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Couple in town first week in May - Crab?

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My wife and I will be visiting San Francisco for the first time in May and she mentioned to me that she wants to eat crab. From what I've read, May is still technically crab season, but it looks like they will probably be in short supply. Is that right? Where would be the best place to find them if they are available? We are obviously looking for a restaurant since we will be staying in a hotel. We are staying in the Marriott downtown and don't mind riding public transportation to get somewhere, but we won't have a car. I've read that the salt and pepper crab is good at R&G, would that be the best bet? Also, I know it's priced per the market, but what would you guess the price range would be at a nice, but not upscale restaurant?

Thanks for all the help!

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  1. I'm sure my fellow CHs on this board think I sound like a broken record, but we're big fans of R&G's salt and pepper crab. R&G charges anywhere from $37 to $39 for an enormous crab that I think is more than enough for two peple to eat their fill of crab. We paid $38 per crab last weekend.

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    1. re: cvhound

      + 1on R&G, it's a Chinese place. I have seen a couple (young) who had the salt and pepper crab, glutenous rice stuffed chicken and a peking duck at the same sitting. I am pretty sure they had to pack some of it home.

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      R & G Lounge
      631 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

    2. So in my opinion there are 3 crab experiences you should have. 1. R&G salt and pepper crab. 2. Swan's Oyster Depot on Polk...either cracked Dungeness or my favorite..their crab louie. A true SF place and if you've never been a must. 3. Tadich Grill's Cioppino...a classic which includes dungeness and also they have the best version of SF sourdough that you won't find anywhere else (except Sam's) and a darker bake than on the wharf (lengthy posts on this topic elsewhere on this board). I also like their version of crab louie if your wife wants another salad...but the Cioppino they are famous for. You are right that crab is starting to dwindle in May but this year was good and they then get it up the coast from Oregon, Washington to Alaska so I wouldn't worry about supply. I would highly recommend all three for a true crab experience.

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      Tadich Grill
      240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111