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I was hoping for a 'view', dining alone on business travel, and made reservations with the request. I was seated at a table without a view, instead of being asked if I'd like to wait for just a few minutes to accommodate (several guests were leaving and only 2 of the 6 tables around me with a view were seated, the rest remained open). I even asked the host for a better view but was not asked if I wanted to wait for a table to be cleared. Instead I was seated in the corner with walls covered in mirrors.
The waitress was not very helpful when I asked her for recommendations, mentioning I had never been to the restaurant before. I decided to stick with something traditional and ordered the lobster, thinking it would be great on the coast at a seafood restaurant. Guessed wrong - the lobster was way overcooked and extremely rubbery and tough. I also ordered a side of beets and those were good.
For dessert I ordered tiramisu - the worst I've ever had and tasted nothing like tiramisu should taste. There was no flavor of espresso/coffee/chocolate/brandy at all - it was like they opened a package of lady fingers and smeared some type of vanilla cream on it.
Way over priced and basically a tourist trap.
It was all excellent starting out with a beautiful table for two looking over the ocean then delicious dozen oysters cold then on to some of the best calamari ever, finishing with the amazing pasta with clams.
My husband was given a delicious macadamia ice cream pie for dessert the best! We also had two delicious glasses of wine thank you very much crab catcher👄
We were celebrating an anniversary, they made it a very special evening, great view, awesome service and food. I highly recommend.
Gorgeous view! I'm convinced we had the best table! (Table #20)
Crab Catcher has amazing seafood.
The clam chowder is delicious.
The house made desserts are so good.
I would certainly return.
when we arrived they put my party in an overflow room, saying there were no tables in the dining room. this room was stark, cold & noisy.
Food is phenomenal. Service is top notch. A bit pricey but that is the only reason I did not give 5 stars.
Great food. Our server was very good. Two people ordered the lobster, crab legs to share. They loved it
Very much enjoyed our dinner at Crab Catcher. It was a quiet Monday evening, excellent for conversation. And the food and service were great. We greatly enjoyed the cozy ambience of the restaurant and the view of lights along the shore along La Jolla.
Amazing. They even honored my request for a window table for a large party.
My husband and I were very much looking forward to a brunch at the Crab Catcher with a Groupon I had purchased. While our table provided us with a beautiful ocean view and our server was attentive initially the food was a big dissapointment. We started with the crab stuffed mushrooms which were just okay. The crabmeat did not taste fresh but the carmalized onions were very good. We both ordered the crab omelettes and they were extremely overcooked. At this point the restaurant became very busy and we couldn't get our server's attention to send our meals back. We decided to just enjoy the view, sip our champagne, and plan on eating at another oceanfront restaurant next time.
The food was wonderful and the service was perfect. Cocktails were great. We had a great view of the water. Anyone who has not been to Crab Catcher in a while should go there. It was a wonderful experience.
We had my brother visiting from out of town and had a wonderful dinner at Crab Catcher. The service was excellent and I had the crab cake and I think it is one of the best in San Diego. We had a view table which was very nice as well. Because it was Friday night, the noise level was quite tolerable.
While I marked the occasion as date, Crab Catcher is a place for everyday dining. My wife has been wanting to come here for a while and they delivered! Highly recommend this place.
We had a great meal at a table with a great view of the ocean. The staff was polite and attentive. Food was awesome. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Amazing. Service was great and the food was amazing.
Vacation....it was so good...
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.
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.
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.
It was our anniversary, and they were kind enough to give us each a glass of champagne. Dinner was great.
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.
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!
I have been going to this restaurant for close to 20 years. This time was not very pleasurable. The food was poorly prepared, and the seafood seemed old, not fresh. In addition the service was extremely slow and little things, like pouring wine was lacking. The entire experience would lead me not to ever go here again.
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!
Beautiful view of the ocean. Amazing small plates, ordered one of each!
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
Chris was our waiter & could not have been nicer... the food (especially the crab legs) & ambiance was great! We will definitely be back! :)
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.
Excellent service and food we had the seafood special for two which was delicious.
Crab legs were outstanding as was claim chowder. Service was top notch !
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
Esquicito comida buenísima! Excelente Restaurant
Estupenda vista y maravilloso servicio, altamente recomendable 👌🏻👌🏻
Good food, good service. Drinks are extremely overpriced. Eat here, go get drinks elsewhere after.
Good food, great view, wonderful attentive helpful staff.
Muy caro en proporción a lo que se sirve. No nos gustaron los tacos. Si estaban muy ricos los tacos de cebiche. Muy bien la atención.
Crab Catcher is a La Jolla fav! Great view, yummy food, excellent service, I always ask for Carmen!
We went on a rainy Tuesday evening to celebrate our kids’ birthday. They gave us a beautiful spot next to the big window and the service was excellent as was the food.
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