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Franciscan Crab Restaurant

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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
2 lunches in 2 days, 1 great, 1 so-so

We went 2x for lunch, first one was stellar, 2nd was disappointing. Fish and chips the first time were memorable, simple lunch, but fish was perfect, planks, flaky, dippable, wonderful, cravable, fries simple and wonderful, can't remember our other item but it was excellent as well. Also had 3... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Dejavu91155
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Atlanta, Georgia
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Oslo, Norway
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Yes, very touristic, and we were not sure if we wanted to go... But so glad we did. Excellent seafood, lovely view, good ambience. Quite nicy, but lovely.

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Seattle, Washington
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I really liked this restaurant and I'll tell you why. We (a group of 4) went in for something light, not a full meal, but why miss the opportunity to eat with this view. So we had chowder, not a full meal, just chowder so the price wasn't exorbitant. Now the view, let me be clear, it's amazing and the... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

First off the views out the window of this restaurant were amazing. Absolutely incredible. The food was okay, the service was very fast but not terribly friendly. The prices were very high. It's not a bad spot to stop into but be prepared to pay and don't expect ultra high end food

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Atlanta, Georgia
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We went 2x for lunch, first one was stellar, 2nd was disappointing. Fish and chips the first time were memorable, simple lunch, but fish was perfect, planks, flaky, dippable, wonderful, cravable, fries simple and wonderful, can't remember our other item but it was excellent as well. Also had 3 beignets, he added a 4th as a comp, great guys on... More 

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Manteca, California
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220 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We had been here once before and I wrote a great review. I am not sure what happened this time. I had made a reservation and told them it was a special day for our daughter. She had picked here because of our great rave about it before. But when we arrived we were put in a corner and the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is completely a tourist restaurant. All of the tables have a view of the ocean and there are photos of all the stars that have dined there. Food was ok but expensive. We had fun. As an alternative, you could walk along the wharf through sunset and then dine elsewhere.

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

Beth, thanks for sharing your feedback with us. It's upsetting to hear that you were not entirely satisfied with your dining experience at the Franciscan, but we're glad that you still had a good time at our restaurant! It's great to know that you enjoyed yourself. Please know that we are always striving for improvement! Thanks again for reviewing us,... More 

Pocatello, Idaho
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Choices of where to eat are everywhere. Warf front space is a premium. That is why the prices are so high. Honestly, you can do better. The Franciscan was extremely busy and that pace can't be kept day in and day out. I loved the view and we had a great server. The staff was friendly and we had a... More 

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

Thanks for sharing your feedback with us, dkbrig. We're so glad that you felt well accommodated and that you enjoyed your time with us at the Franciscan; however, it's upsetting to know that you were not entirely satisfied with your dishes. We are constantly striving for improvement, so we will be sure to let our culinary team know of your... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was a great place to eat, with lots to choose from on a menu which had information on how the dish was cooked along with a picture of how it looked. everything we ordered was delicious and well presented. Would recommend that you eat here.

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

Thank you very much, Mairi, for this wonderful review. We're so glad you had such a pleasant dining experience at the Franciscan! We strive to provide the best service we can, alongside nothing but the finest of meals. It's so reassuring to hear back from a happy customer and know that our efforts do not go unnoticed by our awesome... More 

Cordova, Tennessee
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This meal was great. The view was incredible. We had great service. The salad and the crab were very good.

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

Thanks so much for the great review, sgwin! It's awesome to know that you had such a positive dining experience with us at the Franciscan! We really appreciate all of your kind comments. We're elated to know how satisfied you were with everything, and we hope you will be back again soon for another fun trip to our restaurant. Thanks... More 

Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Most seats have a great view of the water and Alcatraz. The portions were a good size, however, I thought the food was very average. I had the crab chowder bread bowl, which had a very different taste than any other chowder I've had, which I didn't care for much. The service was also good. I'd probably come back, not... More 

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

Thank you, 975jamiea, for reviewing our restaurant. It's great to hear that you were satisfied with everything at the Franciscan; however, we're a bit disappointed to know that you weren't entirely elated with your overall dining experience! It sounds like you made some excellent menu choices. We're upset to know that you were not impressed by them. It's good 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, Soups

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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, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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