I have walked by Crawstation many times but had never eaten there, so I was happy that I finally got the chance on Friday. Two of us were able to walk in without a reservation at about 6:45 PM, and we had a pretty good meal.
We sat in the back, which is bigger than I thought it would be, and to drink we both had the special mango-pineapple juice (one with soju, one without). This drink was very sweet, and actually tasted better with the soju, since it helped cut down the sweetness.
I was really impressed with this. Really crispy, not too greasy, served with a ranch dressing. Big serving and not too salty.
Served with ketchup and also really good. Not too greasy, very fresh and hot. These are some of the best sweet potato fries I've had recently.
I didn't like this at all. Color was unappealing, texture was like thick gravy, and flavor sort of tasted like store-bought gravy too. I'm used to a darker, spicier gumbo I guess, so this didn't do it for me. I like the version at Queen's Louisiana Kitchen much better.
We ordered this mild spice level (as opposed to no spice), and it was enough spiciness for me. I probably would have preferred zero spice on this one, since the spice seems to just be hot sauce (with vinegar). Crab was brought out already opened up, and the meat was tender (perhaps very slightly overcooked). I hadn't eaten crab in a while, so this was a treat.
The House Cajun seasoning was also a bit spicy (we ordered this mild, too), but I liked it a lot more than the spicy garlic butter. Corn was way overcooked and I hated it (but my dining companion liked it. We actually anticipated that I would hate it which is why we only ordered one). Sausage was decent but nothing special. The crawfish varied in size from pretty big and meaty to pretty tiny. But we enjoyed making our way through this bag.
Overall, this was a fun spot. Total price for this meal was about $90 before tip, which isn't bad considering the amount of food and the amount of seafood. I would come back here for seafood and for fried things, but I would probably skip the rest and drink water! After dinner, I felt like I had consumed so much sugar that I couldn't really handle thinking about dessert (they offer free refills of the juice).
This place does take reservations, so if I wanted to eat here again, I'd probably plan ahead.
Craw Station is on 9th Avenue between Irving and Judah in the Inner Sunset, SF.