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Issue 10/14 of the Series

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"Look...San Francisco"

"Fog Harbor Fish House"

Pier 39

San Fransisco, CA 94133

(415) 969-2010

Dungeness crab is the best crab in San Francisco. At Fog Harbor Fish House, we have been serving this wonderful San Francisco crab for 30 years and use only the freshest crustaceans, hand-picked by our chefs, and sourced from our reliable purveyors. Quality and freshness are fundamental with strict regulations in place for this majestic creature of the sea. You should also note that our commitment to sustainability is full-fledged. We only serve 100% sustainable produce at our restaurant as well.

We pride ourselves on being the first restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf to source 100% sustainable food. This is part of the ethos of our restaurant and is also why we are part of the San Francisco “Green Business Certified” association.

Being known as the best crab restaurant in San Francisco is also thanks to our many prestigious awards including the “Diners’ Choice Award”, “Best Seafood in San Francisco” KRON 4 award, and a “Certificate of Excellence” from Trip Advisor (to name just a few).

Dining Room

Garlic Roasted

Whole Dungeness Crab

The buttery sauce that coats the crab meat and the shells is part of the pleasure of this dish; to really enjoy it, dispense with the utensils and just eat the crab with your hands. Serve with a green salad dressed with tarragon vinaigrette and plenty of crusty sourdough bread.

(Serves 2)


1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced shallot

1 1/2 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper

2 large Dungeness crabs, cooked, cleaned, and cracked (about 4 1/4 pounds)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, divided

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided

1/2 cup blood orange juice or regular orange juice

1 teaspoon finely grated blood orange peel or regular orange peel

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Melt butter with oil in a heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic, shallot, and dried crushed red pepper. Add crabs; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon chopped thyme and 1 tablespoon chopped parsley over crabs. Stir to combine. Place skillet in oven and roast crabs until heated through, stirring once, about 12 minutes.

Step 2

Using tongs, transfer crabs to a platter. Add orange juice and peel to the same skillet; boil until sauce is reduced by about half, about 5 minutes. Spoon sauce over crabs. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon thyme and 1 tablespoon parsley and serve.

When the season begins for Dungeness crab, San Francisco becomes more vibrant than ever. There is a general buzz of excitement from restaurant owners, chefs, and consumers alike. The Dungeness crab season in San Francisco begins in Fall, usually just before Thanksgiving. It will usually run right through to June or July. Make sure to mark your calendar, this is an event you don’t want miss.

Eating al fresco is the perfect option when the weather permits. Whether you eat indoors or outdoors you can always enjoy the majestic view from the most perfectly located crab restaurant San Francisco has to offer.

Our chefs enjoy working in our busy kitchen and their creativity is always being challenged to produce more mouth-watering dishes every week. They enjoy the buzz from the hectic kitchen environment but also enjoy being observed while busy at work. You can watch them go through the motions to create the amazing, award-winning food that arrives on your table. Our kitchen is open so you can have a glimpse at why so many people consider us to have the best seafood in San Francisco.

One of Fog Harbor Fish House’s signature dishes is most definitely our Garlic Roasted Whole Dungeness crab. Succulent, meaty, delicious. This seasonal delight is full of flavor, yet delicate, sweet, and filling. The season’s opening has us buzzing with excitement as our chefs await the date to create their magic. Our restaurant visitors are never disappointed! We source the freshest crab daily (only the best crab in San Francisco will do). This local favorite is a must-eat if you are in the mood to have a memorable Bay Area experience.

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