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Franciscan Crab Restaurant

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups
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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
great location, interesting building, excellent food

a spacious, comfortable restaurant with good service and a very impressive menu. I think it was all fish dishes, so much variety that you'd never be lost to find something different. Also an excellent 'build your own' option. The seating is all upstairs, and tiered, so everyone seems to get a view... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

a spacious, comfortable restaurant with good service and a very impressive menu. I think it was all fish dishes, so much variety that you'd never be lost to find something different. Also an excellent 'build your own' option. The seating is all upstairs, and tiered, so everyone seems to get a view out across the bay. If you want a... More 

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Thank SyracuseE
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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The pasta and crab is to die for! While dining we shared everything and had nothing that was in the least poor at all.

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Thank Martin W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Crab fondue was excellent, table service was outstanding with great attention to detail. Wine I thought was a little pricey.

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Thank Martin S
Jose M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Martin, thank you for the fantastic review! It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed your recent dining experience! We're delighted to hear you enjoyed our delicious Crab Fondue. You can never go wrong with choosing Fondue! We're glad to hear our staff demonstrated the excellent customer service we pride ourselves in. We love knowing we were able to make your dining... More 

Minneapolis
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband had one thing on his bucket list- to eat Dungeness crab with me on the wharf. How could I say no to that? We chose the Franciscan Crab Restaurant for our meal. We came on a Monday, so it was easy to get a seat. The menu itself is unique, a book billed as a cookbook which you... More 

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Thank 524heathere
Jose M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing review, Heathere! We're thrilled to hear how much you and your husband enjoyed your first dining experience with us! It's fantastic to hear you came to Franciscan Crab Restaurant to try Dungeness Crab so your husband could check it off his bucket list. We're delighted to hear our delicious Lotsa Crab helped him do just... More 

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21 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We couldn't decide where to eat after walking around in the city. This area is a touristy part of town, but we always end over here? Pricy, every where around here is pricy. We have been hear before and it has always been a good experience, so we opted to go with what we know, knowing that we were going... More 

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Thank Joe F
Jose M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Joe, thank you for your kind words. We're happy to hear we've become your go-to restaurant in the area! We understand the value of consistency and do our very best to ensure our return guests receive exactly the experience they're expecting. We'll be looking forward to our next opportunity to demonstrate this to you even further! Hope to see you... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I met a friend for a drink and we weren't disappointed. We sat at the bar and could see Alcatraz, Golden Gate and the Bay - beautiful. Cocktail list wasn't bad either. My friend had to go to dinner elsewhere so I went downstairs and had the cioppina by myself - still with the great view out the window. The... More 

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Thank sbf67
Jose M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for your kind review. We're delighted to hear you found so much enjoyment in the atmosphere we've built here! You truly cannot beat that view, can you? We hope it won't be too long before you come back to share a meal with us upstairs! Thank you again for your kindness. We hope you have a... More 

East Peoria, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for some yummy crab and a great ambience, then Franciscan, at the Ferry Wharf in San Francisco is the place. Their sea food menu is extensive and their service is very attentive. Some of the waiters behave like old world butlers catering to your every culinary desire. Food is delicious, served beautifully and worth the money.... More 

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Thank Gauri M
Jose M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Gauri, thank you for the wonderful review. We thrilled to know you've fallen in love with every aspect of the Franciscan! We've worked so hard to build an excellent atmosphere, within which to serve our delicious menu! We'll be looking forward to serving you time and time again! Thank you again for your kindness. Take care, Gauri! More 

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137 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a window seat at sunset. Wow! The greeting was cheerful. Our server was Catherine from Estonia . She was Great. She kept our Wine & Water Glass full and provided plenty of bread. Her recommendations were excellent. She cut up our crab and provided extra melted butter and lemons. Great place with reasonable prices with a romantic sunset.

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Thank Bonarrigo
Jose M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Bonarrigo, thank you for the excellent review. We're delighted to hear you had the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunset with us! This is exactly the atmosphere we love sharing with our guests night after night! We're especially happy to know Catherine was a delight during your meal. We'll be passing your compliments along to her right away! Here's to... More 

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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are visiting San Francisco and enjoy seafood or steak, with amazing views of the bay, fantastic food, great service and a good atmosphere, the Fransican restaurant is a "must". We have eaten here every time we visit the city, and don't have any negative comments to make about it. Would recommend you make a reservation, as it's usually... More 

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Thank MagSMS11
Jose M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

MMHTS11, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us and the TripAdvisor community! Referencing us as a "must" in the San Francisco area means the world to us! We appreciate the recommendation. It's always nice to hear we're leaving a wonderful impression for all the guests dining at our restaurant. Making a reservation is always recommended!... More 

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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here on a weekend night and were surprised that we could get reservations. We thought maybe it's wasn't going to be good but that wasn't the case at all! My crab was delicious and my husbands crab enchiladas were as well! We had a friendly waiter who was also attentive! The "ice cream" was fabulous too! I... More 

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Thank sjems
Jose M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

sjems, thank you for leaving such a wonderful review for us and the TripAdvisor community! We couldn't be happier to hear you were able to make reservations! We highly recommend that to our guests. It's always better to be safe! The crab enchiladas are a HUGE hit at our restaurant. Is it your first time at Franciscan Crab? Then we... More 

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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: Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups

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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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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