Nettie’s Crab Shack Restaurant Review, San Francisco
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Nettie’s Crab Shack is a seafood restaurant located in the Union street shopping district of San Francisco. It opened in late 2008. They take reservations for larger parties only.
Decor, Vibe – New England themed interior with a bar area and large communal table. It was packed with well dressed folks from their 20′s to 50′s when we visited many were shoppers or nearby locals. Patio out front for sunny days.
Cape Codder ($8) Cocktail with Ciron, Housemade Cranberry, Love was a good strong drink with a fruit accent, on the rocks.
Fish & Chips ($17) was 3 big pieces of deep fried fish along with big wedged cut fries. A simple well done version of the classic.
Steamers ($15) with drawn butter, in a huge pail was a nice dish. Lots of clams and broth that was good for bread dipping.
Oysters ($1.75 each) were Skookum (Washington) and Marin Miyagi (Tomales Bay) and were fresh. Waiter missed that we also wanted to try the 3rd type of oysters, Sinku.
Fried Oysters ($12) were Hama Hama’s on creamed spinach. An interesting combination that worked ok. Oysters were pretty good size. Cream was not too rich.
New England Clam Chowder ($8) with smoked bacon had a lot of potatoes and some fresh clams. All in all a fine rendition of this soup.
Rosemary Shoestring Potatoes, Pile ($5) was a fun little pail full of deep fried goodness. It was great for the Clam Chowder.
Collard Greens ($6) with sweet potatoes, sunchokes, honey was a delicious southern vegetable dish. Somewhat sweet.
Mom’s Cranberry Apple Pie ($7) with whipped cream was great. Good sized slick of pie with a very good crust and crumbly top.
Creamsicle ($6) Vanilla soft serve and citrus slushie was a refreshing dessert with classic creamsicle flavor.
Seared Dayboat Scallops ($14) Chicories, Blood Orange was an interesting salad. The Chicories were pretty bitter. The blood orange did not work as a combo with the scallops. Scallops could have used more carmelization.
Gulf Shrimp Scampi ($16) with white wine, Bucatini pasta had a ton of pasta and some big shrimp. The pasta had too much chili flake on it. The scampi tasted good.
Our server at Nettie’s Crab Shack did not seem like the most experienced in the world. He forgot a dish and had to be tracked down. This area is probably why this moderately expensive restaurant has done poorly on Yelp. Wine by the glass from $7, good selection of bottles from $27.
The food we selected was decent and we’d have no problem coming back. Prices are not inexpensive, we wonder why they do not have a raw seafood platter or more lobster on the menu. We avoided the crab as paying $40 a person for a crab feed is how much lobster should cost.
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