Crab Hut
Crab Hut

Crab Hut

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.crabhutsd.com/
  • Phone: 6192340628
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am-10:00pm, Friday: 11:30am-11pm, Saturday: 12pm-11pm, Sunday: 12pm-10pm.

    HAPPY HOUR: Mon-Fri 3pm-7pm FEATURING $3 Draft, $10 Pitcher, $20 for 100oz Beer Tower, $1/Oyster, $0.50/Hut Wings, $4 Sausage Sliders, $3 Mixed Fries, $3 Crab Poppers, $5 House Wines and Sangria.

    DAILY SPECIAL: FROM 3PM-CLOSE

    Mon: $3 Draft Beer
    Tue: $1 per Oyster
    Wed: $0.50 per Hut Wings
    Thu: $5 House Wines & BYOB! You bring it, we'll serve it. Bring your own wine to pair with our spicy cajun seafood. Corkage fee is on the house.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Executive Chef: Traditional Family Recipe
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact Kim at crabhut@yahoo.com for more information. We can cater to your office, party sight, family events and or cook at the sight. Minimum for on sight cooking event is $2000 (excluding taxes and gratuity) or $50 per person not including transportation fee, applicable tax and gratuity.
  • Private Party Contact: Kim Phan 6194366878
  • Special Events: Please contact Kim at crabhut@yahoo.com for more info and date availabilty.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is free for 3 hours at Horton Plaza with a ticket validation in the front of information center in the mall. (WE DO NOT VALIDATE YOUR TICKET). On Sunday and after 6pm Mon-Sat, green line, yellow line and meter are free to park.
A word from Crab Hut
Crab Hut was founded in 2007 by a family that loves food and beer, with one purpose to bring San Diego some good ole' Southern sass and flavor. Our goal is to redefine the eating out experience and engaging the guest with hands on food, while keeping it fresh with products grown and rise locally here in San Diego.

With such a crazy concept, there must be crazy people behind it and yes we are. We're as crazy about our food as we are about the brews that we serve. Keeping it local and sustainable is our main goal and we do it when we can. This ensures our customers with the freshest quality available. Our taps and bottles also feature some of the best microbrews San Diego has to offer. We carry products from Karl Strauss, Stone, Lightning, Green Flash, Ale Smith, Coronado, Mission Brew, Ballast Point and many more. So bring your family, friends, neighbor, co-worker, friend’s friend’s friend and join our food and beer loving family for some good ole’ dirty fun.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Crab Hut reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (34)kid-friendly (21)fit for foodies (21)great for lunch (14)special occasion (12)neighborhood gem (8)hot spot (8)great for brunch (6)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (4)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (2)romantic (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Food was the saving grace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I recently found out about Crab Hut and decided to make a reservation for my family reunion. It was our last gathering of the weekend. Our "home"/roots state is Louisiana, so it was nice to find a local restaurant subtitled "Louisiana Seafood Kitchen". I called to confirm a few days prior & the phone service was friendly enough, however, our in-person service was pretty terrible. The reservation was at 1:30pm, the restaurant was nearly empty, and our table was not even ready. It took nearly 15 minutes to finally get seated, and at least another 5 minutes until our server came back to ask if we wanted water (which should have been on the table already anyhow) and other drinks. Not much improved from there. Thankfully the food was great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite spot
    Sharee18
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I love this place. Ever since my husband brought me here for the first time over a year I ago I request it for every special occasion. The staff are very friendly and fast. This place puts Joe's crab shack to shame.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seafood is good in this brach
    fengsheng
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is my second to visit the crab hut and first time to this branch. Their service is very good. We order 1/2 medium taste. This is better for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner22VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Amazing experience! Couldn't figure out which was more excellent: the food or the service. Both were equally fantastic! It was our first time at this restaurant, and we loved it so much that we went back for a second time during our trip to San Diego. The shrimp/seafood boil is a must, and the crawfish etouffe was simply divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue Crabs for East Coasters
    BlueCrabJunkie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I'm from the east coast and miss summer crab feast. So, when I browsed restaurants and saw the Crab Hut served Blue Crabs I couldn't wait to get to San Diego. The menu is full of many fun foods to eat with a cajon flavor ! The atmosphere is fun and my waitress was awesome. I really like the fact they serve your seafood in a plastic see through bag. This is a very smart way to keep your items hot and warm until you're ready to eat your next piece. I hope the Crab Hut expands to the Los Angeles area in the near future !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    yummyyumgrl
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I had an amazing experience. We had made a reservation but we're 45 minutes late due to being lost (we drove in from Phoenix), staff still accommodated us. Waiter was amazingly attentive. The whole place was clean and very aesthetically pleasing. The whole place smelled delicious. Portion sizes were huge! My husband and myself ordered a little bit of everything to share. The sampler appetizer, shrimp and crayfish soup and clams in white wine. Everything was fresh and no lie the best sea food I've ever had. Next vacation I will be making plans around this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chris
    Lassy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I invited family from out of town and one of them asked, "Who picked this place to eat?" Everyone pointed to me and said, "Good Choice!" This is great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A tat set of the Gulf Coast
    Dcycle
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    With very few Gulf Coast/New Orleans style eateries in San Diego The Crab Hut is a welcome spot. Yes they are limited to sea food but the buckets are so good. Everything is well seasoned and fresh. Our bucket included Crawfish, Shrimp, Lobster, Crab, Clams, Mussels, Potatoes and Corn. $55 seems a bit much until you see how much you get. that bucket would easily feed 3 and 4 if you got appetizers. My only complaint is that someone dinning alone can not really justify the price and they miss out on something grand. Until someone opens a real New Orleans restaurant that serves a complete menu this will be a place we go to, no disappointments.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood experience
    KWdowntownSD
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    If you love seafood and don't mind getting a little messy, then this is the pace for you. This is a no-frills eatery (paper on the tables) that offers great seafood and drinks. It is a great place to take friends or guests in town. Rather than sitting around a stuffy table, everyone will dig into the food and have fun. Recommend you try it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly, fun dining experience
    RoadWarriorAZVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Myself and three friends tried out the Crab Hut because we were looking for a new place in San Diego. Our server immediately hit it off with our group and was friendly and attentive. We ordered one of their buckets with a couple appetizers, along with a few drinks each, and it was more than enough food. The house sauce in "medium hot" was nicely piquant and the seafood was well prepared. It was a lot of fun to dig into the seafood and literally get our hands dirty. Don't wear anything that needs to be dry cleaned, for sure! A lot of fun--we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shrimp Hut
    auditorX3
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My friend and I both had a lb. of shrimp each. It was good, but I've had fresher...both at the Crab Hut in Kearny Mesa as well as Boiling Crab in Mira Mesa. Asked our server if he was familiar w/the Lychee martini. Non-committal answer was that it "seems to be a popular drink". After my first sip I realized why he didn't elaborate. It was so so. Server was also pretty non-personable. I never caught his name and we never made conversation to afford the opportunity to reiterate his name.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I enjoyed my visit the food was awesome and filling. Great quality seafood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrated my birthday on May 26...
    dakinelove1109
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Server was awesome and very attentive to our table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Crablove
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great place, not expensive at all for being in downtown.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I LOVE this place!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Amazing food! Awesome service! Parking is a bit difficult but well worth the struggle! Pop
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Dinner
    CrabCrab
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I made a reservation for my guests who visited CA. When they arrived at Japan, first thing they called us and talk about Crab Hut! They are so happy and enjoy dinner with super big crab they order. Thank you very much for your service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 147 reviews are from the Crab Hut reviews archive.
  • AWESOME...
    YUMMY
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I will definetly use open table again. What a convenient way to make reservations. Plus our dining experience was great Friday evening. Our server was great as well I believe her name was Michelle. I will be back at the Crab Hut in San Diego soon using open table to make my reservations:)
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not recommend to anyone
    Butler
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The downtown location is not the place to go, the service is horrible the food is just ok. Parking is horrible, 1st and only time my family will ever visit the Crab Hut location downtown!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Not your typical hole in the wall restaurant. This place has great seafood and it comes in abundance for a moderate price---cheap compared to other restaurants in the Gaslamp District. We were a party of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids) and celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. A good place to hang out with friends and/or family in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The service was good and the food was great. My daughter ordered the fish and chips and got full off of the chips alone. I had it for lunch and dinner the next day.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crab Hut
    AmyMVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    You will get down and dirty with your food, but the taste is well worth it! The steamed seafood dishes are always sooo good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You do not validate or have parking
    Cindy
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I had to hike 3 blocks and pay $10 for 1 hour for parking which was not enough time to eat anything but french fries & wait for all my party to arrive so we could meet elsewhere to eat where we could take our time..
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Cajun Food
    Kimberly2
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    This is a popular spot, so make reservations. They offer a nice selection of ways to prepare your food as far as seasoning goes. Dress is very casual. This is not the most quiet place, so bringing young kids is no problem. The service is good and staff is careful to make sure you enjoy your food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediorce Service and Portions
    ILikeFoodVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Party of 3. Decided to order appetizers. Ordered the crab poppers, hush puppies, and then crab Rangoon when the server said "You are ordering too many appetizers." In my 40+ years of eating out, I've never had anyone reprimand me for ordering "too many appetizers." Guest ordered a pound of seafood and we were told "A pound comes with corn and sausage." Seafood came but no corn or sausage. We informed waiter who told us "You ordered the combo, which is 1/2 pound of crawfish and 1/2 pound of shrimp; since it wasn't one pound of ONE TYPE of seafood, no corn and sausage for you." Friend ordered another pound of seafood - ALL crawfish. Got the crawfish with a 1.5 inch corn cob & 2 slivers of sausage. What a ripoff. Never going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Louisiana Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    I went here with my wife and very picky mother in law and we all enjoyed every bit of our meal. My mother in law is used to southern bakes so she loved the fact that we shelled our own crawdads. This is true Louisiana cuisine and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for good southern comfort food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fit for crab lovers.
    KSisnerosVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This place is pretty cool. The bring out the grab in a bag that they broiled everything in. The big down side to this resteruant is the parking situation. I paid $20 to park. Other than that it is a
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food and fun atmosphere!
    Peater
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Im from Louisiana...so i didnt have the highest expectations for this place. I just didnt think the food would be as good as back at home. I was in for a surprise! The food was actually very good. The crab poppers were delicious and the crab legs cooked in old bay and spiced to knock out standards was on point for my taste buds. The server was very nice and the atmosphere was fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SKIP THIS PLACE
    ONVACATION
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    The food comes to your table in plastic bags. No plates, no flatware unless you ask for some. We had lobster, shrimp, crayfish...none of which was especially flavorful. I think they try to use their spices to cover the mediocre quality of the food. Service was terrible. I had iced tea and was never offered a refill. At the end of the meal, when we were tired of waiting, we had to go to the bar to get our check - and the restaurant wasn't full. Don't go here unless every other place is closed - our worst dining experience in at least 10 years...and it is too expensive to be that bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wifes bday
    crazyboutsomecrab
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    this was my first experience at the Crab Hut in the gaslamp district. I was unsure of what to expect. I am very particular about my selection of crab. I'm lazy and I don't like working to get the meat out of the crab, so I prefer the king crab. The crab hut seasons their crab much better than red lobster and I love red lobsters king Crab. They have a variety of choices for crab and shrimp. My table was ready when I arrived because I reserved it in advance. we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Crab EVER
    korboyVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The food is amazing! I'll never look at seafood the same again. My wife and I ate dinner there 2 of the 3 nights we were in San Diego. The price is very reasonable for crab and seafood. I liked that they sell it by the pound. The beverage menu is extensive. I had to roll myself out of there each night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Happy Hour
    envirogrrl79
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    My guy and I came here for Restaurant Week and were not disappointed. They had a deal or $45/person for a three-course meal and the option of adding a pitch of local beer (yes, the good stuff) for $15. We arrived at 5pm and were informed by the waitress that the happy hour price was $10/pitcher. So we ordered a pitcher of Green Flash IPA - a pint of this deliciousness is typically $4.50 to $6 anywhere else - what a steal. Would come back for that alone! We added on an order of oysters, which were clean and fresh, and only $1 each for happy hour. The food was good, the o'butter sauce was amazing, and dessert was just so-so. Overall, we would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Satisfied
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    I go to Crab Hut ever Restaurant week because it is such a good deal. So far I have not been disappointed with the food or the service. It's a great spot for getting some delicious food with a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    LNN106
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Typical crab hut with flavorful crabs! Better than Joe's
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice and different
    GFV2014
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    You should try. Food is really good and experience is valuable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love This place
    Dboy
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Any time family comes into town we go here.Pricing good for food. Drinks not so much, if you are going to order drinks with your meal. Go during happy Hour, mon-fri 3-6. They have a great happy Hour menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great happy hour, fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    The food was good and prices fair. Crawfish was frozen (stay away) but you can never go wrong with shrimp. Sampler boat was humongous and great for parties. Happy hour was 3-7 with $10 pitchers (good selection of beer), $1 oysters (great), and $.50 wings. We ordered some wings but they never came. It was pretty loud but it's a place where you eat with your hands and everyone's wearing a bib so that fits just fine. I prefer this location to the Kearny Mesa location due to the variety of beer, the happy hour specials and the fact that this place doesn't overspice their sauces (half-medium spicy at KM is at least a medium downtown, sometimes hotter).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun!
    crusty
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Had a great time ringing in the new year. Ordered the "Go 'To Town" meal for four. Scrumptious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great crab in a casual setting
    SizzleVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Food in a bag! Yummy fresh crab in delicious sauces that you make a mess with...it was great fun!
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  • unexpectedly good
    Jack
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    I didn't expect to find really good food here, but was pleasantly surprised.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place was OK. No real ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Place was OK. No real ambiance. .they don't serve coffee which is a must during a cold winter night. I had the jambalaya and for a Creole place it was awful. My girlfriend did enjoy her shrimp and crayfish.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food!, worth every
    Mercedes
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Excellent food!, worth every penny , thee best crab ever
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic