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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

77% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (34)
Waterfront (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good for a Date (17)
Special Occasion (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
People Watching (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Authentic (3)
Casual (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Crab Catcher is a La Jolla fav! Great view, yummy food, excellent service, I always ask for Carmen!

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

As always the food & service were great! A must do any time we are in La Jolla

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My husband and I have been going to Crab Catcher for years. We love to go for lunch as the views of the ocean, kayakers and sea lions are amazing. The food and service are always fabulous.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Romantic, great service, good view, great food. We like to come for our anniversaries.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was excellent!! We'll be back. It was NYE, so of course it was a tad noisy. It was almost perfect. My daughter's spaghetti didn't get packed and she likes to eat her leftovers.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This was a great place for New Year’s Eve dinner with my wife. The service and food are superb!!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food. The service was good. We made a reservation and got a seat right by the window, overlooking the cove, which was awesome. Would recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were there for NYE and it was wonderful. Reservation was honored on time, we were not rushed thru dinner. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone !

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The atmosphere was so inviting and the food was outstanding!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve dinner

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is a nice restaurant and a nice location. The service was good and the food wasn't bad. For the price I was expecting it to be better though. Not sure I see the value here.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Nice - great table!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was my birthday so I ordered the lobster, sadly the claws were very under cooked and because I had eaten the tail they just brought 2 very overcooked claws.

Also there are only 3 toilets available for women, one was piled to the top and clogged, the other didn't have any toilet paper or seat covers and the other was handicap.

The whole experience was very disappointing.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Came in Saturday evening at 5:30. Had a reservation but still had a to wait a fair amount of time with numerous tables open. They put us on the outside deck with heat lamps and at the window table however the tables were packed in and you lost the ambiance as you sat almost elbow to elbow. Seemed odd for a restaurant like that. Food was good but not great. I will say my wife loved the Salmon. Definitely a great view but this experience wasn't as good as the time before for us.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Surprised by the fair service. We ordered crab legs$$$$ and they arrived cool and not split. The entire meal from beverage service to meal service was slow and clumsy. We had a reservation and our table was not special or by a window. The restaurant was not busy but put at a small 2 topper table that was too small for the lovely food we ordered. I was disappointed. This has been my happy place for so many years to celebrate and enjoy marvelous food. Not this time.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very enjoyable. Nice restaurant with good food and gorgeous setting.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was awesome. It was a special occasion that I stated when I booked reservation wasn’t acknowledge about the birthday that was for my mom. It was great that I mentioned it so server brought a ice cream cake with a candle to celebrate her birthday but it should have been recognized before being mentioned. The cake was amazing I would have to say. Where we was seated was in a corner why the stairs which I thought wasn’t as safe to where one of my family members could have fell back and went down the stairs. Seating arrangements are too tight I couldn’t get out to use restroom I had to let others stand up. For the money I spent food was great but the customer didn’t meet my standards.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Good food though portions are fairly small. Good ambience and great service !

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Menu items with crab-meat were good, but somewhat bland. I will not be ordering crab there again, but then again, I used to sail the Chesapeake Bay, throw crab pots over the side, pull in fresh crabs, and cook them on the spot. Perhaps I would not be pleased with most crab-meat at most places on the West Coast?? The shrimp was prepared superbly, and I highly recommend it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2017

everything was way over-priced for portions received. I will not rush to go back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Colin was fantastic! He made the night extra fun and helped us choose excellent meals and appetizers. We would go back again just for him! But the view and ambience was next to none.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was good, but not worth the price. The staff was friendly. After dinner I noticed a couple of ants crawling on the table.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent food. Beautiful area. Wine by the glass is way overpriced!! One can get the same at restaurants that are less upscale. I would have to warn friends about that.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great view over La Jolla Bay

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Portions are very small. I will recommend if the food portion is appropriate. Price was food portion is not good at all.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our first visit and we were not disappointed. Great food , service and a good wine selection. We will certainly go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Casual
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Sat outside and had a great view. Food was good. Drinks were great.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2017

My last visit to the Crab Catcher was amazing however this visit not so much. We arrived for my mother’s birthday and could not wait to order. I suggested the cioppino to both my mother and father since it was delicious the last time I had it. I asked about the fish of the day and was told it was Wahoo and decided to go with the crab stuffed fish and my husband had the braised beef short ribs. In addition, we ordered the roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts for the table which came highly recommended by the waiter.

The food arrived in a reasonable amount of time. The cioppino looked mouth watering as well as my husband’s braised beef looked tender and juicy. My dish on the other hand looked pale and unappetizing; there was no color to the fish and it was as bland tasting as it looked.

The cioppino looked good and I decided to give it a taste. I tried the shrimp first which was over cooked then I tried to crack the crab with the nut cracker and it would not break. The only thing the crab would do it bend. I next tried the mussels which were flavorful and fresh tasting.

Next I sampled the roasted cauliflower and brussel sprouts with bacon, shallots and parmesan which by all means should be tasty…not true. The first bite of cauliflower I put in my mouth was undercooked and still cold in the center. The waiter had to take it back and reheat it in the oven… I’m not a fan of how it was prepared.

I think the hit of the night was my husband’s braised beef which is unfortunate since this is a predominately seafood restaurant. I didn’t understand the mixed reviews at first however I must agree with the masses. This is not a place for me to spend $200 on a mediocre meal. Definitely a last visit!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The wait staff, and especially Patrick, are outstanding. Sunday brunch is the best. I’ve been coming here for years and have never been disappointed. It’s my go to restaurant for special occasions or to treat out of town visitors.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Big Disappointment. The food was average and the service was slow. There are a lot of great restaurants in La Jolla. Pick one of those and skip the Crab Catcher.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Glad you asked. We have been going to Crab Catcher for over 20 years. This is the first time
we were sorely disappointed!
I go for the Red King Crab. Sometimes my wife likes the kitchen to remove the crab from the shell which they gladly do. She has some finger pain.
The Crab meal at $69 is shown on the menu as 1-1/4 lbs of crab, that's 20 ounces.
If you say the shell weighs 8 ounces, doubtful, I should have received 10 to 12 ounces of crabmeat. What I actually received was less than 5 ounces! I mentioned it to the waitress and she just shrugged.
To add insult to injury, the corkage fee was an outrageous $25. We won't be going back.

Tags: Romantic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent. Has maintained its excellence over the years

Tags: Waterfront, Healthy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had family visiting from Northern California and we enjoyed an amazing dinner at Crab Catcher and the views were spectacular. I want to thank Misty and Maria for the wonderful dining experience and we look forward to dining at Crab Catcher soon.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tapas, Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It is a bit pricey but excellent food and service. Very suitable for special occasion.
It would have been nicer if Open Table's request was honored.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had the crab cake, crab stuffed Mahi-mahi, and bisque soup. It was all delicious. The crab cake was huge and a great value. We loved the experience.

Tags: Great Beer, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I splurged on the surf and turf and the lobster was terribly overcooked. I should have sent it back but didn't.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Birthday dinner.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were looking for a great sea food restaurant, unfortunately this did not measure up. The food is way over priced and did not even seem fresh. My wife got tiger prawns and got 4 on pasta, I went for the crab meat stuffed fish ( was told it was fresh local today) and was over cooked. Crab cake we ordered was just average. Everything was presented well, very nice service, but just way over priced, which I would happily paid if the food matched

Tags: Waterfront
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