Fisherman’s Wharf reopens fully:

On April 7, 2020, three weeks after the shelter-in-place order was given across the Bay Area, I went over to Fisherman’s Wharf to take some photos that I posted here on the following day. Before the pandemic, Fisherman’s Wharf was said to be the second most visited tourist attraction in California after Disneyland. However, on April 7, 2020, it was empty, lonely, and depressing. This last Tuesday, the Wharf opened up fully again and I went over there the next day to update the pictures I took in April of 2020.


The end of Taylor Street, looking toward Pier 45 in the background: Even the Musee Mecanique Arcade has reopened.

People are back alright, in all shapes and sizes.

Looking toward the Fishermen’s Grotto Restaurant; they spell it different than Fisherman’s Wharf: Hey, they moved the seal! Sadly, the two most famous restaurants in Fisherman’s Wharf, Alioto’s and Fishermen’s Grotto, have closed permanently with no plans to reopen.


Looking toward the Boudin Bakery from the northwest corner of Taylor and Jefferson Streets.

They’re packing them in again on the Red and White tour boat cruises, as well.


Visitors are back, wandering down Pier 45 toward the World War Two submarine, the USS Pampanito, and the Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty Ship.


On April 7, 2020, the Jeremiah O’Brien was closed and locked down tight next to Shed C of Pier 45. The following May 23rd a fire destroyed Shed C and almost the Jeremiah O’Brien. The Liberty Ship is back again at Pier 45, but not Shed C.






4 thoughts on “Fisherman’s Wharf reopens fully:

  • Alioto’s and Fisherman’s Grotto?! Weren’t they always there? I do not remember them ever not being there. Wow, I could have done without reading this.
    Did you notice the new date palms at the Boudin Bakery?

    • I thought about those palm trees too, Tony. They seemed out of place, but not unpleasant. There was more of the trees in the photo, but I cropped the left side of the picture up a little.

      • As much as I like palms, I am none too keen on the (Fruiting) date palms. The Canary Island date palms are bolder and compliant with the style of San Francisco. Common date palms are for Palm Springs. Even in the Los Angeles region, they can look rather inconsistent with the urban landscape. They were popularized in the 1990s only because date orchards around Las Vegas were displaced by urban development. The trees were less expensive than plantation grown landscape trees or recycled trees. Only the female trees get recycled, without their male pollinators, so are unable to produce messy fruit (although they sometimes do produce a few dates if there happens to be a male date palm in the neighborhood). They are nicely uniform because they are genetically identical cultivars (although different cultivars from different orchards are sometimes added into an otherwise uniform grove).

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