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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New York Area
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Franciscan Crab Restaurant is a must-visit every time I'm in San Francisco. It's spacious with huge windows overlooking the Bay and Alcatraz. Almost every table has a water view. My family and I no longer need to look at the menu - we know we want the "Crab Feast", a gigantic cast iron platter of whole roasted Dungeness crab in garlic butter sauce. Lots of sour dough bread to sop up the sauce and some good white wine to finish a delicious lunch!

SM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab! Everywhere crab!

KG
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Food, view, service all wonderful!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Overall good experience but, we were sat right next to the busser station who kept crashing dishes every few minutes. He also hovered over our table making us feel uncomfortable. He refilled waters unnecessarily and spilled a lot on the table during this process. Food is always great and service is good too, just disappointed with my table especially since I booked it days in advance. Can only afford to eat there once in a while so I notice the small things when I go. Will definitely be back but, will request a better area.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Franciscan! It’s my goto got garlic butter seafood. The butter sauce is unlike any other, just delicious!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

I want to start out by saying the the food was absolutely wonderful! My husband’s steak was the best steak at a restaurant we’ve ever had. My crab was very good too! The bus boys (especially Henry) and the food runners were amazing...our service AWFUL (maybe the worst ever)! Our server talked to us maybe 3 times the whole meal and when she did, NOT friendly! The view, even at night was beautiful. Worth the visit for great food if you are patient with poor service! We have not had “good” service during our visit here though, so it may just be a San Fran thing.

C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

I wish they would have cleared tables before getting our dessert. Also, it gets loud in there.

LH
Tahoe
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful historic restaurant. Excellent crab. The quality of food was obvious. Well done.
Thanks

ST
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

This is a tourist trap. Food was terrible. High price, low value. There are much better crab places in SF. Ambiance was okay. Service was good.
Would not return, nor recommend.

LL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful views right on the water. Food was very good but pricey. Great attentive waiter

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom and I loved everything we ordered and the over-all experience! We will definitely be back!

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

I came to the Franciscan with my family as an early birthday celebration. I had been once before and it was so good I had to come back. I made a reservation for 6pm but arrived a little early and they sat me right away at a table near a window as I requested. The service was great but I felt bad because we were waiting for our full party to arrive before ordering but he was very patient. We started off with the calamari which was okay and I ordered the seafood ciopinno which is absolutely amazing and I highly recommend it if you’re not sure what to get. We had brought our own cake and candles which they were able to bring out and light up for me and sing happy birthday. The experience was amazing and I can’t wait to go back again I love this restaurant. 10/10 would recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The place is on the water & beautiful. Although, it was bit of a weird vibe due being sat in front of all their silverware and supplies which was out in the open. They keep their bread out in the open. I get if it is more convenient but a lot of people are paying good money to come here, it would not hurt for them to serve warm bread. My fiancé & I went during lunch time so it was fairly slow and I felt like the workers were hovering over us asking if we were done every 10minutes so we felt super rushed to clear our table. It is a nice restaurant but I won’t be returning unfortunately unless they decide to change some things.

JB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s perfect for what it presents itself to be. If you are looking for fresh local seafood with a great view of the Bay in this neighborhood look no further.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We brought our family here with 2 relatives who are travelling, and the food was good. It's kinda pricey comparatively speaking but it still somehow met our expectations.

We just wanted to experience the restaurant with a view of the bay. And that aspect didn't disappoint.

QP
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our wait staff was fabulous and was great!

NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

EK
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hostess seated us at a wonderful table for two with a beautiful view of the water. The crab was excellent. The service was nothing short of top-notch (ask for Dolly).

JC
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A littlw pricy for the amount of food, but good food and service.

T
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

you can't beat the views from every seat in the restaurant. Great service and easy parking if you drive

AS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab Louis and the clam chowder was amazing. It equaled to the view we had. I turned 66 and have never been to Alcatraz . When I saw it looking out the window I text everyone I know and told them I’m getting closer. Lol. Thats how good a view we had. Anyway I really enjoyed my self and glad my fiancé took me there. Thank u Faye!!

OT
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Definitely enjoyed the food and the experience. The place was not very busy Monday night, and we got seated where the view of the water and Alcatraz was blocked by a post. With all of the empty tables., It would’ve been nice to have a view that wasn’t blocked in a little bit more space for six people. Beyond that though, it was a really great dinner

J
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is kind of my go to restaurant for a great view, great service and a wonderful array of seafood. It's kind of my special occasion place where I can bring new people and friends for the best on the bay. Tonight was no different, I made my reservation for 4 with OpenTable and I made the request of a table by the window because I wanted to impress my God-Son and his girl friend. They had never been to this special place before, but were thrilled at the end of the dinner. The 4 of us enjoyed, first our server, 8SaulG, perfect timing in the introduction to our table to the dessert at the end of our meal. Saul was there for each of our requests and questions. To start the meal we totally enjoy the Crab Fondue with little hard toast slices. My God-Son's girl friend really enjoyed the Crab sliders, a lot of flavor with vegetable on the side, great choice. My wife jumped into a bowl of clams, there were so many that she had to take the bread and soak up the juices to find the clams at the bottom of the bowl. My God-Son honkered down on a feast of Seafood Cioppino and believe me it was shared with his girlfriend with a delightful smile on both of their faces. And for me, it was my favorite go to dish, Crab Alfredo with a wonderful mix of perfectly cooked pasta and a full layer of crab on the top. Mouth watering to say the least, and I admit that I broke down and asked 8SaulG for a little Parmesan cheese to enhance more flavor. Everyone was filled with delight for the taste and aroma of all the food we had and shared. Great Love and conversation throughout the meal and beyond. Creamy, rich, buttery and chrisp were words among the table. Enjoyment throughout the meal. Then there was dessert! Oh my, for me it was the house-made frozen kustard ice cream. The kids had the Wild Strawberry Italian Cheesecake and my wife debated it all and ended up with the Chocolate Truffle Mousse Cake, which was little too frozen for using a spoon but 8SaulG was right there to add a fork.

DJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

my kids 11 and 13 years old loved crab/shrimp. highly recommend others that are local/visitors.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We’re regulars and the only thing we didn’t like was the changes on the menu :(

MG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing place and delicious food!! I can'wait to go back.

AR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always come eat here when I am in town. Your food can't be missed.

H
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I’m just not into flavored hot crab I like mine Cold & Fresh .. my bad 🤗
Next time I will try to order differently .
Our Waitress was fabulous our bus boy Amazing this is our Grandchildren’s happy place .
Connors 12 th Birthday choice again !
Great menu and a whole lot to shoes from my Hubby loved his fresh crab salad .

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my go to restaurant, the food is outstanding and the service is exceptionally good every time we visit.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

When we arrived at 9:30pm the manager was rude, she shouldn’t be a manager let alone in a customer service type of job. Horrible experience. I will not recommend this place to anyone again.

M
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our food was absolutely delicious! The crab melt was loaded with fresh crab. This place is expensive. Understandable for the fresh seafood, but a side of basic steamed veggies is $10!! Nice view. Our server, Marie D. was very helpful and attentive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Rude waitress

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Good food, but no crab forks available???

J
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We were seated at our table right away then after 20 min of waiting and not even having water yet we left.

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love eating here. Love crap and all the choices of crab they have here. Of course they have other choices, but crab is my favorite.
Drinks are very good. Day view is awesome, when it's clear.
Food arrives fast, hot and delicious!
Looking forward to our next dinner here.

CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was good without be outstanding
If it was.a example of the standard of food I would go back

EA
San Francisco
164 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The 2 of us had...
1/2 Crab apiece
Shared 1sm Calamari, 1Garlic noodles ,
1 Crab Fondue, 1sm grilled Shrimp,
1 House Salad w/Crab.
2 interesting Tequila drinks.
All dishes were spot on, better than the Dead Fish, though BOTH have KILLER views.

OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service.

VJ
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

A typical tourist seafood restaurant. Very pricy for items on the menu. .

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