Originally Posted by clloyd
Personally I hate Fishermans Wharf, serious tourist trap. Would definitely not eat there, you can do a lot better very easily.
Well, you can do better; don't know about easily (without a lot of research.) The "lots of restaurants in close proximity" makes it easy. And there are a couple of restaurants there that my local friends go to on special occasions (though I have no idea which - seafood place upstairs on Pier 39 comes to mind, but that's about all I've got.)
Cabs are easy to find, so visit some Neighborhoods.
Would be okay,, but again, you have to know where you're trying to get to. For a visitor, a bus tour may be a better way of seeing sights (and might make a good recon for finding areas you want to check out in a more personal manner.)
Depending on length of stay, heading down the coast to Half Moon Bay (maybe 45 minutes by car) or Santa Cruz (1.5 hrs) or Monterey (2 to 2.5 hrs) would be a nice change of pace. Or go north to Point Reyes (parkland), Tomales Bay (oysters) or Bodega Bay (Hitchcock's "The Birds").
Lots of stuff to do in the area.