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About 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.

203C Pier 39
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 434-2722

Website:
http://www.crabhouse39.com/

Parking Details:
We validate parking for one hour at the multi-level parking lot adjacent to Pier 39.

Public Transit:
F-Line & #15

Executive Chef:
J. C. Becerra

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:
General Manager: (415) 434-2722

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Season's Greetings! Let's spend the Holidays together! Please book your reservation early, as we fill up quickly!

Crab House at Pier 39 Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (38)
Scenic View (26)
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Casual (20)
Good for a Date (20)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Fun (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Authentic (10)
Romantic (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Happy Hour (8)
People Watching (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Business Meals (5)
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Healthy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Seasonal (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

It was our first time here. Crab season in full swing. Food was excellent. Garlic fries. Garlic crab. Attentive, friendly service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy, Waterfront
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·Dined 5 days ago

This is the BEST crab 🦀 we have ever had.!i live in AZ and come to San Francisco each December for Christmas shopping. Crab House at Pier 39 is top on my list of places to eat at when I visit SF. A must dining experience. People are friendly and the food is great.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Good choise for you

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food and great service. Hit this spot every time we visit San Francisco

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

food is ok, but the service is rude. I can understand the cleaning guy come to take the empty plate out to keep the table clean, but we are still sitting there, he could come later for mopping the table and clean all the silverware after we leave.

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great spot, good service - got 2 person garlic crab and side order of garlic fries. Perfect portions and utterly delicious - highly recommend!

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

they provide great fillet,fresh crabs and good tureens

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We brought my husband's uncle out to Crab House since he was our guest to the Bay Area for the week. It did not seem to be too busy and we were seated right away after checking in for our reservation. The floor under our table was filthy with left over shell pieces and a plastic bib. I asked for a high chair but no one got us one. I got it myself.

Fabrizio’s service was severely subpar this visit. I ordered mussels and shrimp for our guest, a cup of crab chowder and lasagna for my husband, kids pasta for my son, and 1/2 killer crab for myself. Fabrizio recommended getting the combo mussels, shrimp, and crab to save money. I was totally fine with getting the separate orders to get my own designated crab portion but since he suggested it, I went with it.

During the time we waited for our meal and water refills, a party of 4 adults were seated at a neighboring table to us and was more attentively served with refills and their food. A bus person/food runner was able to help us with water, more lemons, and another iced tea for our guest.

Once everyone was done with their meal, we waited to be asked if we needed boxes and the check. No one came by although the table of 4 got their check and boxes during the time we waited. That table is adjacent to ours that I even had to protect my son's head as that party's crab enchiladas were brought out! I felt ignored because Fabrizio just passed our table without acknowledgement after helping them a few times. Ultimately, I had to hunt him down to ask for two boxes and the check.

The food runner/bus boy who helped us with water and boxes could have been a better waiter. I feel so discriminated against because Fabrizio gave the other party more attention for whatever reason.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was very good. The service was excellent. We received our meal 10 min from ordering, if that long. The price for what you get is a little high but maybe that's the San Francisco price.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I like the killer crab... That was very delicious!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Not impressed especially for price. I do not plan to revisit thus location.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The garlic butter crab is always great. We ordered calamari for appetizer and it was delicious. Great view of the bay

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food was great! Prices are way overpriced. Is California. Everything is overpriced!

Restaurant was very crowded, yet the service was good!.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

crab chowder over priced and cold like it was sitting in the pot for awhile, nice view and decor is really the only good thing we enjoyed

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food arrived quickly. Crab legs and clams were obviously not fresh. Crab legs were OK in size but a little dry and clams were chewy. Shrimp was OK but not great. Seasoning was good. Burger and fries were good but not made to order. Burger was cooked medium-well when we ordered well done. Waiter never checked on us once after we placed our order. I had to ask several people for service. Some staff told us to ask our waiter and others never returned. Our waiter was pretty attentive to the table next to us but never once even looked our way. We were ignored and service was nonexistent. I finally flagged our server down after we had finished our meal for over 15 minutes already. It took him another 15 minutes to return with my request for a soda refill (which we had asked several staff during the span of about 15 minutes) and a slice of birthday cake and candle. He did return with both and did sing happy birthday though. Even though food was just OK and service was poor, I still gave him 20% tip because he was not rude and delivered the free slice of tiramisu and sang for us too.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was great but the restaurant is small. Tables are very close together. Not a restaurant for large groups but perfect for couples. I enjoyed the crab and chicken Alfredo. I plan to dine@ The Crab house again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, People Watching
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I had a great experience. The food was amazing and the service was great. I will recommend the restaurant to everyone I know and will definitely be back

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Casual, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Too much oil in the food. We have not feel the real taste of the crab.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always a good spot if you are craving dungeness crab. Service is good and quick.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The crabs are AMAZING!! I will be back!!! The service was quick and outstanding! The garlic fries are also GREAT!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was great! Service was good. I felt as if the waitress we had hovered over our table. Didn’t really give us space to eat. Didn’t know they give free refills for coffee. So that’s the reason for good service. She helped other tables but always stood over our table. But all in all it’s a great restaurant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Waterfront
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great location and a good value for San Fran. Food good but average fare. You can do far worse. We went twice over the course of our week in SF.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent ciiopino, service and kid friendly! Needed more room at the table for six.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Love this place and it’s view. People are always nice and the atmosphere is great.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved this restaurant. We went here here for a friend’s birthday and had a great experience overall. Our waiter was awesome, the seafood was all incredible and the restaurant was really cute. If you have a larger party I’d suggest making a reservation early and requesting a booth, because their standard tables are a bit cramped is all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

My first time coming on a Monday and it wasn't as touristy crowded, quit pleasant. Our server was great very attentive (sorry i don't know her name but of asian/vietnamese maybe). We were celebrating my daughter's 20th bday and surprised her with a Tiramisu! I was soo happy. Everything was delicious as always!!!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

FOOD IS EXCELLENT, BUT THE MANAGER want turnover is running too fast to let costumer feel not good. space is too tight

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The very expensive crab that i bought was overcooked. Not impressed.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

It’s a bit pricey, but food is very good.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Fun, fun, fun! If you enjoy dungeness crab this is the perfect place!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I highly recommend this restaurant :)

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Mussels and Crab were great - did the combo with shrimp too. The shrimp were just average but everything else was great.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Very very delicious!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were seated in the bar (and we had a reservation...) which was very crowded. Our server was horrible. Food was good but over priced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great crab and shrimps ! Love the sunset through the window and wine too.
It was our 1year anniversarry for a date which was perfect !

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Grandsons and I were on vacation. Made reservations ahead of time. Our reservations was honored, which was nice because it was super busy. Hostesses were so nice and friendly. Food was spectacular. We enjoyed our experience so much!!! Will visit again, for sure!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I anticipated delicious crab. but It is not delicious and the price is a little high..

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Nice food, a little crown

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

It was my first time going there. The food was amazing. Our server was quick and very attentive. I went there for my birthday dinner. I was expecting the waitress to do something extra since I was asked the reason of my reservation. When we arrived we were a little confused if we had to make line to let them know we had a reservation or if we could just walk up to the front to get seated. We made line behind a group of 5 people, until we realized that there was another group that walked to the front to check in. Maybe a sign would help out. Aside from that we loved this place and I would totally come back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Overall experience great, including the view as seen below, but the food was outstanding. The Mussels were amazing!!

Tags: Fun
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