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This was some of the best clam chowder I have ever had. The restaurant is in the seaside town of Bodega Bay and we were there on a day when the fog was rolling around the town. It was a sight to see - and the atmosphere around the restaurant played into that quite nicely. A really cool place. ~ From TripAdvisor.com
We started our Hwy 1 road trip in Bodega Bay, and had read about Spud Points Clam Chowder , so we tried it out...It did not disappoint! The chowder is rich, creamy, and full of clams and other ingredients. We ALL agreed it was some of the best clam chowder we have ever eaten. We also had the seafood sandwich and it was also very good...being from the desert southwest, we loved the atmosphere being across the street from the marina and the cooler weather ...couldn't have asked for anything better. Looking forward to returning again. ~ TripAdvisor.com
Just go. The food is fresh, fresh, fresh, and the service is quick and friendly. The crab sandwich is very simple, allowing the amazing crabmeat to be the star. It's just bread, their special (yummy) sauce, and big chunks of delicious crabmeat. It's not too big or messy, but just right. Go get one!
On our way to Bodega Bay we stopped at Joseph Phelps Freestone Winery for a tasting. We are so glad we did for two reasons: great pinot and a staff recommendation to eat at Spud Point Crab Company in order try their incredible clam chowder. Having had, up-to-now, the best clam chowder ever at Marriott's Wentworth By The Sea in New Castle, NH, we were skeptical. But when he said this is where the locals go, we thought we would give it a try for lunch. Boy, are we glad we did. At $6.75 per large serving, this hot delicacy was perfect on a cloudy and cool summer day. It was succulent, creamy and with just the right hint of spices. For a moment, it made me forget about the New England version. This Bodega Bay spin on this classic is worthy and can stand up to any clam chowder anywhere. Also had the crab sandwich - while good - we are used to blue crab as we are from Maryland. A stop at this roadside stand on the water should be a gastronomy destination. After all, the owners deem it the "Home of our World Famous Clam Chowder." ~ TripAdvisor.com
Having lived in New England, I know good clam chowder, and THIS is really good clam chowder! Best chowder I have had outside of Boston in a very long time! Crab sandwich for $11 was also a great value and filling but we also got an order of crab cakes (2 cakes) for $11. Only bummer is they don’t sell beer or wine and you can’t bring your own! No matter what, stop at Spud Point Crab Company the next time you pass through Bodega Bay. ~ BitesNSips.com
Went here because of the good reviews I read. It was definitely worth the trip! The clam chowder is delicious. But the crab sandwich is THE BOMB! Yes, it is not smothered with dressings but it is overflowing with crab meat and it taste great! Will definitely come back!
This is not a crab CAKE sandwich - this is pure Dungeness, sweet and tasty on a just right bun. It's a cute crab shack with efficient and organized walk-up ordering. The folks are very nice and the prices reasonable. Don't miss this in Bodega Bay!
I had already been to Spud Point Crab Co. during previous trips up to Bodega Bay. I knew their clam chowder shined above all and erased all of my horrific clam chowder experiences across California. Apparently, it must be extremely hard to create the cream-based version of this soup chocked full of meaty and squishy clam chunks and tooth-tender potatoes. Spud Point does it right. ~ EatGordaEat.com
People stand in line for this clam chowder but it is totally worth it. We tried the crab cakes and crab sandwiches both delicious but the clam chowder is the clear winner.
Both of us ordered clam chowder and we split and order of crab cakes and 1 crab sandwich between the two of us. All three items were very delicious, fresh, and definitely made it worth the trip. I give 5 stars for the food taste and quality, and 3 stars for the setting, ambiance, sitting area. Don't expect anything fancy . . .
We were here at the beginning of crab season in January. We tried the crab cakes and the chowder which were both good but it was the simple crab cocktail that will bring us back again next crab season. Just pure, delicious crab meat with a squeeze of lemon; no rich sauces or fancy preparation needed.
September 2012, Readers Choice Award!
In The Press Democrat Readers' Choice 2012 voting, we won for "The best chowder at the coast." Thanks to all who voted for us.
And if you haven't tried our chowder yet, please stop by and try the chowder or a great crab sandwich or our BBQ Tri Tip.
I'm almost afraid to review this place because it's the BEST kept secret in Bodega Bay! The crab sandwich is one of the most incredible sammys I've EVER had! Every time I come to Bodega Bay, which is several times a year, I can't wait to get my hands on one! They also make the most outstanding clam chowder. Everything is so fresh (especially the crab and the bread).
My husband is the most discerning sandwich eater I know, and this is one of his favorite sandwiches in the world. We ate here twice on our last visit. And just thinking about it now is making me salivate. Don't miss this gem! ~ "Love of Travel," Atlanta, Georgia
This tiny take-out shop at the Spud Point Marina serves the world's best clam chowder. Don't believe us? Do yourself a favor: Sample a pint of the creamy, savory broth, full of potatoes and clams. Also try the smoked salmon and the crab sandwich . . . ~ Coastal Living Magazine
The clam chowder is a full pint served with oyster crackers. This is a white chowder shot through with chunks of sweet and tender clams and irregular pieces of potato in a slightly thickened, creamy base. It’s savory with the sweetness of roasted garlic, black pepper, and dried thyme, parsley, rosemary and oregano. There is a generous amount of clams. ~ Chow.com
The crab sandwich and the tri-tip sandwich were simple perfection A quarter-pound of sweet, fresh-picked crab lightly bound with mayonnaise is tucked into a toasted French roll. A pinkish tint and a prickle on the tongue hints of a touch of paprika or Tabasco sauce, but other than that, no seasonings interfere with the pure taste of locally caught crab. And, not a single bit of shell either. Hands down . . . best clam chowder ever. Had the crab sandwich, AWESOME. Wanted the crab cakes but they were sold out. Went back the next day, sold out again. They don't serve beer, so I suggest you pick up some Anchor Steam (cause I don't think any other beer goes better with crab) . . . get the food to go walk across the street to the picnic tables or up the street a bit to the public pier . . . " ~ Tina, Corte Madera
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September 2011, FolsomFoodie.com
The clam chowder was absolutely off the hook delicious. I’m not usually a huge fan of chowder but theirs was outstanding. The flavors were bold and tasty and had me hooked at the first spoonful. Once you start you cannot stop, their clam chowder was THE best I’ve ever had, and I’ve been to Boston several times… this chowder was better.. I highly recommend you stop by here and try the chowder if you’re ever in Bodega Bay. The crab sandwich was equally good, and it was fully loaded with crab that was very tasty. ~ Folsom Foodie
August, 2011, Chow.com: Landlocked Chowhounder Seeking the Best
The clam chowder is a full pint served with oyster crackers. This is a white chowder shot through with chunks of sweet and tender clams and irregular pieces of potato in a slightly thickened, creamy base. It’s savory with the sweetness of roasted garlic, black pepper, and dried thyme, parsley, rosemary and oregano. There is a generous amount of clams. The crab sandwich was simple perfection. A quarter-pound of sweet, fresh-picked crab lightly bound with mayonnaise is tucked into a toasted French roll. A pinkish tint and a prickle on the tongue hints of a touch of paprika or Tabasco sauce, but other than that, no seasonings interfere with the pure taste of locally caught crab. And, not a single bit of shell either.
Chowder Contest Results!
Spud Point Crab Company Wins Again,
February 2009 ~ Bodega Tips and Stories
Bodega Bay Chowdafiles came from as far as Osaka, Japan.
August 2006. I'd noticed Spud Point Crab Company on the road out to Bodega Head . . . I found a neat storefront with a few customers eating in front at the tidy picnic tables adorned with fresh flowers. Their chowder won this year's Bodega Bay taste-off, and it scored with me too.
Chowder Day in Bodega Bay
February 2006. Six restaurants, participated in the tasting. Spud Point Crab Company received the highest ratings. ~ BodegaBay.com
San Francisco Chronicle
December 2004. With claws snapping and legs scrambling for an ocean bottom they'll never feel again, crabs have been pouring onto the wooden docks at Bodega Bay. The deluge follows the opening of the commercial crab season off the Sonoma coast just before Thanksgiving. ~ George Snyder, San Francisco Chronicle
October 2004. Bodega Bay's Spud Point Harbor, is the real thing: a tiny crab and salmon retail shop whose fish is caught by the pop, Tony Anello, and whose menu is made by the mom, Carol Anello. Both, says Carol, are "hard-headed Italians." ~ Olivia Wu, SFGate.com