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About Crab Catcher

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.

1298 Prospect Street
San Diego, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Californian

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

Cross Street:
Cave St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 454-9587

Website:
http://www.crabcatcher.com/

Entertainment:
Spectacular view of ocean marine life and sea-going activities.

Parking Details:
Validated underground parking in our building, enter from Coast Blvd. and valet parking on our block of Prospect St.

Public Transit:
On Torrey Pines Road at Prospect Place, two blocks from the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Jon Burwell

Additional:
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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Crab Catcher Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

78% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (34)
Waterfront (23)
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Good for a Date (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
People Watching (6)
Casual (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Cozy (4)
Authentic (3)
Business Meals (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 13, 2013

Great service food and ambiance. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2013

The food was very good, but the prices are too high for what is offered. Enjoyable for special occasion, but we probably won't go back again, due to the inflated pricing.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2013

The Crab Catcher is a wonderful place for a date, whether it's a first date or a night out away from the family.
Food is delicious, and the view is always impeccable. If a nice quiet evening with the one you love is what
you want, with awesome food - The Crab Catcher is a great place.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2013

We visited this restaurant because we had a Groupon. We have been to La Jolla many times, but if I did not have the Groupon, I don't know that I would have seen it. It is located on a lower level, which gives it the outstanding views of the cove. We sat outside (there is an outside and inside area) with a heater and were perfectly comfortable. The food is pricey, so be prepared. It was very good and the service was wonderful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2013

Went here for an anniversary dinner. They sat us at a nice table location with a good view of the ocean cave area. Food and service were good.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2013

Excellent excellent every thing was perfect. We asked for and received a table with a view for my friends 91 birthday and she was thrilled. Our server heidi was above and beyond very attentive and charming. great job.the alaskian halibut was cooked to perfection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2013

We had a wonderful dinner on our first night in San Diego! We dined in their outdoor area and had front table to waterfront. Hostess welcomed us graciously as did our server! We had scallops with lobster risotto- very rich but delish and a nice size serving. Hubby had ahi tuna- same! Bread also warm and tasty! We had a groupon so our meal was reasonable priced. Actually all items were priced fairly for this caliber of restaurant , even without the groupon. We're concerned by some previous reviews, but we truly enjoyed our dining experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 7, 2013

I went to the Crab Catcher as I knew they had good Anchor Steam on draught. Though very on previous occasions that I visited, it was awful this time!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2013

Great as always - one of our favorite places for brunch!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2013

Very good place in La Jolla-I'd definitely recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2013

We gave the waiter our complete order and asked him not to rush us.Well we sat and sat and he did not ask us if we wanted another drink we had to flag him down. The manager came by and he said he would find out what the back up was. The waiter did apologize and reminded me that I said we did not want to be rushed.I guess he did not understand that we did not
want to be forgotten.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2013

All was well but their portions are very small. My main course had 3 very average scallops, if the sauce was to-die-for maybe maybe maybe that works. It was barely average. Boring for sure. My wife's ahi was great. My dinner was a bust. You go for the view, forget about the food end.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2013

The steak was gristly, but prepared correctly. The restaurant needs to be remodeled; colors and furniture look old.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 29, 2013

Dated menu, lukewarm food and in reality, very few tables with ocean views. Really expensive for what you get.

Tourist trap. I've lived in SD 20+ years and this was the first time I've been there. It'll be at least another 20 before I go back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2013

For the high price of the entrees, we were disappointed in the small serving of fish that we were served, each of us having ordered a different entree. No vegetable sides were included as a chef choice of presentation of the perfect balanced meal, each extra costing about $10.00. Conclusion for me is that it is overpriced in an area surrounded by several high-end restaurants which I believe give a better experience, such as: Eddie V, Roppongi, La Valencia, Manhattan.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 25, 2013

This was our second visit to Crab Catcher and I must say the first was outstanding and this was "good". The king crab was very good, the filet mignon was undercooked and had to be returned. They offer several bottles of wine for 1/2 price on Friday which really helps wth the final bill.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2013

Very scenic. Very good service. Good food, but overpriced.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2013

Got a table with great view. Food was really good and service is also excellent.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2013

Used the SDRW $30 prix fixe. All entrees first rate,as were appetizers and dessert. I am puzzled by the sour cherry bread pudding though.While it was delish,I never found one cherry!! A minor note,but hey,inquiring minds want to have there cherries!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 22, 2013

Had a wonderful time at the Crab Catcher!!! Management was very accommodating when I requested an ocean view and sat us quickly. This is a restaurant with a vintage look and fits right in with the La Jolla feel. The food is excellent and the service was great from the bar, to the table. If you are looking for a quiet, romantic atmosphere with an incredible view, I strongly recommend the Crab Catcher. Cheers!!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2013

We sat in the closet table and really didn't enjoy it. The food was ok, not great. Service was very good though.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2013

Me and my date had a wonderful dinner at the Crab Catcher. The seafood was fresh, the service was great, and the view outstanding. I will definitely be coming back more frequently as it had been almost a year since my last dining experience with them.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2013

We went to Crab Catcher with a Groupon on Saturday night. I also noted that it was our 2-year anniversary when making the reservation. We got what seemed like the best view in the entire restaurant with a gorgeous view of the ocean. The waiter even came over and wished us happy anniversary. The martinis were great and the food was even better. We shared the crab cake appetizer (awesome) and also had the Halibut and Filet. While it is true that the portions are small, the food is truly amazing. Great for special occasions for sure! At the end of dinner, our waiter also presented us with complimentary macadamia nut dessert...wow. Thanks for a memorable evening Crab Catcher! We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2013

Great food! Fabulous views over La Jolla Cove and beyond. We had a lovely table in a little alcove overlooking the cove. We went for Restaurant Week. There were two choices for appetizer and main dish. Maybe a third one could be added in each category.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2013

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Been here many times and it just gets better. The food is beautiful and mouth watering. The staff are just marvelous and if you are lucky enough to get Spring as your waitress (as we have the last two times we have been)you will enjoy your visit even more!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 18, 2013

Everything was great, service, our order arrived in a timely manner, great taste and presentation. A bit pricey and portion was on the small side.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 18, 2013

Nice place to celebrate restaurant week.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 18, 2013

Nice restaurant, the entrance was a little hard to find, it felt like we were going in the back of the restaurant. The outdoor seating was nice, heating lamps kept me warm during our dinner. The wait staff was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable of menu selection and choices, but the hostess neglected to give us a restaurant week menu.
Overall great experience, delicious food. Will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 18, 2013

It was the worst meal I've ever had. The appetizer was like a taste of salad on the spoon and my entree was like a bite. I walked out so hungry and came home and cook. I never paid for so much and receive so little.. I should had pay $10 mor to eat at Ruth's Chris and got a complete meal

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 18, 2013

The food was bland and uninspired. Totally not worth the La Jolla prices. We tried the mussels, dozen oysters, beet salad, crab cake and the Sea Bass entree. Everything that came out was not good. The entree portion of fish was tiny and over-cooked. Oysters tasted like they were shucked yesterday. Mussels we've had better at every other restaurant we've been too. Luckily we had a gift certificate. The only good thing was the service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 17, 2013

Came again for Restaurant Week. This time had luscious mushroom soup, a well prepared piece of salmon, and the Paradise pie. A nice wine too. Service attentive but not overbearing. We sat outside on a cold night, but the patio heaters were fine.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 14, 2013

The smell fron the beach didn't allow to dine outside. In summary, it was a pleasent stay. We would like to give a higher rating for the food, but the portions were rather small (for a male) and the delicate fish overspiced (too hot for the female).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2013

We had the "restaurant week menu", in my opinion, the menu was not special and was conceived with the economic aspect in mind. Out of three starters one was a soup and the other was a green salad with a couple of beetroots. I had the tuna capriccio, the carpaccio was fresh, and with a drop of olive oil, it was ok... but something was missing, I would personally would have recommended sesame oil and a hint of rosa pepper. there was an interesting small salad on top of the carpaccio, unfortunately the overpowering taste of some coriander young leaves killed everything. The main course was well presented, but the taste of the nice peace of tuna was killed by a coat of black pepper and again coriander leaves... A shame for this nice venue.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2013

Nice spot right by the La Jolla Voce. Easy, validated parking. Great happy hour deals. Food was good, not anything great or exciting. Fun place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 12, 2013

Food and drinks were very over priced, although the quality of the food was nothing noteable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2013

Food was great but pricey place with smaller than normal portions. It is probably a fine dining place, but great view and ambience, for special occasions.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2013

I had never been here before. I'm so glad a Groupon was offered, or I never would have known about this restaurant (I'm from the East County). My husband and I ended up going here for a special treat. We were able to secure a window seat on the patio-I was afraid it would be cold but we were right under a patio heater. I had a shrimp cocktail, with 5 large shrimp and horseradish. My husband had the clam chowder. I then had the short rib over jalepeno polenta (oh yeah) and my husband had the seared Ahi. We each enjoyed an order of the brussel sprouts. I had a martini and my husband had a beer. The cost for us after our Groupon was 35.00 plus tip, so for about 60.00 we really had a nice night out.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 3, 2013

Food was good but I feel overpriced. Also, their polenta with cheese, bacon and jalapeños was extremely spicy and the server should make customer aware of just how spicy it is. Server was not attentive. She came to the table, served us and was gone in a flash. I usually tip 20% but could not justify that for the service received. I think there re lots of other restaurants with better food and better value.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 3, 2013

While the seafood was good and flavorful, it was inconsistent. We has ordered two crab leg entrees and 1 was fantastic, the 2nd one was overcooked and rubbery. the entrees were quite expensive and is not worth it.

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vip
 (Tucson)·Dined on January 2, 2013

We keep returning; the food is always excellent, the view breathtaking, and the service excellent.

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