Permanently Closed - Crab Catcher

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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.5
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4.1
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Customer1
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Old decor needs an update, nice view, overpriced food.

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vipAmyR
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a REALLY nice server, Richard! Our table next to the window was great! Unfortunately, the halibut was over-cooked. There are other seafood restaurants that I prefer.

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KeniaA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I would recommend the place but not the dish I ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Stop in for lunch. Great views and with every entree you get unlimited champagne:) I had the Ahi tacos- wouldn’t get them again. Chowder was amazing.

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vipDori
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was absolutely wonderful, the food was good, and we enjoyed the beautiful view and our special dinner.

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BillD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Late lunch — special in that we live in East County and were in the area for an appointment. Love the La Jolla Cove location, view. Fantastic service, but a pricey, special occasion place only. Spent $99 for lunch, including tip, with no alcohol, no appetizer, one dessert.

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JillC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from Vancouver, CDA. and looking for an oceanfront restaurant with a view.
We definitely hit the jack pot with the Crab Catcher!! The ambience of the outdoor patio and the lovely sea views were spectacular.
The service was warm, friendly, prompt and very professional.
We both love seafood and the menu offered us amazing choices - the grilled octopus was delicious.
I would definitely return to this wonderful idyllic spot by the sea.

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MichaelP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was simply amazing!! Had the shrimp pasta, so good! My girlfriend had crab legs and she couldn't stop raving about them! Also, service was impeccable with a great atmosphere! First time there, will definitely be back!

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PaulR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great view but truthfully the food is expensive for what you get. Plenty of great views with better value for money in La Jolla

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kurtj
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

They have a 120 dollar seafood plate that includes lobster, crab legs, prawns and some potatoes/veggies that is designed to be split by two. The prawns were tiny and forgettable. We ordered two of these at our table and were disappointed overall . I would not go back nor recommend. There are better values for the money in the Lajolla area. The view from the outdoor patio was a narrow strip and there are better view options in the area

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RogerO
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had lunch at the Crab Catcher and is was a wonderful meal and a lot of fun. Great selection of food to choose from and a wonderful view. We enjoyed our meal and the entrees and dessert that we had were excellent. Great service from our waiter. He was very helpful. We will look forward to visiting The Crab Catcher when we are in La Jolla again.

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vipJimS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service. Can’t go wrong

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JeffM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing a little pricey but I expected that and didnt care because the view was amazing. I was not disappointed

JB
JosephB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended. Excellent food, view and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

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BrianW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Champagne brunch was fantastic. The 5 cheese mac and cheese is incredible. Would definitely recommend dining here.

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BarryB
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great...it was our 54th wedding anniversary.

JK
vipJanKop
Kansas City
175 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Fantastic view. Service was a little slow to start, but very friendly and helpful. Food was good but the crab omelet was rather heavy on the onions. The French toast was excellent and we also enjoyed the crab enchilada. Champagne comes with your brunch entrees, so that's a nice touch.

JB
JosephB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around! I highly recommend Crab Catcher. Pablo was very helpful, and the complimentary champagne was a nice touch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good, our server was slow and seemed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Beautiful views, excellent food!

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Not2pleased
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Valentines Day Dinner reservations at 8:30pm, sat is over flow area that was cold and noisy, high traffic. We waited an hour before we had our entrees. Meanwhile, complimentary bread offered late when they noticed we had not received any. Not a romantic, candlelight experience. Service and attentiveness was below average for the expense.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I was so excited about this restaurant! Sadly the crab bisque was lukewarm, the crab cake was disappointing (was basically a giant golf ball of warm crab) and the crab enchiladas were just ok and a bit too spicy. My husband’s stuffed fish had a strange taste to it. We felt so bad for the server who seemed like a nervous wreck the whole night. She couldn’t give wine recommendations (nor offered to ask someone else) and forgot to put in our order. She was very sweet and apologetic but overall we won’t be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Richard was a wonderful server. The food was great, we got a Crab Cake, Brussels sprouts, Maine Lobster Papperdelle and Crab Stuffed Fish. All the staff was friendly and their Tiramisu was great to end the meal :) Definitely would go back again.

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vipApparition
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice place for a view. Food and Wine are pretty basic. Had a nicely made manhattan.

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JonathonK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was extremely courteous and knowledgeable. The food was very good and the ambiance is great .

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BeeTheJourneyer
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, my waitress was AMAZING! She recommended some of the best items on the menu. The berry mojito was the best I’ve had. The pasta was delicious. Will definitely be back again.

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vipJHart
Indiana
66 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service!

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Wendy
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The oysters were delicious, and the spaghetti with clam sauce nothing out of the ordinary as was the creme brulee. My waiter forgot to bring cheese for the spaghetti. The ambience was marred by an adjoining table that had a very boisterous crowd sitting at it. The noise level was disturbing as one person in particular was drunk and had a shrill laugh. All I wanted to do was leave ASAP. The reason I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to a friend is because the meal, excluding oysters, was too highly priced for such average fare...not what one expects in a town like La Jolla.

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RobertoG
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and service. Will go back again .

JB
vipJosephB
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambiance, delicious food,attentive

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
125 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Slow Monday dinner so service and noise level were excellent. Inventive cocktail offerings. Starters are 5 stars for size and quality, entrees were pricey but very good. Great desserts.

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WarHorse
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely enjoyed the ambiance, the food (lobster and king crab legs) was fantastic, the view amazing, and above all, the customer service by Enrique was beyond expectation. Thanks to Enrique our 32nd anniversary dinner was perfect. Bu the way, this is the third straight year we had our anniversary dinner here. We’ll be back!!

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JessicaJ
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Restaurant seemed dated but food was good and the location was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrick was an excellent server and the crab enchiladas were first rate!

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Brian
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view of the ocean

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vipFrankandJudyc
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The service and food was good. The music was way to load.

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KrisK
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, great views, food is excellent and very plentiful. Great parking under restaurant

JA
JohnA