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Dine at the source in PNW Dungeness crab country

Dungeness crab

Dungeness crab galore at Coho Charters at the Port of Ilwaco.

From the ports to the Pacific Ocean to the peninsula, this corner of southwest Washington is Dungeness crab central.

The three major waterways surrounding the Long Beach Peninsula – the Pacific Ocean, Columbia River and Willapa Bay – produce some of the healthiest and heartiest Dungeness crab in the United States.

So, pull up a chair and dine with us.

Satisfaction in a crab shell

Crab satisfies all the senses, from the crack of the shell to the scent of sweet meat to its soft flavor profile. It’s a culinary treat that brings families together, and its versatility satisfies every appetite. This seasonal bounty is yours to enjoy, whether dining at one of Pacific County’s acclaimed restaurants or buying fresh crab at a local seafood market and preparing it in your own kitchen.

Dungeness crab

Crab ravioli at The Shelburne Inn in Seaview.

Many Pacific County restaurants feature local crab on their menus, so variety abounds. Whole crab, crab cakes, crab mac n’ cheese, crab pasta, crab Louies, crab cocktails, crab raviolis, crabbisque…. We could go on, but you get the idea. This region attracts renowned chefs and each one puts his or her spin on classic crab cuisine. Excellent crab dishes can be had at the restaurants listed at the bottom of the page.

Find it fresh

It’s hard to beat a whole Dungeness crab. Find yours fresh at markets like Ole Bob’s and Jessie’s Seafood Market in Ilwaco, Sportsman’s Cannery in Seaview and the Crab Pot: Seafood Market in Long Beach. Cleaned and cooked or alive and crawling, fresh local Dungeness crab can be yours every day of the week. Interested in recipes? Stop by the Visitors Bureau and pick up a packet of suggested preparations.

Participating restaurants:

42nd Street Café & Bistro: Seaview, 360.642.2323

Anita’s Coastal Café: Ocean Park, 360.642.3500

Captain Bob’s Chowder House: Long Beach, 360.642.2082

Castaways Seafood Grille: Long Beach, 360.642.4745

Crab Pot: Restaurant: Long Beach, 360.642.8870

Doogers Seafood & Grill: Long Beach, 360.642.4224

Loose Kaboose: Seaview, 360.642.2894

Nanci & Jimella’s: Klipsan Beach, 360.665.4847

Ole Bob’s Galley Café: Ilwaco, 360.642.4332

[pickled fish]: Long Beach, 360.642.2344

Portside Café: Ilwaco, 360.642.3477

Salt Pub: Ilwaco, 360.642.7258

The Cove Restaurant at Peninsula Golf Course: Long Beach, 360.642.2828

The Depot: Seaview, 360.642.7880

The Lost Roo: Long Beach, 360.642.4329

The Shelburne Inn: Seaview, 360.642.4150

Upcoming events:

Spring Break Family Kite Fun – mid-March to mid-April

Peninsula Arts Association Spring Show – April 7-9

Tokeland-North Cove Studio Tour – April 15-16

Black Lake Fishing Derby – April 22

Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival – April 28-30

Community Beach Cleanup – April 29

Razor Clam Festival – April 29-30

Savings & coupons:

Peninsula specials & coupons

The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or ask@funbeach.com.

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