The Buzz About the Crab House at Pier 39
Young Hollywood featured Crab House 39 in their "Food Feed" episode,
Watch it here.
1. Dungeness crab
THE SKINNY: Initially, Dungeness were caught incidentally in 19th-century nets meant for fish. But those fishermen soon realized they were onto something; by 1863, the crabs, which can weigh up to 125 pounds, were readily available at Meiggs Wharf (where Taylor Street ends). The popular Blue Crab of the South and East Coast are itty bitty in comparison. Eat it, Baltimore. Oh, wait, you can't.
WHERE TO GET IT NOW: Dungeness crabs are best prepared “half back,” which is to chop them in half and remove the guts before cooking (toxins in the innards impact the taste). Try the Crab House at Pier 39's with their signature garlic sauce.
CUCINA CON TESTINA
"As promised, I am ready to share with you the tastiest and most curious that I discovered during this long journey in the United States. We start from San Francisco and the legendary Crab House. The restaurant is located in the Fisherman's Wharf, the most famous pier "Frisco", with its shops, restaurants and sea lions beached. The dish as the name is her Majesty the Crab, served in different ways, all exceptional. In the video review will understand what I mean."
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SF GATE - "Where to find the best cioppino in the San Francisco Bay Area"
"Crab House: This is the other place in contention for the best cioppino on Fisherman's Wharf. Crab is a star of the cioppino, supported by shrimp, calamari, white fish and mussels. It’s a great version for anyone who wants to taste this classic fisherman’s stew."
INSIDE SCOOP SF - "Picking the best Bay Area restaurants for Dungeness crab"
"One of the big surprises as I was dining at the Crab House at Pier 39, a part of the San Francisco Port restaurant series that’s been running since last year in the Food & Wine section, is how good the crab is. The place is all decked out in white tile and overlooks the bay; the crab comes on a sizzling skillet with a buttery garlic sauce ($24.95/$38.95 for 2+ pounds) — and a bib, which is needed.
If you want slightly more formal surroundings, and even better views, sister restaurant the Franciscan farther down Fisherman’s Wharf also serves the same style crab."
"Our first course was one of their Iron Skillets which came out sizzling and had a fabulous aroma. We loved the perfectly prepared roasted Mussels and Shrimp which were delicious and served with a side of lemon, butter and garlic dipping sauce which was beyond words! Next, we enjoyed their Crab Chowder which was made with fresh crab, corn, red peppers, potatoes and celery.
Our main Course was their signature dish The Killer Crab which is a whole, two pound crab roasted in their secret garlic sauce. We cracked and dipped and ate but couldn’t finish it all which made us happy at lunch the following day! A Side of Garlic French Fries is a must as they were Killer too!
The Wine List is very focused and has something for everyone. We enjoyed the Ferrari Carano Sonoma County Chardonnay which paired well with the seafood. The Desserts were both superb! We loved the Tiramisu, best we have had in years, and the Torta Della Nonna with Meyer lemon and zabaglione! As a finale we had an espresso and a Sambuca after dinner drink."
EXAMINER - "Crab House at Pier 39 - Killer Crab in San Francisco"
"We truly enjoyed our dinner at the Crab House at PIER 39. The Killer Crab was as advertised “Killer”. The service was very friendly and professional and the atmosphere was inviting and fun. I guess we’ll have to come back soon to taste other menu items, as we hear the Fish & Chips is great too!"
DELISH - "Table for Two: The Millionaire Matchmaker Picks the Best Date Restaurants"
"The pier is really romantic and there are so many restaurants that serve fantastic crab cakes there," says Stanger. The pier houses the city's Aquarium of the Bay, and in winter hundreds of sea lions gather on the West Marina."
SANTA YNEZ JOURNAL
"If your daytime excursion takes you towards the bay, a good spot for lunch is Crab House at Pier 39. ….Crab House, as you might expect, specializes in Dungeness crab — only big ones. This is the locally caught delicacy that people come from miles to taste. The servings here are very large so make sure you are hungry. We also tried the shrimp, which was equally mouthwatering. The interior of the restaurant is nautical all the way, and the waterside location offers views of the harbor area."
I’m a “best of both worlds” sort of person. So when I’m offered a choice, my response is always, “I’ll take both.” That’s why, when I learned that I could add the fresh Dungeness Crab to the Zuppa di Pesce at the Crab House in San Francisco, I was able to have the seafood stew I love, with the crab while it was in season."
US WEEKLY - "VIP Scene"
"I was just at the Crab House yesterday with three more friends and we had another wonderful meal. The service was great as well. The hostess was all smiles and gave us a big thank you for coming as we left. The busboys were very professional and cleared our table without any notice. Keep up the great service!"
"My husband and I visited your restaurant on June 14th and had a wonderful dinner. We ordered mussels and they were absolutely the most delicious I have ever tasted!"
"I had lunch there last Saturday and the experience was great. Your hostess was particularly friendly--usually the staff at ‘touristy’ spots get a bit jaded because they know most of the customers won’t be ‘returning’ but I did enjoy my visit."
"I would like to know if I could have some of those delicious crab legs shipped by the pound to Atlanta, Georgia? I was at the Crab House Wednesday evening and the service was excellent. Thank You"
"The crab legs were delicious! We had a very attentive waiter & had a wonderful time. Can't wait til I am back in San Fran to go back."
"We had a great experience--whole crab on a skillet, bibs and hot towels. Lots of fun, a local told us about it--a real find. Nice, friendly atmosphere, fireplace at the bar. It's a winner."
"...The other night I found myself in the middle of Pier 39 enjoying my time immensely, and believe me, I was as surprised about it as you'd be. It's been my experience that the only good reasons to venture into the vicinity are the chocolate chip cookies at Blue Chip Cookies and the bourbon at the Eagle Cafe -- but that was before I tasted the Killer Crab at the Crab House, a cozy little seafood restaurant on the pier's upper western level."
"Highly Recommended!!! it was a great surprise to find a non-touristy place on touristy pier 39--we took some friends who were visiting from chicago and had such a great time that we will go back. we are natives and always steered clear of the pier but we met some other "locals" who said it's the best kept secret for great crab, great atmosphere (the fireplace was so cozy) and great service. everything was good, the crab angel hair lasagna was out of this world. go and try the place."
"We ate three pounds of tender, succulent crab (need I mention that it was covered in a delicious garlic butter). This, plus two loaves of bread and soft drinks was about $50. Not a bad deal for dinner for two with a view overlooking the bay on one side and a open fire on the other. The service was FAST! Your water ties a bib on you and the next thing you know you are knee deep in crab. The instant we finised we were given steamed towels to clean up with. The waiter was very helpful in answering our questions about various menu items."
"As a bon vivant New Yorker, I have learned that NY chefs have no idea what to do with seafood. The crab was the most incredible thing I have had. Going back next week on vacation just to dine at The Crab House. The food was amazing, a brilliant use of garlic and butter."