Crab House at Pier 39
Crab House at Pier 39

Crab House at Pier 39

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.crabhouse39.com/
  • Phone: 4154342722
  • 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 4154342722

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Crab House at Pier 39 reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (40)great for lunch (21)fit for foodies (18)good for groups (16)special occasion (16)hot spot (14)romantic (10)late-night find (8)neighborhood gem (7)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Delicious and worth the wait :)
    JoeAndVerse
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We don't generally visit Pier 39, as it is really a place for tourists. My brother was visiting from out of town and his kids wanted to see Pier 39. After hanging out for a while we hit the Crab House for dinner. My wife swears it is the best crab in the US. My brother feels the same way. The double mussels, double crab is her favorite. Since I don't really care for crab, I ordered the salmon fillet with mixed vegetables. I was quite surprised, it was seared to perfection and the vegetables were just right. This place has become our local favorite. By the way, the bar pours generously and the service delivered by Tony was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience as usual!
    Foodyguru
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My 4th time here. Every time i come to vacation in SF I make a point of eating a full crab here. The staff, from the entry podium to waiter and busser, in particular were very personable and relaxed friendly. All great! We ended up having the "lotsa crab" instead of my usual whole crab and it was deeeelisious! $56 fed us both and I jave no idea how many crab legs we had... All in a garlicy delicious buttery flavourful sauce. Yum yum yum! Pier 39 itself is a veritable nightmare if you are quiet and bookish lile I am but I subject myself each visit to SF to the environment because Crab House is so great. Loved our waiter and the host. Both very genuine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lisa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The restaurant is nice enough to seat us in ten mins because we have arrived an hour early. The food and drinks are nice but a bit over priced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dying for crabs? Get them here!
    patriot1973
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    No, not THOSE kind of crabs! The delicious, edible monsters from the sea that they serve you here! I was playing tour-guide to my friend and his wife visiting from Brazil and they wanted to eat seafood. This was the first place I thought of as I'd done the same for another Brazilian couple last year. Fast service, generous portions, nice beer (Great White is perfect to pair with the seafood!). They had a blast, we all ate until we were ready to pop and then walked it off on the Pier. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    As always, this is one of our favs. We love the Killer Crab.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab house pier 39
    Amazing
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food is amazing. My favorite is the crab and pasta, the dishes are always excellent. This was my 4th trip to pier 39 crab house I always try different dishes and they are amazing. I made reservations for 4 we were late due to the ferry but they seated us as soon as we arrived. I can't wait to make reservations again. This is,y favorite place to dine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Ladyrose
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The crab was excellent!! Perfectly cooked and seasoned. Severed on a cast iron skillet, marinated in a delicious garlic butter sauce. The bread was also perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy goodness
    travel55free
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The crab chowder was amazing, the crab legs, wonderful. Our server, Katrie (sp) was excellent and the bartender made a mean mojito! Loved it and will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab!
    PickyHungryGirlof3
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Loved the crab! Only complaint was that there were not any "real" vegetarian dinners.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bland, oily, crab Dirty and Hairy
    NotSatified2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time at FW
    AdamC
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Funny
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Local cooking a good crab. I recommend it for a fun evening in how much you eat with your hands and pliers. When you exit annusatevi clothes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent crab
    zhang628528
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Excellent crab, good service and beautiful view. I'll go there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chaos getting in but great food
    gslakk
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and View
    whatamess
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night
    Marco
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We were four people and we had a great night. We reserve the table and it wasready on time. The fish was great and the time to serve the food was reasonable. Price was good for the type of food we had. I recommend it
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great seafood
    Kortex4VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food Quality Had Changed
    CherylVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great crabs
    Steaklover
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service is so so
    carrol
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent crab, excellent service
    Leslie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yummy crab!
    jpasin
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great place for any time you want to impress with the greatest crab and service in the world!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Renaud
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good to try
    wongway
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best crab in SF
    Mtnlady4
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
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  • CRabHOuse!! BOOM BOOM it's the spot
    LUVTOEATGOODFOOD
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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....
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab house
    Onvacation
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Overpriced and crab was tasteless and over-cooked.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 835 reviews are from the Crab House at Pier 39 reviews archive.
  • What a feast!
    Diningshouldbespecial
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Killer Crab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    Foodie4food
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The garlic crabs are amazing. We go to this establishment every time we are in San Fancsisco. They never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crabs were good
    Pishman
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What you would expect of San Fran
    Tuttay42VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Le meilleur du crabe
    Ricore21
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TOURIST TRAP
    Tastebudd
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not to be missed!
    Ludo
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unpleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fast service,clean,beautiful view
    AhoyMatey
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate