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San Francisco's Crab House Reopens With New Owners

a platter with cooked crab and mussels

Open for the first time since March 2020, the critically acclaimed restaurant known for its world famous “Killer Crab," was purchased by Pier 39's founding family.

Crab House at Pier 39, a local San Francisco favorite since 1998, has reopen for the first time since being shuttered last spring (it was then purchased by the Simmons family, whose patriarch founded Pier 39. 

Crab House is known for its world famous “Killer Crab” (2 lb.+ whole Dungeness Crab roasted in a garlic sauce), roasted shrimp & mussels served on sizzling iron skillets, and garlic noodles served in a restaurant with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the San Francisco Bay. The inviting interior design includes mahogany and white-tile accents, marble table-tops, and nautical accoutrements like fishing nets, model ships, and 250 hand-painted crabs lining the walls. 

The Simmons family also owns and operates Fog Harbor Fish House (the first 100 percent sustainable seafood restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf), the 38-year-old Pier Market ( mesquite grilled seafood restaurant), Wipeout Bar & Grill  (a surf-themed restaurant), Eagle Cafe (an historic waterfront cafe), and Biscoff Coffee Corner.

Crab House is located on the upper west side of Pier 39 in San Francisco, the popular destination for LGBTQ+ travelers. 


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