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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.
San Diego, CA 92037
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Spectacular view of ocean marine life and sea-going activities.
Validated underground parking in our building, enter from Coast Blvd. and valet parking on our block of Prospect St.
On Torrey Pines Road at Prospect Place, two blocks from the restaurant.
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
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!
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!
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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