Spud Point Crab Company is a locally owned and operated business, run by a family that has been fishing for 35 years. They not only catch their own salmon and crabs, but also prepare and cook them before your eyes.
We stopped in for an early lunch and had the crab sandwiches ($9.95 each) with Cokes ($1). The sandwiches at Spud Point are a little more expensive than those you might buy at Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco, but they are also bigger and better with huge chunks of crab rather than the tiny crab pieces mixed with tons of mayo.
Spud Point also offers breakfast sandwiches; tri-tip, meatball, and shrimp sandwiches; and smoked salmon, whole crabs, and bay shrimp at market prices.
Lucas Wharf is one of several popular restaurants in Bodega Bay. I've eaten here twice and was very satisfied on both occasions. There is a large choice of fresh seafood, prepared in sometimes unique and interesting ways. The restaurant is on pilings sitting out over the water and so nearly every seat has a view of the Bay.
Favorite Dish: Recently, the Traveling Scot and I stopped for a break on a tour of Sonoma County. We shared an order of calimari. The calimari was sauteed and served in a perfect lemon garlic white sauce. It was perfectly done, tender and light, with plenty of the tenticles to slurp up. The calimari came with a big plate of fresh San Francisco sour dough bread (and butter) which was perfect for sopping up the extra sauce.
I was the driver on this trip so I had iced tea, but the Scot tried a couple of different local brews. Maybe he'll eventually get around to telling us what he thought of them.
This is a little hole in the wall that is overlooked and never crowded. You have a view of Bodega Bay while enjoying a very pleasant meal.
Favorite Dish: I usually order the crab/shrimp sandwich. I don't know what they do to make it so mouthwatering. It comes open faced with seasoned fries and coleslaw.
This is a wonderful simple restaurant right across the street from Spud Point Marina, the region's primary commercial fishing port (the fishing boats used to dock and unload at various locations mostly on the other side of Bodega Harbor until Sonoma County built this marina in 1985) out on the inner side of Bodega Head. It is open only from 9am until for 5 pm. The location right next to the fishing and crabbing marina is telling and one owner apparently is a local commercial fisherman.
It serves doughnuts and coffee in the morning but the reason for coming here is the small selection of simple but wonderful seafood. It has outstanding crab sandwiches of nothing but a thick pile of wonderful Dungeness crab, a little light sauce, and toasted bun, with no fillers. The clam chowder, of the creamy white "New England" variety is also very tasty and not overly creamy at all. Crab cakes are available, but I haven't had these. The place also offers hot dogs and the like for those who don't want the seafood.
Favorite Dish: Crab sandwiches and chowder. People should be aware that I don't normally even like the creamy New England clam chowder as it's usually too thick, creamy, and blanc, but this is simply wonderful - light, tasty, fishy, and with plenty of garlic.
This is a great, simple fish-and-chips place. The food is not on the same level as the Spud Point Crab Co over on Bodega Head, but it's also different. This place focuses mroe on the fried range of seafood and serves really good fish and chips as well as other stuff, including fried squid and a standard but very good crab-cake sandwich. The seafood itself may be local or not, depneding on what it is, the season, etc.
Favorite Dish: Fish and chips, crab sandwich. The sandwich is not the pure, wonderful pile of plain local crab you'll get at Spud Point; it's fried cake with filer but it's tasty nonetheless. Moreover, this is the place to go in the area for fish and chips. I still love this place unless I'm looking for plain crab or chowder.
This is a large seafood restaurant that is long-established and well-known here but is probably most famous as the local restaurant in Hitchcock's film "The Birds," set and (partly) filmed in Bodega Bay. The place has great views right on the water and is a full sit-down restaurant with a large menu. However, the quality varies and it can be somewhat inconsistent whilte it seems to have suffered along with the local fishing/crabbing industry.
The place has changed a lot over the years. It had expanded after the film by the time I was a kid in the 70s, when we used to go here a lot, but still was pretty much just a larger version of the original. However, in the 1990s, it was entirely remodelled to be more modern and less gritty or old-fashioned, making much of the interior theoretically more flashy but actually more bland and characterless.
I remember when I was a kid, we'd see the fishing boats docked outside the dining room with fishermen unloading the catch to be processed right across the breezeway from the kitchen. This still goes on to some degree, and one can still buy fresh seafood here, but the remodelling and the decline in the local fishing industry have led to changes.
Anyway, this is probably a must-see place for those looking for sites from "The Birds." It has film memorabilia on the walls.
Favorite Dish: My favourite thing here is the seafood chowder, a red tomato-based, fishy stew of pretty much whatever fish they have on hand. With some toasted sourdough and a salad, this is good. However, even it has been somewhat inconsistent recently. Otherwise, the food is pretty mediocre and uneven, considering that it's a seafood restaurant in a traditional fishing town.