The Best Dungeness Crab in San Francisco

The OpenTable Team

San Francisco, the City By The Bay, is known for its iconic coastline—and those views come with some of the country's best seafood. No ingredient is more San Francisco than the Dungeness crab, and you can find it on the menus of restaurants all around the city. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to luxurious fine dining, dim-sum spots to rustic Italian—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Spruce, La Ciccia, The Commissary
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Italian, Spanish
Neighborhoods:Presidio Heights, Noe Valley, Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio

Spruce

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Presidio Heights
3,739 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
With their broad menu, Spruce will satisfy just about any appetite—even your craving for Dungeness crab done right! Their Dungeness Crab Bisque comes with shaved green onions on a Read more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area
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La Ciccia

$$$$·Italian·
Noe Valley
2,479 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
You might not picture an Italian restaurant when you've got a Dungeness crab dish on your mind, but La Ciccia is sure to change that if you give them a chance. Their spicy fregola Read more
97% recommended
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The Commissary

$$$$·Spanish·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
631 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
The outside appearances of this quaint restaurant seem unlikely to grab anyone's attention. Or, at least, that's how many passers-by would feel if they hadn't been hearing about itRead more
87% recommended
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,620 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Perhaps best known for their oysters, don't allow yourself to leave Zuni Cafe without trying their seasonal Dungeness crab. Guests enjoy it in its purest form, served cold with lemRead more
94% recommended
Healthy in San Francisco
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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,829 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This Greek restaurant utilizes Dungeness crab in the most interesting of ways. Kakavia is a traditional Greek dish. It's a one-pot soup that could easily compare to bouillabaisse oRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in San Francisco Bay Area
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,692 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
While Marlowe serves their Dungeness crab dish up as a starter on the menu, the serving and flavor are plenty big enough to make a standalone entree. Their featured plate is a signRead more
82% recommended
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HK Lounge Bistro

$$$$·Chinese·
Richmond District
551 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
Serving up fresh Maine lobster or Dungeness crab, you seriously can't go wrong with a dish from the lounge. This dim sum destination keeps things straightforward and simple, allowiRead more
92% recommended
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Wayfare Tavern

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,891 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
Don't let the name fool you: this “tavern” is serving up anything but pub food. Large portions and specialty flavors will welcome you after you get delighted by the easy-to-find paRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco

Garibaldi's on Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Presidio Heights
1,973 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Walk right in, sit right down, and order the local Dungeness Crab Salad—you can't go wrong! Garibaldis has only one problem: Everything on the menu looks so good, you could sit theRead more
90% recommended
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MICHAEL MINA San Francisco

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,964 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Famed American chef Michael Mina is a celebrity cook, author, and restaurateur. While Mina Group, his restaurant management company, is running over 40 restaurants around the worldRead more
93% recommended
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Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,264 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
The San Francisco Boulevard restaurant is one worth reserving far in advance. Brunch, lunch, or dinner—the menu remains impressive for any guest. Their chilled Dungeness crab is bRead more
98% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Otoro Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
646 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
It's typical to walk into Otoro Sushi and see them advertising fresh, live Dungeness crab caught just hours ago. As you wait to order your mouthwatering local entree, be sure to loRead more
83% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Francisco Bay Area

Le Soleil

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Richmond District
244 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual
“Garlic roasted Dungeness crab” will be the first four words out of your mouth as you sit down in La Soleil. Melt-in-your-mouth goodness will soon await as the chefs begin fresh-prRead more
100% recommended
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Gary Danko

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Fisherman's Wharf
889 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
American cuisine finds a fresh outlet at this dinner spot, offering three- to five-course meals for you, your date, or any number of guests. Elegant yet anything but stuffy, renownRead more
87% recommended
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Franciscan Crab Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Fisherman's Wharf
3,054 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Birthdays
With crab being their specialty, the chefs at Franciscan Crab Restaurant definitely know how to pick, prepare, and serve a delicious plate of Dungeness crab. Open for lunch and dinRead more
92% recommended
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Scoma's Fisherman's Wharf

$$$$·Seafood·
Fisherman's Wharf
2,609 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
This classic San Francisco seafood restaurant simply cannot be outdone. Their spacious waterfront setting serves up seafood straight from the boat, and their Dungeness crab is simpRead more
91% recommended
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Heirloom Cafe

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
1,098 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
Located in the Mission District of San Francisco, the Heirloom Cafe serves up some of the most delicious plates in the state. Each à la carte dish is uniquely distinguished from onRead more
96% recommended
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La Folie - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French·
Russian Hill
2,642 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Dungeness crab won't be hard to find at La Folie Benu being that it's featured as one of their top dishes. Served in its classic form, the chefs at this restaurant go the extra milRead more
92% recommended
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Bistro Aix - SF - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French American·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
1,006 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
This French restaurant may surprise you with its take on Dungeness crab. Putting a California spin on everything on the menu, the chefs look to serve up seasonal fare as foodies enRead more
100% recommended
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