Nothing says the holidays are among us than the beginning of crab season in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley. And this year is bountiful! According to our sources, the 2014 crab season has started off strong. Some fishermen have waited over 24 hours in line to have their crab weighed for retail sale! This year’s abundance means plenty of crab for all your holiday meals and plenty in our restaurants! Here is a round-up of restaurants that serve local crab. If you’d like to purchase it to cook at home, call the Harbor District’s Fish Phone at 650-726-8724 or download the FishLine app for information about which boats are selling and what is available.


-On the Coast-



Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company has quite a catch of Dungeness crab this season! Enjoy an assortment of dishes such as warm, whole cracked crab with pesto, half crab cioppino, crab and pumpkin bisque, Dungeness crab roll, crab cake Benedict and even a crab omelet!
 

It’s Italia
It’s Italia is offering baked Dungeness crab cakes, crab and shrimp Louisa salad, a grilled cheesy crab and shrimp sandwich, and a Dungeness crab cioppino. The weekend brunch menu will feature Dungeness Crab Benedict on polenta cakes and a crab and Brussels sprouts omelet with goat cheese.  Throughout the holiday season, be sure to try a Dungeness Crab Martini from the bar!
 

La Costanera
Known for their contemporary Peruvian cuisine and breathtaking views of the Pacific, La Costanera is celebrating crab season by featuring Pastel de Cangrejo, a potato chip-crusted Dungeness crab cake with mushrooms and sweet Rocoto sauce that is sure to delight palates.
 

Pasta Moon
Known for their award-winning seasonal Italian menu, Pasta Moon embraces Dungeness crab season with a variety of mouth-watering dishes, such as the popular linguine with fresh crab and fennel and kobocha squash soup with fresh Dungeness crab and spiced pepitos. Right after the Thanksgiving holiday, scrumptious Dungeness crab cakes with a Meyer lemon vinaigrette and house made tartar sauce will grace the menu. The crab dishes pair wonderfully with their Wine Spectator award-winning, all-Italian wine selection.
 

Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay
Known for fresh, off-the-boat seafood and stunning views of the Pacific, uber-popular Sam’s is featuring their mouth-watering, fresh local crab, steamed or chili-garlic style during the season, along with their year-round line up of crab wonderment such as cioppino, jumbo prawns stuffed with Dungeness crab and wrapped in smoked bacon, crab cakes, New Orleans-style gumbo, Sam’s Dungeness Crab Louis and blue crab sandwich.
 

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay will treat guests to a crab-inspired culinary adventure in Navio that highlights the season in an unforgettable way. For breakfast, try the Coastal Eggs Benedict with Dungeness Crab, artichoke spread, and lemon hollandaise.  For dinner, enjoy the Dungeness Crab, house-made smoked pumpkin ravioli, squid ink pasta, rainbow Swiss chard, crab cream sauce, and sage foam. In the Conservatory, during the month of November, delight in the handpicked Dungeness crab sandwich on brioche bread with avocado and Sriracha mayo.


*most of the Coastside info sourced from here
 

-Peninsula Area-
 

7 Mile House Sports Bar, Grill & Live Music



Established in 1853, the historic 7 Mile House in Brisbane is a family restaurant, sports bar, and live music venue, serving up a unique mix of homestyle Italian/American/Filipino food. One of their most popular dishes is the San Francisco-style Cioppino ($16.95), arguably the best in the Bay Area! With a mix of local Dungeness crab, clams, prawns, fish, squid and mussels in house marinara, garlic bread and an option to specify degree of spiciness, their guests are always excited to experience home made flavors from local waters!
 

The Fish Market
Here is a Twitpic from The Fish Market! They urge you to call your local restaurant to check daily availability. With two locations on the Peninsula in San Mateo and Palo Alto, The Fish Market is your best option to eat crab at the restaurant and then purchase some to cook at home. They also offer complimentary “Cracking & Cleaning” out of their Retail Market.
 

Osteria Coppa 
This award winning downtown San Mateo restaurant is offering Dungeness Crab Conchiglioni, “Large Shell” Pasta with Dungeness Crab, Fresh Organic Broccoli Rabe, and Lobster Sauce and Crab Salad with Sunchokes, Pear, Fennel and Pomegranate Seeds. 
 

Sam’s Chowder House, Palo Alto
Just like its sister restaurant in Half Moon Bay, Sam’s is featuring their mouth-watering, fresh local crab, steamed or chili-garlic style during the season, along with their year-round line up of crab wonderment such as cioppino, jumbo prawns stuffed with Dungeness crab and wrapped in smoked bacon, crab cakes, New Orleans-style gumbo, Sam’s Dungeness Crab Louis and blue crab sandwich.
 

Tap & Tavern (located inside the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport-Waterfront)
They offer one of the best crab sandwiches in the Bay area in this new restaurant! Ingredients include, fresh Dungeness crab, aged white cheddar, mayonnaise, salt, sourdough bread and heirloom tomatoes served with waffle fries.
 

THREE Restaurant and Bar
This downtown San Mateo restaurants is offering Fresh Dungeness crab cakes lemon caper aioli.  Starting the first week in December, crab cioppino with fresh spaghetti will be on the menu!

 

-San Francisco-

 

Pier Market
Voted “Best Seafood in San Francisco” by KRON 4 TV’s Best of the Bay, Pier Market is an authentic fish house where the locals go for the freshest seafood in the city. Here is a Twitpic with their catch. If that doesn’t make your mouth water…
 

Fog Harbor Fish House
Talk about dedication - Fog Harbor Fish House has an entire menu for local Dungeness crab! [Click here] to start your planning.