Mission St. Oyster Bar Dungeness crab
The Dungeness crab at Mission Street Oyster Bar, photo courtesy of Virginia Miller

Dungeness crab season may have gotten off to a late start, but it?s in full swing now. Thankfully, there?s no shortage of standout dishes starring the hot crustacean.

Brunch Dungeness crab Benedict at Presidio Social Club Chef Ray Tang keeps his Benedict elegant and fresh: Sweet crab is piled high on house-made brioche, then topped with hollandaise ($23).

Crab Cioppino at Sotto Mare A beckoning bowl of tomato broth overflows with mussels, clams, squid, lobster and, of course, plenty of Dungeness ($38 for two).

Lunch Warm Dungeness crab salad at Lucy Restaurant & Bar A curry coconut sauce coats leafy joi choi, and a flaky coriander biscuit is nestled atop Dungeness in this salad ($19).

Whole roasted crab at Mission Street Oyster Bar BYOB (bring your own bib) and roll up your sleeves to fully indulge in these whole Dungeness crabs drenched in garlic and herbs ($28 to $30).

Dinner Dungeness crab mac and cheese at Nick?s Cove The ultimate Dungeness comfort food: Mounds of the crab are mixed with pasta, Spring Hill cheddar and Point Reyes blue cheese ($17).

The crab burger at Kronner Burger Chef Chris Kronner gives meat a run for its money with his salty, buttery crabburger ($14), served grilled or crispy (ahem, fried).

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