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Eating Out in Fisherman's Wharf

Eating Out in Fisherman's Wharf Photo, San Francisco, California

The Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco is a popular tourist hot spot and as a result there are literally hundreds of place to eat, whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat or something more substantial.

There are many big restaurant chains here , including Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company which is themed on the film Forrest Gump and The Rainforest Cafe. Both of these chains offer simple American food in the form of shrimp based dishes at the former and steaks and burgers at the latter. They are both quite expensive, but you get huge portions in a quirky and fun environment.

One of the most famous dishes in this area is clam chowder which you can get in lots of restaurants. One of the most popular ways of serving this dish is in a sourdough bread bowl and you can get it for varying prices from lots of restaurants. I had it in Wipeout, which is a laid back sports bar on Pier 39. We found the service and prices here to be great and it's well worth a visit for lunch or dinner.

There are lots of fast food restaurants in the area too with McDonald's and KFC both having a branch on the main road through the area. The menus here are both what you'd expect and they offer a cheap meal including your favourite dishes.

If you want to grab a drink, there is a nice bar on Pier 39 that offers tasting sessions in a comfortable environment.

As this is the city by the sea, seafood is obviously served in abundance here and you are spoilt for choice, with many of the establishments having lots of the fish available on display outside.

So whatever your choice, budget and needs, you'll find something to satisfy in Fisherman's Wharf and all of it is within walking distance of the main attractions and hotels.

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