The Wishing Crab

The Wishing Crab

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thewishingcrab.com/
  • Phone: 9256343888
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Cajun
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Wishing Crab
The Wishing Crab is a local restaurant designed with American style and serving up delicious food with an Asian flare! Asia has a long history of using spices and seasonings to flavor seafood. These flavor profiles have been refined for generations. The Wishing Crab will take these Asian influences and prepare the most mouthwatering meals you’ve ever had! Once you’ve experienced this East-West fusion, you’ll be coming back for more.
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The Wishing Crab reviews from OpenTable diners
1 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food5
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
kid-friendly (1)fit for foodies (1)special occasion (1)great for lunch (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Great but.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was beyond excellent! The servers were friendly and the place was nice and looked great. However they did not have our reservation when we showed, but were still able to accomodate us and we were seated right away.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Kids eat free Wednesday
    DMH75
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The Steamer Pots of seafood, potato, corn, and a spicy sausage are our favorites. Pay the little bit extra to have shrimp peeled for you. Get an order of Dutch crunch bread to soak up all the garlic butter sauce or spicy Cajun sauce in your steamer pot. Kids eat free on Wednesday! Buy Wishing Crab giftcards at Costco before dining to save a little money. Join the Wishing Crab club to earn points if you plan on going often.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The best garlic crab & noodles. Also, the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • The Wishing Crab is okay.
    crab4meVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The steampot is excellent but will not recommend the desserts. Location is a little challenge to find. The website has a "old San Creek Road address" but the address should be "Sand Creek Road".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Credit Card Policy
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We made our reservation through OpenTable, everything was fine; food good (corn was a little mushy and no flavor - left in water to long), service was attentive. Atmosphere was like a sports bar with a lot of TVs. I would have given the place an overall rating of 4 except for what happen when we paid our $83 dollar bill. I have never had a restaurant ask me to see my ID when paying the bill with any type of credit/debit cards, never (and I'm 66). That goes for 1 to 5 star restaurants.
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  • RRamirez
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great seafood the clams in basil sauce is an absolute must we almost ordered rice just to dump the leftover sauce on. The drinks were very reasonable and we happend to be there on a Thursday for lady's night $5 drinks I only wish there was a men's night. Cant wait to come back.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Great crab & garlic noodles. We always love eating here!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Crawfish Trajedy
    Seafoodluv
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was my first visit to this restaurant and overall the experience was enjoyable. The crab was excellent along with the garlic noodles. Great flavor until I got to the crawfish - very bland and meatless! I've had MUCH better and would not recommend to anyone who has had their palate satisfied by this delicate morsel from the sea and prepared by a seasoned chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Garlic Crab......Ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    We always enjoy eating at the Wishing Crab, it's our favorite local eatery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Crab & Garlic Noodles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We eat here every two weeks and love, love the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Pleasant Surprise
    SFAEVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Nice neighborhood place with fresh food, and very gracious service. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood in Brentwood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    This is a great restaurant if you are looking to have a wide variety of seafood menu selection. We ordered the Louisiana Steam Pot with the Garlic and Cajun sauce Mix and shared between two of us. It was a delicious mix of clams, mussels, shrimp and a juicy Louisiana Hot Link. We were in a group of 6 other guests. Our food was brought out to us in a timely manner and all of our appetizers, entrees and cocktails were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is great as we eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food is great as we eat here 2 times a month.....love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Love It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    As usual, we enjoyed our garlic crab with noodles. They are the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best, Love it, Love it & Loved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    We love the restaurant so much that we eat here every two weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Garlic Crab......Ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    We love eating here as the crab is always great and the garlic noodles are to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Mediocre food in Brentwood
    finediner
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Two of us had the chicken/shrimp combo which was at best mediocre. The "famous" garlic noodles were dry and unimpressive. The tuna steak was tasty, though overcooked; and the salmon was decent, if a little fishy. The cheesecake was by far the most successful dish of the evening. The restaurant doesn't skimp on portion size, and the wait staff was attentive. However, I don't believe we will return.
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  • Birthday dinner
    Birthday
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    We loveThe Wishing Crab! Delicious Steamer pots of seafood in garlic butter sauce or spicy Cajun. We like to mix both sauces. Get shrimp peeled for $1.50 more, get Dutch crunch bread unlimited basket for $1.50 more. Dip bread in steamer pot sauce again and again! Noisy ambiance and casual decor. Join their rewards club which also works for their other restaurant, Shirasoni.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels and clams
    cooksfriend
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Very good and be sure to get the garlic noodles, just the right amount of garlic.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • had lunch with two friends.
    AbbyVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    had lunch with two friends. There were three items chosen, we each wanted something diferent. They were out of two items. Waiter was no where to be found for the majority of the meal. Food was only mediocre.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Great food
    love2eatout
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Wonderful food and good service great spot for crab.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • wishing crab experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Food is good, really pricey & they can afford to change up the menu a little, maybe have a "create your steampot" for people who dont eat certain seafood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Wishing Crab
    ilvetya
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Our server Sandra was not very pleasant intially, but did warm up after some time. My wife had the lobster dinner and I had the filet and lobster dinner. The meal was fair particularly due to the fact that the total bill was $110.28. I think next time we"ll we go back to SF for dinner at those prices.
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  • Pleased
    Squeaky
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Food is prepared with great favors. Steam pots are really good. I only thought the pot for 2 people my husband could have eaten by himself. The staff is very pleasant and the place is clean. Great experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab...Mmmm...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Excellent, super yummy food...my 3 daughters and I split a steampot and none of us were left hungry, although out of sheer gluttony I could have easily eaten a lot more! Food is piping hot, fresh, clean, flavorful and delicious. Totally affordable, good service, lots of parking...we had a fantastic time and without a doubt will be back...sooner than later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great service
    love2eatout
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    The food was outstanding as was the service; can't beat their crab pots.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Good but Very Pricey
    JerryD
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    Food was Great, but Prices were 13% higher then the posted prices on their web site. Prices were $3.00 to $30.00 over the on-line menu.
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    special occasion
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  • Not what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    Glad we tried it. But we probably won't be returning. But my hubby liked the crawdads and the beer was cold.
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  • Excellent Garlic shrimp noodle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    bit pricey, but the garlic shrimp noodle was excellent. The Clam chowder was pretty plain.
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    special occasion
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  • Overall dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    Overall dining experience was good. The food was very satisfying, especially the garlic flavored noodles. It was to die for. We celebrated my husband's birthday on March 13, 2013 in Brentwood, CA branch. We felt a little disappointed over the fact that the server got our order wrong. It was a bummer. I wish they offered us a free drink or something, but the server neglected to do so. I'm still going to recommend this restaurant to my friends and family. We are coming back, though. Thanks!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Food wasn't as good as advertised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Food wasn't as good as advertised by other reviews, but it was a nice place to discover. We went on a busy night, so that could have had an effect on the food. We will go back and give them another try, seems like a nice change of pace from SF.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced for the Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We had the steak and lobster with Asian noodles - lobster was a bit mushy but tasty - steak was flavorful but not exceptional. Lots of Asian noodles on the plate to distract from the very small size lobster tail/steak. Drinks were overpriced - $10 margaritas - 2 drinks each and the fixed price menu and our tab ended up being $166 with tip. Very overpriced for the food quality and atmosphere and a little too noisy for our taste. The service was excellent and cheerful. Might try again for their Asian dishes which are their specialty - and no drinks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went on Valentine's Day.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We went on Valentine's Day. The dining experience was good. We did not enjoy the crab pot as much as we anticipated. I will order a different entree next time.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was ok, except the deep fried doughy somewhat raw battered fried ice cream is positively horrid!
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  • Better than expected after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Better than expected after reading several negative reviews. We are definitely going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Since this was my first visit
    FoodlatinloverVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    Since this was my first visit and the reviews I read about the garlic noodles were excellent. So, for my first time I decided to try the Garlic Noodles with Shrimp. The Garlic noodles with Shrimp to die for! As I was enjoying my dinner, I was busy looking at the different dished being ordered and they all looked fresh, inviting, and excellent. I saw a woman order a crab steam pot and a man order a steak with mushrooms, garlic noodles and shrimp. WOW!!!! This place is a hidden gem and cant wait for an excuse to visit this restaurant again! The service was great!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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  • Our server, Sandra was FANTASTIC.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Our server, Sandra was FANTASTIC. Thank you for making our dining experience a great one!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • very good, not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2012
    It was my birthday and I decided I wanted to try something new, something a little fancy. When I found the website and saw the open table reservations, I made my decision. Walking in to The Wishing Crab I was disappointed. It was not fancy at all, if anything is was very casual and a little dive ish. Not that that is bad, some of my favorite places are whole in the wall dives, I just felt the website was a little deceiving. The service was fantastic, our server was very attentive and helpful. We started with the calamari and it was a little bland. But the rest of our food was fantastic, my daughter had the seared tuna salad and said it was fantastic. but if you order the garlic crab legs, I hope you like garlic! a little to much!
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  • The Wishing Classic pot was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    The Wishing Classic pot was excellent for two. Garlic noodles were delicious. Loved the drink selection! Our waitress was super friendly and fun.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We were sat in the Sun section
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    We were sat in the Sun section and it was extrememly hot! New shades need to be purchased, as we BAKED in this side of the resturant.
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    kid-friendly
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