The Best Dungeness Crab in San Francisco

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Spruce, La Ciccia, Zuni Cafe
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Italian, Modern European
Neighborhoods:Presidio Heights, Noe Valley, Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Spruce

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Presidio Heights
4,148 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 toasted sesame bread...

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Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area

La Ciccia

$$$$·Italian·
Noe Valley
2,485 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 comes perfectly pair...

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Fit for Foodies in San Francisco
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,651 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch

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 lemon. Each bite will h...

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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,359 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 or cioppino. In Greec...

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Mediterranean in San Francisco Bay Area
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,664 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

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 signature portion of Dun...

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HK Lounge Bistro

$$$$·Chinese·
Richmond District
552 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, allowing the flavor of the...

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Wayfare Tavern

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,505 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 parking. Reservations ...

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Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
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Garibaldi's on Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Presidio Heights
2,040 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 there for quite a while...

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Californian in San Francisco

Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant San Francisco

$$$$·Greek·
Financial District / Embarcadero
33 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals

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 world, head to the New Am...

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Greek in San Francisco Bay Area
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Boulevard

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,167 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 by far one of the big...

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Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
99 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Otoro Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
773 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 look at their full men...

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Japanese in San Francisco
33 people mentioned the Fresh Fish

Le Soleil

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Richmond District
243 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

“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-preparing your dish. I...

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19 people mentioned the Shaking Beef
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Gary Danko

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Fisherman's Wharf
890 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

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, renowned chef Gary Danko h...

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10 people mentioned the Caviar
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Franciscan Crab Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Fisherman's Wharf
3,195 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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 dinner, you'll enjoy th...

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Scenic View in San Francisco
79 people mentioned the Dungeness Crab

Scoma's Fisherman's Wharf

$$$$·Seafood·
North Beach
2,863 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

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 simply to die for.

Dish...

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Seafood in San Francisco Bay Area
135 people mentioned the Cioppino
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