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Crustacean Restaurant



1475 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

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(415) 776-2722

  • Sun - 11:30am - 9:30pm
  • Mon - Thu 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Fri - Sat 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cuisine: Mexican Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants


4.4 of 5.0 from 48 reviews


price range:$26 to $50

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  • cmartin reviewI was just wondering the type of restaurants frequented by your party as the scenery of white tableclothes and shiny unspotted wine glasses has seemed to overload your senses. A perfect Amaretto Sour, wow a drink that could only be pulled off by a skilled barkeep, obviously only located at Crustacean. I wonder if they would be willing to give up their special recipe for your top-rated cocktail? I have been trying for years to get the perfect proportion of Amaretto AND sweet and sour to equate the quality of pouring skills possessed by the bar staff. I suggest that you try things on the menu that would sound appealing to yourselves, not simply ordering the `popular` choices or coinciding with your server's suggestions as they have duped you into getting the most `popular` dish, which just so happens to be the most expensive thing on the menu. For further reference, you can not take home the pieces of eight dollar bread that have been ever so carefully scrud

    44444 by cmartin


  • sfdiner reviewDon't waste your money. The food is good, but the amount one gets for the money is a total ripoff. They say the average price is $12 to $20. Well, you might get bread for four with $12. The outside menu leaves out the prices for their most popular dishes of Dungeness crab legs and King prawns. Those cost $32.50. with nothing else included, unless you consider the body of the crab to be food,which it isn't but is put on your plate to make you think you are getting food for 3. Then, if you want your crab cracked, it's and extra $5. Cracking wasn't the problem. The problem was picking out the meager amount of flesh in the legs. I worked up an appetite doing just that and was even more hungry after I finished the meal. Don't expect a crumb extra unless you pay for it. A slice of garlic bread was an extra$2.25. A bowl of vegetables was $8.50. A glass of wine was more like 3 thimbles of wine. This meal we had was the least amount of food for the most amount of money. The service was excellent. However, we noticed that the waiter changed accents every time he approached our table. My son remarked that the waiter could not decide whether he was from Trinidad or Brooklyn. This was not a true San Francisco seafood experience.

    11111 by sfdiner


  • mrc11864 reviewGo somewhere else. That's what I will tell anyone thinking of dinner at Crustacean. The wait staff were very nice, and accommodating as we did not have reservations. I realized later that they keep a section open near the bar for walk ins. This is in step with the restaurant's `profit above all else` motif. The `Ma` family (I think that was their name) employ a very cynical pricing structure. They don't quote seasonal prices on the menu outside, even though most good restaurants laser print fresh menus daily. The reason Crustacean doesn't do this is so that you are already seated with your drink when they spring on you that a single roasted crab is going to be $33.00. It was good, but not $33.00 good, and you are (of course) not going to up and leave when you hear the price. If you want the crab pre-cracked it's another $5.00. They try and charge you for every little thing. In every halfway decent restaurant I've been to, you expect them to bring a bread basket with your drinks, but not here. You have to pay.The other dishes we had were good, but again, a dinner for two, if it's going to cost $110.00, should be one hell of a dinner, and this was not. I don't mean to sound like a penny pincher, because I'm not. I enjoy eating out and having a good time. It was the way in which Crustacean tries to manipulate everyone as if they're dimwitted Swiss tourists fresh off the SuperShuttle from SFO. Go to Sam's or Scoma's instead. Even though these two restaurants are fairly expensive, you'll still spend less than at Crustacean, you'll get better food, and you'll have much more of an authentic San Francisco experience.

    11111 by mrc11864


  • sfx1 reviewA FABULOUS EXPERIENCE IN ALL REGARDS!!Although imore upscale than most of the places we're used to, we felt immediately at ease and comfortable in this nicely decorated restaurant. Arriving earlier than our reservation, we were warmly received and immediately whisked to our outdoor seating past glimpses of happy diners, succulent dishes, and the savory smells of seafood. The wait-staff were top- notch in all regards: friendly, outgoing, non-intrusive and helpful in suggesting dishes. We went for the popular duo, Roast Crab and Garlic Noodles. The flavors of these two dishes were incredible! We finished off the evening with their popular Baked Alaska and Strawberry-Peach Cobbler, both of which were fantastic. However, the Baked Alaska was the winner hands- down....wait till you taste the buttery, rich and warm caramel in a bite-full of chocolate cake, meringue, and icecream!Crustacean also has an extensive list of cocktails and wines to choose from. Our Amaretto Sours were perfect, and the wine we chose was also exceptional.We don't think we've ever had a nicer dining experience here in San Francisco.

    44444 by sfx1


  • kelder reviewSorry guys. This place is a big disappointment! I had the roasted crab and my companions had the royal prawns and garlic noodles. We had the crab stuffed wontons and crispy spring rolls and one cocktail each. The best dish was the cocktail. The crab smelled fishy and the prawns were overcooked. I don't have much comment on the noodles since I don't like thick noodles anyway. The service was surprisingly good, but maybe that's because I didn't expect much on that end. We were seated at one of the best tables, but I could see why I'd read some complaints about being cramped. The food wasn't bad, but for the price, it just isn't good enough. I say skip it.

    11111 by kelder


  • steinpeters reviewCrustacean is my absolute favorite dining expierances in the San Francisco bay area, and without a doubt one of my Top Five all time favorites. The roasted crab is divine, and their garlic noodles are `almost` better than sex itself, to round out the expierance a Chocolate Martini absolutley has to be expieranced, mere words can not describe, the only word that even does tend to come to mind is `Extremely Decadant`.

    44444 by steinpeters


  • dan5 reviewFrom some of the reviews I just read here there is just no pleasing some people, no matter how hard you try. My/our group of seven had just the best time: we drank the wines, ate the foods and really enjoyed ourselves. I do not remember the name of the shrimp dish we shared but it was `garlic shrimp something` when we almost finished with our meal we asked for bread to help dip up the rest of the residue sauce. Otherwise, we were going to use our fingers to get every last bit of the that wonderful flavor.

    55555 by dan5


  • ChefMozThe roasted crab was especially good. I loved the garlic noodles as well. The desserts we tried were so-so. I wouldn't recommend the Creme Brulee.

    44444 by ChefMoz.org


  • ChefMozI went for the first time over 2003 Labor Day weekend from a high recommendation from a friend, and I will go back. The Roasted Crab and Garlic Noodles lived up to all the hype my friend gives it. I LOVED both items and the service was great. Don't be put off by the smells or decor.

    44444 by ChefMoz.org


  • ChefMozSimply incredible. Large crabs with unbelievable flavor. You have to like garlic, butter and salt - not health food.

    44444 by ChefMoz.org


  • Drew W.Well worth every penny and your time breaking into this delicious crab. Get the noodles!

    55555 by Drew W.


  • Larry K.Crab legs and garlic noodles WOW!!!

    55555 by Larry K.


  • Sensitive FoodieLots of gluten free options!

    55555 by Sensitive Foodie


  • Hedan Z.Food is decent, but I have had better crab and better garlic noodles for cheaper prices :)

    33333 by Hedan Z.


  • Josh B.The crab is excellent. I'm partial to the salmon as well. Definitely order a side of garlic noodles!

    55555 by Josh B.


  • Alexey MoskalevVietnamise salad and rost crab was great

    55555 by Alexey Moskalev


  • Zealous W.The crab, garlic noodles and prawns!

    55555 by Zealous W.


  • Kelly K.Get the garlic noodles - worth the 3 days of bad breath!

    55555 by Kelly K.


  • Стас Г.It's wonderful!!! Everything (incl crab and lobster)!!! Furthermore it's in Michelin guide 2010 and Tripadvisor 2011

    55555 by Стас Г.


  • keisuke i.Try the Roast Crab - 塩コショウオリーブオイルで揚げたの?美味すぎてしゃべれませんでした~カニ好きです (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by keisuke i.


  • Richard C.Place is run down,garlic noodles great, roasted crab good not great.

    55555 by Richard C.


  • S M.Worth the expense, go hungry and don't leave until you eat a whole plate of An noodles.

    33333 by S M.


  • s c.great deep fried calamari and garlic noodles

    55555 by s c.


  • Tomonori H.ここのダンジョネスクラブは有名です。ひとり一杯まるごといけちゃえますが、さいごのほうは冷めてしまい、あまり美味しいままにたべ終えることができません。そんな方のために、オス

    55555 by Tomonori H.


  • Anthony S.Always order the mussels for an app and the Roasted Garlic crab!!! Anything else is a waste of time, except maybe the Prawns!!

    33333 by Anthony S.


  • Uzura S.日本語のメニューあり。ローステッドダンジネスクラブはガーリックオイルと黒胡椒がたっぷりでおいしい。ガーリックヌードルは素麺が伸びた感じでかなり柔らかくぱさついてる。レビュ

    55555 by Uzura S.


  • Chuck P.Crab and garlic noodles are a MUST.

    55555 by Chuck P.


  • Linda H.OMG! Now that's a meal.

    55555 by Linda H.


  • jacqueline k.roasted crab is on its way....its the best

    55555 by jacqueline k.


  • Zekeiabest calamari ever! garlic noodles & roast crab are always perfect

    55555 by Zekeia


  • An The GoIf you need a fix of Garlic Noodles, and you can't make it to Crustacean, find out where the An Family Food Truck, "An the Go", will be next. Twitter.com/anthegosf

    55555 by An The Go


  • kudorinガーリック蟹最高です。〆は残り汁にエッグヌードルをからめて召し上がれ

    55555 by kudorin


  • kurt w.Crab......

    55555 by kurt w.


  • I C.Hella overrated. $37 for a greasy frozen crab. They call themselves Asian Fusion, but can't even cook white rice correctly. Better off going to PPQ

    22222 by I C.


  • Amy F.The Garlic Noodle is to die for!!!!

    55555 by Amy F.


  • Tim C.Holy shit, if your in the area get here. Calamari, roasted crab, garlic noodles, and orange sorbet. Meal fit for royalty

    55555 by Tim C.


  • Grub CrawlTry the ans garlic noodles and spot it on Foodspotting!

    55555 by Grub Crawl


  • Karen C.Overrated. The roasted crab is fresh but served lukewarm. Don't order the fried rice - bad

    33333 by Karen C.


  • Clarence W.The noodles and prawns are sooooooo good here... I'd fly 3,000 miles for them alone! I think this is my favorite seafood restaurant - period!

    55555 by Clarence W.


  • Jen V.If you like crab brains, get some garlic noodles and mix it in with the crab shell with brains. Swirl it all around and enjoy :)

    55555 by Jen V.


  • Betty L.Coconut Shrimp + Roasted Dungeness Crab + Garlic Noodles

    55555 by Betty L.


  • Ronny B.best garlic noodle ever

    55555 by Ronny B.


  • Ronny B.The best garlic noodle ever. The crab and seabass are awesome.

    55555 by Ronny B.


  • HeidiRoasted crab - fabulous! And share a bowl of An's garlic noodles. Crack crab yourself, an eating experience - the best

    55555 by Heidi


  • Bruce B.Go to Crustacean and eat garlic noodles and crab

    55555 by Bruce B.


  • Rachel S.Order the baked Alaska for dessert. Get a buddy to order the cream puff. take a spoonful of baked Alaska and dip it in the chocolate sauce that comes with the cream puffs... Enjoy!

    55555 by Rachel S.


  • Alan L.Definitely do the roast dungeness crab and crack it yourself. And the calamari was out of this galaxy

    55555 by Alan L.


  • Rachel S.Order the corn bisque and either the drunken or roast crab. Eat every bite.

    55555 by Rachel S.


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