Crab House at Pier 39

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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 and seared filet mignon.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.2
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CynthiaK
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Just make sure you don’t get the garlic crab is just so over cooked and awful

Everything came out so fast and expensive and only lasted maybe 35 40 minutes

Terrible crab chowder. Like it came out of a can

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Chris
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The overall service was great however was expecting a little more fresh out of the seafood given its price. The crab tasted like it's been frozen for a bit and its meat was a bit dry. Rest of the food was great and the waitress was very friendly as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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TracyM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Not worth the price!!! Do not order garlic cheese bread. It’s a rio off. Crab was just ok.

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vipGaryJean10
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Unfortunately overrated

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ESTHERC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had family from out of town and I did the reservations on open table. I was a little early and the manager was SO NICE, he sat me down at the table and was very nice. The waiter was there asap and service was excellent while I waited for my three guest. While there I chatted with some SF residents who say they like going to the restaurant because their are NEVER any surprises and the quality of the food is always the same. Great. Thank you for this opportunity to let you know the Manager and staff are Great.

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vipFood4Foodies
San Francisco
176 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Beautiful day in San Francisco. We dropped into Pier 39 Crab House for a nice lunch.
Hostess led us to their large dining room. We sat right by the window facing the sun-tanning sea lions barking and having fun. The Golden Gate Bridge was in the background. Ferry cruise boats were cruising around routinely. Tourists were everywhere. Great place for people watching. Had Crab Chowder as an appetizer. It was filled with crab meat and potatoes..scrumptious! Shared a whole 2+ pounds Dungeness Crab; garlicky and tasty..price is good for Fisherman's Wharf area. Next, we ordered the Sea Bass which was filet and pan roasted. It was very good and cooked perfectly. It also comes with one side: Sauteed Mixed Vegetables, French Fries or Acini de Pepe Pasta. I asked our waiter exactly what is 'acini de pepe pasta' and he returns with a small cupful for me to sample. The acini de pepe pasta serves with sundried tomatoes and snap peas. These are tiny round pasta served cold and flavorful. Service was immaculate. Good portions and this was a satisfying and enjoyable meal. Waiter was professional and knowledgeable. I was impressed with his attentiveness and efficiency. Our waiter was exceptional. He cares for his diners. I'll definitely be back!

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THOMASS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion this is the best sea food restaurant in San Francisco. I’ve been coming to this restaurant since I was a kid. It is truly my favorite seafood restaurant. My wife and I come here a least once a year for Thanksgiving.

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vipToryP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Crab not too tasty

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pcowan
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice view from almost any table. Service was very good and the staff is friendly. Noise level is fairly high. Not the most fancy place but still great lunch outing. Very expensive, $150.00 for lunch for two. The food is very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The taste and service was so great.
We had a so wonderful time at there.

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KarenR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Come every year for my birthday, no exceptions.

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DanielO
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The super comb Iron skillet and tureen of cioppino is a must. Delicious!!

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DanM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quick service. Great food and view

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our experience was not a happy one from the moment we sat down to the moment we left. I felt like we were eating at a fast food restaurant we were in and out in a half an hour. We didn’t even sit down and the waitress was trying to take our order we asked her if she can come back that we didn’t even look at the menu yet . She back My husband told her to slow down that we just sat down and we need time to look at the menu he told her that we felt rushed.A second later she’s back so we ordered our food . Our waitress didn’t even leave our table and the food was ready and in front of are face a salad ,appetizer , and Main entrées all at once. Food was poor Quality.($$$) like I said our reservations were at 6:30 we were out by 7 o’clock fast food takes longer. We will never go back or recommend this place.. PS OSHA needs to be notified The emergency exit was blocked by a baby carriage and people ,windows had no screens a Child could’ve fell out into the ocean. Thank god was no emergency it would have been a nightmare

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CaylyC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great crab! Been going since I was little and it still tastes the same today!

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RobinG
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My son really likes this place, but he wasn't with us this time and honestly, the dinner we had was just ok. The crab wasn't served with butter (we asked, and they brought it). There were crab crackers at the table, but no little forks. Try getting that crab meat out with a dinner fork and fingers. Again, we asked and they brought them. Why did we have to ask? So that was annoying, but mostly the food was just ok. Not great, not flavorful, not bad. Just ok. Not worth it to me, and I would only recommend to someone who wants the Pier 39 experience, and even then, I'd probably encourage them to try something different.

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carlas
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I had not been to this restaurant in several years but assumed quality had been maintained and reserved a table for dinner with out of town guests. Unfortunately, the food with one exception was not up to past quality. We ordered crab cakes as an appetizer, which were very brown almost burned ...but tasted great. This was the one good food item we had. The entrees were very disappointing... large over cooked quantities of vegetables, a Crab fettuccine Alfredo, with very little crabmeat on very over cooked pasta, a crab Louie salad that was a huge amount of iceberg lettuce which was too wet, with a very small amount of crab meat, canned black olives, cut, tasteless tomatoes and supermarket style thousand island dressing. Our waiter was excellent, attentive but professional. He could not fix the food. Even the bread not taste fresh,. Prices are very high. We will not return or recommend this restaurant.

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Sloany
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The only time I have had better crab is in my home in the north of Scotland. Fresh off the boats and straight to the boiling water , magic, but this came close. Congratulations to a great team I will be back before heading home.

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vipMelissaM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun time! This restaurant is nestled upstairs at pier 39. It's not fancy or inexpensive, but it's a great place for crab dinner. Garlic bread and bruscetta is also very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family enjoys dinner here during crab season

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SandraD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Mediocre food. Dirty Restaurant and Poor service

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DanM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Since I’ve been going to the crab house these past few years especially at holiday time the restaurants usually full with a waitlist we came in with reservations and was immediately seated that was the highlight service was terrible the restaurant was apparently not that busy with open tables here and there something I’ve not seen before in this restaurant at 7:45 PM on New Year’s Eve We were not offered bread we were not followed up on for more water we had a long wait to get our check processed in back to us they did not even come back to see how her food was and if we needed anything else

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No me han acumulado mis puntos

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurante de mariscos excelente. Su especialidad es el cangrejo. De entrada recomiendo la sopa de cangrejo. También probamos los musles and shrimps y estaban deliciosos. Buen ambiente y excelente servicio. Recomendado para el q UTE visite el Muelle 39 en San Francisco.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good killer crab,we took it for two and it was enough.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We ordered the crab chowder which lacked flavor and was not very hot temperature wise. The crab melt had what the crab chowder lacked. I felt the crab melt was pretty good overall.

This restaurant gets pretty busy so it’s best to book ahead. Both times I had walked up and was given a longer wait time than if I booked the table through opentable.

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OpenTable Diner
Singapore
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food.

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Katy
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious, service was wonderful and our view was amazing. We are locals and we had a terrific time.

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vipsugarays
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE

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ChristinaPa
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very busy lunch. It wasnt a culinary hit with my family. We had lunch there between a full day of sightseeing, came in off the alcatraz boat, and wanted a lunch that was more laid back, calm, comfort food-y. Instead we felt overwhelmed and rushed. Food was solid but also not quite what we had in mind.

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Soncied
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First time visiting from Philadelphia. Food was a bit overpriced nonetheless it was good seafood.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service and food excellent. Cramped tables

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SarahE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Good service, hot food. Love that we can make a reservation.

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vipClaireZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

A little noisy and crowded. Food is tasty. Service is mediocre. Tables are not as comfortable.

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Bt608
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The Steamed Crab was good but $50 for one crab with little claws might have been over doing it.

Brian

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RussA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great. You can’t find better crab anywhere else in my opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best crab chowder so far I've tasted since I arrived SF 5yrs ago.

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MinP
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is the best crab food that I have ever had in my life.

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ChunK
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They serve good ingridment, exellent service and good cooking.

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