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About 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.
San Diego, CA 92037
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
$31 to $50
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Spectacular view of ocean marine life and sea-going activities.
Validated underground parking in our building, enter from Coast Blvd. and valet parking on our block of Prospect St.
On Torrey Pines Road at Prospect Place, two blocks from the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Crab Catcher Ratings and Reviews
I think these are the best crab legs in town. With the best service, and a great view. Truthfully. They serve only the red King Crab legs. 1.25 lbs, not the usual 1 lb. More crab than I could eat. On a bed of delightfully flavored greens and corn medley which is special in itself. Red King Crab legs in my extensive experience are much much easier to open for sure, perhaps a bit sweeter than the regular King Crab legs. They supply all the usual tools but I snuck in a "Stolen from Joes Crab shack" plastic crab leg tool that really works especially great on these red king crab legs. We frequently do Sunday Bruch there. This was one of them. They have both Saturday and Sunday Brunch which is a great plus. Varied brunch menu, not just crab focused. The wait staff was especially attentive with refill of water, rolls, butter. $10 bottle of Sparkling wine Opera Prima which was great. My family loved their crab cakes and Eggs Benedict. I had a dinner sized Caesar salad which was excellent. Have been coming here for years
It was my birthday so I ordered the lobster, sadly the claws were very under cooked and because I had eaten the tail they just brought 2 very overcooked claws.
Also there are only 3 toilets available for women, one was piled to the top and clogged, the other didn't have any toilet paper or seat covers and the other was handicap.
The whole experience was very disappointing.
Came in Saturday evening at 5:30. Had a reservation but still had a to wait a fair amount of time with numerous tables open. They put us on the outside deck with heat lamps and at the window table however the tables were packed in and you lost the ambiance as you sat almost elbow to elbow. Seemed odd for a restaurant like that. Food was good but not great. I will say my wife loved the Salmon. Definitely a great view but this experience wasn't as good as the time before for us.
Surprised by the fair service. We ordered crab legs$$$$ and they arrived cool and not split. The entire meal from beverage service to meal service was slow and clumsy. We had a reservation and our table was not special or by a window. The restaurant was not busy but put at a small 2 topper table that was too small for the lovely food we ordered. I was disappointed. This has been my happy place for so many years to celebrate and enjoy marvelous food. Not this time.
Food was awesome. It was a special occasion that I stated when I booked reservation wasn’t acknowledge about the birthday that was for my mom. It was great that I mentioned it so server brought a ice cream cake with a candle to celebrate her birthday but it should have been recognized before being mentioned. The cake was amazing I would have to say. Where we was seated was in a corner why the stairs which I thought wasn’t as safe to where one of my family members could have fell back and went down the stairs. Seating arrangements are too tight I couldn’t get out to use restroom I had to let others stand up. For the money I spent food was great but the customer didn’t meet my standards.
Menu items with crab-meat were good, but somewhat bland. I will not be ordering crab there again, but then again, I used to sail the Chesapeake Bay, throw crab pots over the side, pull in fresh crabs, and cook them on the spot. Perhaps I would not be pleased with most crab-meat at most places on the West Coast?? The shrimp was prepared superbly, and I highly recommend it.
My last visit to the Crab Catcher was amazing however this visit not so much. We arrived for my mother’s birthday and could not wait to order. I suggested the cioppino to both my mother and father since it was delicious the last time I had it. I asked about the fish of the day and was told it was Wahoo and decided to go with the crab stuffed fish and my husband had the braised beef short ribs. In addition, we ordered the roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts for the table which came highly recommended by the waiter.
The food arrived in a reasonable amount of time. The cioppino looked mouth watering as well as my husband’s braised beef looked tender and juicy. My dish on the other hand looked pale and unappetizing; there was no color to the fish and it was as bland tasting as it looked.
The cioppino looked good and I decided to give it a taste. I tried the shrimp first which was over cooked then I tried to crack the crab with the nut cracker and it would not break. The only thing the crab would do it bend. I next tried the mussels which were flavorful and fresh tasting.
Next I sampled the roasted cauliflower and brussel sprouts with bacon, shallots and parmesan which by all means should be tasty…not true. The first bite of cauliflower I put in my mouth was undercooked and still cold in the center. The waiter had to take it back and reheat it in the oven… I’m not a fan of how it was prepared.
I think the hit of the night was my husband’s braised beef which is unfortunate since this is a predominately seafood restaurant. I didn’t understand the mixed reviews at first however I must agree with the masses. This is not a place for me to spend $200 on a mediocre meal. Definitely a last visit!
Glad you asked. We have been going to Crab Catcher for over 20 years. This is the first time
we were sorely disappointed!
I go for the Red King Crab. Sometimes my wife likes the kitchen to remove the crab from the shell which they gladly do. She has some finger pain.
The Crab meal at $69 is shown on the menu as 1-1/4 lbs of crab, that's 20 ounces.
If you say the shell weighs 8 ounces, doubtful, I should have received 10 to 12 ounces of crabmeat. What I actually received was less than 5 ounces! I mentioned it to the waitress and she just shrugged.
To add insult to injury, the corkage fee was an outrageous $25. We won't be going back.
We were looking for a great sea food restaurant, unfortunately this did not measure up. The food is way over priced and did not even seem fresh. My wife got tiger prawns and got 4 on pasta, I went for the crab meat stuffed fish ( was told it was fresh local today) and was over cooked. Crab cake we ordered was just average. Everything was presented well, very nice service, but just way over priced, which I would happily paid if the food matched
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