Looking for a San Francisco local crab lunch...
- uhockey Jan 18, 2009 10:46 AM
Will be in the San Francisco area from 2/15 until 2/18 and then San Jose on 2/19. We already have dinners set up at Gary Danko, La Folie, The French Laundry, and Arcadia as well as early lunch at Aqua and Slanted Door - probably some breakfast and baked goods here and there as well. What we're looking for now is a cool local place to just eat simply prepared crabs at lunch - I've gotten recs for Crabhouse at Pier 39, but it seems a little touristy. Is there someplace more 'local' that just serves great crab meals with some bread or potatoes?
Thanks for the help and I can't wait for the trip.
Swan's Oyster Depot is a typical SF hole in the wall and I love it. It is a real SF experience. Same people since the 1950's. All the customers are repeats and everyone knows everybody. It is a lot of fun. Great SF sourdough, fresh crab, oysters, crab louis. It is a lot of fun but you will have to wait for one of those bar seats.
Scoma's at Fisherman,s wharf has very good crab louis.
Swan Oyster Depot
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Scoma's Fisherman's Wharf
47 Pier 45, San Francisco, CA 94133
I totally agree that's SWAN's is the place to go! The line is long depending on the time and totally worth the wait.
It's crowded, cramped, and quaint—you will love it! Another place I make sure I take my family and friends when they are visiting SF! Even if I'm telling my father I might be passing through SF, he asks if I stopped at Swan's for lunch... Best NE Clam Chowder in the city!
I've never had their crab, but Woodhouse Fish Company in the Castro does have it. I've been a number of times, usually when they have $1 oysters, their sandwiches are fine if not exciting. It's a very local place with a different crowd than some other parts of the city, it's accessible on the F line up Market Street or from the Church Street station on the MUNI underground. It's pretty hard to screw up crab if it's just being boiled, so I would expect that it's fine.
Crabhouse is part of a local chain. I've never had the crab at Crabhouse, but I've had it at one of their other restaurants ... the menus are pretty much identical. I remember the crab wasn't particularily great. However, there have been some good reports ... though from visitors ... that they liked the crab at one of the other restaurants. These places do serve Acme bread with the meals.
Lot's of people seem to like the salt and pepper crab from R & G in Chinatown.
The seafood restaurant in the Ferry Plaza next to Hog Island Oyster depot is quite good and serves excellent crab melts and crab louis salads (very classic san francisco). They also have a well-selected wine list and nice views of the bay. I can't remember the name of the place (I think it is rather generic) but it is right next to Hog Island -- you can't miss it.