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Franciscan Crab Restaurant

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Chowder, Seafood
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Pier 43 1/2 Fisherman's Whalf, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Taylor)
Muni: F-Line
+1 415-362-7733
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Named best food at the Wharf by Sunset Magazine. Enjoy breathtaking views...
Named best food at the Wharf by Sunset Magazine. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge while feasting on fresh seafood & more.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food, beautiful views

Crab everything! We had the crab enchiladas and they were amazing! For dessert, we tried the chocolate sundae in a large frosted mug and it was enough for three of us. The views of the ocean from the large windows in this restaurant are as good as the food!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Martha F
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Hernando, Mississippi
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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New Jersey
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

Overall the food was not bad -- I ordered the Clams Fetuccine and it was good but a bit salty. My nephew ordered the Crab Enchilada and after the meal he wanted to go back again -- he said there was a lot of favors and it was very good. I don't think you will be disappointed at this restaurant.... More 

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Teasdale, Utah
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39 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Our second of three nights seafood. We both ordered the grilled halibut with acini di pepe pasta and grilled vegetables. The halibut was dry - left on just a minute too long and the vegetables were way overcooked. The pasta was excellent. We also noticed that the restaurant is loud, noisy.

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Gene M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Larry, thanks a lot for taking the time to offer your feedback to us. We want to start by apologizing for providing you with a lackluster dining experience. We'll be sure to pass along your concerns to both out management and out culinary teams. Please know that we are always looking to improve, and your input helps us out tremendously... More 

Hernando, Mississippi
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Crab everything! We had the crab enchiladas and they were amazing! For dessert, we tried the chocolate sundae in a large frosted mug and it was enough for three of us. The views of the ocean from the large windows in this restaurant are as good as the food!

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Gene M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the awesome review, Martha! We're so glad you had such a positive dining experience at the Franciscan! It's always rewarding to hear back from a satisfied customer. We've noticed you have a rather exquisite palate, as you mentioned a number of our own personal favorites in your review. We are so delighted to know you enjoyed everything as... More 

san francisco
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I don't usually recommend restaurants in tourist central areas. But this one at Fisherman's Wharf is worth the visit. $39 for a 2 pound whole crab is reasonable. You could get 2 crabs for $75. They have great steamed clams. The juice is buttery and great for dipping.

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Gene M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

We really appreciate you taking the time to share this review with us on our TripAdvisor page, wangshiyi. It's so awesome to hear how pleased you were with your dining experience at the Franciscan! We can't stress enough how much your recommendation means to us; thank you for that! We will be sure to let our culinary team know how... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We stopped at the Franciscan while visiting Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 to get a bread bowl of clam chowder while enjoying the view. We ordered the chowder and the calamari appetizer. The chowder was okay. The calamari was very tasty. Service was good and the ambiance is great.

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Gene M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Brandynik, we would like to start by letting you know that we really appreciate you taking the time to review us here on our TripAdvisor page. We're very glad that you felt satisfied enough with your dining experience at our restaurant to review us so highly. We sure hope you'll be back again soon for more of our scrumptious dishes!... More 

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

With no reservations, our party of 9 wandered Fisherman's Wharf. Looking for something on the water and drawn by this restaurant's diner-like deco exterior, we gave it a shot. We were seated almost immediately. Not exactly a water view but water-esque on the side. It didn't look like there were any large tables along the water side windows. The menu... More 

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Gene M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much, pbadeer, for taking the time to write up this review of our restaurant! We really appreciate it when our awesome customers take time out of their own busy schedules to share their experiences with us here on our TripAdvisor page. We're so that you and your party were so satisfied with the Francsican! Nothing is more... More 

Lafayette, California
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200 reviews 200 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

i've been coming to this restaurant for many, many years - and keep coming back for good food, incredible views and great service. The crab is fresh in season and served a number of delicious ways. Coupled with one of the best views in SF, excellent friendly service, good San Francisco sourdough and a glass of wine, the restaurant is... More 

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Gene M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, LightFighter, for taking the time to share your experience with us! Your outstanding patronage truly means the world to us; we look forward to seeing you back for years to come! Nothing is more important to us than the satisfaction of each and every one of our awesome customers, so reading your review was certainly reassuring for us!... More 

New Prague, Minnesota, United States
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90 reviews 90 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I recently ate at Franciscan Crab Restaurant on June 21, 2015. Food and service are worth the higher price for this place. If this review was helpful in any way click the "yes" box below.

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Gene M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

310waynet, thank you for your review. We're pleased to learn you think very highly of the Franciscan Crab Restaurant. It is our priority to go above and beyond to accommodate our guests and provide them with a delicious meal every time they choose to dine with us. Therefore, it brings a smile to our face to learn that the food... More 

Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Booked on a whim before heading to the airport. Wanted filling and traditional seafood fare before getting on a cross country flight with peanuts and pretzels. The original chowder should not be missed. The seafood Alfredo flavorful and chunky and had more seafood than pasta! The 3 course deal is a value. It is finished with their homemade vanilla custard... More 

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Gene M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much, alilly5, for this outstanding review of the Franciscan! We really appreciate you taking time out of your day to share this experience with us. It's fabulous to hear how satisfied you were with not only your meal, but also the service we provided you. We will be sure to pass your gracious words along to the... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Every table in this place has a view facing the bay so for that it is amazing. However the food was not as amazing. Nothing really stood as noteworthy at my table in which we ordered, the crab sliders (served cold salad style), crab chowder, Crab alfredo, and the shrimp skillet. They have a fast serve window downstairs which has... More 

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Gene M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, Familymanbuyer, for taking time out of your schedule to review us here on our TripAdvisor page. We are constantly striving to improve, and your feedback helps us out tremendously in doing so. We are glad to hear that you were able to enjoy the view, despite the overall lackluster experience you had with us. It is disappointing to... More 

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Additional Information about Franciscan Crab Restaurant

Address: Pier 43 1/2 Fisherman's Whalf, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-362-7733
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 40 - 60
Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pier 43 1/2 Fisherman's Whalf, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
    (Taylor)
  • Public Transportation: Muni: F-Line
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: +1 415-362-7733

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 60
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions

Description

Named best food at the Wharf by Sunset Magazine. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge while feasting on fresh seafood & more.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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