Hook Fish Co., cool kid Outer Sunset fish restaurant and monger, is known for its good vibes and good tacos. For Dungeness crab season, they’re taking a different tack, putting their crab between buns with a new crab burger menu item.
2 Thanh Long Restaurant
Dungeness crab and garlic noodles are the raison d’être for this Outer Sunset Vietnamese restaurant, which serves them year-round but prizes the local catch this time of year. They’re around $50 a pop, served with the owner’s secret garlic sauce.
3 PPQ Dungeness Island
With Dungeness in the name, PPQ is responsible for roasting crabs year-round, and it sources them from Washington during the Bay Area’s off-season. But it’s now back to local crab at this Clement Street banquet hall, where a popular option is the set dinner for two: That’s a whole roasted crab, imperial rolls, chicken-cabbage salad, garlic noodles, and a deep-fried banana with ice cream for $70.95.
4 Poggio Trattoria
Poggio has a variety of crab options, including whole or half Dungeness crab roasted over the wood fire, with agrodolce cipollini onions, clarified butter, parsley, old bay aioli, and kumquat. Or go for the chitarra lobster roe poasta with Dungeness Crab, preserved meyer lemon, fines herbs, and scallions.
5 The Commissary
The Commissary’s executive chef Rogelio Garcia is luring diners to the Presidio Destination restaurant with a unique spin on the crustacean: Dungeness crab gnocchi, served with New Zealand spinach.
6 The Alembic
Chef Rachel Aronow has added squid ink chitara pasta with poached Duneness crab and finished with crab compound butter, yuzu-fried sourdough, and bitter herbs, served in the body of the crab.
This time of year, all-day Roman-style restaurant Delarosa serves linguine with Dungeness crab, soffritto, white wine, garlic, basil and green onions, as well as Dungeness crab arancini with calabrese aioli. Both options are available at Delarosa’s Marina and FiDi locations.
8 Bar Crudo
Excellent raw bar and more Bar Crudo has just received their first Dungeness crab shipment of the season. Get half for yourself or a whole one to split — or also for yourself.
9 Anchor Oyster Bar
Crab season is back at this petite Castro bistro, where local Dungeness is served steamed , chilled, or with garlic butter. Round out the meal with a classic cioppino of generous proportions.
10 Woodhouse Fish Co.
You can always count on Woodhouse Fish Co. to have Dungeness crab rolls, but right now, it’s a crab bonanza over there. Stop in one of their two locations for “Dungeness Crab Madness” This year is a $1 cheaper than last, with $19 for a whole local Dungeness with potatoes, garlic bread, swiss chard, and hot butter.
Union Street Mexican restaurant Flores serves its crab in tostada form: That’s Tostadas de Cangrejo: with Dungeness crab, chipotle, and spicy pickled onions on a crispy tortilla.
Hayes Valley’s newest Spanish restaurant will be serving up a special Dungness crab paella to celebrate crustacean season.
13 Rich Table
Evan and Sarah Rich are honoring the annual crab haul by subbing Dungeness crab for grilled yellowfish in their dish with with sukiyaki broth, Savoy cabbage, and pear ($17).
14 Hayes Street Grill
Hayes Street’s venerable seafood restaurant is serving up a cracked half crab with aioli and salad at lunch and dinner.
Jardiniere’s chef de cuisine Audie Golder is taking a different approach than many, serving Dungeness at the restaurant as crab dip with Cara Cara oranges and Yuzu aioli.
16 Buffalo Theory
Crab garlic noodles are now on the menu at this Polk Street craft beer bar, featuring fresh, buttered egg noodles, chili soy sauce, fried garlic scallions, and Dungeness crab.
17 Swan Oyster Depot
Take your place in line at this icon for fresh local boiled Dungeness crab, served with bread, butter and your choice of cocktail sauce or mayo. Those who’d rather avoid the tourist hordes can grab boiled crabs to go.
18 Blue Mermaid
Dig into Dungeness crab and corn chowder on Fisherman’s Wharf at the Blue Mermaid in the Argonaut Hotel. There’s also crab dip, crab cakes, and a crab boil with chorizo, potatoes, and corn.
19 Fine & Rare
Their yearly crab feed is already sold out, but stop by for wild caught Dungeness crab with heirloom tomato, romaine, six-minute egg, and shaved fennel atop a toasted split brioche bun; also available as a salad ($15.76).
20 Foreign Cinema
18-year-old Mission dining staple Foreign Cinema is not new to the crab game: They roast their Dungeness and serve it along with vegetables a la greque (slightly pickled in broth in the french style), poached cauliflower, aioli, truffle butter, and steamed tiny clams. Youll also find crab on their shellfish menu, either half or whole chilled, with lemon, aioli, and drawn butter. And since crab is everywhere, they’re also adding it to their brunch frittatas.
21 Scoma’s Restaurant
Scoma’s is catching crab daily on their own boat, and serving them two ways: roasted, or over ice. Half a crab is $25, whole crab is $45.
22 The Saratoga
Swanky supper club The Saratoga has a Dungeness sandwich on their dinner menu to try: It’s served on a pain de mie bun with avocado, fried shallots, and a side of fries for $30.
23 The Morris
Chef Gavin Schmidt’s Dungeness crab porridge with lemongrass and carrot was a hit last year at the Morris, and now it’s back on the menu. It’s topped with tempura fried crab and greens.
24 M.Y. China
Despite its location in the bustling Westfield Centre, M.Y. China is a sanctuary for crab-lovers. Six different crab dishes have hit the menu, each focusing on a different province in china:
XINJIANG: Chili dusted crab with green pepper, shallots, and garlic
GUIYANG: Chili pepper crab with onions, shallots, and hot pepper sauce
GUANGDONG: Golden garlic steamed crab with shallots, fried garlic, wine, and rice vermicelli
DONGBEI: Salted egg yolk crab with wok tossed crab, duck egg yolk, and white pepper
SHANGHAI: Claypot crab with rice cakes, edamame, and wine
CHAOZHOU: Dungeness Crab in black bean sauce with garlic, green onion, and black pepper
Bask in the glow of the pizza oven, and feast on crab pasta at Cotogna. They’ve now added a pasta dishes with spaghettia alla chitarra, Dungeness crab, and bearss lime ($25) to the menu.
26 Tadich Grill
SF’s oldest restaurant is serving up its favorite crustacean six ways til Sunday, including crab cakes, crab cocktail, atop a crab louie salad, pan-fried, sauteéd, and more.
27 La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Gaze at the Bay while you consume one of La Mar’s causas(whipped potatoes with toppings). The limeña combines Dungeness crab, avocado, salmon caviar, quail egg, and creamy aji amarillo sauce ($16).
This Embarcadero spot is now serving whole roasted Dungeness crab with kumquat gastrique, and grilled lime ($42), plus a Dungeness crab deviled duck egg with curried aïoli, and potato gaufrette ($18).
Camino’s Monday night supper is now crab-focused, offering a prix fixe menu for $50. Start with Dungeness crab broth with daikon and celery, then feast on half a crab grilled in the fireplace with farro, cabbage, and pickled chilis (additional half crab $16), and jaggery ice cream with apples and candied walnuts.