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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 #327 of 4,919 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $40 - $60
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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Birmingham, Alabama
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207 reviews 207 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our seafood lunches of shrimp & crab were very good served by a kind helpful waiter. The views of the Bay were lovely on the 4th of July weekend 2014 ! The Art Deco decor was interesting & welcoming !

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Mexico City, Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a good place to set your bearings in the "Fishermen's Wharf", view is beautiful, service is ok.... But frankly, if it is good crab you are looking for, go to Sabella across the road..... Although they win a trophy for the most discusting bathroom in California.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Restaurant has excellent views, good (and very fast) service and good crab. Sunset views of Alcatraz and bay area.

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Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This restaurant has been the nicest restaurant that I have eaten in in San Francisco and the large windows with the amazing view definitely adds to it. The staff were very prompt and friendly. I ate there a couple of times in July 2013 and recommended it to a friend in June 2014 and her and her fiance loved it... More

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

Many thanks for the thumbs up! First you recommend us to a friend, and now this review -- we really appreciate the support! I'm not sure how often you make your way to San Francisco, but we would love to welcome you back sometime. Sincerely, Jim More

Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We had dinner here on a Saturday evening in July. We did not need a reservation and were able to sit outside. The service was fantastic. Our waiter was great. They have a huge menu with 12 pages of appetizers. My husband and I had the prosciutto appetizer, crab chowder, clam chowder and shared the crab enchilada dinner. It was... More

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

A great dinner? That's exactly what we want to hear. Thank you for sharing, Katie. It sounds like you and your husband made some excellent choices, but I'm happy you enjoyed all of it. Come back and see us again sometime! Sincerely, Jim More

Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Franciscan offer some great views of the ocean, which makes for a great setting to have your dinner! The food is great too. Though if you are a vegetarian, you might struggle a bit to fill yourself up. I specifically liked the Clam chowder bread bowl... it was awesome! as good as any you would get in San Francisco. Fish... More

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

You can't get much fresher than seafood by the sea! Thank you for joining us for a lovely dinner. We would love to see you again down the line. Sincerely, Jim More

Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel concierge as a good restaurant at the wharf. Food was OK, nothing that outstanding, but the view was great and service solid.

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

Martin, I wish that our food had hit that outstanding mark for you. I'm curious as to what you had when you were here. Either way, I'm glad that you were still impressed by our atmosphere and service. Thank you! Sincerely, Jim More

Clayton, North Carolina
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77 reviews 77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I had the famous Chowder Bread Bowl and it was excellent. Since I'd never had one before, I didn't know what to expect but this was great. You don't have to eat in the restaurant. You can just grab it from the street vendor. It's something you should experience if you're visiting SF.

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

Thank you, Tina! You're right, chowder in a bread bowl is definitely something to be experience. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. Sincerely, Jim More

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The view of the Harbour is good if you get a table window, but other then that it is a tourist trap. Expensive , poor quality of food and noisy. It was hard work to get the crab out and it was dried out. There is a good selection but over priced all the way around. As a couple said... More

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

John, dungeness crab is our bread and butter -- so it's disappointing to hear that you felt yours to be a bit dry. I know we can do much better than that! It's also concerning to hear that you sensed any sort of apathy from management. We wouldn't be here if it weren't for our guests, and we want people... More

Arlington, Virginia, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Yes it's in the sometimes culinarily challenge tourist area of Fisherman's Wharf.... but it's good! My family of four (two adults, two teens) started an 8-night California coast vacay with a first dinner here. It was a great entree into the trip - complete with the requisite sourdough bread and Dungeness crab. Yes, you're paying for the location and the... More

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

Many thanks for your review and recommendation, Mary Anne, we truly appreciate it! We hope to see you and your family back at our place again down the line. Until then, safe travels! Sincerely, Jim More

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