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“The garlic butter sauce is to die for!”

Crab House at Pier 39
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Ranked #114 of 5,666 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Transit: F-Line & #15
Description: 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.
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“The garlic butter sauce is to die for!”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

The best garlic butter sauce baked crabs I have had ! Finger licking good. We ordered 2 dungeness crabs for our party of four accompanied by two serves of garlic noodles and a serve of fries. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful and diplomatically guided us so we did not over order. The crabs went down well with a pint of beer. We booked late and had to accept an early sitting at 5.30pm. This place is very busy and booking is essential. Will definitely return to this restaurant next time I am in San Francisco.

  • Visited July 2014
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Dan M, Manager at Crab House at Pier 39, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
A pint of beer helps most things! Glad you thought so highly of our crabs, noodles, and fries. Thanks for being so understanding with the reservation -- we do get pretty busy. Make sure you come say 'hello' the next time your in SF! - Dan
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great Crab Bisque”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

Had the crab bisque and calamari. The bisque was a large portion and was delicious, lots of crab in the bisque. They have wonderful views as well.

Visited July 2014
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Dan M, Manager at Crab House at Pier 39, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
What can I say, we like a little bisque with our crab -- crab is always the star here. So glad you enjoyed it so much. Hope you'll stop by again the next time you're in town. - Dan
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice setting”
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 and it was with garlic and butter sauce. I would have preferred to have some more sauce on the side as the crab meat taste a little dry and blend since the sauce was on the shell only. But presentation was nice and the waiters attentive and helpful. However be prepared to get smoked either by your own hot plate or your neighbor's. Also ordered popcorn shrimp with fries. I like these much better. The prawns were succulent and the batter was nice and fries were crisp. Strongly recommended for all shrimp lovers.

  • Visited July 2014
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Dan M, Manager at Crab House at Pier 39, responded to this review, 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 sauce, which usually leaves the meat tender and flavorful, so I'm surprised to hear that you felt yours was a little dry. We want to see you satisfied, and would have been happy to accommodate extra sauce on the side. I hope you'll give us a second chance the next time you're in the neighborhood so we can show you why our crab deserves 5 stars.

Sincerely,
Dan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best crab I had!”
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. Had a skillet of seafood and dungeoness crab and a seafood ciopino (sorry if its misspelt! ) and didnt want it to end, it was amazing.
Cannot recommend the crab house enough. Eat there! Now!

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Dan M, Manager at Crab House at Pier 39, responded to this review, 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
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“Great!”
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 meal.

  • Visited July 2014
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