Crab House Monterey

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Outstanding food and service at a reasonable price is what we strive for. Located on Monterey's fisherman's wharf we are one of the few restaurants in Monterey that allow you capture a view of the entire bay right from your table. A wide variety of dishes including fresh seafood, steak, and a whole lot in between. Over 120 different options are available with seasonal and market specials included, when available. Located on the corner of the wharf directly ahead if you are de-boarding from a recent whale watching or fishing trip!
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London
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was poor, the staff were rude, I asked for a wine cooler and never got it. They got my wife’s order wrong and their attitude was terrible, it was like it was her fault. Whilst my crab was fresh, which is what you would expect from a crab house, it was not served nicely, every dish seem to just be served with rice and green beans .. not a great accompaniment for crab.
We would not recommend it

CS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh Dungeness Crab & Local Big Sur beer - Delicious !

PS
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, the Cioppino was excellent, clam chowder and fish and chips. Right next to whale watching cruise and great outdoor seating. We'd definately go back and they let us get seated a little early so we could make our cruise on time. Great and friendly service.

M
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Food ok, gioppino good,
waiter completely not interested in conversation or his job...

JB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable experience. The service was attentive but not overbearing. The food was very good. We watched an otter and a couple of sea lions playing or hunting just off the dock. So, our view was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was a little slow. The restaurant was almost empty and we kept having to look for the server to bring us water or silverware....

CD
London
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was ok, service was friendly. Wouldn’t rush back!

DA
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

My sister had a whole crab, she enjoyed her meal. I had the fish and chips. The worst meal I have ever attempted to eat. It looked and tasted like frozen food. The staff saw that I rejected 80% of my plate. I could no longer try the eat because of the disgusting taste. All the staff saw my discarded plate of food but not one person asked I was not eating the garbage. It’s as if they knew my food was crap and didn’t want to hear another complaining customer. I said nothing to the staff, I assume they knew and I didn’t feel it would make a difference. I came here to sale a car at the Bonhams auction, I’m leaving these negative thoughts behind an am going to enjoy the auction.

ET
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Tired old boring place in the super touristy location. Noting good about it - uninteresting food, beat down waiters, shabby interior.

OT
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Having spent two weeks driving the west coast I was really looking forward to decent sea food - it was not bad but I was expecting much more given the prices. Hate to leave disappointing reviews but this place could be so much more. Unfortunately they clearly rely on the tourist trade and ability to charge a whole lot more. View was nice but that was really the only thing going for this place. Plenty of choice around the area so spend some time looking at the reviews.

RG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went for my 20th anniversary and was seated but wasn't greeted by anyone for awhile so my husband and I decided to walk out. My view of the ocean was blocked by dirty stacked chairs on the balcony. The room temperature was warm, no air conditioning. Not a great experience at all. Will not recommend this place to anyone.

OT
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Crab House is a very cute place located at the end of the Wharf. The food was absolutely delicious; however, the service could have been more attentive as it took a while for someone to come over to take our order. With that said, I would still come eat at the Crab House again! Thanks for a fantastic vacation dinner.

AF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service, the food tasted only OK. The restroom was very dirty.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrible service, food not worth for the price. They have around better restaurants to visit

ES
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have 4 stars for Service, because we had a service dog and the guy didnt want to let us in. The employees should be better educated. Otherwise, the service was great. The food was less than mediocre. Inhave it 3 stars, because one of the dishes, oysters, were incredible, and the Crab Ravioli were very good. Everything else was not ok. My seafood pasta lacked any flavor. The sandubs were very sour from lemon. The fish from the Fish and Chips was horrible.

EK
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to dine. Definitely coming back. The food was outstanding.

HH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing our waiter was fantastic. The food was delicious and of course it’s got great views. Reasonably priced considering the location.

CS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like the food and the price. One of the best clam chowder I've eaten. I requested for a window seat and we got it. Thank you. :)

JR
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

waiter did not explain specials to us, did not respond to our request for ketchup for French fries (another water had to bring that to our table), foo was just ok.

FB
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food - good service - nice location. Overall: recommendable

OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

It was a big disappointment. Super expensive for what you are getting tiny oysters, one of which was bad. Im glad my fiance smelled it first. The owner had the kitchen replace it but bad seafood on the wharf really? Also for nearly 25 dollars, the half crab was 4 or 5 little legs with hardly any meat served with some plain, overcooked rice mushed into a mound and some plain green beans.

NY
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

It wasn't anything to write home about. The service was the best part and the food came out very quickly. The shrimp scampi was drowning in butter and the drink was far too strong!

AW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 1

Unprofessional waitstaff. Our waiter didn't make eye contact, tell us his name or thank us for visiting the restaurant. The best part was the host who seated us, he was very friendly and sat us at a nice table. We waited 10 minutes for the waiter to get our order and there were only a few people in the entire place. I heard some of the waitstaff swearing and horsing around. We finished our drinks and left. I won't be returning. If they wonder why their restaurant is empty... This is why!

VR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 1

Food was luck warm, the pasta were too salty and the crab too cooked!

RC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat seafood in Monterey, we had 3 orders of dungeness crab with our friends from France, it was excellent! The owner and waiter were remarkable. Great wine too!

KT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious
View was pretty
Service was mediocre
My date aka boyfriend was AMAZING

HB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Angel was extremely attentive, polite....after reading previous reviews I was skeptical we would have a good experience.
All 5 of us enjoyed our dinners; fish n chips, lobster ravioli, salmon pesto...great food, all around good experience. We did plan ahead and make a reservation.

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

It was closed! We arrived and it was not opened. No one called us or told us.

H
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I came for the crab. It was stale, tiny and basically inedible. Very disappointed

AA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was very hard finding the place. It took us one and a half hours of driving around to figure out where this place was. No where does it let you know that you need to park and walk to Fisherman Wharf. Not being familiar with the area, it wasn’t that easy to find it. Our GPS didn’t understand that you couldn’t drive there, so it kept trying to get us to the area and then saying we were there, but it wasn’t right. After calling the Crab House, we understood that we had to park and walk. Still we needed to ask someone where the place was. The food was ok, but not worth the effort it took to find it.

K
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The crab house was okay but I wasnt very impressed. For a place that had thousands of reviews their food was sub par and our server seemed to be in a hurry when there was only one other table eating. If this restaurant wasnt as expensive it may have been better, but for the price I was not impressed at all.

LT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly staff - great cocktails - free food. Fabulous views.

CB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location and service, ok food and drinks.

JW
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Overall good service but nothing special. Served the main halfway through the starter. Waiter was friendly

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Traveling from the east coast and only in town for one day, I was incredibly excited to try this restaurant for authentic seafood. The ratings on the wharf were the highest among the restaurants.
Seating was quick and quiet however things quickly went downhill after that. My water glass was broken, which, ok that can happen.
I ordered a cup of soup which never came and was then charged for it. Additionally, there seems to have been some disagreement and arguments happening between servers, concierge and kitchen mamanger, all on display upstairs. While not incredibly loud and disruptive, it was still noticeable. I didn’t not feel as though I was a valued guest my entire time at the restaurant. I was disappointed. The food was good, though the green beans could have been fresher. I’m disappointed I did not get to try the clam chowder.
I will likely dine elsewhere when I am in town again.

SM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot ate and watched a Sea Otter and it’s baby swim in the bay.

A
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a great view. Not as expensive as a lot of the restaurants on Monterey Fishermans Wharf. Met the owner and he was a delight. Definitely a keeper.

IA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Place is a decent tourist restaurant. Not at all what I expected from a shore front place. Food was decent but nothing memorable. The service, although the place was rather empty was slow. Friendly, but omg sooooo slow.

SO
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So glad we found this spot along the wharf while visiting the area. Excellent across the board. Delicious food, great drinks; very good for all types of gatherings. The Service was A+ and EXCEPTIONAL! There was a particular issue with a special needs child and we were accommodated. You will not be disappointed!

BH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

This place was decent. They kept promising us bread but never brought it, but that was fine cause our meal came out quickly and was tasty. Great view!

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