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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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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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1. 51 Lincoln

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51 Lincoln St
Newton, MA 02461
(617) 965-3100
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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.

2. Alba

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1486 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 376-2522
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The soft-shell crew arrived at Alba in Quincy yesterday, and they were prepared crispy-style with spring ramps, lemons, and capers.

3. Bisq

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1071 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-3693
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Bisq recently featured this soft-shell crab dish, made with dirty rice, guacamole, marinated red onion, and mango.

4. Deadhorse Hill

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281 Main St
Worcester, MA 01608

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.

5. Island Creek Oyster Bar

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500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-5300
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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.

6. Meritage Restaurant

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70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 439-3995
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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.

7. MET Back Bay

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279 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 267-0451
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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.

8. Moonshine 152

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152
Boston, MA 02127

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.

9. Night Market

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48 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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.

10. Puritan & Co.

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1166 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 615-6195
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Puritan tends to offer soft-shell crab specials each May, and this year is no different.

11. Sarma

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249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-4464
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How's this for a special dish? Sarma cooked up some beer-battered soft-shell crab served with pickled pepper tarator.

12. Strip T's Restaurant

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93 School St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-4330
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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.

13. Tapestry

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69 Kilmarnock St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 421-4470
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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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14. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(857) 259-6585
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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.

15. Wink & Nod

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3 Appleton St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 482-0117
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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.

1. 51 Lincoln

51 Lincoln St, Newton, MA 02461

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.

51 Lincoln St
Newton, MA 02461

2. Alba

1486 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

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

1486 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02169

3. Bisq

1071 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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

1071 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Deadhorse Hill

281 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608

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.

281 Main St
Worcester, MA 01608

5. Island Creek Oyster Bar

500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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

500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

6. Meritage Restaurant

70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

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.

70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

7. MET Back Bay

279 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

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.

279 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116

8. Moonshine 152

152, Boston, MA 02127

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.

152
Boston, MA 02127

9. Night Market

48 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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.

48 JFK St
Cambridge, MA 02138

10. Puritan & Co.

1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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

1166 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

11. Sarma

249 Pearl St, Somerville, MA 02145

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

249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145

12. Strip T's Restaurant

93 School St, Watertown, MA 02472

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.

93 School St
Watertown, MA 02472

13. Tapestry

69 Kilmarnock St, Boston, MA 02215
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It just opened, but Tapestry is already jumping on the soft-shell train with a crispy version served alongside avocado.

69 Kilmarnock St
Boston, MA 02215

14. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

425 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

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

425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143

15. Wink & Nod

3 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116

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

3 Appleton St
Boston, MA 02116

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