Crab season in California is officially underway. If you’re looking for the best crab in San Francisco, we’ve got five haute Bay Area restaurants where you can count on enjoying this crustacean that can be served so many ways.
Chef Parke Ulrich's cuisine at Waterbar showcases a passion for excellence and a devotion to his cooking of unpretentious, soulful and elegant dishes prepared with the freshest sustainable seafood available. Enjoy a dungeness crab cocktail or a half or whole dungeness crab at Pat Kuleto's popular eatery on the Embarcadero that offers spectacular views.
399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
Chef/owner Mark Franz's whimsical Union Square restaurant resembles a beautiful underwater fantasy. You won't have to fantasize about the chilled 1/2 pound dungeness crab. It's real and you can enjoy it with lemon aioli, cocktail sauce and drawn butter while sitting at the Jelly Bar under custom made jellyfish chandeliers while sitting on octopus stools next to growing columns of kelp.
450 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102
3 Tadich Grill
Crab lovers can count the ways this San Francisco institution serves these crustaceans. Dungeness Crab Cocktail, Dungeness Crab Cakes, Dungeness Crab Louie, Deep Fried Dungeness Crab Legs, Half Avocado with Dungeness Crab and Dungeness Crab and Prawns a la Monza are just some of the offerings on the menu of California's oldest restaurant where reservations aren't accepted and even boldface names have to wait their turn for a table.
240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Whether you come to this Polk Street eatery or sister restaurant Thanh Long in the Outer Sunset, you can feast on Chef Helene An's famous roasted crab with garlic sauce and secret spices. Order it cracked or out of the shell. A drunken crab, a whole Dungeness crab simmered in sake, chardonnay, garlic and scallions is also available. Just don't ask for the recipe. It's a secret. Only An family members and chefs who have been with the restaurant for at least a decade are allowed in the secret kitchen.
1475 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
5 Scoma's Sausalito
There's a good reason tourists flock to this eatery that floats out over the Bay and where every table has a view. The crab is delish and there are so many ways to enjoy it! There's a Dungeness crab cocktail that is served with Scoma's horseradish cocktail sauce. Also available is a whole or half Dungeness crab roasted with garlic or chilled on ice, Dungeness crab cake served with a sauce of spicy remoulade, Crab Louie salad, Crab Cappellini with Dungeness crab and angel hair pasta and more.
588 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965