Mama's of San Francisco: Best restaurant for breakfast…there will be a line to get seated there always is no matter what time you show up, but it's worth it.
Try Pan Dore: Slices of Sour French Baguette with Sauteed Apples in Lemon Butter Sauce or Dungeness Crab Benedict With Fresh Spinach.
If you're looking for a place that's a popular hang out with locals from the Wharf, check out Darren's Cafe. There are great American and Vietnamese dishes on the menu, including killer omelets and also wonderful Pho that keeps you warm in the cold days of winter.
Salty's under the Franciscan has the best clam chowder in the entire Wharf area.
Head to Boudin Bakery at Fisherman's Wharf and purchase any of their French bread, plus your favorite beverage. Then, walk across Taylor Street to Fisherman's Grotto #9 crab stand (outside where they cook and sell fresh crab) and buy the largest Dungeness cooked crab (be sure the crab is heavy as I feel the heavy crabs are the sweetest). Ask for the crab to be cracked no extra charge - and wrapped in paper. Request a few lemon slices…as well as cocktail sauce if you like. With your picnic in hand, stroll down Taylor Street to Pier 45 and go west in the direction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue about 300 meters to the waters edge. There you will find the Fisherman's & Seaman's Chapel, a perfect site to enjoy the meal and watch the fishing boats entering and departing the historic wharf area.
For baseball fans, go the 21st Amendment on 2nd Street before the Giants game. My favorite recommendation is the watermelon wheat beer. It's amazing!
A recently opened restaurant at Fisherman's Wharf called Hot Spud is a build-your-own baked potato bar.
Located at Ocean Beach, The Cliff House has a very nice brunch for special occasions or there's the Seal Rock Inn or Louis' Café, which both offer more traditional and moderate breakfasts.
On a cold winter day, my favorite place to warm up in Fisherman's Wharf is at Fiddler's on the Green. It is an authentic Irish pub with amazing food, including a fresh made, daily soup. And of course, the soup of the day is always served with homemade Irish brown bread.
Fresca is my favorite place to eat in the city. I like the Fillmore District so I go to that location at 2114 Fillmore, they also have two other locations in Noe Valley and West Portal. The Ceviche is the best-- Ceviche 5 Elementos - halibut, onion, rocoto pepper, lime juice and sea salt or Tiradito Peruvian-style sashimi with hamachi, jalapeño, soy, white truffle oil, andean corn.
A Salvadorian restaurant in the Mission, Balompie Café on Mission and 18th offers authentic food such as Papusas and fried yuca, plus its really inexpensive.
If you're in the mood to sit back and watch action unfold, order your favorite sandwich at the Waterfront Bakery. Located at the Cannery, this charming spot uses artisan breads to make delicious sandwiches and also serves sweets and cookies. It's a great place for a simple meal or snack…and fun for all ages. Owner Hamid is a friendly, people person and has been serving the locals for 14 years.
The absolute best coffee at Fisherman's Wharf is at Coffee Adventures on Columbus. I go there every morning for my caffeine fix!