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Crab House at Pier 39
Crab House at Pier 39

Crab House at Pier 39 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.crabhouse39.com
  • Phone: (415) 434-2722
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm;
    Friday-Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: J. C. Becerra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a beautiful room with windows looking at the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. This room accommodates up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Dan Talbot (415) 434-2722

Getting there

  • Public Transit: F-Line & #15
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Multi-level Parking Lot is adjacent to Pier 39. We validate parking--one hour during the day and two hours in the evening.
A word from Crab House at Pier 39
Voted "best crab in San Francisco", this cozy, wood-paneled boathouse is home of the world famous Killer Crab (R), over two pounds of roasted whole Dungeness crab. Other specialties include sizzling iron skillet-roasted mussels, shrimp and crab, crab enchiladas, crab cioppino, crab angel hair lasagna, hot crab melt sandwich, seared filet mignon and lobster thermidor. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "Really thought it was going to be good. I was soooo wrong very dissapounted, burnt butter no garlic on crab just Cilantro and oil, dirty Crab very hairy"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This place had some good reviews so thought we would try it. It was my first time at Fisherman's Wharf so I have nothing to compare it to as far as surrounding restaurants. But the first thing i noticed when we sat down was the great view. We were seated at a window table. It was packed and busy so it's understandable the waitresses weren't as personable as they could have been. the food was good. I had the Fish and chips and must say it was very good. My wife had the Crab Fettuccine and that was good as well. I would definitely recommend this place. Best to make a reservation even on a weekday."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Excellent crab, good service and beautiful view. I'll go there again."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Make reservations. Go to the front of the line. They should really have 2 lines because it was pretty chaotic. The server was great and so was the food. Nice view!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The crab with garlic sauce is gorgeous!!! And since we reserve online, they provide us a table by the window, just looking towards the pier 39. And we even saw a sea lion swimming and jumping very close to us. It's fantastic dining experience there."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Very good clam steamers to start and then did Crab for 4. Good food, but service was slow because waiter was chatting with what looked to be friends at the next table."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The food was very good. The service was ok. This place is very "turn and burn" like a chain restaurant. A party of 3 and a $150 tab in 40 minutes. Not a place you feel you can relax and enjoy your meal. Felt very rushed. Don't get me wrong, I love fast, prompt service but for the price I'd like to relax a bit and not feel hurried to give the next group my table."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant many times before and enjoyed the crab and garlic noodles. This trip was different in that the taste of the crabs was bland as was the garlic noodles. I don't know if the difference is because they've changed their recipes or I had a different chef cooking before, but the taste was definitely different - very bland. Although the food was ok, it wasn't as good as what I had in previous visits."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The salivating waft of roasted garlic butter in the air became a yummy reality when our crabs hit the table. The taste of the crabs is simply fantastic. The garlic noodles were a very fitting accompaniment to our mail course. Our waiter was very attentive and made very helpful suggestions on our order which I appreciate very much. In the end the amount of food we order were enough for our party and with the right mix too. Thank you for a great crab dinner !"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "there is great view , it is very nice of host , the friendly and handsome yong guy on the bar ,and work hard busboy , but the waitress is so so , just basic service"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This is my sixth visit to the Crab House at Pier 39. As always, my guests were seated promptly and the wait staff was courteous and professional. We ordered our 'Killer Crabs', garlic fries and beers and were served in less than 10 minutes. I'll be back again to get my 'Killer Crab' fix!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our food was phenomenal! The whole crab dinner was super yummy. My son had chicken alfredo and my husband had the fish sandwich. They both loved their meal too."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great place for any time you want to impress with the greatest crab and service in the world!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Quick service, very diligent and helpful waiters. Nice place on the pier with either the view on the water either the view (the one we had) on the pier side. Excellent seafood, especially the crab. Would recommend (early) reservation"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Must make that reservation or you'll be waiting a long while. Good thing I did. Crabs on the skillet has lots and lots of garlic butter. So if you like that sort of oily seasoning on your seafood, good place to soak that up along with the scenery. Be prepared to break and fork out the crab meat as well as your wallet. It definitely doesn't come cheap. Enjoy if you do go though, one time is enough for me."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Anyone looking for sweet, succulent crab should avoid this place. The 1/2 crab was overpriced, had skinny legs and no body, and was dripping in olive oil that came from a vat that needed to be discarded. The oil congealed and had a burned appearance on the cast iron platter on which the crab was served. The salad was no more than iceberg lettuce with a few machine-chopped tomatoes. The crab cocktail was a few shreds of crab served over iceberg lettuce. Some sauce was served on the side. When we told our waitress of our concerns, she acted like she had heard it all before and offered lemons to mask the grease. Skip this place."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I celebrated my ANGEL's Birthday there...and we had a window seat and everyone in the sung Happy B-Day....ahhhhh it was so WONDERFUL!! I stop at least once a month....and I have always had the same taste and wonderful service. I luv this place....and I will NEVER stop coming...."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Overpriced and crab was tasteless and over-cooked. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The place to eat at Pier 39. The garlic Dungeness crab is out of this world! We also had the shrimp and mussel plate and it came to the table sizzling and delicious! Go to the Crab House with a big appetite. You won't be sorry."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This has become a must-stop for my family when we are in the city. Can't get enough of that crab. Always comes out delicious! Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The garlic crabs are amazing. We go to this establishment every time we are in San Fancsisco. They never disappoint. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My wife & I went to the Crab House for dinner. It has decent views of the bay and a relaxed atmosphere. The crab chowder was very good. A bowl is snout for two. We ordered Lotsa Crab which was plenty and very good. Lot of work and messy. Cheese fries were very good as well. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This place hit the spot. Very simple menu - crab, crab for 2, crab for 3, lots of crab. A bit messy for lunch but its to be expected. Crab cakes were ok and could be a bit larger. I recommend the shrimp/muscle appetizer. Comes out sizzling hot. I would go again."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Pour la deuxième fois , c'est sans conteste le meilleur restaurant de crabe de tout San Francisco vous pouvez consulter le menu en français si comme moi vous ne, êtes pas trop pote avec l'englais, pensez à réserver petit bémol ce restaurant ferme relativement tôt "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "this is an overpriced tourist trap. Food is good but not worth 104 dollars for two people. They also charge you 1oo% alcohol tax fee. My wifes mojito was 9.95 and also the fee for it was the same. Ridiculous. Never again. Do not good. Save your money. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "we come to San Francisco for business reasons every two/three years and we always go to Crab House for dinner, everything is perfect and we love the Killer Crab!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Our server was awful. He had an attitude and acted as if he did not want to be there. That absolutely ruined the experience for me. The food was pretty good (Whole crab) but the server made it an unpleasant experience. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • " We made a reservation and got a very nice, romantic booth. The service was great, always there for you with a quickness and a smile. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We arrived 5 minutes early and we were hassled by many employees and made to feel so uncomfortable we almost left. I would have left had my guest not wanted crab. We ordered the crab sandwich and it was very disappointing. It was rubbery and dry. I don't thin I would go back again. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I took my Australian cousins here since they wanted to see the Wharf and have a Crab dinner. They couldn't have been happier. Our Hostess and Wait person were outstanding. Everyone raved about the food. The only downside...if you have a party of 6 , the table is a little tight....other than that , the place was great. I had the best Bloody Mary ever! If you have out of town visitors, put this place on your list. Being in Pier 39 is an added attraction with out of towners..you can't go wrong."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Some co-workers and I got together for this outing. We made reservations and were a little late. They still sat us down as soon as we got there! We ordered and the drinks, appetizers and main dishes took no time to come! Then atmosphere was fantastic! We thouroughly enjoyed ourselves! We definetly would come again! Thank you Crabhouse at Pier 39!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Have to visit the Crab House whenever I'm in San Francisco. Always get the crab chowder and one of the skillets with crab, shrimp and mussels. Never had a bad experience."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Made reservations for 1130 am when they opened and in the notes requested a window table. We were seated at a window with an unobstructed view. Watched the boats and water. Crab lasagna was to die for...will order again ddov"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our previous visit was not that great, but my husband & I love the CRABHOUSE so much that we could not stay away after one bad dining experience. I informed the hostess of this & they told our server, in which this then made our experience incredible :) Thank you! It was a special homecoming celebration for my husband."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had a great time bringing friends from out of town to this place. The server was friendly, attentative, but also let us spend a liesurely dinner catching up. The Lotsa Crab was the perfect amount for my boyfriend and I to split, and we enjoyed the garlic fries immensely."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I thought the restaurant was going to be bigger. It's small and a bit cramped (on the side we were sitting on anyway). Service was great - our waitress and the busser were efficient and very friendly. The chowder was okay, very chunky. The garlic fries were VERY garlicky and delicious. We got the double shrimp and roasted garlic crab. It was good, but not great. We skipped dessert."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Finger-licking good! I am a local and have tried other seafood/crab places in the Bay Area but I must say that their Killer Crabs are the best I've tasted. The service is commendable. Make sure you get a reservation because this place can really get busy. Double thumbs up!!!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Great crab and good service. surprising for a tourist place"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Very delucious crab and shrimp! The service is also as good as the food there! Will be definitely coming back again when next time in SF! Tips: always book a table in advance via opentable coz they are really busy at night!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food was great. The service was a little slow for a restaurant that was just starting night service and not totally full of patrons. The views were great. I will try the other restaurants on the pier for a better comparison. They were very accommodating I signed up for a 4:30pm reservation (only one available on open table) but asked the host upon arrival if I could push it back ab hour to allow for evening sight seeing and they were very accommodating."
    Dined on 1/31/2014