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Franciscan Crab Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Fisherman’s Wharf
American, Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim
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Pier 43 1/2 Fisherman's Whalf, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Taylor)
+1 415-362-7733
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had dinner here with two kids while in San Francisco. The menu is very limited, the food is mediocre, the service was pretty good. Unless you want your drinks refilled. Definitely not a place I would ever visit for a second time. The reason we went it was for the amazing views of Alcatraz right out the windows. The... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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69 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The restaurant was packed but we waited about 10 minutes for a table for two. Staff was very friendly. It's a large restaurant with beautiful views. We ordered the shrimp skillet (does not come with any sides, shrimp needs to be peeled) and the Louie salad. It was a lovely lunch with a beautiful view. It was packed with tourists... More 

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Houston, Texas
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73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Fisherman's Wharf and decided to eat at this Restaurant. The view was fantastic. We could see Alcatraz from across the water! We ordered crab cakes, crab enchiladas, crab chowder and crab salad. The food was delicious, but the service was mediocre. We had to ask the waiter several times for things he should have anticipated, like water... More 

Thank Raeven_11
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337 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The resturant felt very regimental. The waiting for seats, the waiting for attention, the seating is really space maximized. Not the romantic spot but food does come our quick. Overall meals were pleasant. Did not wow me to come back again. Price was reasonable for location. Wifi didn't not work so was tougher to get transport from there as its... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Magnificent views, great service, excellent food! Rail is the best!I had fish and chips, the "chips" were a delicious combo of corn, potatoes and carrots!

Thank CarolinaGirl2016
Jose M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for the 5 out of 5 rating! We're thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed dining at Franciscan Crab Restaurant! It's fantastic to hear our staff provided you with great service and you liked our amazing views. We're delighted to know you thoroughly enjoyed our delicious Fish and Chips. We look forward to having you dine... More 

Peoria, Arizona
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was delicious but not overly pricey. Enjoyed the dungeness crab special with an ice cold local beer while looking out over San Francisco Bay. While the decor may seem "touristy", it fits in well with the other spots on Fisherman's Wharf.

Thank Dan-Tastic1126
Jose M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for the glowing review! It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed your recent dining experience at Franciscan Crab Restaurant! We're delighted to hear you liked our terrific location. It's wonderful to know you enjoyed our delicious Dungeness Crab with an ice cold beer. We look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you for taking the time... More 

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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There really isn't much to complain about but the price. We ordered the combo meal which was $49. Our plate came out looking like it was lacking something on the plate. It wasn't until we were leaving that I noticed a couple who ordered the exact thing, had more crab legs on their plate. Not only that, but their plate... More 

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

Becky, thank you for sharing your feedback with us on TripAdvisor. We strive to ensure everyone is having the best experience we have to offer at our restaurant. That begins with bringing top notch value to the table, and impeccable service. Anything less than that isn't the true Franciscan Crab experience. With that being ​that, we'd like to see you... More 

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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The view was spectacular and the food delicious! Highly recommended to anyone who loves Dungeness crab and a clear view of Alcatraz.

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

Rodrigo, thank you for leaving us a 5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor! We're glad our food and view left such an impression on you! It's something we want all our guests to take notice of when visiting our restaurant. If there's any way we can accommodate you during your next visit, please let us know. Thank you, Rodrigo! More 

Dallas, Texas
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great restaurant with a clear view of Alcatraz and people watch. The inside decor reminds me of old school diners. The food is phenomenal! The octopus dish is succulent and cooked perfectly. The rock crabs are meaty and juicy. The velvety smooth frozen custard with a hint of sea salt and EVOO is so delicious and unique. It's in a... More 

Thank passion_traveler80
Jose M, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this review

passion_traveler80, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us the TripAdvisor community! We're glad you took notice of the view over Alcatraz! It's a great pairing with the fresh seafood we offer at the Franciscan Crab. Our crabs are always an excellent choice! We'd love to see you back for another visit soon. If there's any way we can accommodate... More 

London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Second visit to this restaurant and I would recommend it. It has fantastic views across to Alcatraz and the crab is pretty good too!

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us and the TripAdvisor community! It's wonderful to see we could be consistent on your second visit to our restaurant! Your recommendation truly means the world to us. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Have a great day! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$40 - $60
American, Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Pier 43 1/2 Fisherman's Whalf, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • 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
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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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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