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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

83% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (80)
Waterfront (64)
Special Occasion (38)
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Good for a Date (36)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Casual (26)
Good for Groups (26)
Great for Lunch (25)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Kid-friendly (22)
Fun (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Romantic (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
People Watching (18)
Authentic (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Business Meals (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Seasonal (6)
Cozy (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Great Beer (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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 5 days ago

Decent food. Good views. Reasonable value.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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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.

Tags: Scenic View
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The Franciscan Crab House is where I take all my new clients and friends visiting the city for the first time. It has an amazing view of the bay, including Alcatraz, and has the most delicious crab!! We also enjoy the cioppino and appreciate that the wine menu is lovely and not super overpriced. We always walk away happy that we took time to dine here.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This is just me speaking, but the menu was very unusual. Confusing, and don’t look for your standard seafood restaurant faire. If you like different options, this is probably a good choice. The $$ rating is misleading, most meals are $30+. Salad and sides are extra. What we had was good, but expensive and not what we were looking for.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We were running late and phoned to advise, when we arrived we were seated immediately. Very friendly staff. Great cocktails. Food was really good and the portions were very generous. A fun and enjoyable evening.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

We got the crab. It was very good, but tasted a little like popcorn. After a few minutes the waiter asked if we wanted melted butter. That made it taste better. Love the view. I do recommend, but would try different places before returning here.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent customer service. I made reservations 30 minutes prior to our arrival and we were seated in a timely manner.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

This place was slightly above average. We shared a number of plates. The octopus and crab pasta was good. The crab and mussels plate was not good....not enough crab, and the mussel meat was the size of a pea. Waterfront location is great and ambiance was nice, though loud drunk people at bar echoed where people were dining.

My hunch is this place knows they have a great location with business from tourists willing to overpay, so they probably will never try to improve the quality/quantity of food and make the prices more reasonable. I probably can't blame them for that, but if I was a local, I doubt I would ever come here.

This place was ok....def not great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Way overpriced

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 (Cornwall)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Fantastic views across the bay, very good food and service

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Birthday dinner celebration

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Enjoyable experience, food was good as was the service. Great view of SF Bay.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Leo was wonderful. Great meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The menu is extremely informative with a great assortment of special pictures showing how each marvelous meal looks which helps in your lection of what you want to eat!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Food was great. Great views. What's not to like?

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

it is a little bit expensive~but the taste is good. hope it can be some discount~ then I will go often

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

As I requested they sat us a table near the window although they made us wait for 10 minutes or so when we showed up at the exact time of reservation. But the service was overall good. And they validated the parking.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Sort of a SF staple, well-known, tourist site. Food is good, not stellar. Service is okay. It's a place that does well no matter what

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Rushed out by dishwaher by grabbing plates off our table while we ate.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Although the food was excellent, the server was, in this case the best part of the meal! Great recommendations where the most expensive item WASN'T recommended! Personable and engaged, our service was outstanding. Food was great, honored our reservation and all the restaurant personnel was very nice and friendly. Recommend this spot for locals or tourists!

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Poconos)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have visited this terrific restaurant twice in the past, 22 years ago and 15 years ago. When we returned to San Francisco I immediately made a reservation. We were given a beautiful table with a view of the bay and the lights of Alcatraz. Our meal was amazing. Mine was a chicken dish over pasta in a light spicy sauce. As a starter I had the chopped salad. Delicious! Great bread. Creamy ice cream for dessert. Attentive service. Thanks Franciscan❤️

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Went right there after we checked in to our hotel after A long flight. Food was wonderful the waitstaff exceptional. The jet lag melted away.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Very bland food. For the money I felt like I was at a diner. I felt very rushed! The food did not have many seasons on it at all. Overall I just would not choose this restaurant again.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We had a good seafood meal with a great view. Can be pricey

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