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
131 reviews since March 25 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (105)special occasion (79)great for outdoor dining (78)romantic (77)fit for foodies (39)neighborhood gem (35)great for brunch (33)great for lunch (29)notable wine list (26)good for groups (22)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (7)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (6)Show More
  • Gem of La Jolla Village
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    One of Prospect Street's restaurant gems and one of our favorites. Beautiful ambience, excellent food with lovely presentation. Good hot bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, REAL good!
    LeenLovesFood
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food is excellent! The crab bisque and mussels are my favorite. I have also had the crab ceviche, which is delicate and delicious. If you don't like seafood, then go there for a drink or two! It's right on the La Jolla shores, and you view is all ocean.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as always
    donnah54
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Spent a very wonderful time at Sunday brunch--one of San Diego's best!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was amaing
    KMom
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything we had from the cocktails to the sea food was absolutely delicious. They also saved us the best seats in the house so we could celebrate our anniversary over looking the ocean. Our waiter was honest, friendly and funny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • youngsmile8
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I celebrated 7th anniversary with my boyfriend there. We were there for his birthday 2,3 years ago. Everything is good, except I wish I eat the crab leg faster... I don't like it cold, but when I am working on the last several pieces, they are cold. No complaint though, because we spent too much time taking pictures first! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    TarncaVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    While the service was great, I was overall disappointed. Food was average for the prices. I was also upset when an upscale restaurant like this charges you for each soda refil. For the prices on the menu, that is ridiculous. Not sure I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining with rats!
    Crabcatcherrodents
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It's very hard to swallow an over cooked tuna especially at the price that it came. I could have dealt with the over cooked, unseasoned food, but the worst part of all ideas having our second year anniversary dinner ruined. Not one but TWO rats came charging down the wall and ran toward us before disappearing underneath our window where we were sitting. I was in utter disgust. Such a nice place, but yet were dining with rodents. I couldn't even tell our waiter I was so disgusted. But worst of all is I can't imagine if those things were inside the building. It ruined our special night.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant experience
    foodgasmic
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I really enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant, the view was very nice and calming. Our server was courteous and prompt. Overall I really had an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Very average food - way to expensive. Great view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Jolla Crabs - EXPENSIVE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Not bad...Not outstanding! Service was good, ambience and the ocean view almost made the meal worth the money! If you're in the mood for seafood, there are much better places both in La Jolla and San Diego!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great first time dining!
    Amyodal
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great view, food, and service! First time and it lived up to reputation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This restaurant is La Jolla. Jamie, the host, really works hard to get everyone a great table. We were right at the window overlooking the pacific. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not much of a view
    JustthefactsVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Only one table truly has the view of La Jolla Cove. The other tables can't see much. The waiter was over worked and we waited to have our table cleaned off or order dessert. Considering the super high cost of the meals it wasn't worth it. Won't be going there again since there are other choices in that area such as Eddie V's.
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  • Just ok this time.
    ColleenVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We came to Crab Catcher last year and had a great experience so we thought we'd try it again. Our server was wonderful;however, we were seated at the worst table in the restaurant with no view of the ocean. We made reservations and people who just walked in we're given better tables than us. I ordered the halibut, which was completely over cooked and had to be sent back. It was much better the second time it came out. My fiancé ordered the crab stuffed fish and loved it. For dessert, he had the key lime pie an I had the paradise pie; both were excellent. Overall it was an ok experience but nothing about it was extraordinary.
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  • Great Food but...
    CMsteveVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food here is consistently good but does come as the a price. Nice atmosphere and great to service along with an outstanding view make this Chart House restaurant a place to choose to dine if money isn't an object. The menu really does offer a broad variety of choice favoring fresh seafood.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • keola
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We've been to the Crab Catcher twice and both times were great. The food is amazing. The first time we went there the server suggested the fire shrimp with polenta...so good!!!! A definite must have for the next time there. The crab is amazing and when in season, the spiny lobster. Must better than any Maine lobster I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Views
    eatout
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The service was great and the food delicious. Our table had a beautiful view of the cove.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The perfect evening!
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great host And server. Seafood for two a must. Can"t wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We found this on Groupon and will be returning, even without a discount. The wait staff was excellent, attentive without being intrusive. Our table was on the patio, right next to the window overlooking the beach, so we could see sea lions and pelicans. We ordered calamari as an appetizer, which was done perfectly and the right quantity for two. Our entrees were cioppino, which was some of the best we've had outside San Francisco, and the Alaskan king crab. Both featured generous quantities of crab and the cioppino was full of shellfish and perfectly cooked fish in a flavorful broth. We had been eyeing the dessert table on the way in, but our meals were so filling that we regretfully declined. Perhaps next time we'll skip the appetizer!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    NEgirlinKCVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    After reading several reviews, we were disappointed because you can't actually see the sun set or "million dollar view" due to the orientation of the restaurant. So the overpriced food wasn't really worth it to us.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The price for the product was just too much. The salmon portion was too small and was a bit over cooked. Service, however, was really good.
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  • Delicious food with an ocean view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We sat on the patio and enjoyed a gorgeous view of La Jolla Cove at sunset. The beet salad, ahi taco, and chocolate torte were especially delicious, and the whole evening was delightful. It has been many years since I've dined at Crab Catcher, and I am looking forward to returning very soon. Delicious food with an ocean view, two very high priorities for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Ambiance
    We2travelabitVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This place is a joule overlooking the La Jolla cove. The food is fresh, the service is great, and the view is spectacular. What more woud you you need to make a memorable meal?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great location, parking is underneath the building, great service, food and a million dollar view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view
    Tmc5
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Fiid is a little pricey but you are paying for the wonderful view and great service. I've had their appetizers, salads, sandwiches, fish, desserts and everything has been good. So go, relax and enjoy. Definitely a place to take out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was mediocre, staff was great
    Kristine16
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    My dad and I had dinner for Father's Day, and the service was fantastic. The food was mediocre (we had the halibut as our main course), but the desserts were delicious. I've been here several times before and had the crab legs for dinner and the crab omelette and crab bisque, which were all exemplary, so maybe stick to what they're known for: the crab :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful meal
    Dinerdiver
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We loved the halibut dinners that we sll ordered and the service was superb.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decadent Brunch or Special Occasion
    AdamH
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Love the presentation of the food and drinks. I have had some of the best waitstaff wait on us at the Crab Catcher. The views and the ultra fresh food make this gem in La Jolla a go-to special occasion restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    love the view, food is expensive, service is fine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The amazing night as we wanted
    Haley
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    For my husband's birthday, never been to this restaurant, I was hoping it was good, and it was amazing. I gave it a 5 star for great experience overall - best you can ask for any special dining - great staff from manager to hostess to waiter, amazing ocean view in the patio with heater, excellent food from appetizer to salad to main dish to dessert, and they made the most authentic mai tai. What more can you ask for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Choose the Sushi
    sashimilover
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The Crab Catcher has striking views and for that reason, it appeals to visitors. However, the food is overpriced and and our entrees were not good enough to cause us to become repeat diners. The best dish was a sashimi appetizer from the bar.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Find!
    foodie14
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Everything about this place was amazing. The did was prefect, the variety was vast, the hostesses and waiters were friendly and helpful. My only complaint was the rude family that allowed their infant to play with their iPad on high volume at the table; at least until the waiter asked them to put it away.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    SDFoodie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was excellent and the service superb. I especially loved the amazing outdoor seating!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every entree was delicious!!!
    NanAZ
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Highly recommend! Each dish was perfect! Great celebration dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2Grand
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The service was very pleasant. The wait staff was very attentive and responsive. We had a table in the corner with a great view of the water and surrounding area, but with the window open, the visits by "non-paying guests" was a constant. There was an ant on my table when I sat down and another ant showed up during my meal. The truffle fries were awesome and the scallop entree was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uneven Experience
    WanttoLuvLunch
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Handicapped and looking for lunch? You should be happy here. Parking accessible underneath restaurant with an elevator. Walkway a little uneven but not too bad. Table spacing was comfortable. Ambiance was relaxing and view of ocean was wonderful. BUT food was high dollar and not consistent. Baja Steamed Oysters were beautifully done and presented. I had small order but might indulge for more next time. Crab cake sandwich was very disappointing. Crab cakes were mushy, not crisp to them. Dressing on sandwich did not enhance the seafood at all. Side order of Brussel Sprouts were appreciated because so many restaurants don't offer decent vegetables. They were just not cooked quite enough to be a five star dish but were tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome View
    TLD54
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    It was a little difficult to find but the food was very good. As for the service ( the best that we've ever had ). The view from the outside dinning area was breath taking ( full view of the ocean and costal cliffs ), a must see after dinning, just below the restaurant the seals are up on the beach and all in the cliffs around the water. A great experience in dinning!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    LP48
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Enjoyed everything about this place. The ambiance was amazing. We sat at the window and had a view overlooking La Jolla. The food was excellent and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fantastic
    DRTC
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I ate here 13 years ago and came back again with my family of 8. It was fantastic top to bottom. I would recommend for anyone. The lobster and crab was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Seafood by the sea
    AnneMac
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    I was delighted by the service and ambiance at the Crab Catcher. The waitstaff was attentive and fun. They even pointed out points of interest in the beautiful La Jolla shoreline that stretched before us. I started with the field greens salad. It had deliciously soft goat cheese and seasoned Macadamia nuts on top. I then enjoyed the Tomba (albacore) on a bed of red rice and Spanish chorizo. The serving size was perfect for my eating plan so I finished it all. My partner enjoyed the bisque and the crab-stuffed fish. Then we blew our diest completely with the incredible Paradise Pie (Macadamia nut ice cream on a chocolate crumb crust). It was a very pleasant evening and we felt that it represented the La Jolla Experience perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.