Franciscan Crab Restaurant

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"Hands down the best food you'll find on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf" proclaimed Sunset Magazine. An extensive renovation has revitalized the Franciscan Crab Restaurant, a Fisherman's Wharf institution since 1957. White tiled walls, beautiful marble bar and twenty foot windows overlook the bay and Alcatraz. Terraced dining affords views from every table: hand blown glass shades and chandeliers dazzle, black and white photos of celebrity patrons adorn the stairs and walls.
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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great place for a sunset view. The crab is good but pricey @ $50 for a medium size crab.
Noise level is loud and lots of casually dressed tourists.
We take the kids for views is Alcatraz after Pier 39 fun.
Fun, casual place with good service and they take big groups.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I ordered the cioppino and a half dungeness crab. My tourine of soup was 80 percent tomato liquid. After finishing this it was about 40 minutes later before anyone checked on me. I had never received my half dungeness crab. They cleared my table and I inquired about the crab. The guy clearing my table didnt speak english. Finally the waiter came and asked me if I wanted dessert. I told him I had never received my entree. Finally a half hour later I received a really nasty looking piece of crab. They had actually cut the crab body in half and let the guts from the body spill out onto the crab legs. It was pretty disgusting. I tried to clean it off as good as I could and eat some it but this was ridiculous. No dipping sauce, just the innards from the body all over the legs. I couldnt get an idea of what the 40 dollars worth of crab might taste like untainted. I paid my 80 dollar bill and left.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service!

SA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf and has a good view of the bay from most any seat. Neat layout and comfortable. Our server did a nice job with recommendations and explanations. Great place for crab and seafood.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Overpriced, too much oil in the food

HL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered Franciscan’s 10 years ago and absolutely love it. The food is amazing. I’ve never had anything I didn’t like. The scenery from every table is awesome. We are from Phoenix but Franciscans is a must do every time we visit San Francisco.

OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Poor quality seafood. Large double shrimp and crab skillet consisted of 2 dozen tiny shrimp and anorexic crab legs for $55 US. There are way better options in the area.

FF
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Terribly disappointing. Food cold and presentation without any effort. Waitress was attentive however. Ambience poor and kitchen staff very noisy. We were the only people in restaurant. Overpriced!

DR
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and decor

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was okay. Atmosphere was good. Two people in the party ordered the crab chowder which was not hot when it was served.

A
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall a great place for view and classic decor and photos, but food was super salty. Not like in the past. Waiters were visibly stressed and rushed, and we felt it. Another tables food came to us, twice.

AA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The seafood was very fresh and good.

J
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and view!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was very good. Food was good and the view was beautiful!

S
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I loved the crab but not the sauce. Next time will ask no sauce and bring my own. Noodles were OK but the sauce I am spoiled by Crustacean in Beverly Hills. Kustard was huge & delicious.

OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and it appeared that every table had a great view of the bay...

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

"A Lot of Crab" is definitely a lot of 🦀. It was like two crabs altogether. The clam chowder had a lot of clams too (although a not as thick as usually like it.) The Caesar salad was kinda bland.

G
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Next trip to Fisherman’s Wharf we’ll be looking for somewhere else to eat. Franciscan has priced themselves out of our range, even for special occasions.

JL
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Very nice view overlooking the bay.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great but once our crab was delivered we had to ask for the bibs, tools and sau e to go with it. The best service was from the water guy who kept refilling our water and cleaning the shells. Hope the tip went to him not the waitress that took our order.

R
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The view and food were fantastic. Seating was prompt even though we were early for our reservation, food was delicious though service was spotty at best and our server seemed a little condescending because we were a young couple. Also found it strange there was no music playing even though speakers were clearly installed.

QL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The sea bass platter is definitely not sea bass. The shrimp and crab combo has just a tiny portion of regular shrimps and crab legs, worth probably 10 bucks but sells for 54. Hands down a tourist restaurant, and not a good one. Waitor is rude too.

C
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely waterfront restaurant with nice views. Service friendly and helpful food was good and we had a nice evening. Lacked any wow that’s why only a 4

D
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, Great service, Great food. Couldn't ask for a better experience.

AK
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique location with sweeping ocean views. Excellent food and service.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and the view was also great!

O
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We waited a considerable time for our waitress and after being quite specific about which fish and sauce the speed at which our order was placed meant a major error. By the time the wrong food arrived it was too late to change. The offer of a free dessert does NOT compensate for rushed poor service! Restaurant please take note!!!

v
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was excellent as usual, my guests are always amazed-especially with the view...will see you again soon.

LD
West Virginia
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Party of 10 had wonderful piping hot delicious meals with large portions and high quality food. Beautiful views and iconic menu choices. Fair pricing and expansive menu. Don’t miss it!

KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is the second time I’ve been to the restaurant. Excellent crab, and the prime rib was also very tasty. The crab soup was a little mild, but still pretty good. You can’t beat the view or the ambience. I will be back again!

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I’m in SF I can’t resist making the stop to get the best crab in town!

r
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Haven't been there in years but need to go back to a place with many memories. Read some of the reviews and wasn't expecting much, but loved going back. Food was excellent and on point. Service was lackluster. Why wouldn't you go back to the table after delivering food and ck to see if they would like a bar drink reorder? Seems dumb to me, even from a tip possibly. Loved the food and knew the ambience, but would have loved some attention and another drink. Just sayin.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was solo birthday trip and I stopped there to eat. The food and ambience was amazing!

J
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Nice place to eat

DE
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent view

VK
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant and food were great! Service is on a high level! The view was beautiful. Recommended.

RH
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the combination of a great view and service with food that never disappoints this is clearly a go to place every time I visit SF

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food was delicious. Carlos was our amazing server for the evening and he was wonderful! Highly recommend

EC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food! Would definitely recommend for dinner!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Table I requested weeks ago wasn’t reserved, waiter was slow and seemed annoyed, no sourdough bread was offered (when requested it came, but was cold), shrimp in sizzling skillet weren’t peeled (awkward!!). Seems to be going downhill.

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