Lately, more and more octopus dishes have been cropping up on menus across the country. And it’s no surprise — when prepared well, these highly intelligent, somewhat mysterious creatures make for some delectable dishes. Both tender and hearty, this versatile seafood is perfectly at home mixed in with a variety of flavors and cuisines. Check out some of our favorite octopus renditions in and around San Francisco.
OCTOPUS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Castelvetrano olives, spring onions, fingerling potatoes and yogurt adorn the octopus at coastal-inspired Seaside Metal in Guerneville, just outside of Northern California’s picturesque Russian River Valley.
San Francisco’s 25 Lusk serves up a freshly grilled octopus dish with caramelized fennel, arugula, hazelnut streusel and a blood orange emulsion.
Bird & The Bottle in Santa Rosa offers lots of Southern- and Asian-inspired delights, including a divine barbecued octopus with bean sprout-miso slaw.
Pläj, San Francisco’s only restaurant dedicated to Scandinavian fare, offers a grilled Spanish octopus with celery, cucumber and tzatziki (a yogurt sauce).