The Best Seafood Dives Coast to Coast

Long live the laid-back shacks where the menus hang on the wall, the beers chill on ice, and the food comes piled high, deep-fried, slathered, breaded, buttered, and steamed.

America’s Favorite Seafood Dives

It’s our annual guide to the top eateries where food is fried, broiled, grilled, or otherwise slapped on butcher paper for your finger-licking, crab-cracking, French fry–munching pleasure. This year, our winners (and finalists) were chosen by our readers!

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Photo: Courtesy of The Crab Cooker


The Crab Cooker, Newport Beach
Citing “consistently great food,” readers back up the menu’s promise of the world’s best clam chowder. Scallop-and-bacon skewers and hot king crab claws are full of flavor, too; 949/673-0100 or

Tasty Contenders
Swan Oyster Depot
, San Francisco
This tiny place with a long marble counter—grab a seat to watch the oyster-shucking action!—serves a variety of fresh seafood. The energetic staff liven up the scene with witty banter; 415/673-1101.

Splash Café, Pismo Beach
Steps from the shore with a kitschy-cute neon sign, Splash makes waves with its steamed clams and creamy chowder in a bread bowl; 805/773-4653 or

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