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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.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Hours of Operation:
Daily 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
$30 and under
Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Public Lot in front of the restaurant.
Two hours free parking with validation.
Private Party Facilities:
Semi-private dining with seating from 28 - 58 people. Banquet menus available.
Private Party Contact:
Stephanie Etienne: (415) 362-7733
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
Dessert was very good with iced custard and brookie (brownie-cookie). Rather, I mean to say outstanding. Coffee was drinkable, but not very flavorful. Fish and Potatoes were tasty and price worthy, however crab was not that great overall. Pricing, wait times, parking and traffic make it not worth the trip in my opinion unless you're a tourist out for some sightseeing.
We made a reservation for four on a Saturday night and had to wait 20 minutes but we were able to have a window with a view. This place has been around since the 50’s and us extremely popular for families as well as couples. It’s in a great location at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Our food was great. I had the seafood salad, My husband enjoyed the clam chowder, my friend had shrimp pasta and her husband enjoyed the seafood enchiladas. We thought everything tasted delicious and the prices seemed decent for the area. Great meal!
Brief online description gave us the impression of an upscale/fine dinning. We should have realized anything on the Piers are open to tourists. So, while we dressed for the White House, we ended up at McDonald's. But, attire aside, awesome food and mixed drinks. Seafood at these locations are pretty great. Reservations are definitely recommended.
Had reservations for 12:30pm, but got there at 1pm and they canceled my reservation. It was a very beautiful day in San Francisco and traffic was very heavy in the Warf area. I live in San Francisco and left 30 minutes early. However we only had about a 10 minutes to be seated.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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