Believe it or not, but the food pictured above cost a whopping $64. The thought of getting ripped off made me grimace until I tasted the Alaskan King Crab Leg. I knew the raving reviews from Yelp wouldn’t steer me wrong 😉 It was THE BEST CRAB I EVER TASTED. Yes, I feel so strongly that I must shout. The crab meat was soooo sweet, tender, and there was enough in that single crab leg to get me full (along with buttered bread and a few spoonfuls of clam chowder, of course). It was so good that I’ve been searching high and low for a restaurant that serves Alaskan King Crab in San Francisco. When I realized that the “Alaskan King Crabs” of SF were dainty and still over-priced, I looked to Costco for an answer. I haven’t seen the crab legs at Costco in person yet, but at $200 a box I decided it was better not to torture myself with freezer window shopping.
Everything else I tried at the restaurant were also good. Of course, the Dungeness Crab couldn’t compare with the Alaskan King but it was still cooked perfectly. The bread rolls are soft-centered and crusty on the outside. The New England-style clam chowder was tasteful and served with oyster crackers–only slightly inferior to Splash Cafe.
Similarly to Splash Cafe, Cracked Crab doesn’t take reservations so there’s a wait 90% of the time. My visit was totally off-peak at 4 pm, and we still had to wait 20 minutes. If you visit during peak times, expect an 1 to 1.5-hour wait.
751 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449