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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

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food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (65)
Waterfront (61)
Special Occasion (37)
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Good for a Date (32)
Casual (26)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for Groups (23)
Local Ingredients (22)
Great for Lunch (22)
Worth the Drive (19)
Kid-friendly (19)
Romantic (17)
Fun (17)
People Watching (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Comfort Food (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Authentic (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great Beer (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

Visited a blast from the past. They’ve remodeled to be more contemporary. The view they have is still one of the best.
From our greeting from the hostesses to the wait staff our experience went downhill. The restaurant wasn’t clean nor were the restrooms.
Ordered the calamari appetizer which was the highlight of the meal. The dungeoness crab and fried potatoes with corn were overdone. The sundae was huge but all the chocolate was on the walls of the cup not on the ice cream.
The perception received was that we were an inconvenience. Not a good dining experience. Hopefully they redirect their energy into what made them great in the past. Good fresh food served at a reasonable price. They failed this time.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great experience

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was good but the surly waiter just ruined it for us. The problem is with a tourist spot like this no one cares, after all in a few days we go home. I was assured there would be gluten free options for my wife only to be told by the server all she could have was the soup. This was after sitting there for 30 min. before he even came to the table.

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·Dined 5 days ago

We have been going to this restaurant for years every time we are in San Francisco. The food is excellent every time as is the service. I highly recommend Franciscans for great seafood right on the water!

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Every time someone comes to visit this is the place to eat crab and as usual they've always done the job just right ...

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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

Awful food and service, overpriced menu, and major Tourist Trap. I would not recommend it at all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Reliable joint to take guests and family, with expansive Bay view and classic SF feel.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Worst seafood Cobb salad I have ever had! Very skimpy amount of crab and shrimp, yucky iceberg lettuce, tomato skins so tough you couldn’t chew them! The price for this terrible salad was astronomical! I will not go back to the Franciscan. I will go to Scomas.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Crab was overcooked.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Yum! It was better than I expected. We ordered the crab fondue appetizer; it was delish!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent service, the food we delicious, validated parking. Very kind and helpful waiters. Just great. Thank you Franciscan.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Would not go here for a special occasion or a date. Food came out very fast... almost too fast. Which questions how fresh everything was prepared.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

I haven't been there in a long time an I felt like it being my husband's birthday week it was a good reason to go and I'm happy that my husband, my sister, my brother, an myself had a wonderful time. We will be back.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Late-night Find, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, People Watching, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The view was nice looking over the water. Service was horrible! Waiter barely paid attention to us. We had the crabs. There was hardly any meat on the crab ( less than normal). Meal was around $180 for 3 average meals.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It could become your memory

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We wanted to see sf at night
Windows were dirty so we didn't get a great view
It was a good spot if only cleaned

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We take family & friends to The Franciscan whenever we ferry over to the city...💕

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Keep up the good food & service. Long term staff knows how to take care of any requests.

Improve communication with customers especially describing what’s in the order. For example, Irish Coffee has alcohol in it and not surprise us.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great! Would like to have seen more options on menu

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had Thanksgiving lunch here. It was a great spot and the service was very good. The food was ok, the mail meal was a bit disappointing . The pie was very nice.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food quality was poor. My children ordered fish and chips. There were no chips but were unidentifiable vegetables. The waiter was attentive and because we went for dinner it was dark, therefore no views of the harbor. The location is great but that’s about it.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Decent food. Good views. Reasonable value.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The menu was an interesting read. The quality of the crab was excellent. However, our waitstaff seemed no better than what you’d get at Denny’s and floor was covered in crumbs and more. Great view of the bay!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This place was great and right on the water. The food was excellent and we had great friendly service. I would recommend this place to all who are looking for a nice dining experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My favorite seafood comfort restaurant . Love the historic atmosphere & the friendly staff

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very tasty house specialty- Dungeness crab. Very large portions, so don’t over order.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

I had oysters as an appetizer and they were very meaty and fresh but maybe not as "clean" tasting as I'm used to - perhaps it's because it was fresh out of the water (so a tad more salty perhaps).

For my meal I had the crab legs. Maybe a personal preference in how I like crab served, but their style of crab legs was very different than what I'm used to having (more steamed). It came out cooked on a skillet and was soaked with their garlic butter sauce. The sauce made it really messy to handle and eat and didn't add much flavor to the actual meat itself. Beyond that, the crab was overcooked and a tad dry - perhaps because of the skillet cooking? Some of the edges of the legs were even charred a bit.

Other than that, nice ambiance for a casual meal with a great view. Not as much of a date night ambiance though.

Tags: Quick Bite, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We go on a regular basis. One of my favorites for crab.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a special occasion so we ventured into the City. What a horrible experience. The service was slow, the food mediocre, wild noisy little children running all over the place, over priced AND they ignored the special occasion while the table around us had special recognition. Would never recommend what we had heard was renowned.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This a San Fransico Wharf must... Great fresh shrimp and crab everything is fresh the clam chowder is excellent the view is incredible lots of people watching fun, the service is impeccable however if you can make a reservation here on the weekend it's best because it is a tourist attraction. You pay for what you get its not cheap but worth every dollar!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Waterfront, Healthy, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food quality was surprisingly low. Seafood was salty, dry, and over cooked. $$$ for what you get. Will not be going back.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our service was very good although the restaurant had a lot of open tables. The place is very large. The food is not worth what you pay. The crab was over done and you have to peel the shrimp. I would compare the place to a very large diner. It was not the ambiance we expected. There are much better places to get crab in the area for similar prices. Not the worst place but I would not go back. Go to the Boudin restaurant next door for much better food.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Good place in a great position on the bay. Good food, a little bit noisy

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I went here based on a suggestion from a friend who usually has great suggestions. The mark was missed here. The atmosphere is a bit too bright so if you're going for a romantic dinner, pass on this spot. It feels like a bright red Johnny Rockets 50's diner. The staff was friendly and attentive. I ordered the fish and chips. The menu (which is a book of pictures which made the experience feel cheap), had a picture of the fish and chips which was more like fish and roasted potatoes. I even asked if the potatoes could be fried more like chips and was told they would be. What I received was still fish and roasted potatoes. The fish was good, but the batter could've been a bit more crispy. My girlfriend ordered spicy shrimp with pasta. It was decent, but not great. My expectations for a restaurant right in the Wharf were a bit higher than this experience panned out to be. I've been to Scoma's (closed on Sunday) and this was more of what I was expecting.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

the food was amazing
service was slightly slow due to occupancy
extremely loud but sat close enough so it wouldn’t matter
over all amazing night

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Felt like a tourist trap- expensive, average food, high prices.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great birthday dinner!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This is the second time I am visiting this restaurant with my husband. It is considered a very touristy place due to the location but the seafood is incredible. I will definitely will recommend this place to everyone who likes seafood especially crab legs.

Tags: Scenic View, Disabled Access, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We took some friends visiting from Virginia here. Great San Francisco experience and incredible view. They loved it. We've been here several times before. Supposed to be a tourist spot but we live here and enjoy going for the crab fondue and crab enchiladas and of course the view. Friendly and good service for such a big place. Almost every table has the great view of the bay and Alcatraz. Maybe a little pricey but the prix fixe meal is a good deal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Casual, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

What a view! Can’t beat the location. The other nearby restaurants have a side view of a parking lot but this one is front row.

The food was delicious and large portions. We had the fish and chips, where the batter was just right in crispyness and thickness. There was more fish than batter! The vegetables and potatoes that came with the fish (no chips...healthier) were grilled. They were small bites of corn, olives, carrots and pearl onions. The small potatoes were so creamy and delicious, perhaps Yukon gold.

The fettuccine was cooked just right and great flavoring.

The server was very attentive.

I thought for being an old restaurant that it would be more of a tourist trap with mediocre food and overpriced. But it is the opposite. You get your moneys worth!

And a breathtaking view of the bay and Alcatraz.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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