King Crab Oyster Bar & Grill
King Crab Oyster Bar & Grill

King Crab Oyster Bar & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kingcraboysterbar.com/
  • Phone: 5197441050x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner ONLY:
    Monday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Friday:5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 5 pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, International
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering services are available, please contact Brian at brian@kingstreettrio.com or at 519-744-1050

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of Victoria and River
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from King Crab Oyster Bar & Grill
Southern Ontario's Premiere Seafood Restaurant. At King Crab Oyster Bar & Grill we make all of our food from the freshest ingredients. Whether it's our fantastic seafood, Ontario AAA Steaks or our in house prepared desserts, our food is the freshest available and is prepared by our excellent team of chefs lead by Chef Karl. Our open concept kitchen allows you to see our food prepared and is an excellent opportunity to see a working kitchen. A small, intimate dining room allows you to enjoy the smells and sizzle of the Open Kitchen. Great value & excellent service, proudly serving you since 2004.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
King Crab Oyster Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (50)fit for foodies (39)neighborhood gem (33)romantic (29)great for outdoor dining (22)good for groups (13)great for lunch (9)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (6)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Once again we had a great dining experience at King Crab. The service was great but the highlight, as always, was the food. Our meals were delicious. we'll be back, for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • King Crab Oyster Bar and Grill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food and service was excellent! New favorite restaurant😊
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food!
    seafoodfan
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    There were 4 of us dining one evening. Our server was very pleasant and helpful. There was lots to choose from on the menu - even if you didn't want seafood. Our meals were very good and the presentation was excellent. They were very busy that evening and our meals took a wee bit longer than expected - but they were well worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We picked this spot because it is close to home and comes with an excellent reputation. We were not disappointed. Decent wine list, excellent food and fabulous service. The service made the night. Efficient, yet not hovering. Allowed us to eat and chat in peace. We don't get out a great deal but when we do, we want it to be a worth while experience. BEST Key lime pie I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • woderful taste
    Newdinedee
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I had rainbow trout, and my wife had coconut shrimp. Both tasted exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy King Crab!
    lovethisplace
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have been to King Crab a few times and always look forward to the evening out. The staff is exceptionally friendly and well trained on the menu items. The food is never disappointing. Always impressed with the quality and selection on the menu. Food is always prepared for the eye and taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet this is not.
    annandal
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Recently we went to this restaurant for our anniversary supper. We booked reservations in advance but when arrived were given "the next available" table. The food was flavourful, my husband especially enjoyed his shrimp alfredo. I had the seafood gumbo, though the flavour was good the presentation of the dish lacked appeal. If looking for a quiet dinner option this restaurant is not it. Having to speak over other people is not enjoyable. Surprisingly the kitchen had no noticeable "noise". The dining room itself carried the voices of all patrons. The wait staff were all polite and helpful, suggesting meal options and filling water glasses as needed. Even the hostess was clearing dishes as needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thumbs up
    poiuy111
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The seafood was very enjoyable. The value is pricey, but considering the short supply of some seafoods, it can be understandable. Good place to go for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome
    etienne4477
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The decor was a little outdated, other then that the food and service was exceptional and would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    grouponreturnagain
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I loved everything except that my steak was too well done and I didn't have the heart to tell them. My partners was cooked to perfection and I would have had to wait for mine to be corrected. Both were to be med pink. Sorry hate sending food back as it's awkward.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    jenn
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was not very good. Very over priced for what you got. I called in to ask a question and the person wad rude and abrupt. We went there for our one year anniversary and was very disappointed. Our waitress was very kind.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in town
    Foodyfood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Me And my husband went there for our anniversery and it was the best food I've had in a long time. Good ambiance loud but very nice place. Servers very nice and very atentative to each table. Food was deliciousness and was a reasonable waiting time. Love the open concept kitchen I like to see how my food is being cooked. Fresh food and the steak was amazingly cook. Husband had the steak and lobster he loved it also. Will defiantly be back. Love this place. Make sure you make a reservation it was really busy on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty
    Sinjin648
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was the second time eating here. I was so excited about the monkfish and prosciutto but was overwhelmed with salt! The kids food was okay but after 4 glasses of water I went home ill. I was so excited but ended up disappointed
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely patio
    greatmeal
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If the weather is good, choose the patio. Very quiet and privacy, not too many table, very enjoyable. Our meals our outstanding. We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantabulous!!!
    lanideana
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great food. Exceptional service. Lovely ambiance. My daughter and I enjoyed every moment and every mouthful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Very good food with a very nice, cozy environment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First timers...
    Marc
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was our (my wife and I) first time at King Crab Oyster Bar & Grill. We ordered oysters on the half shell, a salad and we each had the Jambalya. The salad and Jambalya were excellent; perfectly spicy, lots of seafood and andouille sausage, good portion size. I was less impressed with the oysters...perhaps this is not oyster season. The greeter was friendly and flexible. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu, the beer selection and made the recommendation that we try the Jambalya. Also very attentive. We'll go back...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected surprise
    Trish
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I saw this restaurant on Groupon or WagJag, I think. I didn't buy the special coupon, but it's a good way to find out about restaurants you may not otherwise know about. We were so pleasantly surprised by the delicious food and interesting menu; it has a very attractive open kitchen. The wait staff is attentive without being overbearing. Will definitely go back when in the area, and have already recommended it to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent seafood
    Duckluver
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our visit from start to finish was extremely enjoyable. We were greeted at the door by the manager and showed to our table as soon as we entered the restaurant. We were seated by the window and enjoyed the view as well as being able to see in the kitchen. Our server was at our table within minutes with glasses of ice water and a smile! The food was all fresh and plated well. Our dietary issues were treated with ease. Our meals were both extremely good and the portions were more than generous. We felt we got more than our money worth. We will be returning to enjoy dessert since we were simply to full to try any! It is hard to find a restaurant that serves King Crab and it did not disappoint!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Steak and Calamari
    Firefox
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We came in for a quick dinner before a show and were greeted and seated quickly. Our server was attentive and our food prepared perfectly. The desserts sounded so good and fresh we had the Key Lime Pie to share. It was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unhappy Customer
    Wilson39
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    First time I went here I loved it. Second time, it is inconsistent, Caesar salad was soggy wilted and vinegary, parmasean chip atop was stale and hard to break, Frites were soggy and a tad undercooked. Not justifiable to charge what you do for a meal when you cannot keep it consistent. I was honestly really surprised coming back that it was not anything like I had first experienced. Still love your sister location across from beertown in Waterloo. That is until something happens to change my mind. Hopefully it won't. I'm an extremely loyal customer. If I find a restaurant I like - price does not matter as long as service and quality justify what I am paying.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unfortunately disappointed
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We chose this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary and were very excited. I started with bisque and grilled oysters. The bisque was good but the grilled oysters were awful. I ordered four oysters and two of them had been grilled so long that the butter completely evaporated and the oysters were a shriveled and dry. That should have been obvious to the person preparing it but they served it to me anyways. The steak and lobster were great but the truffle mac & cheese was not. The pasta was really undercooked and the cheese sauce was runny. The portion was also huge and I would have happily accepted a smaller amount if it was better quality. For some reason we were not offered dessert. We were handed our bill without asking.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We love the oysters here. The sauces are fresh and incredible
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality of ingredient
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I was disappointed for the size of the oyster and mussels. They were extremely small. Especially the size of the meat of the mussels. The taste of the oysters were good, but the size.....I expected more since it was the oyster bar. It was a nice restaurant and food tastes good; however, I felt that they overcharge for the quality they provide
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and appealing
    hungrygirl
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This was not my first visit to King Crab. As was the case previously, the food was presented in an appealing, artistic manner. I had the Trout and my companion chose the Sea Bass. Both were delicious. Our server was attentive without being over-bearing. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As always.............
    luvthecrab
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a great time with family from out of town - food and service excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I had dinner at the King Crab on a Friday evening. We ordered fresh oysters (which were delicious, but poorly shucked), an escargot tower (the only part of the meal we were impressed with), a sea bass main course and a bacon-wrapped monkfish main course. We found the main courses to be disappointing. The sea bass was overcooked and overdone (lots of breading and seasoning that masked the high-end fish) and the vegatables on the side tasted like freezer quality vegatables. The monkfish dish had a very spicy sauce drizzled all around, which made it hard to eat without starting a bonfire in your mouth. The veggies were charred and overcooked Overall, for the price of the meal, we expected it to be better prepared
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant!
    TravellingDuo
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    King Crab and Oyster bar is a great restaurant with wonderful service and a menu with such a nice mixture. Daily features are superb. If you like escargot, you won't find a better deal with snails aplenty! The ambience is nice with beautiful wood finishing everywhere. Enjoy seafood, chicken, steak, and more. Something for everyone's taste.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Great Service!!
    GolfGTI
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great Food & Great Service!!....just lacks a little bit in ambience and the area it's located is odd but the food and service is more important to us and that's why we keep coming back. I also like the booking reservation online.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good
    Shawn
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food is below average for the price of the restaurant. The Steak I order was dripping with blood for being ordered Medium/Well. The sweet potatoes were not cook. The rice was still hard. The frites were all under cooked. They also took plates before my kids were done. Best part of the meal was the Bread.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, not great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It was our first visit, after driving by for years. The service was fantastic which is always nice to see. The food...well it was good. With other venues in the city that leave me wanting more... I doubt we will return to King Crab unfortunately. We have fresh oysters which were okay..a few of them were extremely small which at $3 a piece is disappointing.. but its nature.. can't pick and choose! We both had fish dishes which were good, no complaints at all, just not impressive in any way. Overall a great restaurant, food was good.. but as a foodie I was looking for more, something that would have made me want to go back! Worth a try at least!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent place if you love seafood. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Foodiefinder
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    When first driving up to the place you would not expect to get the food or service you receive. The food was outstanding from appetizer to dessert and the service was absolutely incredible. Great place for a date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was excellent however not a lot to eat. Could have used 2 more pieces of porks and would have been good. If you are hungry food is amazing just not a lot of it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of this world seafood
    whyzrd
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It had been a while since i'd been to the King Crab Oyster Bar: greeted like an old friend, attentive and friendly service. The open kitchen adds some interest, albeit with a bit of a noise penalty. Remarkable appetizers, local sourced ingredients (when feasible), spectacular seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Darlene St John
    Sinjin648
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The service was great and very friendly. My dinner was overall okay-I had shrimp creole, but the quiche like piece didnt taste very fresh. My son loved his jambalya but it was very spicey so U couldnt steal a taste! Mine was also a little spicier than I like but portion sizes were very nice. It was a date night with my son but I will not actually be returning with him as its above average in price. I have never had oysters in Canada and found them delicious but tiny for their price. I would come back with a date for sure.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute spot for a nice couples dinner
    Romantic
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Small and intimate; food was very well done; servers were pleasant; expensive dishes and you have to pay for extras you ask for
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Karen
    Karen
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Always a wonderful experience. Food is excellent, staff is well trained & friendly. I highly recommend the crab cake & escargot tower.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small dinning area but amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The dinning area is tiny, so service and noise can be an issue, but the food and friendly staff is what makes this place a great find. As the main room is so small it enhances the environment to seem more exclusive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and great service!
    Joanna
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We had our 1st wedding anniversary at King Crab and the menu was fantastic. The service was great. We were never left waiting for food or drinks. The server made sure we were taken care of without constantly intruding. We would recommend King Crab to everyone!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate