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Jan 9, 2009 12:42 PM

Restaurants serving Dungeness crab?

Hey Hounders, I'm looking for a restaurant that's serving straight up Dungeness crab this time of year. Straight up boiled or steamed with butter and lemon no fancy preparation wanted or required. Special deals are appreciated. Also, real information, a lot of times people will say "well, Water Grill has seafood." and that's not really helpful. If you've actually been to the place lately and have seen or had the crab, THAT's helpful.

The area we're looking at is large, from Santa Monica to Downtown east to west, from Hollywood to Culver City north south. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Evidently this has been a terrible year for getting the crabs. Quality Seafood on the lower level of the Redondo Beach Pier complex has them fresh. They will cook them for you and then you can go over to one of the picnic tables (don't forget to bring some newspaper and crab crackers/hammer with you) and have at it. $13.99 a lb.

    1. Most of the chinese restaurants in the San Gabriel area prepare dungeness crab that way. A few good places to consider:

      Sea Harbor Restaurant in Rosemead, CA
      The King Palace Restaurant in Rosemead, CA
      Seafood Village Restaurant in Monterey Park, CA

      happy eating!

      1. I know of a live seafood store in Koreatown that sells live dungeness crabs. They can steam it for you or you can take it home and steam it yourself. They have tables there so you can eat there as well but youre surrounded by live seafood in tanks so home might be better.
        They dont have a name in english but they are on Olympic in between Wilton and Crenshaw right across from Wienerschnitzel.

        1. I know what you mean... like the crab you can get at Fisherman's Wharf -- even the tourists cant ruin the joy. Freshly steamed cold cracked crab is one of life's pure joys (well, for everyone but the crab).

          Believe me, I've looked far and wide in LA. Sometimes the Grill on the Alley or Musso's have it-- They were both influenced by San Francisco's Tadich Grill, where you can walk in, order sourdough and cracked crab, and boom, heaven. There is NOTHING like that in LA, but Musso's comes close when they have crab.

          I know you don't want to hear this, but the best substitute is to go to santa monica seafood or whole foods when the crab is in season and buy, take it home with a loaf of sourdough and an anchor steam, and DIY.

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          1. re: spaniel27

            Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the crab at Fisherman's Wharf are already dead and they're just reheating them in those boiling cauldrons.

            Check out Captain Kidd's in Redondo Beach. They got tanks of different crabs including Dungeness, sourdough bread and clam chowder. Plus a great view and free parking.

            1. re: monku

              Pacific Fish Center is better than Captain Kidd's. Both on the same pier.

              Pacific Fish Center & Restaurant
              131 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

              Captain Kidd's
              1550 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802

          2. i've been getting it at Fish King in Glendale, already cooked in the shell, in it's entirety. You may want to call ahead b/c they don't always have it cooked but this weekend they had a bunch of them. I don't recall the price- maybe $13 a lb? but it was amazing and great fun to do at home. they also sell the tools there. if you don't want to splurge on the tools, they'll crack and clean it for you.

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            1. re: Clyde

              Last weekend I saw live Dungeness crab at Ranch 99 in Monterey Park for $3.99/lb.