Crab Catcher

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2433 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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4.5
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4.4
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JK
Kansas City
171 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good, our server was slow and seemed

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Beautiful views, excellent food!

N
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

JK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

A
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

BT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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.

JH
Indiana
65 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service!

W
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.

RG
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambiance, delicious food,attentive

OT
San Diego
121 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.

WH
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!!

JJ
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Great view of the ocean

FJ
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

KK
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an Excellent view from our window table.
Thank you

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great ambiance. We would definitely live to eat here during sunlight to get a better view of the cove. However, the moon lighting up the water was still magnificent. Very attentive service. Our meal was solid from the entree to dessert. I’m usually not a fan of meringue, but it tasted fantastic on top of the key lime pie!

A
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Such a great spot with a significant other. Highly recommend the oven baked Oysters!

SL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. Great place for a special occasion.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had amazing calamari, the best we e ever had! Ordered oysters both ways and they were excellent. The Baja Lobster... not so much. The claw had zero meat and the tail very little....our waiter was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Too loud. Food only average.

PH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food and service with a view.

JK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were displeased that there was a surcharge added on to the bill. Other than that it was good food and nice ambiance. I don’t think I would recommend it after the sunset. I think that’s where the value is at.

KG
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great- service excellent. Only place where we have been charged an SRCH fee, which I’m not sure is legal. A bit disappointed in that. The state of California implemented a minimum wage hike and this is how restaurants are passing these hikes in to their customers.

JW
Charleston
123 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were OUTSTANDING! had the salmon and several other entrees that were cooked to perfection!! Would certainly come back. Great place in La Jolla.

JJ
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood ever!!! Restaurant is beautiful and very friendly! Everything was great. But if I had to point one thing the seats and tables were very tightly close other customers so it was not spacious but overall great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience4

The refined decore and price, don't actually match the food quality.

D
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food good but the bus boy kept grabbing dishes from in front of us even though we were not finished. I literally had to pull my dinner plate out of his hand. We watched the waiter talking with others for extended time while we were trying to get his attention.

L
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, elegant, delicious food, and great genuine customer service from beginning to end!

SS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants....great view, great service, great food. Highly recommend!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If was great. Food was really good service was great no complaints.

LA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious fresh fish dinner overlooking the La Jolla Cove. The crabbed stuffed Mahi Mahi was outstanding and my husband loved his Grilled Tuna with Polenta. Highly recommend.

TD
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food in a great setting!

S
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sunday brunch. Offered a variety of choices. Vegan. Meat. Fish.