Crab Hut

4.3
409 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Crab Hut was founded in 2007 by a family that loves food and beer, with one purpose to bring San Diego some good ole' Southern sass and flavor. Our goal is to redefine the eating out experience and engaging the guest with hands on food, while keeping it fresh with products grown and rise locally here in San Diego.

With such a crazy concept, there must be crazy people behind it and yes we are. We're as crazy about our food as we are about the brews that we serve. Keeping it local and sustainable is our main goal and we do it when we can. This ensures our customers with the freshest quality available. Our taps and bottles also feature some of the best microbrews San Diego has to offer. We carry products from Karl Strauss, Stone, Lightning, Green Flash, Ale Smith, Coronado, Mission Brew, Ballast Point and many more. So bring your family, friends, neighbor, co-worker, friend’s friend’s friend and join our food and beer loving family for some good ole’ dirty fun.
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TJ
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Imitation calamari and no Dungeness crabs not enough snow crabs for the price..Food is priced high not good quality..no parking down town

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VL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love crab hut go a country le times a month
Usually the snow crab is quite big this was the first time it was NOT. Figure 11/2 pound a person. They are improving on their bread too, but I still think they could date a half of loaf of French bread for the price like Fisherman warf serves French bread. With Crab you need yummy bread please

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VS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Restorant is below expectation. Oysters were good but lobster was spicy irrespectevely of my request.
Forks for lobster are plastic!

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Got the gumbo and it was pretty mediocre, 1/2 shrimp is always a winner! Overpriced appetizers but really good taste (not the gumbo)

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We are visiting and really wanted seafood and it was delicious!

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ML
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The pictures do not do this place justice! My family and I were looking for a spot with yummy food and this place did not disappoint! Food was excellent and so satisfying. A few of us got the "boil-style" buckets. They were a nicely portioned and having the option to choose different seasonings was great. Their cajun pasta was delicious as well, I chose to get shrimp instead of chicken! We loved everything about this dining experience. We are not from the area, so it was a nice find on Open Table.

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B
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! The food is definitely worth the price and we always have a great time.

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are great every time I go to San Diego I make sure to eat there

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Excellent environment! Spectacular service! Recommended to all seafood lovers!

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I have to say this place wasn't great at all. The decor was cool and it looked great, however the food vs price ratio was off par, that includes quality, taste, and even presentation. I mean they deliver your entre in a plastic bag, wtf is that all about. Extremely messy and difficult to enjoy your meal. Super expensive and not worth it. But staff is nice and they have an ok happy hour.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was delicious. The staff and service was really good. The restaurant itself was dirty... all the wall hangings (fish, pictures bathroom door hinges, etc) all had disgusting layer of a gooey greasy dust.

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DB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent especially given the Louisiana type seasoning! Service was outstanding and fast. If you enjoy Cajun seasoned shellfish, this is a place that you must go to!

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EJ
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Decor and ambiance are minimal, but the food was fabulous and it was very easy to carry on a conversation despite being completely full.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was poor. Didn’t get my drinks maybe 20 mins after seating down. No waiter come to introduce their self. Won’t be coming back to this location.

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TE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very bad quality and after taste. The shrimp was clearly not fresh as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Crabs are amazing!

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CW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot! Great restaurant to enjoy food with family and friends. Truly enjoyed the experience!

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fast. The food was excellent!

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G
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you love seafood and don't mind getting your fingers messy, this is the place for you. Great clams and shrimp, with garlic bread to soak the sauce. Great spices. Yum!

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J
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and plenty for all. The requested spice levels were very good and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We will come again.

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CE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent late night dining in San Diego Gaslamp area. Best Gumbo outside New Orleans aka Nawlins!
No Hush puppies but cornbread filled the bill. Hubby was only a little hungry but he ate two bowls!
I enjoyed a bowl of Tomato basil soup. It was rich and not overly salted like canned soups.
We have definitely added this change of pace to our dining favorites.

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L
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner once again. However, may I suggest a non-spicy sauce option for small kids? My 2-year old niece loves seafood, but she couldn’t have any because the sauce was too spicy for her

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HM
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood tasted great! Service was very attentive and timely. Great value for the cost. Tried both flavor loaded crab and plain, the quality was excellent

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Monterrey
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicioso todo !! Lo único fue que nos ensuciamos todos y después me di cuanta que daban guantes y a nosotros no nos ofrecieron

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R
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So great to find Louisiana spices in San Diego!! Everything was really good!!

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n
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love this place! Always great service, friendly, nice, etc!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was a no frills place with straight forward food. I didn’t like the “throw your shells all over the table” option but, when In Rome!

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Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Snow crab was good but a little over cooked. Would go back again though.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. I wish there were low carb options; broccoli, salad, grilled veggies; cajun is more than battered fried starches.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing, server was very nice but it appeared they were short staffed. Took awhile to get our drinks and server didn’t really come back frequently to refill our drinks. We were a large group where gratuity was included so unsure if the server didn’t give it his all because he was guaranteed the 18% tip. Family members complained about service as well.

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CH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brits be aware a sharing 2-3 people in the states means 4 people in UK terms.
Monsterous portions in the bag but worth every penny!!
If you don’t like getting your hands dirty then don’t go haha

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n
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Party of 6 for a Sat night boil. Service was great and the boil was excellent. Ordered the low/med heat with the house sauce and added extra king crab legs.....yum

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BF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service!

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MP
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious worth the hour drive from Carlesbad..

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C
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I gave this 4 stars because my husband really enjoyed it, I would maybe say more of 3/3.5 stars.
It was fun I’ll give it that but if you’re not into putting your shells straight on the paper table cloth this isn’t for you. It’s messy, you’re given a bib and gloves! Not sure plastic gloves are very hygienic I’d rather just wash my hands.
I had shrimps in a bag, they were a good size and the seasoning was delicious (not sure how much I like the idea of the plastic bag). My husband had fish and chips, the fries were so good.
I think they should cut back on the use of plastic (gloves, bib, bag, sauce pots) seems unnecessary.
They have lobsters in a tank so might not be good for some people.
It’s a popular place and reasonably priced.

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s
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was messy -- but very good! Our server was FANTASTIC. Explained how everything worked and was very attentive. As for the messy, we rather enjoyed it --made it fun and gives us something to talk about. Seafood was fresh and well seasoned. Got the Medium spicy, which was actually pretty spicy. We like the spicy!

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GG
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Although we enjoyed the meal we had, I should have looked at the menu better because it seemed like they were using mini crawfish as the filler so they were nearly impossible to eat. They may want to consider where they sit people too. They sat a table behind us with a screaming child so the atmosphere was horrible. Our server came to our table maybe three times and was less than helpful.

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TD
Kansas City
24 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, fresh seafood. In the bag boils and pasta dishes!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Needed to be a lot cleaner.

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