Crab Catcher

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2415 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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4.6
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4.6
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B
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view of the ocean

FJ
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

KK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
116 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
6 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
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food in a great setting!

S
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

CM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was so so. Service and view was fantastic.

TT
Philadelphia
177 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab catcher was outstanding. Fabulous seafood and drink menu. Servers were friendly and attentive. One of our favorites while vacationing in San Diego area. We would return in a heartbeat.

j
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had made an appointment on open table and asked for a nice table and we got a beautiful table. The service was amazing the food was good and the View was spectacular. Will definitely go back again even though we live in Coronado we will make the effort to get up there

KM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful views and great decor! The waiter was alright he was a younger gentleman but what made up for it was the older gentleman dressed in all black. He was hilarious and very knowledgeable about the restaurant, food, and area. Great experience overall and great food!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Derive was less desirable. We waiting long time to delivers our appetizer then entree.

KM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Our waitress way oversold us on the food. She suggested excessive amounts of food, and we way over ordered. I know the tip is a percentage of the total bill, but she outright lied about the size of the crab cakes and the tacos. Obnoxious. I am never quick to say anything negative, but had to this time.

W
San Diego
76 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We sat down and we were waited on by a very friendly person. Things were appearing to go well, but after placing an order, we watch tables come in after us all getting their food. After complaining our food finally arrived. One hour it took. No apologies until we had the check in hand and it was tip time.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food presentation was very nice. The service was great.

T
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Water view. Perfect. Crab legs and lobster were both delicious. A must go to

C
Central Coast
89 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

4 star food in a 5 star setting. Lovely romantic ocean view, attentive service. Fans of freshly flown in crab may balk at the $150 tab. On the other hand the lobsters were reasonable and tasty. Prep styles are a bit too rudimentary to wow a gourmet.

RH
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband's 80th BD with our two teen granddaughters. Parked in lot under the restaurant on Cove St, 2 hrs free with validation. Arrived at noon on a Weds and got the window table with a view of the ocean as I requested on Open Table. Our section was empty except for a couple who came later, most had outdoor or patio seating. Our waiter Josh was friendly, courteous and efficient. Started with deep fried Calamari as a starter. I had the Puerto Nuevo Lobster with rice and beans and I choose flour tortillas. Dish was good, except I would recommend they wrap the two hot tortillas in foil wrapper that covers the entire tortilla as the 2nd one was left exposed on both ends and was cold and hard when I went to eat it. Beans were very tasty as was the homemade corn salsa. Husband had clam chowder and the special Caesar salad with crab and shrimp, he enjoyed his selection. One granddaughter had the two Alaskan Cod fish tacos that were full of yummy looking ingredients. The other one had the Crab Catcher BLT, both enjoyed their selections. We didn't have room for desert, but Josh came out with a complimentary candle lit slice of Paradise Pie and four teaspoons. Pie was delicious and enough for the four of us to enjoy. Normally a place like this is a bit pricey for us, but I got a Groupon special and he had recvd a generous BD Restaurant gift card, so only paid $4 out if pocket and 20% tip. If Groupon has another special, I will definitely purchase again and just the two of us return.

TM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was mediocre and that ridiculous extra tax they tried to tag on us because it’s expensive to run a restaurant was absolutely not acceptable.......my suggestion? Don’t waste your money on this place. The best part of the experience was the view......

DA
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Great location and very friendly and skilled staff. Free parking below off of Coast Dr is a plus (tell construction workers you are going to restaurant and they will let you through). However the food fell short in several places and for what you pay you should get close to top notch. Perhaps going on a Wednesday wasn't the best idea. Best items were the lobster pasta and crab cake. Pasta sauce was fabulous: creamy sherry with lobster pieces. I was surprised by the additional shelled half lobster on top; I let my husband deal with cleaning it -lol- and it was very good. Crab cake was tall and full of Crab, my husband wanted more lumps and but I thought good and accompanying sauces yummy. Octopus app had a great presentation; abit rubbery but not bad. Clams app were disappointing. Hardly any broth and what was there was not great- an off taste. A couple closed ones (which should be removed) and a couple gritty. For $22 better is hoped for. Another disappointment was stuffed fish entree. It was sooooo small! I mean laughable. Like a "tasting" portion with maybe two bites of something on the side, $34!
Id recommend sticking will whole shellfish and settle in for some cracking and cleaning, that may be what they do best here.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kristine was awesome. Food was spectacular as always

CT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Asked for an outside table and we got the best one! Seafood ordered was fresh and exceptionally well prepared. Had Norwegian salmon, fresh fish of the day and calamari. Service was very nice and the pear martini was awesome! I totally recommend

BB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. I'd been here five years ago and took my wife. It became one of her favorite restaurants.
I can't think of a restaurant with better ambiance. The food and wine is amazing.

l
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service and best of all.. GREAT VIEWS

MT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Disappointed the Crab Coctail (crabmeat) is no longer on the menu. They did make it for me but, it ain’t on the menu