If there is a place I am always looking forward to eat at when we come to San Francisco, it is The Franciscan Crab Restaurant. This place, overlooking the bay is one of my favorite seafood places. It is definitely a tourist destination, but their seafood is fantastic, being very fresh.
And the view is great, especially if, like us, you get seated next to the Windows, with that fantastic view of Alcatraz.
As the time passed there, the restaurant started to be more and more crowded, but I admit that the service never suffered from it: it remained courteous and on point.
Food wise, I knew already what I wanted to eat. I started off with the New England clam chowder, a must have in Fisherman's Warf, although my previous attempt to it was not so good, so I was hopping that this would be it. And it was: creamy, without big chunks of celery and a nice amount of clam.
Next was a seafood skillet that was composed of shrimp, mussels and Dungeness crab, that came sizzling. That skillet was definitely good for one person as, once you remove the shells, the quantity of food remains reasonable. This was very good, however I should mention that couple of mussels, opened, had an off taste, but no worries: I did not get sick from it. The shrimp were perfect and easy to peel. As far as the crab is concerned, I must say that I prefer Alaskan crab rather than Dungeness: meatier and tastier for my palate.
To accompany my meal, I opted for a glass of Schmitt Sohne Riesling from Germany.
Jodi went for their halibut, served with various veggies, also a good dish, the fish being perfectly cooked and moist.
Last was dessert. They are smart to put photos of their desserts on their menu, as it may entice more people to order. Well, we did. We picked the limone torta della nonna or Grandma's lemon tart. Not only the tart was fantastic, but the vanilla ice cream (that they called custard) was amazing with or without it.
We had a great meal at The Franciscan Crab Restaurant: the food was delicious, as expected. It will probably be a mandatory stop for us each time we go to San Francisco and our third visit did not disappoint.
Enjoy (I did)!
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