Crab Catcher
Crab Catcher

Crab Catcher

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.crabcatcher.com/
  • Phone: 8584549587x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - Close, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Jon Burwell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Spectacular view of ocean marine life and sea-going activities.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cave St.
  • Public Transit: On Torrey Pines Road at Prospect Place, two blocks from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated underground parking in our building, enter from Coast Blvd. and valet parking on our block of Prospect St.
A word from Crab Catcher
La Jolla's premier seafood restaurant, consistently #1 with locals and visitors, enjoys a spectacular ocean view and patio dining. The freshest of seafood and shellfish our specialty; the exciting flavors of California and the Pacific Rim our inspiration.
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Crab Catcher reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (110)special occasion (70)romantic (69)great for outdoor dining (66)fit for foodies (38)neighborhood gem (29)great for lunch (26)notable wine list (20)great for brunch (17)good for groups (12)hot spot (9)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Best of La Jolla
    expdiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    As usual we had a wonderful meal preceded by a fantastic view of La Jolla Bay. The service was fine and the many children there that evening were mostly well-behaved. We consider the Crab Catcher one of the best restaurants along the California coast and probably the best in La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night
    Ivana
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I love to come to Crab Catcher for our date nights. We had oysters Rockefeller for appetizer and linguine with mussels and crab lags for dinner. Everything was excellent!! Service was outstanding as always. We will be back soon :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good service
    SueSVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    For a large, popular restaurant, the service was exceptionally professional, warm and helpful, especially assisting us in navigating a menu with a lot of good choices and interesting combinations. Since we were visitors to the area, we were unable to locate their garage and parked elsewhere down the street. When we left, a manager escorted us down on their elevator and walked out on the street with us and directed us to where our car was a few blocks down. At the upper level, the restaurant is in a row of other restaurants and parking is at a premium, so their private garage is a great amenity and we will know for our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We had a fantastic experience. The food was perfect, the view increadible and the service was perfect. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must-go!!
    foodiecritic
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is by far one of the BEST seafood places I've gone in a very long time!! If ever in San Diego, you have to go check them out. The service was great, the restaurant itself was amazing and the our waitress, Misty was fabulous!! It was a very nice, social, but quiet, serene place to eat. I will DEFINITELY be going back when in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great brunch
    LJfan
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious brunch. Great service, excellent seafood, gracious service, and free-flowing champagne. Amazing view table as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Overpriced for average food--excellent service to start but waiter got overwhelmed towards the end as he got busier. Beautiful spot in La Jolla. Quiet outside on the patio.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing View and Fantastic Food!
    stone71
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I took my wife here for our Anniversary and was thoroughly pleased! Daniel, our server, was fantastic! He was attentive, personable and really made us feel welcomed. The food is amazing (I had the Halibut and my wife had the crab stuffed Mahi Mahi). They seated us at a very private table, right on the window looking out on the amazing view of the La Jolla Cove. This place is awesome! Great food, amazing view, spectacular service......a real gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view, but get there early!
    SleepyJC
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The view is great and it's what makes this place special, so be sure to check when the sunset is, and get there at least 30 minutes before the sunset, and make sure you get stable with a view. Otherwise it's just an overpriced restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Expierence
    GP2go
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our waitress was excellent. Friendly, thoughtful, excellent CS. Had an excellent view but it was a little crowded so it was hard to hear at time. Food was great. Would come again for any occasion. Especially with out of town guest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all good!
    Dick
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great seafood & wine. Easy for dinner conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    Suziher
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food and service were good but it was a little pricey. Restaurant has partial ocean view. I would compare this restaurant to The Marine room, which is also pricey but it has a nicer view than The crab catcher.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Way to pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The lobster was undercooked. The potatoes tasted and looked like they came from the freezer. Not what I expected for a 200 dollar dinner for two. On the other hand the service was great, mike gave us a desert for the undercooked lobster claw.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely outside seating with view
    kirstenb21VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We really enjoyed our recent dinner here. They were featuring a wine by the bottle and unfortunately gas run out but the they were avid to recommend a different amazing bottle. Food was well presented and tasted amazing. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luciano
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Quaint and romantic. Perfect lighting and ambiance. can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for tourists or grandparents.
    Pam92011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Pleasant enough but décor needs updating. Service was excellent. Cannot beat the view of La Jolla Cove.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great get together with Friends!!
    KKB1963
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The ambiance, the VIEW (AMAZING), the food (YUMMY) delicious and the service was wonderful!! just love this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food great service
    sdttrod
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food was excellent and staff focused on customer service. When staff keeps table clear drinks filled without interrupting the dining experience/ conversation I call that the best service. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We attended other venues for the restaurant week offers for lunch. The Restaurant is very nice with a beautiful view. The service was great. We were very disappointed by the food offered and the price compared to other restaurants. The food was ok but more a snack than a lunch. We are not large meal consumers but this was more a $10 lunch than a $20. Expected more from such a great venue.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely beautiful!
    gdub
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Wonderful food, attentive service and a gorgeous, gorgeous view! What a perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Felt like a tourist trap
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The service was slow or non existent, and the food was poorly prepared.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebrating our Anniversary!
    pwdiner1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful dining experience at the Crab Catcher. Excellent ambiance, service and food was the order of the night! I had booked the reservation through OpenTable and mentioned we would be celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary there. When we arrived we were provided with a table with a great view of the Cove, and a little window which allowed the fresh ocean air to come in. From the start with the Sangria, bread, and salads, all was excellent. I had a crab stuffed ono which was excellent , and my wife had a halibut dish which was great as well. Perhaps the only item which was just ok was the brussel sprouts we ordered...perhaps a bit too chewy. Our waiter then brought us a great dessert on the house. Great night!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as last time
    Yumm
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Love Crab Catcher but food was lacking it's normal deliciousness - normally the food is exceptional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    LOBSTER was wonderful and prepared expertly. Lovely presentation. My friend had salmon, she loved her meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • reglabbe
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    When we have friends from out of town, we always bring them to the Carb Catcher. Great food, super location, free parking and there is always something to do afterwards.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service
    neveragainVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Service was not good. Waliter did not knoe answers to questions. We changed the main course and when it was diffrent then he described, he virtually called us liars when we asked about it. Brussell Sprouts were boiled and undercooked. Tables on either side of us recieved their food before us, and they were seated after us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Beautiful view, good food
    Astride
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had lunch at the Crab Catcher on a Saturday at the beginning of September and were pleased with our experience. We had a table by the bay window and the view was fantastic. The service was friendly and the food very good, on the pricey side but worth it. The only off-key note was the smell coming from the sea lions and marine birds across from the restaurant. The waitress explained that since it had not rained for a long time, the guano from the rocks and cliffs had not been washed out. Not something about which the restaurant can do much, but we would wait until the next rain before we go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous ocean view
    PreciousVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I do NOT recommend sitting on the patio or near the windows. This restaurant overlooks La Jolla Cove and the smell of the waste products of the pelicans and the seals are horrendous. We got a window seat inside and I have a very sensitive nose and had to close the window. I do recommend sitting further back if you also have a sensitive nose. Another couple by the window had the window open and were not bothered by the smell. The crab cake was full of crab and delicious, as was the crab blt sandwich. The clam chowder was watered down with little potatoes and clams but it still tasted good. Do NOT get the tiger shrimp parpadelle! The sauce was watered down with no flavor and definitely not worth $28! Our server was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding view
    Marci
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The view is outstanding and the food matches! I highly recommend the Crab Catcher. The service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unbeatable view
    Reviewer510
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was fine. I would not pay full price. However, the living social deal and the beautiful view made it a lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Meme
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My sister and I went there to celebrate our birthdays. Our server, Misty, was fabulous, as was the food, wine, atmosphere and view! Great place to celebrate a special event.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    MEK1
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary at Crab Catcher and it was a lovely evening filled with great wine, a seafood platter for two and an incredible view. Very enjoyable and it must happen again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should have known better....
    DinnerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It had been several years since We had dinner at this restaurant. And, now I remember why. There are very few tables with a view. The dinning room is 1980's decor. The food was not hot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food & service was great. The restaurant could definitely use a facelift.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was good. Didn't really taste too special but was happy with it. Nice view of La Jolla Cove. Wine list seemed average. 100 dollars not really well spent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    SanDiegoDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We selected this restaurant for a birthday celebration. The food was good, the service was attentive and the wine list had a nice selection. We were seated outside in a corner with a nice view overlooking the cove. However because of the wind the aroma from the seals was noticeable nearby.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FIVE STARS
    JWP99VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    SUNDAY BRUNCH WAS A DELIGHT - - - AS ALWAYS ! ( Additional characters added to go beyond fifty. )
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chicago
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The foul odor from the out-of-doors premeated the inside of restaurant and the flies were terribly annoying and the arrival of the pigeon did not enhance our dining pleasure..
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • waiting time to be seated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I had to wait a lot before being seated due to no one was in the reception.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Date Nite Extraordinaire
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Had a stellar meal, view, service @ crab catcher this evening!a bottle merlot, lobster bisque, wedge salad, wash st. Oysters, and King Crab...beautifully plated, and each course timed perfectly!!! My only complaint was we arrived maybe 2 minutes before dinner service began, the hostess asked for our rez and our seating preference and then says, "we're Not seating people yet"...okay, so my husband leaves to use the restroom, the next group walks up, says they have a rez, and apparently it's now 5:30, because the hostess says, "we will seat you momentarily". It really struck me that she came off so negatively "we're Not..." VS the more appeasing "we will begin our dinner service shortly..."Sorry,semantics matter... This place ain't cheap;)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet