Best Restaurants Near Fisherman's Wharf

Try wine from an urban winery, classic Dungeness crab and a top chef's tasting menu
October 17, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Fisherman's Wharf has traditionally been a draw for tourists — and a repellent for many local foodies. But look closely and you'll find some solid options, from the high-end cooking at Gary Danko to Croatian specialties at Albona and the seafood classics at Scoma's and Alioto's. Enjoy plenty of Dungeness crab​, sourdough and more at these recommended spots during your next Fisherman's Wharf visit.

Gary Danko
French · Fisherman's Wharf · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.9

An "oasis of excellence" that "never loses its luster" , Gary Danko’s "stellar" Fisherman’s Wharf namesake manages to "mystically balance" "world-class" New American cuisine on a "brilliantly executed" prix fixe menu ( "don't skip the cheese cart" ) with a "superior wine list" and "synchronized service" , leading to a "warm, customer-centric" experience that manages to be "indulgent without a trace of pretension" ; it comes "at a price" , but for "a celebratory experience" in a "gorgeous" setting, you "get what you pay for."
The Buena Vista
Cafe · Fisherman's Wharf · $
Food 3.9 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

"Smooth" Irish coffee that will "warm you up" "on a cold, foggy day" keeps this Fisherman's Wharf "classic" "bustling with locals and tourists" alike; the interior has "hardly changed" from when the place opened in 1916, and "quaint" servers dishing out "decent" fare, including "hearty" breakfasts, add to the "wonderful throwback" atmosphere, but for many the house-specialty elixir "is enough."
Scoma's Restaurant
Seafood · Fisherman's Wharf · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

Locals and tourists alike laud these "old-school" "family favorites" that "keep the quality up" via "top-notch" Italian-style seafood, from "wonderful crab" to "must" -try cioppino; a few say it's "not what it used to be" , but the "seasoned" staff and "beautiful" waterfront views still make for "a true San Fran tradition" by most standards.
In-N-Out Burger
Burger · Fisherman's Wharf · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

"Not your typical burger joint" , this "iconic" California-born chain is "loved" for its "high-quality" "customizable" hamburgers (insiders ask for them "animal style" ) paired with "tasty" fresh-cut fries and shakes; despite a "lightning-fast" counter, there are usually "long waits" , but "cheap" tabs and "friendly, Disney-esque" service keep regulars returning.
Albona Restaurant
Italian · North Beach · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

With its "stellar" Istrian dishes (a blend of Italian, Croatian and Slovenian cuisines), this "unpretentious gem" in North Beach offers a "distinctive" dining experience in an "off-the-beaten-track" locale that's "easy to miss but hard to forget" ; you may "bump elbows" in the "small space" , but it's overseen by "gracious" servers who "make you feel like family."
Bistro Boudin
Bistro · Fisherman's Wharf · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.9

Fisherman's Wharf bread buffs who "watch and smell" the signature sourdough being made at this "old favorite" head upstairs to its "semi-fancy" dining space, where "must-not-miss" clam chowder is served along with other "hearty" , "basic" Cal dishes; service is "efficient" but "limited" amid the "hustle and bustle" of "tourists" vying for the "beautiful" views of the bay.
Alioto's Restaurant
Seafood · Fisherman's Wharf · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

Set in "touristy" Fisherman's Wharf, this "long-standing" Sicilian "tradition" supplies "delicious" seafood ferried by a "professional" team, abetted by "awesome" martinis and a "beautiful view" of the Golden Gate Bridge; you almost expect to see the "Rat Pack strolling into" this "iconic" joint, even if what’s deliciously "old school" to some is simply "outdated" to others.
Gold Dust Karaoke & Bar Lounge
Bar · Fisherman's Wharf · $$

A retro marquee sign is a hint at the old-world party vibe inside this classic bar and lounge (a 1933 Union Square mainstay that moved to Fisherman's Wharf in 2013). Expect art-deco-meets-honky-tonk decor, live music, red banquettes and a menu from signature Irish coffees to an oyster bar to flatbread pizzas.
Carmel Pizza Company
Pizza · Fisherman's Wharf · $$

The Neapolitan pies are made with traditional dough (using double-zero flour), topped with everything from pepperoncini to artichoke, and cooked in a wood-fired oven at this Fisherman's Wharf pizza cafe. Patrons order from a window then sit outdoors in a charming, partially covered (and heated) garden space.