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Franciscan Crab Restaurant

Pier 43 1/2 Fisherman's Whalf, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415-362-7733
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“crab” (479 reviews)
“seafood” (186 reviews)
“chowder” (68 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Pier 43 1/2 Fisherman's Whalf, Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Reviewed yesterday

Great view of the ocean and Alcatraz. We had the 1/2 shell oysters, seafood cioppino and roasted crab, all were VERY tasty! We LOVE seafood and can tell if it is not fresh, so we are puzzled to see some less than satisfied reviews about...More

Thank y P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

They have quick service. The workers are friendly. The food is good but not cheap in my opinion. We had a whole crab and a portion of calamari frittie. The crab was very nice. It was prepared with butter. The meat was nice and juicy....More

Thank ucrit
Reviewed yesterday

We stopped in for lunch one day and sat outside on the patio. I think we had 3 or 4 different waiters during our visit and couldn't keep track of who was serving us as they kept handing us off. They said they would bring...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

It was the worst seafood I have eaten. Ordered the crab soup was tasteless. They just threw a can crabmeat on top of some sort of cream soup. Also ordered the house salad with shrimp. It was lettuce and they put can shrimp on top...More

Thank crna01778
Reviewed 4 days ago

3 of us had lunch and the fish in the fish and chips wasn't done. The 5 oysters were terrible. Even the fries were mushy. They were not busy and we were in no hurry. They could have done much better.More

Stephanie E, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, Mel. It's unfortunate you had such challenges during your time with us. We regret that your dishes weren't prepared properly and to your satisfaction. We care deeply about the happiness of our guests. Your experience...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We ate here on our final evening in San Francisco and had a lovely dinner - crab sliders and Calamari were delicious. The seating outside has a great view of Alcatraz. Our waiter was great and very attentive. Would recommend eating here definitely.More

Thank Travelbug190688
Stephanie E, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Guest, Thanks for your review! We're happy your time with us was so wonderful! We care about our guests so we strive to offer the highest levels of service as well as fresh and delicious food. It's fantastic you enjoyed our mouthwatering dishes so...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

While walking around Fisherman's Wharf, we stopped in the Franciscan for lunch. The place is quite large inside, with some limited outside seating. The décor is retro, so of like a 50s diner, but very attractive. We had apps for lunch: crab chowder in a...More

Thank AldebaranFlorida
Stephanie E, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the great rating! We are always working very hard to provide a high-quality experience for all of our guests. It's great to hear that you had a lovely experience with us! We hope you plan on visiting us again soon! We'd love...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here our first night in the city, and it did not disappoint. Great views of the bay action, very good food, although a little pricey. The crab was fun and delicious, the service great. It made for a great first night out.More

Thank signchris
Stephanie E, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the 4/5 review, Chris! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great experience with us! It's wonderful that you loved our mouthwatering dishes, along with our excellent service! We're also very pleased that our team provided you with friendly service! We'd love...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food. The price a a bit high but really good quality food. The view are amazing. You need to book if u want to seat outside.More

Thank Taha N
Stephanie E, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the excellent review, Taha! It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed your meal with us! It's pleasing to know we could accommodate you during your meal and that we left you with a wonderful impression. We look forward to hosting you again soon!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ordered Butter Crab and Clam Chowder share with a group of friends . The Butter Crab is Fresh and tasty with the Shell easily cracked . Easy to peel and Eat , finger licking good ! Cram Chowder is deliciously Rich and Creamy . Nice...More

Thank ftjl1992
Stephanie E, General Manager at Franciscan Crab Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Guest, Thanks for sharing! We're excited to see that you were satisfied with your meal. It's great to know that you were impressed with our vast menu options as well as the exceptional service provided to you. We're eager to welcome you back soon...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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Carol C
25 August 2017|
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Response from Joseph W C | Reviewed this property |
Very wheelchair friendly with ramps and elevator from the street entrance
5 May 2017|
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Response from CaravannersDandK | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a bar, but there is not much privacy there as it is part of the restaurant
Maria G
24 April 2017|
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Response from Harold B | Reviewed this property |
It's a bit pricey. Sides are ala carte so additional. They did offer the crab in several portion sizes, so you can order to your liking. Overall worth the price.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$40 - US$60
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: +1 415-362-7733
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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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