order.

BEST BETS

Alioto’s
Gary Danko
Nick's Lighthouse
Scoma’s

NOT BAD

Boudin
Buena Vista (but ONLY for the Irish coffee)
Fishermen's Grotto #9
Pompei’s Grotto
Saigon Grill and Sandwich
Tarantino's

AVOID

A. Sabella’s
Joe's crab shack
Sabella and LaTorre

PIER 39

BEST BET - Eagle Café

AVOID

Crab House
Forbes Island
Neptune's Palace

GIRADELLI

BEST BET - Ana Mandara

THE CANNERY

NOT BAD

Blue Mermaid (corn and crab chowder)
In-N-Out
Norman's Ice Cream & Freezes (Mitchell's Ice Cream)

MISC TIPS AND ROGUE POSTS

Pompeii's Grotto, Nick's Lighthouse or Tarantino's (SF Fisherman's Wharf)
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Boudin’s tuna salad, Hard Rock’s Chicken tenders & Caesar salad
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Are there any decent restaurants on Fisherman's wharf or vicinity?
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

any good seafood place in pier 39 ?

An oldie but a goodie ... and sadly, still true ... “I can't think of any seafood there worth eating either.”

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Crabs/Wharf
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Clam Chowder to go Fisherman's Wharf (with Hog Island Chowder digression

)

“Does it have to be from the Wharf?”

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

sourdough bread bowl w/ chowder at Fisherman's Wharf????

“Methinks your quest may be futile. Excellent and Fisherman's wharf tend to be mutually exclusive terms”

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

clam chowder at fishermans wharf
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

“part of the taste is in the Wharf. Without the Wharf surroundings (seagulls, tourists, the smelly Wharf breeze, whizzing sounds from the silver painted dudes, vaguely nautical looking restaurants) the canned soup becomes more obviously canned (where are the clams dammit!), the bread seems a little tougher and not remotely sour...etc.”



PAST CHOWHOUND POSTS

A. SABELLA’S
http://www.asabellas.com/

Fisherman;s Wharf Crabby Crawl - Dinner at A. Sabella’s
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

ALIOTO’S
http://www.aliotos.com/index.htm

Fisherman’s Wharf Crabby Crawl – Lunch at Alioto’s
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Note: this is about Alioto’s nice seafood sausage and their wines. This post got put in the wrong place when posts were imported to the new software
)http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

ANA MANDARA
http://www.anamandara.com
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

BLUE MERMAID (corn and crab chowder
)http://www.bluemermaidsf.com
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

BOUDIN
http://www.boudinbakery.com/index.cfm...
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Not a Chowhound report, but the SF Chronicle recently gave Bistro Boudin a thumbs down.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...
Fisherman’s Wharf Crabby Crawl - Bistro Boudin has good food & a nice view!
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

BUENA VISTA
http://www.thebuenavista.com/index2.html
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

CRAB HOUSE
http://www.crabhouse39.com/

Pier 39 Food Hell - Crab House
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

GARY DANKO
http://www.garydanko.com/site/index.html

I’ll bet Gary would love to see himself in with this bunch. Tons of GD posts. Some love it, some don't.

EAGLE CAFÉ
http://www.pier39.com/Dining/Restaura...
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
The Eagle Cafe - Pier 39
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
Eagle Café at night and other Pier 39 eats
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

FISHERMEN'S GROTTO #9
http://www.fishermensgrotto.com/
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

FORBES ISLAND
http://www.forbesisland.com/
Forbes Island DAT
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
Forbes Island ?
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
Forbes Island
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

IN-N-OUT
http://www.in-n-out.com
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

JOE'S CRAB SHACK
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

NEPTUNE'S PALACE
http://www.pier39restaurants.com/nept...
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

NICK'S LIGHTHOUSE
http://nickslighthouse.com/
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Family of 6 report – Sultan (actually Nick’s)
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

NORMAN'S ICE CREAM & FREEZES

SF - Norman's Ice Cream & Freezes - Mitchell's Ice Cream & halo halo
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

POMPEI’S GROTTO
http://www.mcn.org/a/pompei/
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

SABELLA AND LATORRE
http://www.bestofsanfrancisco.net/sab...

the fried clam hunt - six degrees of desperation
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

SAIGON GRILL AND SANDWICH.
http://130.94.190.251/sfgrill/menu/

new banh mi place at the wharf
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
SF- A Tale of Two Banh Mi – Saigon Grill & Little Vietnam Café
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

SCOMA’S
http://www.scomas.com/

Scoma's – Lunch
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Scoma’s Prix-Fixe Lunch ($21.95
)http://chowhound.com/topics/show/4112...

Scoma's vs. Yankee Pier - a seafood comparison
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Scoma’s - Cioppino & clam chowder (Note: has links to older reports that were not so positive
)http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

TARANTINO'S
http://sanfrancisco.menupages.com/res...
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Don’t eat there unless you gotta ... the Ferry Building and North Beach are so near by ... but if you had to or need to eat at Fisherman’s Wharf, please report back.

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