Best Crab Sandwich in Oregon (2017)


Native to the cold waters off the coast of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, the Dungeness crab is prized for its sweet, succulent meat. It's the state crustacean of Oregon, and as such, it makes an appearance on seafood menus up and down the coast (and inland as well).

  • Deschutes Portland Public House

    Deschutes Portland Public House

    Deschutes Brewery in Portland serves a Dungeness Crab Roll Sandwich – Pacific crab tossed with celery, onion, lemon and mayo in a seared bun. This 'wich pairs well with the brewery's new Pacific Wonderland Lager.
    Photo courtesy of Deschutes Brewery

  • Silver Salmon Grille

    Silver Salmon Grille

    Available during lunch at the Silver Salmon Grille, the crab, shrimp and avocado melt is served on a grilled English muffin with equal parts Oregon pink shrimp and Dungeness crab. The seafood mix is baked with a blend of scallions, pepper jack cheese and sour cream, then topped with fresh tomatoes and avocado and served with a side of slaw.


    Photo courtesy of Silver Salmon Grille

  • Tony's Crab Shack

    Tony's Crab Shack

    The crab sandwich from Tony's Crab Shack in Bandon lets the Dungeness crab be the star. It's garnished with fresh mixed greens, melted Swiss cheese and creamy 1000 Island dressing on lightly toasted sourdough bread.
    Photo courtesy of Brendan Fisher / Tony's Crab Shack

  • Norma's Seafood & Steak

    Norma's Seafood & Steak

    Norma's crab sandwich is made with fresh Pacific Dungeness crab, served hot and open-faced on crusty French bread with tomato and aged Tillamook cheddar cheese.
    Photo courtesy of Norma's Seafood & Steak

  • Drake


    At the Drake in Bend, crab-lovers should opt for the Crispy Softshell Crab BLTT, made with buttermilk battered softshell crab, applewood bacon, roasted tomatoes and a decadent black truffle aioli.
    Photo courtesy of Drake

  • Mother's Bistro & Bar

    Mother's Bistro & Bar

    The crab sandwich from Mother's Bistro and Bar in Portland is made from two crab cakes – crab meat, bacon, green onions and celery (among other ingredients) – pan-fried and served on a locally backed potato roll. The sammy is garnished with house-made tartar sauce, butter lettuce and coleslaw, and served with a side of fries.
    Photo courtesy of Mother's Bistro & Bar

  • Local Ocean Seafoods

    Local Ocean Seafoods

    Seafood meets the South at Local Ocean Seafoods, where guests can order a crab po'boy with fresh Oregon Dungeness crab served on a parmesan crusted hoagie with an avocado salsa verde.
    Photo courtesy of Shantale Brewer / Local Ocean Seafoods

  • Bandon Fish Market

    Bandon Fish Market

    At the Bandon Fish Market, situated right on the water in the town of Bandon, hungry diners can order a Dungeness crab sandwich or a combination crab and shrimp sandwich.
    Photo courtesy of Bandon Fish Market / Facebook

  • Pine Tavern Restaurant & Bar

    Pine Tavern Restaurant & Bar

    The crab melt served at Pine Tavern in Bend is a little different; it's made with crab meat, tomato and Monterey jack cheese and served on an English muffin with an arugula salad.
    Photo courtesy of Pine Tavern Restaurant & Bar / Facebook

  • Northwest Wild Products Seafood Market

    Northwest Wild Products Seafood Market

    Travelers and locals can dine on the docks in the town of Astoria at the Northwest Wild Products Seafood Market. A popular option is the crab melt, served open-faced.
    Photo courtesy of Northwest Wild Products / Facebook

There isn't really a cookie cutter crab sandwich here; sometimes crab is served in a New England-style roll or mixed with breadcrumbs and fried as a crab cake. Other sandwiches come stuffed with a whole deep-fried soft shell crab or are served open-faced as a melt.

10Best and Sandwich America wanted to find the best crab sandwich in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors joined forces with a local Oregon food writer and The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants across the state. You, our readers, have been voting daily for the past four weeks, and the results are in.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Crab Sandwich in Oregon are as follows:

  1. Deschutes Portland Public House - Portland
  2. Silver Salmon Grille - Astoria
  3. Tony's Crab Shack - Bandon
  4. Norma's Seafood & Steak - Seaside
  5. Drake - Bend
  6. Mother's Bistro & Bar - Portland
  7. Local Ocean Seafoods - Newport
  8. Bandon Fish Market - Bandon
  9. Pine Tavern Restaurant & Bar - Bend
  10. Northwest Wild Products Seafood Market - Astoria

Congratulations to all these winning seafood restaurants!

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