Best Dungeness Crab in Oregon (2018)


In Oregon, much of the seafood served at restaurants across the state is pulled directly from the ocean, including a local favorite: Dungeness crab. Crab season typically lasts from December to August, but succulent and sweet crab meat features on menus throughout the year. It’s often served simply with drawn butter for dipping, or pulled as a crab cocktail. You might find it tucked between bread slices in a melt sandwich, or in the form of a seasoned crab cake.

  • Ona Restaurant & Lounge

    Ona Restaurant & Lounge

    The popular Oregon Dungeness crab cakes on the menu at Ona Restaurant & Lounge are filled with generous chunks of crab meat, served with a capered remoulade. The Dungeness crab dip is served alongside artisan sourdough bread.
    Photo courtesy of Ona Restaurant & Lounge

  • Southpark Seafood

    Southpark Seafood

    A highlight on the menu at Portland’s popular Southpark Seafood is the whole Oregon Dungeness crab, served simply with chili lime butter and focaccia. Dungeness crab also features on the restaurants impressive chilled seafood tower, along with fresh oysters, salmon tartare, smoked bay scallops and jumbo prawns.
    Photo courtesy of Southpark Seafood

  • Clearwater Restaurant

    Clearwater Restaurant

    At Clearwater Restaurant, local crab takes the form of irresistible comfort food in dishes like Dungeness crab mac and cheese with truffle oil and a three cheese blend, or crab and garlic soba noodles with scallions, parmesan and soba sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Clearwater Restaurant

  • Bridgewater Fish House

    Bridgewater Fish House

    Diners at Bridgewater Fish House in Florence have several choices when it comes to Dungeness crab. The Dungeness crab cakes with chipotle aioli make for a popular starter, while whole crabs come hot or cold with drawn butter and grilled sourdough bread.
    Photo courtesy of Bridgewater Fish House / Facebook

  • Local Ocean Seafoods

    Local Ocean Seafoods

    Located on the Newport Bayfront, Local Ocean Seafoods is a fish market that doubles as a restaurant where guests can watch chefs prepare fresh grilled seafood in an open kitchen. Dungeness crab makes its appearance in a seafood cocktail, crab cakes, a crab po’boy and a Brazilian-style seafood stew.
    Photo courtesy of Jim Rhodes / Flickr

  • Georgie's Beachside Grill

    Georgie's Beachside Grill

    Dungeness crab features heavily on the menu at this Newport seafood joint. Traditional dishes, like crab cocktail and crab cakes, are joined by more unique offerings, such as seafood fondue with fresh Dungeness crab, a Dungeness crab and shrimp stuffed avocado or a seafood sauté.
    Photo courtesy of Georgie's Beachside Grill / Facebook

  • Tony's Crab Shack

    Tony's Crab Shack

    Guests at Tony’s Crab Shack have plenty of ways to indulge, from local crab served whole with hot lemon and butter to Dungeness crab cakes served with tartar sauce and lemon. The Dungeness crab cocktail features a quarter pound of meat, served with lemon and cocktail sauce on the side.
    Photo courtesy of Tony's Crab Shack

  • Stephanie Inn Dining Room

    Stephanie Inn Dining Room
    Cannon Beach

    Chef Aaron Bedard helms the Stephanie Inn dining room and is known for exploring the bounty of the Pacific Northwest through his seasonal menu. Fresh Dungeness crab might make an appearance atop a organic caesar salad or within a crab cake made with heirloom squash puree, braised fennel, roasted root vegetables and caperpicatta sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Stephanie Inn / Facebook

  • Bell Buoy of Seaside

    Bell Buoy of Seaside

    Bell Buoy of Seaside is known as the place where locals come to get their fresh seafood, and it’s also an excellent spot for noshing on seafood favorites, like Dungeness crab cocktail, crab cakes or fresh picked crabs.
    Photo courtesy of Bell Buoy of Seaside / Facebook

  • Schooner Restaurant & Lounge

    Schooner Restaurant & Lounge

    The Schooner Restaurant & Lounge in Netarts is perhaps best known for its crab cakes loaded with fresh picked Dungeness crab meat (very little filler) and fried in duck fat. But the restaurant also serves Dungeness crab mac and cheese seasonally, made with Tillamook Creamery Vintage cheddar and fontina cheeses.
    Photo courtesy of Rick Obst / Flickr

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

  1. Ona Restaurant & Lounge - Yachats
  2. Southpark Seafood - Portland
  3. Clearwater Restaurant - Newport
  4. Bridgewater Fish House - Florence
  5. Local Ocean Seafoods - Newport
  6. Georgie's Beachside Grill - Newport
  7. Tony's Crab Shack - Bandon
  8. Stephanie Inn Dining Room - Cannon Beach
  9. Bell Buoy of Seaside - Seaside
  10. Schooner Restaurant & Lounge - Netarts

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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