Franciscan Crab Restaurant

4.3
2765 reviews
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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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Cibo ottimo e tipico della zona portuale di San Francisco
Servizio poco preciso e menefreghista
Velocità della cucina nel far uscire i piatti davvero buona e rapporto qualità prezzo corretto

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RO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

The main point that detracted from the dinner was a homeless guy outside the window pulling his pants down while my 5 year daughter was looking out the window. We asked for a window seat for the view of the water and Alcatraz not a guy exposing himself.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Fast service but not too rushed. Fresh crab!

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o
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Not great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Vacation meal, fun time!!!

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DP
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came here for our 10 year anniversary. We decided to come here because this is the restaurant we came to for our first year anniversary. We loved our trip here. We made reservations through opentable which was super easy. We were stuck in heavy traffic and we were running late and the restaurant held our table for us. When were got there we were seated right away. We had requested a table with a view through the app and we were not disappointed. We had such an amazing view of the bay. We had such great service. I felt as though we were royalty because of how fast our service was. The waiter was very attentive. The food was so delicious. We barely saved room for dessert. When the waiter brought us our dessert, he was so sweet, he even brought us a little treat for our anniversary. We had an overall amazing experience and we will definitely come back here. We also definitely recommend this place to anyone who can get a chance to visit here.

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MM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service, beautiful view of Alcatraz and water, nice presentation of the food. The clam chowder was watery and didn't have much to it. I would not order again. We ordered 2 crabs and the presentation on a hot iron skillet was really nice. However, it did not taste so fresh or moist. It was good, but not great. And, given the price, I felt it should have been much better. The filet mignon was really good and probably the highlight. The ice cream sundae felt like it had been prepared in advance and frozen. While it tasted good, it didn't feel fresh. The view is great and I would come for a drink or app in the future.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us dined at The Franciscan, for a birthday celebration. Everything was perfect. This was the other couple’s first visit to The Franciscan, and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I think the food we got here was good, not the best we've ever had, but average. I had the cioppino, someone had the fish and chips, and another member of our party had the pick your fish and way of preparing it. One weird thing was that they could not accommodate a preference for only regular potatoes in my son's fries. They have a mixture of white potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, and I think olives and could not make a batch of just white potatoes. Why not? For this amount of money, I think we'd have a scratch kitchen and something like that is a non-issue. I was actually surprised when they said no to that. I'd say we all enjoyed our meal, but service was really fast, so in my opinion, that kinda cheapened the experience and made it feel like they just wanted to turn over tables. Not blaming them, I guess, as the restaurant is located in a prime tourism spot. We did really enjoy the waterfront scenery, so that made it a memorable experience. Waitress was very pleasant and someone always came around and refilled our water glasses, etc. Overall, a good experience, but it's probably not a place I'd return to with so many other choices in San Francisco.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My 3 teenagers and I surprised my husband and took him there for his 42nd birthday. We all really enjoyed it, but the waiter forgot that it was his birthday.

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MH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Just over priced for the amt of food. Wasn't wowed for the money spent. The view was nice.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf.Lovely food ,great ambience ,views and staff.

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HR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service staff was attentive and polite. The washroom was poorly maintained. Drinks and food were overly pricey and the quality could be better. The mussels and crab needed to be better cleaned prior to cooking. Calamari was over battered and tasteless. Nothing too exciting about the house salad.

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CB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered off the Prixe Fixe menu. It was a good deal for $39.99. The clam chowder was very good. The seafood was fresh. I’m not much of an ice cream eater, but the frozen custard dessert tasted great.

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T
110 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The bread was delicious!
Ordered a Caesar salad that was good, but the chicken on it was old and dry. The two pasta dishes that were ordered were good, as was the espresso.

Acceptable meal because the view was outstanding.

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SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Wonderful view and service with delicious bread and butter. Dishes are a tad salty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

we had the double crab and shrimp platter and 6 raw oysters. Double crab & shrimp didn't look like a double. the oyster sauce wasn't that great. I loved the service (Jupiter was his name?) I dunno...hahahaha

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CC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was very good, but was on the expensive side. Service was very friendly. Views were great.

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CN
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must visit restaurant - unique cuisine in a stylish setting.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant offers spectacular views of Alcatraz and the surrounding bay. The crab and steamer claims are both a must try when visiting this establishment!

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LH
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service, great prices and WONDERFUL mussels!

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CP
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Visit when in town.

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GT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique and creative menu. Fun ambiance. Great service. The wine list could be better. Not many choices. Would prefer higher quality wines available.

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M
Sacramento
35 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful day, so Alcatraz, Angel Island and Pier 39 were on full display through the large bay-facing window. Convenient free parking across the street. Never had a bad time here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Table was not ready until 25 minutes after our reservation. Service was generally slow and server forgot to give us utensils for the crab. Food was fine and the view is pretty, but probably won’t be back.

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KU
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This waitress Gulbarshin was great. She has unbelievable way of making averyone comfortable even in crowded corner. I loved her smile, politeness, courtesy and integrity! I will definitel come back again to have this excellent food, nice view and beautifull waitresses like Gulbarshin!

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OT
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was delicious, view was incredible. Service was absolutely terrible.

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P
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, great view of the bay. Very busy restaurant.

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MT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was not as good this time around maybe new chef's are rush job

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

View and service are excellent, food is quite small

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really enjoyed the half order of crab! The service was wonderful and we were full, no room for dessert.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Over priced for the food. Paying for the location.

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JM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The whole experience was excellent !!! Our table was overlooking the bay,our server was attentive as was the busser. Our food was outstanding !!!

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b
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, not absolutely great food. Service great. View fantastic. And your can hear.

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TR
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, drinks and view. Would go again.

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While dining on Delicious clam chowder and fresh crab we enjoyed the view of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Bay.

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MV
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for group, service was fast, food was amazing. Bloody mermaids were A+

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TB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with 3 of my girlfriends, and we had a great time, our server was the best!

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RH
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot. The view is spectacular and the food matches that.

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