There was no fresh locally caught Dungeness crab for Christmas. Or New Years.
But there’s no reason you can’t turn an old January day into a party. After a two-month delay in the opening of the commercial crab season, it’s finally time to crack.
Here’s an alphabetical roundup of the Bay Area seafood vendors and grocers who sell local crab now – or will be very soon – as well as restaurants that are adding crab dishes to their menus. However, supplies may be limited and some markets and restaurants are already reporting noon sales. Be sure to call to check availability.
SEAFOOD COUNTERS and DELIVERY SERVICES
Cook’s Seafood: The fish market expects to have Dungeness crab by Friday January 15, for seafood counter sales and also Louies crab from the restaurant. 751 El Camino Real, Menlo Park; www.cooksseafood.com
Party: This new online marketplace and restaurant partner will deliver cooked whole crabs throughout the Bay Area to Vince’s Shellfish Co. of San Bruno. https://feastin.com/r/vinces
Hapuku Fish Market: Located in Rockridge Market Hall, this retail counter sells live and cooked crab. 5655 College Ave., Oakland; www.rockridgemarkethall.com/hapuku-fish
Monterey Fish Market: This Berkeley retail store sells live and cooked Dungeness. Dockside sales at Pier 33 in San Francisco as well. 1582, rue Hopkins Berkeley; 510-525-5600; www.montereyfish.com
Neves fish market: Fresh Dungeness Crab has arrived here. Call 408-244-3907 to check availability. 1475 Main Street, Santa Clara; www.nevesfishmarket.business.site
New England Lobster Market: Live and cooked Dungeness Crab should be available Friday January 15 at the Seafood Counter. 824 Cowan Road, Burlingame; www.newenglandlobster.net
Ocean2Table: The Community Supported Fishing offers weekly home delivery of cooked and cleaned crabs each week to Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. www.getocean2table.com
Pacific Coast CrabLine: CrabLIne from FishLine is an app and website for locating crab, other seafood. Http://fishlineapp.com/crablineapp.html
Peninsula & All Shores Seafood Market: Dungeness (live or cooked) for delivery and pickup. First come, first served; no phone orders accepted. Call 650-589-0532 to check availability. 135 El Camino Real, San Bruno; www.wehaveseafood.com
Water2Table: The San Francisco-based supplier offers door-to-door delivery of Dungeness Crab in the Bay Area, as far east as Brentwood and Livermore and as far south as Los Gatos. www.water2table.com
These local and large chains generally stock Dungeness Crab every season. Contact your nearest branch for availability: Bianchini’s, Diablo Foods, Draeger’s, Lucky, Lunardi’s, Mollie Stone’s, Nob Hill, Raley’s, Ranch 99, Safeway, Save Mart, Whole Foods, Zanotto’s.
This roundup is evolving, as many chefs are still creating their Dungeness dishes or waiting for updates on crab availability. And some seafood restaurants – including King’s Fish House at Valley Fair and Scott’s Seafood in Oakland – are temporarily closed due to shelter-to-home orders. We’ll be adding new menu options when restaurants reopen, so keep checking this list. Did we miss your favorite restaurant crab dish? Use the form below to let us know.
Alexandre’s Steakhouse: Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, this restaurant will feature a steamed whole Dungeness Crab with broccoli, dynamite sauce, Tobanjan butter, sriracha aioli, lemon and specialty salts. 19379 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino. www.alexanderssteakhouse.com
Seafood and Blue Water Crab: Whole local Dungeness crabs available, as well as bunches of crabs and buckets of seafood boiled with sausage and sides. 4180 N. First St., San José. www.bluewaterseafoodandcrab.com
Boudin bakery: Dungeness crab parties (with pasta, salad and Boudin sourdough) available for pre-order for the last two weekends of the month, from January 22 to 23 and from January 29 to 30. Pickup locations include Fremont, Walnut Creek, Cupertino, San Jose, Sunnyvale, San Francisco. https://boudinbakery.com
Fish market: The San Mateo location awaits local Dungeness for counter sales of fish and restaurant cioppino and other dishes. NOTE: Palo Alto and Santa Clara restaurants are temporarily closed. 1855 S. Norfolk Street, San Mateo; www.thefishmarket.com
Oyster Bar and Forthright Kitchen: Dungeness crab cioppino is now on the menu, and they’ll be adding a roast crab dish. 1700 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell; www.eatoystersatforthright.com
Along the road to Gott: Dungeness crab sandwich with Meyer lemon aioli on grilled brioche, Dungeness crab and Louie shrimp. Locations in Walnut Creek, Palo Alto, San Francisco and points north. www.gotts.com
Nick’s Rockaway Beach: Cracked crab dungeness (whole or half), grilled crab sandwiches, crab cocktails and Crab Louies. 100 Rockaway Beach Avenue, Pacifica; www.nicksrestaurant.net
Pier 402 Restaurant: Waiting for cargoes of Dungeness crab for its crab platters, its crab cakes and its melt crabs to take away. 238 Race St., San Jose; www.pier402sj.com
Pier Market: Whole or half Dungeness crab available in three styles: roasted garlic, steamed (with butter) or chilled (with cocktail sauce). Order online, then pick up at Pier 39, San Francisco. www.piermarket.com
Rockin ‘crayfish: The Concord site will feature live local Dungeness Crab for its seafood boils. 1847 Willow Pass Road, Concord; 925-822-3892
Sam’s Chowder House: Dungeness crab dinners (steamed, refrigerated), Dungeness crab with cioppino. Additionally, Sam’s will sell gallons of their cioppino sauce. 4210 Highway One, Half Moon Bay. www.samschowderhouse.com
Scott’s Chowder House: Dungeness crab roll, tater tots garnished with Dungeness crab. Takeout and delivery from 200 S. First St., San Jose. www.scottschowderhouse.com
Scott’s Seafood: Cioppino with sleeper in a bucket (various sizes), Dungeness crab salad and Louie shrimp. Takeout and delivery from 200 S. First St., San Jose. www.scottsseafoodsj.com
Seabreeze on the dock: This new restaurant in Jack London Square offers live Dungeness crab in its seafood cooking platters, crab salads and crab sandwiches. 31 Webster Street, Oakland. www.seabreezeonthedock.com
The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse: Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, this restaurant will offer a whole steamed crab with broccoli, cocktail sauce, garlic butter, saffron aioli and lemon. 4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. www.alexanderssteakhouse.com/location/the-sea-by-alexanders-steakhouse
Walnut Creek Yacht Club: Cracked Crab Dungeness (whole, chilled) plus Baja, Singapore or Roasted Garlic Dungeness. Limited availability; call ahead, 925-944-FISH. 1555 Bonanza Street, Walnut Creek; http://wcyc.net
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