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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

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (38)
Waterfront (34)
Special Occasion (29)
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Good for a Date (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Romantic (21)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Great for Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
People Watching (10)
Casual (9)
Cozy (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Great Beer (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Some of the food was good. My vegetables were almost cold. My soup, while delicious, was lukewarm when served. I think the restaurant is overpriced! About 8 ounces of crab soup was $16! Veggies 12, etc. Glad to see choices for gluten free but bread would have been nice too!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Beautiful view from our table. I noted it was our one year anniversary and we would appreciate a table on the patio when I booked. With a short wait we were seated at an amazing table. So kind of them to make it happen. Friendly and quick service. Not pushy quick but well timed quick.Thanks to Misty for being a delightful server. We loved the crab cake, clam chowder and the muscles fettuccine. No one warned me that I ordered the world's most amazing Crème Brûlée. If I wasn't a lady I would have liked the dish clean. Also loved the berry mojito and tropical fizz cocktails. Thank you Crab Catcher for a memorable anniversary.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We love everything about this place. Excellent food, service, and amazing view!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Shreveport)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Great service and excellent meal

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Went there for our 30th anniversary. King Crab was unbelievable. Staff provided free champagne for celebration and a table overlooking the ocean. Our waitress was very kind and accommodating. It is very expensive but was worth it for this celebration.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 3, 2017

All was good, but we wish our waiter could move and deliver already prepped food a bit faster. We was seating and waiting for our appetizers to be added to our table for a little while even we saw them already on the corner table delivered by a kitchen staff

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 2, 2017

As always, a great time out with family. Great food, great view, great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Great service, good food and spectacular view! No complaints except the restaurant should provide salted butter for bread. Tasteless with unsalted. When I go out to a nice place, I cheat on my diet. Butter is a cheat for me.
Other than that minuscule annoyance, a nice experience.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We come here every year on our annual trip to La Jolla. Great food, and atmosphere. Scott's a great server

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 2, 2017

They have not lost their touch! The food was outstanding, the Service impeccable and
The view was great. Definitely a keeper!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Great meal, great view!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 31, 2017

The Cioppino was fantastic! The outside patio was quiet and romantic. Great view, Good service, and great food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 30, 2017

It was solidly okay. Good crab cakes. It was a bit pricey for being solidly okay.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 30, 2017

We were lucky to get a table at one of the few large windows overlooking the bay. This made the evening for us. The food is very good but with a bill of about $190 for a party of four (and only one person had only one drink) it is definitely an extravagance. Still, there are few places in the city where you can dine and view like at this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We went with the family for a special dinner & the price for 1 Entrée, 2 Apps, & 1 Salad [We all shared] with no drinks was over $200!! The King Crab we got was the size of a snow crab and the 1.5 pounds we got looked a little over 1/4 pound.. The view is great but the pricing is Crazy Expensive and we all went home hungry!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Great Food, Great Great Service. A wonderful experience...Thank you

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 25, 2017

We visited Crab Catcher the first time when our kids were younger. Now that they are both married, we all visit it whenever we are in the San Diego area. They now bring their families. My husband and I were in California last week with friends. We brought them to Crab Catchers for their first time. The dinner was fabulous, especially the Fire Shrimp.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We ate at Crab Catcher last night for my husbands birthday. We have eaten there 2 or 3 times before and were very happy. We made reservations, waited to be seated, had a wonderful table and service.
We ordered Whole Main Lobster and Filet Mignon. We started with salads, they were ok, we also ordered brussel sprouts and cauliflower for the table, it was just ok. My lobster was cold and by the time I got to the best part, the tail, it was chewy. My husbands filet was suppose to be butterflied medium well and it was WELL and tough, he said "Shoe Leather" and the garlic mashed potatoes tasted like they came from a box. Even the bread was dry. It was not an inexpensive meal!
We were treated good but the food was horrible.....

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 20, 2017

My husband and I took a trip to San Diego and found the Groupon for Crab Catcher before we went. We ended up getting the couples deal of Crab and lobster and it was so good! It was a lot of work but worth it. We definitely want to go back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Slow service, food portions small and prices are high . was there to celebrate anniversary.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Very good food and an awesome view. The only thing that was off putting was the 4% 'Cost of Doing Business' tax that they add to the check. Also, we went on a Thursday, and it was advertised that martinis were $6. When the bill came, however, they were $15!! Not cool, Crab Catcher. Not cool at all.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Service was great, but ambience was not up to par. If you weren't seated by the window, you had absolutely no view. Despite using a Groupon from 100, we spent an additional 275 for 3 people so prices were extremely high.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on May 14, 2017

Everything cooked to perfection,
Great service

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Had a great light brunch with my Mom. Not to heavy. Reasonable price. Would certainly come again. Love the view!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, People Watching, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food was not as good as the rest of the experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The crab catcher is consistently good, haven't been there in a while but was very pleased, dinner was great!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Food was good, our waitress was nice, however when we were there this past Saturday they were so busy that it literally took almost 1 hour for us to get food (we on had main entrees only, and I watched my phone and I think they came with it 55 minutes after our order was taken). They apologized several times (1st apology was 30 minutes after the order was taken), but nothing to help win us over as you might see at most restaurants like: complimentary dessert, a small appetizer to tide us over. Nope, just 1 hour of sitting there with nothing. So, we felt like though the food was good, we wasted a ton of time waiting and our evening disappeared.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The restaurant just could not get things right. My husband has a severe tomato allergy. After advising the staff it was ignored and his crab cake came out plated with a cherry tomato and corn underneath it. It took two more tries and it finally was served without the cherry tomato but also without the sauce which does not have tomato in it rather red bell pepper. No compensation was given for this or the fact that it took over an hour for the crab cake to come out of the kitchen without a tomato under it. If you have any kind of a food allergy I would not eat here. The chef also apparently Yelled at our server.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great food. Although my wife's lobster was a bit under cooked

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great view but our food was bland and took forever. Server was great though besides the Food taking too long.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I love this restaurant. The food is always excellent, the views are spectacular and the service is always top notch. Even though we live in San Diego it feels like we are on vacation when we dine here. One of our favorite restaurants in Sand Diego.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 11, 2017

If you are vegetarian this restaurant is not for you No choices
In the mood for fish, crab catcher is a good choice
View is beautiful

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Beware of Price Gouging--This restaurant adds a 4% surcharge to each meal (I wish they would just be honest with diners and raise their menu prices) and then, if you are using a Groupon coupon, adds another automatic 15% tip on the full pre-coupon amount, including their 4% (which makes the 15% not really a gratuity). I resent that they have taken away all accountability for quality of service from the waiter, and they are perpetrating a trend to cover their own costs by surcharges which will only get steeper in the future. This is a dangerous trend taking us toward European restaurant pricing which led to the "fixed price" concept because unwitting diners were hit with bread charges, water charges, service, etc. so the diner had no idea what the final tab would become. Let's stop this trend in its path by staying away from all restaurants doing this. The manager said "all La Jolla restaurants are doing this" and then I walked to the restaurant right next door which was not doing it. Don't believe their lies.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Bad smell, waiters have zero personality no people were there very boring

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 10, 2017

It was a great night. I took my mother for Mother's Day. The food was excellent and the service was awesome very nice and polite.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 8, 2017

We love the crab catcher , amazing food, great service and very yummy drinks

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Always great food and beautiful cocktails. Another wonderful experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great location as we even had a private table for 2 with view of the la Jolla cove.
Had the brunch with lobster and a pasta/shrimp dish that were very good. Combined with a $10 sparking wine (champagne) bottle, very nice lunch break with my love

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Was an amazing meal as well as service. A beautiful restaurant and a very attentive waiter. I couldn't have been happier with our meal. Thank you so much!

Tags: Waterfront, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Wonderful food, great service & amazing lunch

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