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For 2
Fri, 2/23
7:00 PM
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Crab Catcher

1993 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Waterfront
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Seafood, Californian
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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
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Phone number
(858) 454-9587
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jon Burwell
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Cross street
Cave St.
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Parking details
Validated underground parking in our building, enter from Coast Blvd. and valet parking on our block of Prospect St.
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Public transit
On Torrey Pines Road at Prospect Place, two blocks from the restaurant.
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Spectacular view of ocean marine life and sea-going activities.
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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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Private dining at the Crab Catcher where business is conducted and celebrated, friends join families and celebrations are made. Let us design your perfect affair.

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What 1993 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vippricey (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Lobster was tough, clam chowder was average. The service was outstanding but does not compensate for the prices. There are better places in the San Diego to spend your money.

vipBuntz (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Truly fine dinner with excellent service from our server, Kristin. We were seated in a delightful, somewhat secluded alcove overlooking the Cove. My roasted oysters appetizer with spinach and Parmesan were some of the best that I’ve ever enjoyed. I followed that with a tasty cioppino chock full of seafood while my wife really liked her crab-stuffed Mahi-Mahi. We ended by splitting a delicious piece of Key Lime pie that was almost chiffon-like. We’ve been to Crab Catcher before and will be back.

jojo (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

The host ignored us while I stood at the counter in front of him, looked straight at the next couple and tried to help them instead of asking us if we were next, our actual waiter didn't come back to take our entree order just took our drinks and appetizer and I had to wave him down to get our entree order put in. The food itself which I ordered spaghetti with clams was ok, my husband ordered the fish and chips which we both agree we have had better. Had the groupon voucher otherwise wouldn't be eating there.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Over priced

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

It was our anniversary, and they were kind enough to give us each a glass of champagne. Dinner was great.

Chacha (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

I had asked for the best table with an ocean view as I was celebrating my birthday with friends. That's exactly what we got. The best table in the restaurant! Along with delicious food and great service.

GRdiner1 (Grand Rapids)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We were in San Diego area for a short respite from the winter weather of Michigan. Valentines Day came up in the middle of our visit and I found the Crab Catcher on line. It sounded perfect and did not disappoint! Service was excellent, the menu with tempting choices and the presentation and taste as good or better than described. It was a bit cramped since they added extra tables to accommodate for the holiday but it was very conducive nonetheless. The location is overlooking the LaJolla Cove. Even a small view out of a portion of a window at night helps set the mood. Yes, it was pricey but worth it!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Host was welcoming and pushed my reservation back 30 minutes with no hesitation. Got seated at the perfect table for two, with my girlfriend. Thankfully, they have great clam chowder which she loved. Filet Mignon is great! Would absolutely recommend for a business outing, romantic occasion, and great view and atmosphere, even at night. Well worth every penny!

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Beautiful view of the ocean. Amazing small plates, ordered one of each!

QBall (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great experience and great views ...thanks to the maitre d’/host who seated us in a table with a great view and to Pablo who waited on us. ....will be back

LoriF (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Chris was our waiter & could not have been nicer... the food (especially the crab legs) & ambiance was great! We will definitely be back! :)

Lillian (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a great meal. Celebrated my birthday. Food was good, service was great (waiter was very attentive and provided great service). At the end they served me a complimentary dessert with lit candle. Nice touch.

Wayner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent service and food we had the seafood special for two which was delicious.

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Crab legs were outstanding as was claim chowder. Service was top notch !

vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
2.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

The preparation of the seafood was unique to this Resturant, although citrus flavor in pasta with clam sauce was not good
And the steamed lobster also was prepared oddly.
Would not recommend