The Best Places to Eat Crab in San Francisco
By: Dan Rosenbaum
We are crazy for crab with a C. Every year, hordes of foodies mark the start of crab season and dash out to grab dishes of the succulent crustacean. We asked our Facebook and Twitter communities what their top crab restaurants. Here is a list of their top places to grab crab this season. You won't find crab with a K in any of these fine establishments.
9. Tadich Grill
240 California Street
Founded in 1849, Tadich Grill is a San Francisco classic to say the least. Serving fresh Seafood along with an array of other options, Tadich is a no-nonsense type of restaurant. The spotless white uniforms are a dead giveaway. Come in to get the Cioppino, stay for the history. You are in the oldest restaurant in California and in the city that invented the dish you are about to devour.
8. Sabella & La Torre
2809 Taylor St
A staple in Fisherman's Wharf, Sabella & La Torre has been serving up crab since 1927. Why? You can't beat their crab sandwich for $6.
1475 Polk Street
Not in the mood for crab in the traditional sense? Head over to Crustacean for their take on crab. Their menu of Euro-Vietnamese cuisine is imaginative and delicious. Drunken or roast crab is what to get here along with a side of their famous garlic noodles. This isn't the only restaurant by the An Family on the list. Stay tuned.
6. R & G Lounge
631 Kearny Street
Hidden away in Chinatown, R & G Lounge is the perfect spot to have your Chinatown experience and get your crab fix. Along with all the Chinese classics, they serve up crab eight different ways. For us, any combination of crab and garlic and we're in heaven.
Pier 43 1/2
Let's go through our mental checklist for this one. Fisherman's Wharf? Check. Restaurant with a view of Alcatraz? Check. Named "Best Food at Fisherman's Wharf" by Sunset Magazine? Check. Crab any way you want it? Check.
4. Swan Oyster Depot
1517 Polk St
A place not short on accolades, Swan Oyster Depot comes in at number 4 on our list. Be prepared to wait 30 to 45 minutes for a seat that is elbow-to-elbow with complete strangers. This is the Swan Oyster Depot experience and it's worth it every time.
3. Alioto's #8
8 Fisherman's Wharf
Another restaurant that has stood the test of time. Alioto's #8 has been around 1925. You starting to see a trend? Alioto's recipies have been passed for seven decades, so the only thing that has changed is the people making them. Once you've enjoyed the food and the view of the harbor, check out the wall of history. You'll not only learn a thing or two about the family bit also about Fisherman's Wharf.
2. Thanh Long
4101 Judah St
Want a locals-only experience and a reason to go out to the Outer Sunset? Thanh Long is the place to dine like a local, which is run by the An Family (the people behind Crustacean). The thing to get here: Roast Crab and garlic noodles.
588 Bridgeway, Sausalito
The undisputed people's champion of crab. There's a reason behind it: Scoma's menu is head to toe with crab. Two favorites: The crab cakes and the "lazy man's" cioppino.
Did we forget to mention your favorite spot? Tell us in the comments.
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