Pismo Beach restaurant has delivered fresh, local seafood in a casual atmosphere for over 20 years
–The Cracked Crab has been a one-of-a-kind restaurant on the Central Coast since first opening in 1999. Visiting Pismo Beach has to include a sampling of the best the sea has to offer at the Cracked Crab.
When the original owners moved from the east coast, it quickly became apparent that a true seafood restaurant was missing. Cultivating relations directly with local fishermen, farmers, and single processors, the Cracked Crab has become one of the most successful restaurants in San Luis Obispo County. It is an intimate restaurant that requires nothing more than bringing an appetite.
Executive Chef Randy Miller takes the best of what is in season and updates the menu to reflect the market. Order the signature bucket and they 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. General Manager Jamie Habig points out, “We strive to serve the best seafood available, whether it be locally caught fish or Alaskan Crab. Much of what we serve, especially our Alaskan King Crab, is of a quality unavailable to most other restaurants.”
When it comes to the ingredients the Cracked Crab chooses to utilize, it is consistently of the highest grade. The flavors of each dish reflect their choices. And for non-seafood lovers, there are plenty of entrees to please the palate- from the classic San Francisco Seafood Stew Cioppino, to Mary’s Roasted Chicken Dinner, and Certified Angus Beef for those who crave steaks. To pair with the food, a great local wine selection is offered, thanks to the Cracked Crab’s direct relations with Central Coast wineries.
Not only are the owners 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 finest seafood available, served in a most casual style.” This creates the perfect place for the whole family to sit down and have an easy meal, especially after a long day on the beach.
The Cracked Crab is located at 751 Price St., Pismo Beach, walking distance from the pier. Open for dining in and take out 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The patio is open all day on weekends and after 4 p.m. otherwise. For more information visit www.crackedcrab.com or call (805) 773-2722.
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