Rappa's Seafood Restaurant
A bowl of creamy clam chowder, some sourdough bread, and a seaside view. A restaurant doesn't need to offer much more than this to satisfy me.
Rappa's has been feeding tourists and perhaps even some genuine fishermen since 1952, so it must be doing something right; location isn't everything.
Fisherman's Wharf was once home to one of the world's largest sardine fishing fleets. Now the fish are mostly contained in the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium, at the other end of Cannery Row, and the main draws at the Wharf are salt water taffy, souvenirs, and restaurants.
We ate good pasta, a decent snapper in a Sicilian vegetable sauce, and nicely pan-fried fillets of sand dab, a local specialty. Nothing startling or lavish, but I left feeling as though I'd had dinner, not a touristy experience.