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Golden Crab House, San Francisco, CA

Golden Crab House

4.5
4.5
82 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
Golden Crab House is a Vietnamese inspired restaurant. At Golden Crab House our goal is to bring a combination of traditional and fusion flavors bringing our customers a unique and flavorful experience. Here at Golden Crab House, we serve only the freshest seafood. The Dungeness Crabs we serve year-round are either caught locally or from Washington state. Our Maine Lobsters are caught from the East Coast.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Home Style
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Vietnamese
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 702-6685
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Sunset District
  • Cross street
    19th and Irving
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    The 29 or 28 bus drops you off within a block's walking distance of our restaurant. Please bring your vaccination cards.
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 82 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Seafood

  • San Francisco

    Seafood

82 Reviews
  1. LazaroB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice low key spot good food and service definitely will be back

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  2. Jody

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced crab during crab season ($70 per crab!). Aside from the price, food was good, service was ok. One of the nicer restaurants in SF, ambiance wise.

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  3. MichaelK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All of the food was excellent. The string beans and eggplant were both exceptional. Both are common vegetable side dishes but this place did them at a much higher level. The crab of course is excellent and the real feature!

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  4. WillieC

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great to be open on Christmas Day so friends can have a great gathering

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  5. eLLe

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    They were out of half the items on the menu we planned on ordering. Not sure if that was intentional or just terrible planning for Christmas Eve, but if it was intentional, then we would have loved a heads up beforehand. Also, they didn't have enough staff working, only 1-2ppl taking orders. We had to remind the waiter multiple times about our drink orders.

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  6. JustJack52

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food here is quite good. Service +/-.The crab is very good but extremely difficult to eat. The ambiance is not why you would come here. It has the atmosphere of a diner. All in all, pretty good, but with all the restaurants in The City I doubt I'll return.

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  7. JANL

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Family gathered to celebrate, ordered a variety of things from the menu. Roasted Crab, shaken beef, house garlic noodles, crab fried rice, shrimp fried rice, ... the roasted crab with garlic was just okay, garlic was a bit grainy not fully incorporated into the sauce and the the crab fried rice was seriously missing the presence of actual crab. Others enjoyed their shrimp fried rice and shaken beef. Service was spot on. Cozy, inviting place. Street parking.

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  8. tony

    London

    129 reviews

    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing crab and noodles. Great sides.

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  9. tcfromSF

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent choice for crab and other delicious Vietnamese dishes. Parking is tough in the area but not impossible. We went on a Tuesday and there were plenty of tables available. Service was prompt and efficient.

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  10. Elle

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food & great service! Highly recommended.

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  11. tony

    London

    129 reviews

    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Every dish was delicious. Especially the garlic roasted crab. Generous pours of wine too. Highly recommend somewhat expensive but definitely worth it for the quality of the food.

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  12. NChin

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had the peppercorn crab for 2. It came with imperial rolls, and chicken cabbage salad. The crab was stupendous. I can’t believe the salad was only chicken and cabbage because it too was delicious.

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  14. JoleneJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was just ok. Not worth $72 a crab... For $75 per person dinner, I expected better. It was my first time, and probably my last. Also there was a family with 2 loud kids, and the parents did nothing to reprimand them from outside voice and running around. For $20 dinner, I'm ok with a bunch of loud kids and parents who do nothing but loud themselves too, but for $75 per person, No!

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  15. Moonie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything I tasted was good and flavorful. Their peppercorn dishes will be the reason I return.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, my favorite place for crab & garlic noodles! Service is friendly too. Highly recommend!

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  17. kmaintl

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time to Golden Crab House. We ordered garlic butter crab, garlic noodles and the waiter suggested peppercorn wings. Everything fresh. Service was excellent and the decor is good. We'll be back to try the peppercorn crab and crab fried rice on our next trip.

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  18. catherineb

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    we picked the menu for 4. Every dish was excellent. We enjoyed our meal very much

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great! Incredible service. Incredible food. A favorite of mine in San Francisco.

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  20. byat

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    we were supposed to go to ppq but it is only open for dinner so we went to its sister restaurant and ate at the golden crab with forever friends for a late birthday celebration. there were 3 of us.we ordered the set for 2 which included imperial rolls( crunchy with great sauce), cabbage salad( refreshing esp the dressing), garlic noodles(comforting) and crab. we chose the roasted garlicky crabs. sooo delish!! we put some of the garlicky sauce over the noodles. we also ordered shaking beef ( very tender!!)and bokchoy(the token guiltfree item which was soo good!). we had our bibs and tools for the crab which was already pulled apart and arranged under the shell like it's a whole crab. we had beer,thai iced tea and ginger ale for our drinks. it was a feast and we had our heart's fill! we came on a thursday(4/20) for lunch so it was not crazy inside.we were able to talk and laugh ,catch up and reminisce. our server was really nice and even took pictures for us. i would recommend the golden crab!!! i'll check out the other things on the menu and maybe try the other crab flavors.happy tummies but still had room for dessert and cake at tartine afterwards:) the day was festive in SF. it was 4/20!

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  21. Natalia

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The garlic crab was amazing! I would definitely be coming back. Our other favorite dish was the roasted aubergine, it was delicious.

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  22. Classic

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were unfamiliar with the menu so we ordered the crab plate for four( there were three of us). What came in rapid succession was chicken( delicious) multiple vegetables (OK) sea bass( delicious), and one very messy whole crab ( seemed previously frozen, the meat stuck to the shells). It all came at once with some things enough for six, others like the crab and sea bass barely enough for three. It was kind of fun and they helped us clean up ourselves with ample tissues, bibs, and napkins. I wouldn't order the crab again which should have been much tastier and fresher in the midst of local crab season, but would try the sea bass and chicken again, and maybe the flavorful egg plant!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've dined here numerous times, and every time, we have a wonderful experience. There were 4 of us this time. We ordered the set menu for 4 and added the peppercorn shrimp and peppercorn crab because we starved ourselves all day. Food was so fresh and delicious. Service was quick and attentive. We'll be back again and again because their crab is just that good!

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  24. SusanK

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was just wonderful. Careful if you are ordering a spicy dish because it will be VERY spicy. We will definitely go back.

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  25. Ninnys

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and our waitress was friendly and provided excellent service.

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  26. KristinaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu is pretty similar to PPQ and quality is just as good. Ambience is a lot nicer since it's an a new-ish space.

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  27. JCandAE

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was wonderful. Waitstaff seemed to be a bit short on people. Once we were able to order and request things it was ok but sometimes it was difficult to get someone’s attention

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  28. Karen

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and best crab in town. It was meaty and so flavorful.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful beef and lobster. Excellent service

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  30. Matthew

    San Francisco

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The crab so delicious and fresh. Service was impeccable. Every item we ordered was so delicious. Highly recommend the garlic crab with a glass of wine. Make a reservation the place fills up quickly.

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  31. Amantedelacomida

    Mexico City

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Fuimos a la cena de Thanksgiving y estaba lleno. Aún con reservación tuvimos que esperar por la mesa. Llegó un grupo de 6 después de nosotros (2) y llegaron tarde a su reservación. Pues les asignaron mesa antes para juntar dos mesas y no darnos la mesa libre a nosotros. El área de espera es la puerta. Parados dentro o fuera. Son como 12-15 mesas, pero al menos 3 son para 10-12 personas. Grupos grandes. La comida es muy buena. Pedimos el paquete para dos, realmente rico. A mi novio no le gusta la comida oriental ni el ajo, pero me llevó para consentirme… y la comida le gustó mucho. Vale la pena. Pero con un mesero y dos ayudantes para los casi 80 comensales que caben es muy poco. Los meseros no están uniformados, parece ser negocio familiar y “alguien” vino a “ayudar”. Los baños están sucios porque no hay personal que limpie. El área de “escamoche” de platos es justo afuera de los baños, es un tiradero, parece que entras a la cocina. Entonces… si son piki para el servicio o van poco tolerantes, no vayan. Pero si son foodies, no debe perdérselo.

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  32. LloydS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The five spice chicken had to have been the first one I've ever had. It was almost a of they took an old one and refried it to reheat it. Terrible. The crab singer did two was fine. Garlic noodles were good. Service was friendly

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  33. JCCA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good except for the soup, too watery. Everything was tasty especially their specialty crab. We had the baked butter crab. Its presentation looked good but it would be nicer if the crab shell could be pre-cracked.

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  34. Luke

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great service. Will definitely be coming back with my family.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bday dinner

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  36. maxwell

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ate here once & remembered the set menu and suggested to my coworkers to dine here. Food came piping hot, and everything was tasty.

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  37. Epicure

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    DELICIOUS! The crab, noodles, vegs, everything was delicious. This is the place to go for delicious and fresh crab in all kinds of forms. But be warned: they serve the kind of crab dishes you can only eat with your hands! Also, the service was ummm ... we were the only non-Asians and we were attended to last. We had to ask for something to drink while we waited, and the box of wet wipes they put on the table did nothing to remove the smell of crab after eating. Go, just don't wear anything fancy.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Horrible Service. We have been here several times and always enjoyed and had a good experience. This time we invited out of town family from Hawaii to treat the. To something special. While the hood was still spot on, the service was horrible. Every table around us received a shell bowl, crackers, bibs, and a tub of baby wipes. We had to ask for every single item. On top of that, one of our appetizers were sold out and no one bothered to tell us. When we finally asked about it after a long wait, the server said oh, it’s sold out and just walked away. Price for the crab also went up so it really isn’t worth it anymore especially with poor service. Would not recommend.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good love the service

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  40. ArnoldL

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife’s birthday celebration was awesome here. Staff did a terrific job.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Golden Crab House using the Order Online button. Golden Crab House also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Golden Crab House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 702-6685.

Golden Crab House is rated 4.5 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Golden Crab House

1830 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122-1818

Additional information

  • Cross street
    19th and Irving
  • Neighborhood
    Sunset District
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Vietnamese
  • Dining style
    Home Style
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    The 29 or 28 bus drops you off within a block's walking distance of our restaurant. Please bring your vaccination cards.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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