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onalarkspur | | Nov 26, 2007 01:10 PM

I am looking to take my best friend out to dinner for her birthday in a couple of weeks. She loves crab, so I have been trying to think of a place that might suit the occasion.

To set the stage, money isn't really much of an issue. I'm not looking for a trip to French Laundry, but I don't think there are any restaurants in the city that are too good for her birthday. We might have a cocktail or a glass of wine, so alcohol really isn't too much of an issue. Atmosphere is negotiable, too. We would both be comfortable in a dive in the mission or a place like the Dining Room. I would probably prefer some place toward the higher end of the scale since it is a birthday, but it's not a big deal. As for location, I have a car and don't mind driving, but I would prefer to stay within San Francisco.

What I am looking for is a place that has a really good crab dish for her, as well as something without crab for me. I can find something anywhere though. She tends to be pretty basic in tastes, so nothing too avante garde. I would think that crab should definitely be the main taste of the dish, which means freshness is probably key. This brings up another question though. Normally finding fresh crab would be no problem at this time of year, right? Has the oil spill affected this at all in the local restaurants? Is fresh crab still available?

If this sounds like a tough bill to fill, can anyone recommend a good seafood restaurant in general? I was thinking Aqua. Is it worth the splurge?

Thanks in advance for all your suggestions.