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Crab House at Pier 39

203 C Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415-434-2722
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“crab house” (225 reviews)
“mussels” (99 reviews)
“killer crab” (37 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
203 C Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Reviewed July 25, 2014

Heard lots of dungness crab and walked past the restaurant and saw people being served steaming iron clad trays of crab and mussels. It smelled so good. We were there at 6pm so the crowd has not come in yet. Ordered 1.5 servings of crab...More

1  Thank Crazytraveller2
Dan M, Manager at Crab House at Pier 39, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2014

It's impossible to resist that smell of fresh crab and garlic butter! I'm thrilled that you thought so highly of our popcorn shrimp, but I wish that the killer crab could have left you just as satisfied. We roast our crab in our house garlic...More

Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

I didn't know this restaurant was here until I walked past with my wife on a wander through pier 39 and smelt the amazing food!! We went in for an early dinner and were not disappointed! The service was great and the food even better....More

Thank Wellend
Dan M, Manager at Crab House at Pier 39, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2014

I can't thank you enough for such a glowing review! Once the smell of fresh seafood and garlic butter grabs you -- it's over. So glad you and your wife enjoyed the crab and cioppino! Hope to see you guys back again soon. Sincerely, Dan

Reviewed July 23, 2014

Fun, quirkly place for dinner. The crab was out of this world! Don't know if they take reservations, imagine it can get quite busy. We had a drink at the bar so didn't wait TOO long. Good location after an Alcatraz night tour! Very memorable...More

Thank A W
Reviewed July 23, 2014

I'm so happy I looked up on my left going into the crowed pier. Full of the usual touristy stores, the place is nested on the 1st floor with a beautiful view of the bay, We came at lunch it was in the middle of...More

1  Thank 9CENT11
Reviewed July 22, 2014

We signed up with the hostess who suggested we have a drink at the bar. As we got our beer and wine, two seats opened up at a high top table which had 8 stools. Along came a waiter and asked if we needed anything...More

Thank Paula C
Reviewed July 19, 2014

Crab House is exactly what its name suggests... Crab House is an extremely busy place, expect a waiting time of half an hour to an hour on a normal evening. But the food is worth the wait! Crabs are super tasty... rest of the food...More

Thank TheCornerChair
Reviewed July 19, 2014

Great seafood. I had half a crab and my better half fish and chips. The restaurant was packed and we had to wait a few minutes, but the service was excellent and we did not wait long for our food. Dessert a bit disappointing! Don't...More

Thank Ian_Maclaren23
Reviewed July 19, 2014

I wanted some crab, since Dungeness is not available where we live. Unfortunately, their crab is drenched in garlic butter and it is difficult to taste anything else. The service was very good, the atmosphere was good, though a little crowded. $35/lb for crab is...More

Thank Alan N
Dan M, Manager at Crab House at Pier 39, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2014

Alan, you're right, we roast our crab in our special garlic sauce. We think this gives the crab a rich creamy garlic flavor, but I can see how this might be a little much for some. We've got tons of great seafood options, so I'd...More

Reviewed July 19, 2014

Loved this restaurant food service cleanliness all excellent and with a lovely view as well. The atmosphere is great love the way they serve the Crab on a raised skillet with bowl beneath for waste. Large jugs of water supplied.

Thank Choccysue
Reviewed July 18, 2014

Little pricey for what you get. Service was fine. We were in and out very fast. Crab chowder was really good. Over all I thought it was fair.More

Thank luckygrl17
Dan M, Manager at Crab House at Pier 39, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2014

While I'm delighted that you thought the Clam Chowder was so good, I'm disappointed we could only leave you with a fair impression. We want to blow you away with our seafood. I'd love for you to give us a second chance -- maybe check...More

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
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Randi A
Do you have gluten free options?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $100
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Validated Parking, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 203 C Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Public Transportation: F-Line & #15
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: +1 415-434-2722
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Great view & SF's famous Dungeness Crab served in seriously addictive garlic sauce make us the go to spot on scenic Pier 39 for casual dining.
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