Fun spot to take visitors or some friends for fresh SF seafood. Despite the touristy location, the Franciscan can be really fun. The view is awesome and they are rocking some delicious crab at a good price. I'd go just for the housemade burrata, a rare treat--super creamy and amazing! They have a lot of other nice antipasto offerings that I'm going to have to go back to try. The half order of crab was great with a pint of Fat Tire.
Better than expected!. I came here with my man tonight on a whim as an early Valentines Dinner and we honestly expected a very average, touristy crab experience here. Parking was easy, and free, which was pleasantly surprising. We were greeted by a very unfriendly and ungracious hostess. We were sat right by a server station and asked to be resat somewhere a little more cozy, and although the restaurant was nearly empty, we had to wait for the hostess to figure out what to do. We were resat, and our server was very friendly. We ordered a bottle of reisling, and when the server came back and twisted the cap off, we looked at each other very nervously...we've never been served a bottle of wine with a twist off cap. The reisling was far below our expectations, but got us buzzed nevertheless. That was probably the low point of the evening. We ordered cast iron roasted mussels with garlic butter, which was just incredible, and a very interesting arugula salad with a unique wasabi kick. Then, out came our 3+ pounds of dungeness crab legs...and this was the best part of our dinner. What a treat: tender, tasty crab at a very reasonable price. Every bite was heaven! Our server checked back on us often to see how we were doing. We were thanked sincerely when we left. The bill for two was $106 before tip (one bottle of wine, a large salad, a mussels appetizer, and 3+ pounds of crab). We will be back!
Two words : Sizzling Crab!. WOW! Is all I can say. This place is a GEM! I had friends visiting from the East Coast and wanted to have a "dungeness crab experience" that wasn't too messy (we're from the NorthEast - we know Lobster Bakes already). And we gave this place a shot... they were clean, accommodating, prompt, attentive, beautiful view, no wait... wonderful! They seated all 3 famlies (with 4 small kids) immediately. Had drinks on the table before we were even settled in, the apps and kids dishes appeared within 10 min. Then arrived the huge platters of SIZZLING CRAB! Oh, my gosh, huge easy to eat, sweet crabby goodness! The lemony butter stuff on the side was heaven. There is no better way to eat crab in a nice restaurant (we're all a fan of cracking it open with a mallet on a picinic table with lemon, mayo, butter & bread under the summer sun) but this was perfect "indoor" eating. The Cioppino is amazing, Crab Chowder perfectly seasoned, Antipasto a serious MUST (beets, proscuitto, olives, etc), Pasta was fresh and hot and al-dente, Salmon was moist and flaky (go with lemon butter or evoo sauce), Garlic Clams are sweet and plentiful... I could go on and on... we went back twice during the week they were here! It's a comfortable location, with friendly wait staff (if you have issues, be an adult and take them up with management BEFORE the end of your meal). I will be going back again and again...
AWFUL dining experience. nice view..
This place appeared nice from the outside. I thought I was in for fine dining; what I got was friendly service from a young inexperienced waiter (who failed to bring a small fork to eat my mussels, clams, or crab cocktail -- all he had given me was a huge dinner fork and he was confused when I asked for a small fork) and when I asked my soup, crab cocktail, and dinner be served in 3 courses, he insisted that he crab cocktail and soup will and should come out together because "the crab is served cold." That didn't even make sense to me.
This is NOT fine dining, nor is it nice dining. My main entree (giant prawn in thai sauce with mussels and clams) was gross and left a weird taste in my mouth. I had to finish my meal with bread to get the taste out. In ADDITION, only 2 of the 8 clams/mussels on my plate were open. Aren't those NOT supposed to be eaten?
Job NOT Well Done!!!.
I guess I can't say this place is overrated b/c there are only 2 reviews. Nevertheless, with no axe to grind (as I was only there once), I will provide my concise and humble opinion.
Wife and I went there on a Friday night, 6/16. It was her b-day. It looked like a 'nice' place. Young, unprofessional, unkempt hostess greeted/sat us. Older Italian man was our server. Nice guy...meant well. Had only been employed at the restaurant for 1 1/2 weeks yet neither the lead server nor management approached the table at anytime to check on him or us. EVERY single part of our order was wrong, i.e. wrong drinks brought to table, wrong food brought to table...at different times...TWICE, missing items from our order...still charged for, I could go on...but why.
As I stated earlier, the server was nice enough and apologetic so we did not say anything to him and tried to still enjoy our evening. However, AFTER paying the check ( not looking for any comps), I approached the manager on the way out and politely made him aware of the fact that his server trainee should probably not be taking tables alone just yet. Unfortunately, I was completely blown off by the short, stocky, sweaty 'manager'.
Overall, the place has the potential to be more than it is...but to put it mildly, a few things need to change first.
A PLEASANT SURPRISE AT THE WHARF. I went with friends...they had been already but I never had. What a great place! It's beautiful--huge windows overlooking the bay, comfy booths and great NON touristy food. Real, homemade burrata cheese, little appetizers that are yummy and so interesting. We had the crab feast and loved every mouthful. I didn't expect to love the food but they are new owners and they have added love of good food and great decor. Try it--you'll like it! They validate parking but park in the lot in front of the restaurant.
Bayside restaurant serves up crab, fish, and prime rib to hungry tourists and locals taking in the view..
This two-level, seafood-centric eatery rises out of Fisherman's Wharf like a magnificent yacht, its broad windows perfectly positioned for optimal views of Alcatraz. Dark, sexy wood accents and Frank Sinatra's crooning set the mood, giving this place both tourist cred and old-time San Francisco flavor. Oysters and steaks are on the menu, but Dungeness crab, including crab cakes, crab chowder, crab enchiladas and whole roasted crab, is the star here.
Wonderful Surprise. To be honest, I didn't have high expectations since its on the Wharf but it was great overall. From the decor and view to the FOOD and the service. I wasn't familiar with the burrata cheese dish but it was so delicious. The cured meats app and the crab chowder that I had were lovely. Everyone in my group of four loved their food. The manager (host?) was really friendly too. If you want a view or will be on Fisherman's Wharf, this place is the place to go!
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