Take a bite from the Sea at The Cracked Crab

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The sun shines on The Cracked CrabRestaurant delivers fresh, local seafood and a casual atmosphere

The Cracked Crab is a one-of-a-kind restaurant on the Central Coast. Visiting Pismo Beach has to include a sampling of the best the sea has to offer and at The Cracked Crab you can do just that.

When owners Mike and Kathy Lee moved from the east coast, it quickly became apparent that we were missing a true seafood restaurant. Cultivating relations directly with the smaller businesses and single processors, The Cracked Crab has become one of the most successful restaurants in the county. It is an intimate restaurant that requires nothing more than bringing an appetite.

Kevin Hyland and Svyatoslav Popovich with a dungeoness crab.

Kevin Hyland and Svyatoslav Popovich with a dungeoness crab.

Head Chef, Svyatoslav Popovich, takes the best of what is in season and updates the menu to reflect the market. Order a signature bucket and they will lay out the butcher paper to present three types of the highest quality shellfish to dig right into. Delicious sides, made with local ingredients, accompany the trifecta to round out the meal. Manager Kevin Hyland points out, “People want to try local foods when visiting and we really try hard to source as many of the products as we can from local providers.”

When it comes to the ingredients the Cracked Crab chooses to serve, it is consistently of the highest grade. The flavors of each dish reflect their choices. Always selecting the wild caught fish and shellfish, ensures that you not only get a great taste but also a healthier dish. To pair with the food, a great local wine selection is offered, thanks to Kathy’s direct relations with Edna Valley’s wineries.

Crab and coastal decor is evident in touches such as seat carvings in the restaurant's chairs.

Crab and coastal decor is evident in touches such as seat carvings in the restaurant’s chairs.

Not only are the owner’s deeply invested in developing the best connections for the business, they take care to staff The Cracked Crab with the friendliest folks they can find. In lieu of advertising, the restaurant depends on the customer service to help spread the success. Attentive servers help provide the comfortable dining experience. They promise “The highest quality seafood in the most casual atmosphere.” This creates the perfect place for the whole family to sit down and have an easy meal, especially after a day on the beach. It’s kid friendly and open to every type of person.

The Cracked Crab is located walking distance from the pier at 751 Price St, Pismo Beach. They are open Sunday thru Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday thru Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information contact (805) 773-2722 or visit http://www.crackedcrab.com/.

-Rachelle Tellez

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