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Opened in 1935 as the first sit down restaurant on San Francisco’s world famous Fisherman’s Wharf. Started by Mike Geraldi, an immigrant fisherman from Sicily as an avenue to deliver his fresh catch to the local population. Owned and Operated by The Geraldi Family for over 70 years. Features Inside and Outside Dining, views of the Golden Gate, Russian Hill and the Fishing Fleet.

Fishermen's Grotto #9
2847 Taylor Street, San Francisco

Area: Fisherman's Wharf

Phone: 4156737025

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Website: www.FishermensGrotto.com

Open Hours: Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cuisine type: Seafood


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Chinatown & North Beach are for many, the most interesting areas of San Francisco. Just blocks away from Union Square, Grant Street’s Chinatown Gate gives way to a different world: shops filled with imports from China, restaurants specializing in dim sum, and tiny alleyways filled with fluttering clothing drying on clothes lines strung between apartments. North Beach, once haunt of the Beats, is home to San Francisco’s Little Italy. Expect the legendary restaurants, clubs, and exotic fun you’ve heard about here.

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Like you may have imagined, visitors to Fisherman’s Wharf actually take lunch at Pier 39, gaze out at Alcatraz in the distance, and soak up the ambiance of Italian influence here. While gathering your own memorable moments, be sure and visit; the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Cannery Shopping Center, Ghirardelli Square, a Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum, the Musée Mécanique, and dozens of other wharf attractions. This favorite American tourist spot has not lost its magic.

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Famed as home of the city’s hippie population in the 1960s, Haight-Ashbury retains its counterculture aura, with a collection of head shops, bookstores, and cheap eats amid the renovated Victorians. Nearby Cole Valley is home to a darling retail stretch, while the Fillmore District is where the world-famous jazz club Yoshi’s and the Fillmore Auditorium are. Other famous area attractions include; The Red Victorian, Amoeba Music, I-Beam, and the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair held each Summer.

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The area south of Market Street, South Beach, was one of San Francisco’s seedy neighborhoods. Today however, swanky restaurants, hip nightspots, and great museums and galleries beckon visitors from near and far. Whether it’s a Giants game at glorious AT&T Park, or a night out on the town, there’s a bit of something for everyone to do here. The family will also want to enjoy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and the Cartoon Art Museum during your stay.

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The Mission & Castro are two of San Francisco’s most interesting neighborhoods. The Mission District is known for delicious Latin food, hip bars, cool music clubs, and Castro is home to the city’s gay enclave and a slew of fancy eateries. Mission San Francisco de Asis, San Francisco’s oldest building, is but one of dozens of attractions in this area. The Castro Theater, GLBT History Museum, and the world famous Roxie Theater are other attractions that are a must, not to mention the enchiladas.

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