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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 the Tastemaker 20. 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:American, Italian, Spanish
Neighborhoods:Presidio Heights, Noe Valley, Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
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Spruce

$$$$·American·
Presidio Heights
3,594 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
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
94% recommended
American in San Francisco
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La Ciccia

$$$$·Italian·
Noe Valley
2,418 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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
95% recommended
Italian in San Francisco Bay Area
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The Commissary

$$$$·Spanish·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
601 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
94% recommended
Spanish in San Francisco Bay Area
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,446 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
90% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco
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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,620 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
93% recommended
Mediterranean in San Francisco Bay Area
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,637 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fun
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
91% recommended
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Hong Kong Lounge II

$$$$·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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La Folie

$$$$·French·
Russian Hill
2,570 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
91% recommended
French in San Francisco Bay Area

Wayfare Tavern

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,580 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
86% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
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Garibaldi's on Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Presidio Heights
1,918 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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

Michael Mina – San Francisco

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,915 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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
82% recommended
American in San Francisco
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Bistro Aix - SF

$$$$·French American·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
988 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,000 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
93% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Otoro Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
621 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Cozy
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
84% recommended
Japanese in San Francisco

Le Soleil

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Richmond District
238 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
  • Creative Cuisine
“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

Gary Danko

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Fisherman's Wharf
838 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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
96% recommended
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Franciscan Crab Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Fisherman's Wharf
2,973 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
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

Scoma's Restaurant

$$$$·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
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Creative Cuisine
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
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Mission Beach Cafe - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
780 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Authentic
A tremendous menu filled with one brunch favorite after the other, their Dungeness Crab Benedict is definitely worth any wait. Their entire selection gets driven by the California Read more
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