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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

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (66)
Scenic View (59)
Good for a Date (32)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Casual (29)
Special Occasion (28)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Fun (24)
Good for Groups (21)
Bar Seating (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Romantic (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
People Watching (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Authentic (10)
Kid-friendly (10)
Cozy (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Business Meals (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and nice ambiance

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

The waitress was absolutely personable; attentive and kind!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome food - although the double shrimp and crab was a bit small -
Love the crab cakes and the crab pasta !
Our waiter needs some better people skills - he really didn’t like questions. I know it’s questions her gets every day but he should respond with the same zeal and sell the product .
We asked about a drink we saw at another table - he made no effort to help us out. Could I have asked the other table? Sure. Yet he is my go to guy and well he didn’t want a to earn a better tip.
Yeah we would still go again. It’s a small detail.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined 3 days ago

8:30 reservations and was only seated sometime after 9:15 after asking what the hold-up was. The moderate friendliness of the staff and the above-average quality of the food was not enough to dig the Frandiscan out of hole where the experience began.

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·Dined 3 days ago

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!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Place was super busy on a Sat night on a holiday weekend. Waited 25 min even with a reservation. Food is okay, not amazing.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a delightful experience eating here. My husband remembers it from decades ago and he was happy that it is still wonderful!

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Waterfront, Casual
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was delicious but I feel it was very overpriced and the bathrooms were filthy. We were unable to use the bathrooms they were disgusting.

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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and all around great service. Would recommend for nice evening outing. View is also great!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

Crabs were perfect. Beautiful view of the bay.

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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food, great view

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 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 7 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 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 on February 13, 2018

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 on February 11, 2018

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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 9, 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 6, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 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 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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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