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A soft-shell crab dish at Moonshine 152
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Tracking Soft-Shell Crab Sightings Around Boston

It's that time of the year

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A soft-shell crab dish at Moonshine 152
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Soft-shell crabs are a rare delicacy on menus around town, popping up for a short season. Crab fans, check out these restaurants where soft-shell sightings have occurred so far this season to see where you may be able to snag a treat. (Note that these specials are fleeting; you won't necessarily be able to order these particular dishes, but this is meant to guide you to restaurants that have been known to go crab-crazy. Contact the restaurants directly to confirm availability.)

We will be looking out for soft-shell crab throughout the season and will update this ap periodically. Please send any intel our way.

While you're at it, stay in the spring spirit and check out the archives from Outdoor Dining Week to find some hidden patios, dog-friendly patios, and plenty more al fresco dining options in the Boston area. For a full list of open patios in and around Boston, consult this map.

Map points are arranged alphabetically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
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51 Lincoln

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Chef and owner Jeffrey Fournier shared this lovely photo of a soft-shell crab dish with yellow curry and jasmine rice. The restaurant is doing a "30 ways on 30 days" annual event, with a different dish featuring crabs each night throughout May and early June.

The soft-shell crew arrived at Alba in Quincy yesterday, and they were prepared crispy-style with spring ramps, lemons, and capers.

Bisq recently featured this soft-shell crab dish, made with dirty rice, guacamole, marinated red onion, and mango.

Deadhorse Hill

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Head off the beaten path to this newly opened Worcester restaurant, where you'll find a "softshell crab Cantonese" dish made with pork ragu, ginger, and scallions.

Island Creek Oyster Bar

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These beauties popped up on Island Creek's Instagram page last week. The restaurant served the Maryland soft-shell crabs in tacos.

Meritage Restaurant

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Michael Rostafin, the chef de cuisine at Meritage, posted this glorious photo of a soft-shell crab dish served at the restaurant this week — the first of the year, he wrote.

MET Back Bay

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MET is in the midst of its annual soft-shell crab festival, which runs until June 1. The crabs are served three ways: Meunière, fried, and sautéed. There are also soft-shell crab po' boys available.

Moonshine 152

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Moonshine 152 has these guys ready to go — swing by for a taste of the soft-shell goodness they're cooking up. On May 12, it was Narragansett tempura-battered soft-shell crab with oranges, pea tendrils, and toasted sesame aioli.

Night Market

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This spot for Asian street food added soft-shell crab to its menu, serving it up fried over rice. "Get 'em while they last," the restaurant posted on Instagram.

Puritan & Co.

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Puritan tends to offer soft-shell crab specials each May, and this year is no different.

How's this for a special dish? Sarma cooked up some beer-battered soft-shell crab served with pickled pepper tarator.

Strip T's Restaurant

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How about a nice crabby patty? Strip T's is jumping on board with soft-shell crab season and has these crabs on the menu as a lunch special.

Tapestry

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It just opened, but Tapestry is already jumping on the soft-shell train with a crispy version served alongside avocado.

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The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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The Tap & Trotter introduced soft-shell crabs to the menu last week, kicking off the occasion serving up the delicacies in tacos.

Wink & Nod

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Pelekasis at Wink & Nod debuted a Greek-inspired soft-shell crab dish, made with Santorini fava, caperberry, green garlic, pickled rhubarb, and spruce mayo.

51 Lincoln

Chef and owner Jeffrey Fournier shared this lovely photo of a soft-shell crab dish with yellow curry and jasmine rice. The restaurant is doing a "30 ways on 30 days" annual event, with a different dish featuring crabs each night throughout May and early June.

Alba

The soft-shell crew arrived at Alba in Quincy yesterday, and they were prepared crispy-style with spring ramps, lemons, and capers.

Bisq

Bisq recently featured this soft-shell crab dish, made with dirty rice, guacamole, marinated red onion, and mango.

Deadhorse Hill

Head off the beaten path to this newly opened Worcester restaurant, where you'll find a "softshell crab Cantonese" dish made with pork ragu, ginger, and scallions.

Island Creek Oyster Bar

These beauties popped up on Island Creek's Instagram page last week. The restaurant served the Maryland soft-shell crabs in tacos.

Meritage Restaurant

Michael Rostafin, the chef de cuisine at Meritage, posted this glorious photo of a soft-shell crab dish served at the restaurant this week — the first of the year, he wrote.

MET Back Bay

MET is in the midst of its annual soft-shell crab festival, which runs until June 1. The crabs are served three ways: Meunière, fried, and sautéed. There are also soft-shell crab po' boys available.

Moonshine 152

Moonshine 152 has these guys ready to go — swing by for a taste of the soft-shell goodness they're cooking up. On May 12, it was Narragansett tempura-battered soft-shell crab with oranges, pea tendrils, and toasted sesame aioli.

Night Market

This spot for Asian street food added soft-shell crab to its menu, serving it up fried over rice. "Get 'em while they last," the restaurant posted on Instagram.

Puritan & Co.

Puritan tends to offer soft-shell crab specials each May, and this year is no different.

Sarma

How's this for a special dish? Sarma cooked up some beer-battered soft-shell crab served with pickled pepper tarator.

Strip T's Restaurant