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Spud Point Crab Company

Spud Point Crab Company
A father-son team serves off-the-boat seafood

Visit this tucked away eatery, in the morning, when the local fishermen hang out over coffee and donuts, and you’ll quickly realize that this is an authentic spot, not some gussied-up tourist joint.

Surrounded by bobbing fishing boats, gulls squawking and rigging clanging, this place can’t help but serve fresh-as-it-gets seafood, including award-winning chowder. It’s well worth a drive along the wild coast to get here—San Francisco is about 2 hours south via breathtaking Highway 1. Spud Point serves the absolute freshest of crab and king salmon, straight from the boats of owner Tony Anello and his son Mark. There are also outstanding crab cakes, and sandwiches featuring the catch of the day. Nothing fancy here—and it doesn’t have to be: the view is all you need. Settle in at a picnic table outside and watch the sunlight dance on the bay while you enjoy your meal, or watch the fog roll in over signature Bodega Head. Note: Spud Point is open 9 to 5 daily.

Insider’s tip: Wildlife watchers, bring your binoculars. Bodega Bay is known as a terrific spot for birding. On clear days, drive to the top of Bodega Head for excellent whale watching, typically December through March.

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A crimson bridge, cable cars, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes—San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s great cities. Located along the Northern California at the state’s distinctive bend in the coast, the region has an alluring magic that stretches beyond the bay to diverse cities with nightlife and trend-setting cuisine. 

"I left my heart in San Francisco, High on a hill, it calls to me."  –singer Tony Bennett

The Bay Area is also home to some of the world’s finest wine country, including Napa Valley and Sonoma, plus waterfront towns, dramatic beaches, and the tech-savvy southern end of the bay known as the Silicon Valley, where lunchtime ideas at Google, Facebook, and Apple, turn into the next brilliant innovation. 

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