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Dungeness crab has quietly reached Bay Area markets and restaurants. Here are nine places to go

While the Bay Area’s commercial crabbing season is still delayed, it just opened in California north of the Sonoma-Mendocino County line. That means Dungeness crabs are making their way to Bay Area restaurants and markets this week.

With less crab to go around, not all restaurants that might normally carry the local delicacy will immediately have it. But it’s still good news for Bay Area families who enjoy celebrating holidays with Dungeness after a crab-less Thanksgiving.

The Bay Area is justifiably obsessed with these crustaceans, which taste extra rich and buttery compared to other crabs and require zero accompaniments. That said, local restaurants offer other options, such as crab sandwiches, salt-and-pepper crab, garlicky roasted crab or chilled crab served simply with butter.

Here is a running list of restaurants and markets offering California Dungeness, in alphabetical order. (If your business is carrying local Dungeness and you want to be added to this list, email [email protected].)

Alamar Kitchen & Bar

Over in Oakland, seafood restaurant Alamar is using local Dungeness in its classic crab boil. Diners get to choose a sauce, a spice level and add-ons like corn and sausage to go with a whole crab.

100 Grand Ave., Oakland. alamaroakland.com

Billingsgate

Noe Valley seafood counter Billingsgate is carrying live and cooked Dungeness crabs for shoppers to take home. Lazy cooks can also order the crab toast, which sees fresh meat piled onto brioche with watercress and grapefruit.

3859 24th St., San Francisco. billingsgatesf.com

Chef Smelly

Whole crab drenched in a garlicky butter sauce is on the menu at this popular Creole pop-up, which operates out of Au Lounge in Oakland.

2430 Broadway, Oakland. instagram.com/chefsmelly

Fish

A top sustainable seafood destination in Sausalito, Fish is carrying whole cooked crab in its market now, with plans to have crab dishes on the restaurant menu by the weekend.

350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito. 331fish.com

Four Star Seafood

This seafood wholesaler-turned-grocery delivery service will bring live Dungeness crabs or whole cooked crabs to your house. Four Star covers most of the Bay Area, but customers can also pick up from its San Francisco warehouse.

1315 Egbert Ave., San Francisco. fourstarseafood.com

Harborview Restaurant & Bar

This upscale dim sum restaurant is known for its Dungeness preparations, either stir-fried with scallions and ginger; deep-fried with salt and pepper; or stir-fried with chiles in a Singaporean style.

4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. harborviewsf.com

Monterey Fish Market

Live Dungeness crabs are crawling all over this beloved sustainable seafood market in Berkeley.

1582 Hopkins St., Berkeley. montereyfish.com

Mountain View Farmers Market

Shoppers at this Peninsula farmers’ market can pick up fresh Dungeness crab to cook at home starting this Sunday.

650 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View. cafarmersmkts.com/mountain-view-farmers-market

Janelle Bitker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @Janellebitker

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