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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

4.1

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

78% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (33)
Romantic (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Good for a Date (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Great for Lunch (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Casual (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
People Watching (6)
Authentic (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vegan (2)
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fun, Romantic, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Miami)·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

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Esquicito comida buenísima! Excelente Restaurant
Estupenda vista y maravilloso servicio, altamente recomendable 👌🏻👌🏻

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Good food, good service. Drinks are extremely overpriced. Eat here, go get drinks elsewhere after.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Good food, great view, wonderful attentive helpful staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 9, 2018

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 on January 9, 2018

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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 (San Diego)·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 5, 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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve dinner

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice - great table!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (San Diego)·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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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was amazing, as usual. View is fabulous , one of our favorite restrauants in La Jolla, we take family there for special occasions, or just ourselves for a nice lunch or really good dinner. Kind of pricy but you get what you pay for, great food, gorgeous view, impeccable service, and did I mention delicious food?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Phoenix)·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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 24, 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 23, 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 18, 2017

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

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 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 27, 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 25, 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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