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About Franciscan Crab Restaurant

"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.

Pier 43 1/2
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

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

Cross Street:
Taylor

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(415) 362-7733

Website:
http://www.franciscancrabrestaurant.com/

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

Public Transit:
Muni: F-Line

Executive Chef:
J.C. Becerra

Private Party Facilities:
Semi-private dining with seating from 28 - 58 people. Banquet menus available.

Private Party Contact:
Stephanie Etienne: (415) 362-7733

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

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

Franciscan Crab Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (64)
Scenic View (59)
Good for a Date (32)
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Good for Anniversaries (28)
Special Occasion (27)
Casual (27)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Fun (23)
Good for Groups (20)
Comfort Food (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
People Watching (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Romantic (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Authentic (9)
Kid-friendly (9)
Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Business Meals (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food, great view

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·Dined 2 days ago

We had fish and crab for dinner. that were both over cooked. Service was slow.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was great. Food was amazing and the energy was exceptional

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Line of about 20 people just to sign in with reservations! Sat on deck, quiet and heaters worked well! So got to skip the line!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Hostess was not helpful, regarding our special needs for seating. First drinks order took a long time and restaurant was not busy. Quality has gone down since we went last year.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 7 days ago

I had reserved a table with a good view which really wasn’t taken into consideration since it was a birthday celebration. I was seated by the restroom and it was disappointing. Pasta was really oily and our crab was really small for a whole crab since it was $$$. This was my second time here and it wasn’t like my first experience which was much more inviting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place to take out of town guests for the amazing view. Food is not great but it's fine for a touristy restaurant. It is on the pricey side for the food but again it's an outstanding location with amazing views which is what you are paying for.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food great service top SF destination

No other comments........

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Waterfront
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great seafood, crab fondue was amazing. It’s not a black tie place but good food for a good value, what more can you ask for.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Was expecting more out of this restaurant. Food was just ok

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

My husband and I had a wonderful time in this restaurant! Everything was so delicious, our drinks were amazing, the cioppino and dungeness were incredible. Service was fantastic! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Did not have our reservation that was confirmed through Open Table and the food was below average.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The Hostess greeted us with a big smile & with professionalism & enthusiasm! Our waiter was so very polite and did an excellent job making sure all of our needs were met! The food was so delicious I had the crab Alfredo and my husband had the skillet with mussels, shrimp and crab. It was so flavorful with butter and garlic! We will definitely be back to dine here again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food is good. A little pricey, but very good. Crab is excellent!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

2nd visit and it was as good as the first time
Great service, crab fondue is amazing and decent wine list.

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Fun, Tapas, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Most of our items had so much sodium we could not eat them so we left them.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Arrived 3 minutes early, the host would t seat us until our designated time even though 3/4 the restaurant was empty. Then ended up seating us 10 minuets late. The waiter was okay but got the food wrong, and the place was really loud. Could barley hear the person across from you. The food was mediocre for the price and wasn’t as good compared to other restaurants around there. All in all won’t go back again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Needs to be updated- from the decor to the menu. Just ok

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We got sat really fast and when i order my food it only took a few mintues for the first item it was perfect! The filet Mignon was cooked amazingly for my husband he loved it and my crab melt was perfect!! Even my calamari was extremely tasty perfect seasoning! Very nice waiter and the buser kept the area very clean. We enjoyed our experience extremely to were we want to ce back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great spot to take out of town guests- location is on the water in Fisherman's Wharf. Make reservations- although they accept walk ins, Open Table makes it super convenient to ensure a table at your desired time. Their food is consistently good- not fantastic and the best seafood ever- but for the location, price, ambience it is one that can't be beat.

Try the Calamari- it is always cooked to perfection, seasoned well and served with marinara type sauce. Their chowders are delicious- always one of the best on the wharf and in the area. We have had several fish dishes cooked several ways, their crab sandwiches, seafood stew- all above expectations for a place that sits in the middle of a tourist trap.

They offer validated parking in the lot right outside of their restaurant next to Boudin's- always a must to stop in here and buy a loaf (or three) of fresh baked bread- free Parking in this area is worth a trip to the restaurant itself. 3 hours FREE parking is a gem in a city that parking is the most valued commodity.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Casual, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Disappointing food. Had crab chowder and crab enchiladas neither of which had much crab. Wouldn’t rush back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

good taste of crab. but costy

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Yuri is the best waiter we have had in a long, long time. The wait staff is extremely attentive and eager to please. The food was excellent albeit a little on the pricey side. Still not bad for the value we experienced in ambience, service and waterfront views.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food, excellent service. Thank you for a wonderfully memorable evening!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The service and food was awesome! Can’t wait to come back and get more crab 🦀.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The octopus carpaccio was soaked in oil, no capers or lemon and they used hot pepper flakes... essentially too much spice for a tender flavor of octopus.
Pretty unpleasant if I wasn’t starving and lacking time.... would never go back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Best Crab in town!!! have been there several times and the food/service never disappoints!!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I wish the servings were bigger. Other than that everything was great

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Frozen crab served after I specifically asked if it was fresh. Extremely disappointed after going there a couple of times before over the past couple of years. We went to Scomas the next day, they had plenty of fresh cough crab.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Unfortunately the food was very disappointing. The lettuce for the Cesar salad was old with darkened edges. The mussels were dry, not plump, and was drenched in so much butter. Lastly, the crab was also dry and not moist. I paid too much money for low quality seafood.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Good food, fresh seafood, friendly staff, beautiful view on Alcatraz Island, nice style.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Loved the crab but felt the portion was small for the price

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The hostesses were very rude. Bought a bottle of wine at bar while waiting for our table and we were given someone else’s check, helps to read the check. Then when our table was ready, we were seated in a booth for 2 people and not 4 people. I asked the hostess if they have the number of my party correct and I was told yes 2 and that’s when I corrected and said 4 which the hostess said oh yeah the table is for 4. Our waiter was great, friendly, courteous, checked on us, the hostesses should take lessons from him. The food was good, but pricy but it’s expected for a restaurant on the SF pier. I don’t know if it’s a place I would go back to

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 30, 2017

What’s the point of a reservation.....We made a reservation and had to wait 45 minutes past our reservation time to get seated. It appears to be a very touristy spot and very crowded. The crab was good and our waiter was good!

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Definitely one of my favorite restaurant in san Francisco,
i love the food
Service is super 5 times i been there every time is been a good waitress
I LOVE IT

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Getting a little shabby looking but overall it was ok .

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Tourist trap but fun if you like fried, expensive, and old school. This is a classic SFO waterfront institution.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I have eaten at a lot of seafood restaurants. This was not a good value at all for what you get. The best thing we had was not even seafood. It was bruschetta. Very very overpriced. $13 drinks. Crab Louis for $30. The calamari tasted strange and the clam chowder was nothing to write home about either, believe me. Very bland. Would not go back. The wait staff was above average, however. So 3 cheers for them. Great tips on overpriced food!

Tags: Bar Seating, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was outstanding, anxious to try other menu items. It has been a long time since our last visit, plan to visit again soon. All staff provided good service, only downside us the noise level.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Great view, great service and I love the retro 50s style of the restaurant. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Plus parking is easy. If you get your ticket validated in the restaurant, parking was free.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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