Everything You Need to Know About Crab Season in Sonoma County

As one of Petaluma’s favorite restaurants featuring fresh seafood, Seared has come to learn a thing to two about crab season in Sonoma County. Read on as we answer all of your crab questions below:

Commonly Asked Questions About Dungeness Crab Season

When Is Dungeness Crab Season in Sonoma County?

Usually, crab season begins in November in the Bay Area, but the season’s opening day was delayed by nearly two months. It was pushed to January 14, 2021. This year, the Sonoma County coast’s Dungeness crab season will take place through July 30, 2021.

Can I Catch Crab On My Own in Bodega Bay?

Yes! You can catch crab from the shore, pier, or a boat in Bodega Bay. You can keep up to ten Dungeness crabs per day during the season, but they must measure a minimum of 5¾ inches across the shell. See this Summary of Recreational Dungeness crab Regulations for 2021-2021 Season for more info on catching your own crab.

We also suggest booking a thrilling day with the professionals to catch crab. They know the best spots with the best crustaceans. There are many different crab fishing charters that operate in the Bay Area.

Should I Buy Cooked or Live Crab?

Buying crab to prepare and eat in the comfort of your home is a fabulous way to enjoy the season. Many people wonder if they should buy cooked crab or live crab when shopping for their seafood. There are pros and cons to both.

The best part about buying fully-cooked crab is that all of the hard work has been done for you! Simply take your crab home and enjoy cold, or heat to enjoy with your favorite accompaniments (melted butter, lemons, and cocktail sauce are always good choices!). Create your own crab feed at home by adding dinner rolls, fresh salad, pasta, and dessert to your table.

If you prefer the freshest of fresh crab, live is the way to go! You will have to take your new friends home with you to clean, crack, & cook, but it makes for a new and exciting experience. Make sure to follow trusted instructions on working with live crab.

Which is the Best Restaurant to Enjoy Crab Dishes in Sonoma County?

We’re a little biased, but we think Chef Joe O’Donnell at Seared cooks up some of the tastiest crab dishes in Sonoma County! Our chef sources Seared’s crab from Hook2TableFishCo, who provides us with the freshest crab available. 

Hook2TableFishCo is one of the only commercial fisherman-owned purveyors in the Bay Area, specializing in sustainably-sourced seafood from the California Coast. We are honored to be one of the restaurants that receives crab directly from their boats! No middle men, warehouses, or imported fish — just premium harvested fish by local commercial fishermen.

Enjoy Fresh and Delicious Crab Dishes from Seared in Petaluma, To-Go!

If you can’t enjoy your favorite local crab feed in 2021 or simply want to sample some delicious Dungeness crab dishes, look no further than Seared in Petaluma, California. Our current takeout menu is Dungeness crab-focused and features an array of dishes, including the classic cooked full or half crab, Crab Deviled Eggs, and everything in between. 

Take a look at the current Dungeness crab menu from Seared and place your order by calling us at 707-762-5997. You can also place an order to be delivered straight to your door from Petaluma Food Taxi!