The Bay Area is full of restaurants that celebrate the region’s impressive oceanic richness thanks to easy access to water and a dedicated fishing community. Long-time residents become poetic about the juicy, pan-sauteed patches of sand found in classic San Francisco restaurants, while tourists head to Tomales Bay’s oyster farms for those sweet and plump clams. Old-school seafood restaurants like the Anchor Oyster Bar and the 100-year-old Swan Oyster Depot serve the freshest clams, crabs, and prawns with creamy and tangy Louie sauce or cocktail sauce. It’s an aspect of the region that many immigrant restaurants specializing in Cantonese and Italian cuisine have also picked up on – it turns out there is more than one way to steam a crab. If you’re looking to quench your seafood cravings, check out this list of the best seafood restaurants in the Bay Area I compiled after slicing, peeling hundreds of crabs, shrimp, grilled oysters, and other residents of the United States and inspected deep in cafes by the bay, classic Chinatown institutions and pop-ups. It’s a tough job, but I’m at your service. * Note that places with an asterisk in their name are also included in the list of top restaurants.