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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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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (68)
Scenic View (60)
Good for a Date (35)
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Special Occasion (32)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Casual (29)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Fun (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Local Ingredients (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Romantic (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
People Watching (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Authentic (8)
Business Meals (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Cozy (5)
Healthy (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 15, 2018

good taste of crab. but costy

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 14, 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 14, 2018

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

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·Dined on January 13, 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 6, 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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·Dined on January 6, 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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·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 2, 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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·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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·Dined on December 31, 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 31, 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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·Dined on December 31, 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 30, 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 29, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 29, 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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·Dined on December 29, 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 28, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I brought my Mom here after a trip to the city to see Alladin. It was a lovely place, but you're definitely paying for the location/view rather than great food. Everything we ordered - clam chowder, seafood fettucine, and even the lemon torte dessert - was good but nothing special, and expensive for the quality. $10 for a cup of soup and $35 for the fettucine (though it was big enough for two). The bread was good, and my Mom had a mojito that was very good. Also, it was right on the wharf and the view was lovely. The place itself is cool too. I can't say I wouldn't go there again, but there are certainly other places I would try before going back.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food was awesome. The crabs were a little smaller than last year but really good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Crabs were delicious to say the least! I’ll be back every time I’m in Frisco

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic, Spicy
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

This restaurant was one of the few opened on Christmas Day. I made my reservations online for 8:30pm and got there on time and I noted two hostess tending to one lady. My friend and I patiently waited however 10 min went by and more people were approaching this small waiting area, in the way of waiters carrying food, patrons just passing through and a live crab tank. I walked up to the hostesses and tried to get their attention but they were both not paying attention to people lining up to either be placed on a wait list r who had reservations. I finally was able after 15 min get the attention of an African American girl with glasses and told her I had reservations and it’s been 20 mins however she told me she was busy and I had to wait. She continued to just stand there doing nothing. A white lady walked up to her and said she had reservations and unbeknownst to me, the afrian American girl gave a waitress menus and had her seat her crew. Really??? I went back up to her and said I have reservations too and do u know she had to nerve or tell me I needed to wait, didn’t even ask me for how many or what the issue was. I finally had to get aggressive in tone and she finally had someone seat myself and my friend. What kind of establishment is this? Where is the customer service etiquette? If u are the owner r manager Please have your team go through customer service training. This was supposed to be a great and stress free dinner and instead I felt as though my friend and I were invisible. First impressions r ever lasting. I must say the service by the male waiters was EXCELLENT and they r the only reason I gave the ratings I did. Those waiters busted their butts at each table as I observed them give excellent service. Those lazy hostesses should learn a thing r two from them. Better yet, they shouldn’t have anything to do with patrons; I suggest they should be placed as busters

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Our reservation was at 8:15 pm, when we arrive they told us that we had to wait from 30 tu 45 minutes. We had to seat outside and it was so cold and tgen we had to wait a lot for our orden to be taken.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

The salad was good, small crab was great but too expensive, needs a vegetable & starch too. I saw few vegetarian options (did I miss something?) so had a salad. Menus is too limited, unless you want to order several main dishes. I remember only 2 full meals offered- nothing for me of course.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Good food but wait way too long for drink services.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

It was a busy Christmas night. Our waitress was delightful. Even with reservations we waited over an hour to get our table. They gave us a comfortable table. The food was fine. Drinks were overpriced.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The place is just dirty everywhere .. under the table , table ... not being clean properly .
but the Asian lady server we had is just nice and very accommodating . She make sure our area is clean ...but over all we can see the place needs more cleaning ... proper cleaning . We noticed other people that takes the dishes away ... the way they wipe the table is just disgusting . Please practice proper hygiene and proper cleaning of the table area . Yucky !
Good seafood though .. we enjoyed the foods !

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food wasn’t what I expected to be. We got the crab melt, short rib, sea bass, octopus and shrimp/crab skillet. Out of all of that the only thing that wasn’t dry was the shrimp. Good thing they actually give a good amount of shrimp. The dessert however was good. We got a lemon cake which was amazing even though they served us melted ice cream to go with it.

The service was horrible. I understand I came on an extremely hectic day which was Christmas however there wasn’t one good experience with any of the staff. I made a reservation and noticed there was a line so I went to ask and the hostess cut me off right away directing me to get in line. I wait in line for about 10 minutes to check in and when I finally do, everyone arriving gets seated before me after waiting another 10 minutes passed my reservation. I go to ask her and she points to the person seating people and says “oh yeah, they’re waiting there too”. We get seated and wait another 10 minutes just to get served water. The server in our section is continuously walking back and forth serving other people while making eye contact with us but not engaging for our order. Bread is served from someone else who says our server will be over to take our order. 15 minutes pass and we ask someone else to take our order. Our server finally comes over once he sees and then tries to engage us although the order had already been taken. We didn’t see our server for the rest of the night and had to flag down someone else for the bill.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Restaurant was packed Christmas Day and understaffed as service was unusually slow and hard to track down our waiter for a couple of issues with two of our entrees.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We had a reservation for Christmas and were seated immediately. Sat by the window so had a great view of the bay and sea lions at play. Food was very good and despite the fact that it was very crowded, service was also very good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

The service was exceptional ! We were seated as soon as we arrived, no waiting (we did have reservations). The food, crab and calamari, of course, was superb! And our view of the Bay and Alcatraz Island was dramatic.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We enjoyed the view, the food, the service, and the ambience. Perfect in every way!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 25, 2017

EVEN THOUGH OUR RESERVATION VIA OPEN TABLE WAS NOT RECORDED, they worked us in..... WE HAD A FINE TIME WITH GOOD FOOD..next time we would hope to acquire a reservation on the heated outdoor patio!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Super frustrated with a fish and chips that doesn't have chips! And nobody told us. My kid didn't eat... The fish... Tastes... Still don't know.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Service was slow, and there was dirt on the floor. Didn't get food until after an hour. Too much noise... very unpleasant dining experience

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very unfortunate that on the night that I proposed to my girlfriend, we decided to book a reservation at the Franciscan... we booked a reservation for 8-8:30 for 5 people. (My now fiancé, brother, mother, sister and I), when we arrived there, we had to wait in line with everyone (including people who had not even booked a reservation), and to make it even more disrespectful on such an important night for both; my fiancé and I. We never got a table, they told us that we would have to wait in line to even talk to a buzzer and that we had to wait 30-45 mins to be seated (altough we had already made a reservation?!)... that was one of the most disrespectful things I've ever encountered on such an important night for us. I will never recommend this restaurant to anyone, ever. Have the decency to at least reserve the table for someone who took the time to make a reservation, otherwise just don't allow reservations. Pathetic, unprofessional, disrespectful are the three words I have to use to describe my experience. We left without even eating. So thank you for ruining a once in a lifetime moment.

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