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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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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 360
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  • 127
    Average
  • 41
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  • 28
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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
Much better than expected

I usually lower my expectations to restaurants at touristy locations, so also for Franciscan Crab restaurant, located at Fisherman's Wharf. Luckily I allow others to make reservations now and then, and that's how I ended up at Franciscan. We had reservations for 6, but ended up being 11. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Hildegull
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Bergen, Norway
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Bergen, Norway
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I usually lower my expectations to restaurants at touristy locations, so also for Franciscan Crab restaurant, located at Fisherman's Wharf. Luckily I allow others to make reservations now and then, and that's how I ended up at Franciscan. We had reservations for 6, but ended up being 11. The restaurant is huge and they quickly accommodated us all. They also... More 

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Oakville, Canada
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

A bit of a tourist attraction, but such fun. Decor is a feast for the eyes, with great nostalgia. Service was excellent and the food was very good. View was great. Location excellent at Fishermans Wharf. Cookbook menu a fun keepsake at $7. A really fun experience.

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Manorville, New York
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is in an excellent location with beautiful vies of the bay. The food was very good. I recommend making a reservation. We had a reservation and was told by the person seating us we need to be out in 1 hour and a half, because they had another party set for our table. This was the only negative... More 

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

I'm glad you enjoyed everything from the views to the dishes themselves, Jim! That's exactly what we want for all of our guests. That said, I'm sorry about the off-putting comment that you mentioned. Nobody should have ever said this to you or made you feel rushed in any way, and I can assure you I'll be looking into it.... More 

Farmington, New Mexico, United States
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We only had drinks this time, but last time we went we also had calamari which was very good. Ask to be seated in the bar at one of the banquettes. From that height you can see over everyone else and just gaze at the view for an hour.

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

Thanks for taking the time to leave us your impressions, Karen. It sounds like you love everything from the views to the drinks and dishes themselves. Stop in for another visit soon -- we always love seeing you! Sincerely, Jose Cuellar More 

NYC
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This looks like a tourist trap but the ambiance is actually lovely and the dungeness crab excellent. Located at Fisherman's Wharf, it's been around for decades. The walls are plastered with pictures of celebrities. Don't be turned off. The wait staff is helpful and acts like they are happy you are there. The dungeness crab is delicious and plentiful. Give... More 

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

Thanks for the recommendation! I couldn't be happier to hear how much you always enjoy visiting. Stop in for more crab anytime you get a craving -- we'll always have your fix. Sincerely, Jose Cuellar More 

Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Crab bisque was good with huge chunks of crab. Prawns could be bigger, though (pity about that). Crabs are fresh. Surprisingly, the side dish, roasted potatoes, was good - came also with roasted corn and carrot. Calamari was good too.

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

Thanks for taking the time to leave us this great feedback, Derrick. It sounds like you enjoyed everything you tried -- that's exactly what we want! We're looking forward to your next visit already and hope it's soon. Sincerely, Jose Cuellar More 

Ashburn, Virginia
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This was not my first time to SF, but it WAS my first time in SF on my own. The restaurant staff were very welcoming - I even got a great table with a fantastic view of the bay and Alcatraz. The food was well prepared: I had oysters on the 1/2 shell, the yellowtail carpaccio (ask them to go... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this awesome feedback. We couldn't be happier to hear how much you enjoyed dining with us! Stop in for more oysters and crab next time you're in the area -- the pleasure's always ours! Sincerely, Jose Cuellar More 

Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Wandered into here 2 nights that we were out late. The first time by chance, but the second time by choice. The first time, I had the house salad with crab and my son had crab chowder. The next night, coming back from a nighttime Alcatraz tour, we stopped in again. The Art Deco style and clean design is inviting... More 

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

Thank you so much for the recommendation! I couldn't be happier to hear that you stopped in not once, but twice during your visit! We're already looking forward to seeing you again next time you're in the area and hope it's soon. Sincerely, Jose Cuellar More 

Rochester, NY
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Wonderful as we grabbed fish and chips for a quick lunch and the portions were large enough to share for two and not over eat!

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

Happy to hear it! Stop in for more fish and chips any time -- we're always happy to serve! Sincerely, Jose Cuellar More 

Scipio, Indiana
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

It was a nice place to eat. Food portions are large. The shimpa and chips were not what I thought it would be. Shrimp was small...but still good. Also had crab sliders and they were good as well.

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

Thanks for taking the time to leave us this valuable feedback, Allyson. We're so glad you enjoyed everything you tried. We're already looking forward to your next visit, so be sure to keep us in mind next time you're in the area. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip just as much as your meal here with us!... 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: Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
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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