Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey

#4 of 101 in Neighborhoods in California
Pier / Boardwalk · Neighborhood
Once a bustling fish market, Old Fisherman's Wharf combines history, entertainment, and ocean activities. The Custom House, one of the oldest U.S. government buildings in California, stands at the wharf's entrance. Custom House Plaza also houses the local-history Monterey Maritime Museum. The wharf's restaurants offer seafood and other specialties in both casual and formal settings. Take time to browse various shops for souvenirs, handicrafts, and sweets, or visit some of the art galleries. Keep an eye out for the sea lions that often swim around the wharf and take naps on the buoys. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Old Fisherman's Wharf by using our Monterey road trip planning app.
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  • If you can get past the smells of cotton candy and fudge, will be responsible and wear a mask, and look for smaller eateries for oysters and seafood, then you will be delighted.  more »
  • Old Fisherman's Wharf has become a tourist attraction with mostly trinket shops and a few over priced restaurants. Visit to say you have been there but there are better areas of Monterey.  more »
  • Just a great place to be eat before going food expensive
  • Great variety of shops and restaurants. Much more quiet & easy to get around than Pier 39 (fisherman's wharf in SF). Crab Louie's cafe headed toward the water on the right side, was an AMAZING experience for us! The food was OUTSTANDING & the staff were all fantastic!! The food was really cost effective compared to other places on the wharf. Overall, a wonderful day was had by all. Highly recommend
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