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Franciscan Crab Restaurant

Pier 43 1/2, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415-362-7733
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Ranked #302 of 4,936 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $40 - $60
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Chowder
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Taylor
Transit: Muni: F-Line
Description: 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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Ladner, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Good cocktails, fabulous dinner and views of the bay and Alcatraz. Love the cool ambience and menus.

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Gatineau, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Great food, great view and great service. Seafood is their speciality and we enjoyed our meals. Our waiter was very nice and very helpful in selecting a really good wine from Sonoma valley.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was a business conversation over dinner. The waitstaff was very kind and attentive and took great care of us. We were seated by the window, looking out over the bay and Alcatraz Island. There were binoculars provided at the window, for a better view. I noticed that by the bar, there are small booths where a couple can sit... More

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We were there 30 yrs. ago and still love the place! Great view of Alcatraz, nice to walk along the wharf...

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Midlothian, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Located right in the middle of touristy Fishermans Wharf and a little pricey, so we were a bit skeptical. No need to be! It was excellent and well worth the extra dollars. We were seated right at the window overlooking the bay. Great for people-watching and they even supply binoculars for the distance viewing of Alcatraz and sailboats. What a... More

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

Well, I'm happy that we ended up exceeding your expectations! Thank you for the pat on the back. I'm glad you enjoyed everything that you ordered, and I am excited to pass your message along to Taji. We look forward to welcoming you back for a return visit! Sincerely, Jose Cuellar More

London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Eight of us needed a quick bite while waiting for the boat ride out across the Bay. The Franciscan was conveniently placed, just a few paces from the ferry terminal, so we thought we'd give it a go. We were not disappointed! We got a table straight away, even though it was a busy lunchtime. Fantastic service - our waiter... More

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Alta Loma, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I love the crab Alfredo and he roasted crab! The service is consistently good and so is the food! Enough said! Great service, great food, fabulous views of the bay and Alcatraz.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Right on the water at Fisherman's Wharf this place has good seafood & being from a coastal town in NC, I wanted to see the difference between Dungeness crab & our blue crabs. Both taste great but Dungeness crabs are less work so try em'! Being in the design business (kitchen & bath) I really thought the Art Deco design... More

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

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the dungeness crab, and I'm happy we could be a part of your first time giving it a try. If you find yourself back in San Francisco, we'd love for you to join us again! Sincerely, Jose Cuellar More

London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

This was our last evening in San Francisco and the view across the bay as the sun went down will leave us with a lasting memory of the city. Yes the restaurant is aimed at tourists but even tourists have standards. The service was friendly and efficient. The crab that we all tried was delicious. Messy but for our teenage... More

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

Your recommendation and review are greatly appreciated over here -- thanks! I'm happy we were able to be apart of your boys' first whole crab experience, and I'm looking forward to passing this along to the rest of the team. Sincerely, Jose Cuellar More

Quesnel, BC
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Unashamedly touristy, but quick and friendly service, decent price and a very good quality meal (and I'm from England, the home of fish and chips, so I should know!) Pleasant venue, too - seating indoor and out, perfect for families

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

Thank you for your kind words! It's wonderful to hear that kind of compliment regarding our food. I hope that you've been enjoying your trip. Sincerely, Jose Cuellar More

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