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Franciscan Crab Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

Franciscan Crab Restaurant

4.2
4.2
3334 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
"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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 362-7733

  • Payment options

    Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    J.C. Becerra

  • Private party facilities

    Semi-private dining with seating from 28 - 58 people. Banquet menus available.

  • Private party contact

    General Manager: (415) 362-7733

  • Neighborhood

    Fisherman's Wharf

  • Cross street

    Taylor

  • Parking details

    Public Lot in front of the restaurant. Two hours free parking with validation.

  • Public transit

    Muni: F-Line

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,334 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Great for scenic views

  • San Francisco

    Great for scenic views

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  1. GD

    GenevieveD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family has been coming to the Fransiscan for years. It never disappoints. The food was delicious and service was excellent even though it was busy.
  2. GL

    GinaL

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    We wanted to go here for the history and other reviews we saw, but honestly, we felt it wasn't worth it. We were there on Thanksgiving. We ordered the grilled fish and a side of the Thanksgiving meal stuffing, potatoes and gravy only, just so we could have the feeling of thanksgiving with our fish. We also ordered the crab cakes and the crab dip. the grilled fish: excellent; the stuffing: inedible and awful; mashed potatoes: tolerable but not great; gravy: inedible and strange; crab dip: overpriced for what you get and barely any crab. It was just "ok"; crab cakes: delicious. I don't need to go back there, but our waiter was fabulous.
  3. MH

    MichaelH

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best Thanksgiving meals I have ever experienced in a restaurant. Our waiter, Uri, was the most professional, accomodating server! He is spectacular. The food was excellent and extremely well priced. We had the Thanksgiving dinner. I will go back without doubt!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Restaurant is set up so that most people can enjoy the water view. I really enjoy my meal. It was very flavorful.
  5. KE

    KimE

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had so much fun eating Thanksgiving dinner here! Great food and service! Worth the price for special occasions.
  6. CK

    ChrK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely way to spend Thanksgiving Day. We all enjoyed the meal tremendously.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was alright. Wasn’t the greatest for the price. But my waiter was very nice and sweet which made the experience better.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal experience!
  9. J

    Jonf

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    This an iconic SF restaurant. The service and staff were fantastic, the food not so good. We had a calamari app. and the crab fondue. The calamari app. was good, the crab fondue had lots of crab, but not flavor. We also had the Branzino in cioppino sauce...this was delicious. The fettucine alfredo with shrimp, and the fish and chips were forgettable. The salmon with capers was tasty, however it was very salty. The clam chowder in a bread bowl was nice and hot on a cold night. The staff did a great job at helping us celebrate a birthday.
  10. CS

    ColSpgsCOFoodie

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The hostess (person who initially represents the company) had a cow about my service dog. They’re lucky I didn’t take the GoPro footage of the hostess initially denying entry of my service dog to an attorney!! Also, they never bothered to check my reservation or request and sat us waaaayy in the back away from the view— partly bc the hostess was more concerned over my service dog (which I NEED for medical reasons) and once I told her about my reservation and request by the window so replied “oh, I didn’t know. Hopefully this seat is ok”…..ummm you didn’t even check beforehand and no it’s not ok that you didn’t perform your job to standard, but thanks. Btw this was on Veterans Day and I’m a veteran that needs my medical service dog due to combat related problems. Will NOT be back and I advise all veterans to do the same!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservations and were seated right away. We requested a table near the window so we could enjoy the view and had no problem getting it. The food and drinks were delicious and arrived in a timely manner and our server was very friendly.
  12. J

    Jenn

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was prompt, crab was excellent, and the views were amazing.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful place in an area filled with more touristy offerings. Food, service and restaurant are amazing. Thank you and see you next time we are in San Francisco!
  14. M

    Michelle

    Atlanta

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Having dined at this restaurant several times in the past I was shocked at the changes in the food quality. I ordered the Cioppino. For almost $40 price tag there were about 5 small shrimp, 1 overcookws crab leg, 3 mussells and 2 clams. It was pathetic to say the least. Others dining with me ordered similar with the same comment. I can say the sauce it was cooked in was good. Several of our group ordered single crab and it was all overcooked. The mussells, calamari, and oyster appetizers were good. The clam chowder was luke warm. For this caliber of restaurant, especially with an over $900 check, it should have represented itself much better. Definitely would not go back or recommend it.
  15. l

    luv2eat

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great food & service!
  16. v

    vttraveler

    New England

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great views and overall experience. Like everything in San Francisco, expensive. Food was tasty and portions as expected. Worth a visit when here on vacation but nothing I’ll rave over.
  17. LG

    LosGatosDiners

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    I have been coming here for decades, and the restaurant (like most of San Francisco) is in decline. Normally it is quite busy and lively, but this night it was muted. The service was stellar as usual, but the quality of food was mixed, and the neighborhood was deserted save homeless campers. This is not a reflection strictly on The Franciscan, this is a trend across the city and the Bay Area in general. Still awesome views of the bay.
  18. MC

    MartyC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Disappointed in the food. A steak was tough, the salmon “grilled with herbs” was greasy and we never did see any herbs… Great looking restaurant, shame the wasn’t better
  19. PW

    PamelaW

    Anchorage

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely superb!!!!
  20. D

    Donotpublish

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The lights were too bright. They dimmed them a little when we asked, but turned them back up a bit later.
  21. BB

    BillB

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We have been eating at the Franciscan for over 10 years, and the quality of the food has stayed consistent. We highly recommend the Franciscan to anyone looking for quality seafood and very comfortable surroundings.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband and I went for the first time since covid. It was wonderful to see a lot of the same employees food was still fabulous I don’t remember being charged for bread pre covid but we had to ask for bread this time and I noticed we were charged for it , I don’t mind being charged for it but at least give me warm bread not stale that I s my only complaint. Other than that my waiter was fabulous the food other than the bread was fabulous and the drinks were ok. Happy 32nd anniversary to my love and Franciscan see you again next year
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was okay, only problem was that two if the dishes had a hair in it. We were not amused, server was great however. Would not dine here again as the value and what you get do not meet the expectations on has.
  24. G

    Grey

    Edmonton

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Tasteless and overpriced for the quality of food. Very dated Disappointing
  25. AG

    AmberG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family celebrated my mother in law’s birthday here and could not stop raving about the food. So. Darn. Good. Everyone loved it and will be returning for sure.
  26. AP

    AngelaP

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    More side orders should be offered. Crab was delicious as well as soup. However salad wasn't the best and pasta was slightly overcooked.
  27. F

    Fran

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We moved outside to enjoy more of the outdoor ambiance and weather. This turned out to be the wrong idea. Servers ignored us, underserved us, and did not tend well. Crab as a specialty item was very poor. It was crumbling apart due to being over cooked. No utensils, napkins, bibs, lemons, or butter was served and all had to be asked for meanwhile we watched those dining inside receive these upon getting their food. When asked for butter for the crab the servers returned with an unmelted stick of butter. Poor service and lack of just general food knowledge makes this place a no go. Especially every piece of crab being over done. Overpriced and not worth the hype for what we got. We also asked to help celebrate a birthday. This too was ignored. Sorry but we will not be back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tutto buono, granchio molto buono, personale gentilissimo e prezzi nella norma
  29. AM

    AlexM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I’ll be honest, my family and I were here 3 yrs ago, we enjoyed very much the crab and the place, very tasty. Yesterday, when we finished and we go out, our expressions were meh! The tasty is not the same honestly. The service was really good like always, the people who work there is very friendly.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Birthday with 16 people
  31. JO

    JOHNG

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view and the ambience are among my San Francisco favorites. The crab/spinach soufflé is wonderful. Order the whole crab just for yourself. We get there at the opening on Sundays and get to choose where we want to sit. An Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista tops things off!
  32. TA

    TedA

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food at a fair price considering it is in a major tourist area. All the tables have a view of the bay. The place could use a freshening up but considering that many of the other old Fisherman Wharf restaurants are now closed I’ll take this venerable place as it is. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
  33. KE

    KimE

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It's always such a treat to eat here! We loved the grilled shrimp and the clam chowder, but sadly the crab fettucine alfredo was a little off. Terrific crab, but the homemade fettucine noodles were undercooked, so we couldn't really eat them. Maybe they knew we shouldn't really be having those carbs anyway? We still enjoyed ourselves.
  34. j

    jonesnb4t

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small portions
  35. RZ

    RozeZee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great for a quick evening dinner. Crab was tasty. . .
  36. KS

    KellyS

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    Wait staff not welcoming and abrupt. No welcome to our restaurant or have you been here? No help provided to us regarding how the crabs are prepared and how best to order, no help with menu orientation. I asked for a wine list and was given a glass full of limes???? Very expensive and not too many people there at 7:30pm.
  37. R

    Rubia

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Julio did an excellent job waiting on us. We had an excellent experience!
  38. AQ

    AdrianaQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were both impeccable!!!! It was great!
  39. MH

    MikeH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good in general but the crab was frozen so not top notch, all in all a good experience. The fish and chips were great!
  40. LA

    LisaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Service was superb and food came out so quick! Bussers and servers hustled! Mgr even out helping clean tables, vacuum, etc. awesome experience!

FAQs

Franciscan Crab Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 3334 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Franciscan Crab Restaurant

Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco, CA 94133

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Taylor

  • Neighborhood

    Fisherman's Wharf

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot in front of the restaurant. Two hours free parking with validation.

  • Public transit

    Muni: F-Line

  • Payment options

    Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    J.C. Becerra

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 362-7733

  • Private party facilities

    Semi-private dining with seating from 28 - 58 people. Banquet menus available.

  • Private party contact

    General Manager: (415) 362-7733

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