There was no fresh, locally caught Dungeness crab for Christmas. Or New Year’s.

But there’s no reason why you can’t turn a midweek January day into a celebration. After a two-month delay in the opening of the commercial crab season, it’s finally time to get cracking.

Here’s an alphabetical roundup of Bay Area seafood purveyors and grocers that are selling local crab now — or will be very soon — along with restaurants that are adding crab dishes to their menus. However, supplies may be limited and some markets and restaurants are already reporting sellouts by noon. Make sure to call to check on availability.


Cook’s Seafood: The fish market expects to have Dungeness crab by Friday, Jan. 15, for seafood counter sales and also for crab Louies to go from the restaurant. 751 El Camino Real, Menlo Park;

Feastin: This new online marketplace and restaurant partner will deliver cooked whole crabs throughout the Bay Area from Vince’s Shellfish Co. of San Bruno.

Monterey Fish Market: This Berkeley retail store is selling both live and cooked Dungeness. Dockside sales at Pier 33 in San Francisco also. 1582 Hopkins St. Berkeley; 510-525-5600;

Neves Fish Market: Fresh Dungeness crab has arrived here. Call 408-244-3907 to check on  availability. 1475 Main St., Santa Clara;

New England Lobster Market: Both live and cooked Dungeness crab should be available Friday, Jan. 15, at the seafood counter. 824 Cowan Road, Burlingame; 

Ocean2Table: Community-supported fishery delivers cooked, cleaned crabs weekly to Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

Pacific Coast CrabLine: The FishLine’s CrabLIne is an app and website for locating crab, other seafood.

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 on availability. 135 El Camino Real, San Bruno;

Water2Table: San Francisco-based supplier offers Bay Area home delivery of Dungeness crab as far east as Brentwood and Livermore and as far south as Los Gatos.


These local and major chains typically stock Dungeness crab every season. Contact your nearest location 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 on crab availability updates. And some seafood restaurants — including King’s Fish House at Valley Fair and Scott’s Seafood in Oakland — are temporarily closed because of shelter-at-home orders. We’ll add 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.

Boudin Bakery restaurants: Dungeness crab feasts (with pasta, salad and Boudin sourdough) available via preorder for the last two weekends of the month, Jan. 22-23 and Jan. 29-30. Pickup locations include Fremont, Walnut Creek, Cupertino, San Jose, Sunnyvale, San Francisco.

Fish Market: The San Mateo location is awaiting local Dungeness for fish counter sales and the restaurant’s cioppino and other dishes. NOTE: The Palo Alto and Santa Clara restaurants are temporarily closed. 1855 S. Norfolk St., San Mateo;

Gott’s Roadside: Dungeness crab sandwich with Meyer lemon aioli on toasted brioche, Dungeness crab and shrimp Louie. Locations in Walnut Creek, Palo Alto, San Francisco and points north.

Nick’s Rockaway Beach: Dungeness cracked crab (whole or half), grilled crab sandwiches, crab cocktails and crab Louies. 100 Rockaway Beach Ave., Pacifica; 

Pier 402 Restaurant: Awaiting shipments of Dungeness crab for its crab platters, crab cakes and crab melts to go. 238 Race St., San Jose;

Pier Market: Whole or half Dungeness crabs available in three styles: Garlic roasted, steamed (with butter) or chilled (with cocktail sauce). Order online, then pick up from Pier 39, San Francisco.

Sam’s Chowder House: Dungeness crab dinners (steamed, chilled), Dungeness crab in cioppino. Also, Sam’s will sell quarts of their cioppino sauce. 4210 Highway One, Half Moon Bay.

Scott’s Chowder House: Dungeness crab roll, Dungeness crab-topped tater tots. Takeout and delivery from 200 S. First St., San Jose.

Scott’s Seafood: Cioppino with Dungeness in a bucket (various sizes), Dungeness crab and shrimp Louie salad. Takeout and delivery from 200 S. First St., San Jose.

Walnut Creek Yacht Club: Dungeness cracked crab (whole, chilled) plus Dungeness cooked Baja style, Singapore style or garlic roasted. Limited availability; call ahead, 925-944-FISH. 1555 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek; 

Use the form below to let us know about other restaurants and markets featuring California-caught Dungeness crab.

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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