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Crab House Monterey

3.4
3.4
67 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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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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This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00AM–9:00PM

  • Phone number

    (831) 717-4898

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

Menu

Appetizers

  • Truffle Parmigianino Fries$8.95

    Shoestring fries tossed with white truffle oil, parmesan cheese, and parsley

    • Chili Fries$9.95

      Shoestring fries, chili, jalapeno, melted cheddar cheese and green onion

      • Garlic Fries$8.95

        Shoestring fries tossed with fresh chopped garlic, parmesan cheese & garlic aioli

        • Shrimp Cocktail$7.95

          Baby shrimp, diced celery and cocktail sauce

          • Quesadilla$9.95

            Melted cheddar and jack cheese in a flour tortilla with guacamole and sour cream

            • Mushroom Crab$10.95

              Mushroom caps stuffed with crab meat, sun dried tomato and read crumbs, lemon butter sauce

              • Crab Cakes$13.95

                East coast style crab cakes pan sautéed and served with chipotle aioli

                • Fried Calamari$9.95

                  Calamari lightly coated, fried golden brown and served with tartar sauce & lemon

                  • Fried Artichoke Hearts$8.95

                    Baby artichoke hearts breaded, fried, and served with ranch dressing

                    • (6) Oysters on the Half Shell$12.95

                      Chucked to order cocktail sauce, horseradish

                      • Nachos$8.95

                        Crispy tortilla chips, jalapeno rings, melted cheese with guacamole and sour cream

                        • Steam Mussels or Clams$13.95

                          Mussels or Clams steamed in a chardonnay butter sauce

                          Soup & Salad

                          • Clam Chowder Bread Bowl

                            • Cup$5.95
                            • Bowl$7.95
                          • Chili$12.95

                            Red kidney beans, melted cheddar cheese and green onion

                            • Red Beet Salad$12.95

                              Red beets, mandarin orange segments, walnuts, blue cheese, spring mix, and sesame oil vinaigrette

                              • Crab & Shrimp Louie$18.95

                                Crab meat, shrimp, mixed greens, hard boiled egg, bell peppers, Louie dressing

                                • Caesar Salad$10.95

                                  1Romaine hearts, croutons & parmesan cheese with classic Caesar dressing

                                  • Mixed Green$6.95

                                    Baby greens with choice of dressing: Sesame oil vinaigrette, 1000 island, Ranch of Blue Cheese

                                    Sandwiches

                                    • Fresh Fish Sandwich$14.95

                                      Grilled fresh fish filet with tomato, lettuce, onion & chipotle mayo on a toasted bun

                                      • Crab & Shrimp Salad Sandwich$19.95

                                        Crab meat, shrimp, onion, celery, mayo, on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato and red onion

                                        • Cheeseburger$11.95

                                          Traditional cheeseburger topped with onion, tomato, lettuce, chipotle mayo on a toasted bun with pickle

                                          • Chicken Parmesan$14.95

                                            Breaded chicken breast, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, with lettuce, tomato and red onion

                                            • Chicken Sandwich$13.95

                                              Breaded chicken breast on a toasted bun with tomato, lettuce, onion & chipotle mayo

                                              • Chili Cheeseburger$13.95

                                                Traditional cheeseburger topped with chili, diced onion, on a toasted bun with pickle

                                                South of the Border

                                                • Fish Tacos$13.95

                                                  Three tacos served with beans, rice, pico de gallo & sour cream

                                                  • Burrito (Chicken)$13.95

                                                    Rice, beans, topped with melted cheese, chili sauce, sour cream, and mix-green salad

                                                    • Crab & Shrimp Enchiladas$9.99

                                                      Two crab & shrimp enchiladas, zesty red sauce, melted cheese, served with rice, beans & sour cream

                                                      Last updated: April 19, 2021

                                                      What 67 people are saying

                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                      3.4
                                                      3.4 based on all time ratings
                                                      • 3.4Food
                                                      • 3.6Service
                                                      • 3.4Ambience
                                                      • 3.1Value

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                                                      1. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        New Mexico

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                        We chose this location to help cook our fish we caught while deep sea fishing. After we got off our 8 hour boat excursion we went to the restaurant and say they were closed due to renovations. We asked the hostess at a restaurant next door and she said they closed pretty suddenly which was unfortunate for our situation. This is probably a rare situation but I am not sure how open table confirms these reservations to ensure the restaurant is still operating.

                                                      2. E

                                                        Eve12

                                                        Sacramento

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        1.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on November 12, 2021

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                        This restaurant is closed for renovations and should not be on open table because table are closed. We had to walk around and find another restaurant to eat at the last moment. Very upsetting

                                                      3. KS

                                                        KeithS

                                                        Central Coast

                                                        18 reviews

                                                        1.0

                                                        18 reviews

                                                        Dined on November 11, 2021

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                        This restaurant is closed for renovations. I'm not sure why open table will still let you make reservations.

                                                      4. TB

                                                        TonyB

                                                        Des Moines

                                                        11 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        11 reviews

                                                        Dined on November 9, 2021

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                        Well, we were a bit shocked to arrive 10 minutes before our reservation, only to find that they were closed for renovations. Neither their website nor Open Table notified us of the closure. Fortunately, being on the wharf, there were several other places to choose from. Had a lovely lunch next door.

                                                      5. LD

                                                        LisaD

                                                        Phoenix

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        Dined on October 14, 2021

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                        Good and atmosphere good.

                                                      6. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Central Coast

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on August 3, 2021

                                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                        The food was excellent and everything was reasonably priced.

                                                      7. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Joaquin

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on July 20, 2021

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience4

                                                        Terrible food and even worse service.

                                                      8. j

                                                        jackieh

                                                        Salt Lake City

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on July 9, 2021

                                                        overall1food1service4ambience2

                                                        It was horrible. Food was bland and tasteless. Very expensive and as a bonus I got ill after dinner. Would not recommend.

                                                      9. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Phoenix

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on July 6, 2021

                                                        overall1food3service1ambience2

                                                        This place is a joke! Takes forever for a server to come to your table. Charged $4 for a soda and wouldn’t give a refill even though it says 1 refill on the menu. Server said the owner just changed the policy and would not honor it. Food was just ok, not worth the price. Won’t ever be coming here again. Too many good places in Monterey, so don’t waste your time and money here.

                                                      10. MD

                                                        MommysDay2019

                                                        Orange County

                                                        10 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        10 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 25, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great food! Exceptional service.

                                                      11. SD

                                                        SDCris

                                                        San Diego

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 29, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Went on a whim, the food was good, the service was great.

                                                      12. TH

                                                        TaylorH

                                                        Dallas

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 13, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                        Crab house had the best food, views and service! We got the crab cake sliders, salmon, and calamari sandwich. Plus we were there for happy hour and their bloody Mary’s are to die for!!

                                                      13. D

                                                        Dimsum

                                                        Sacramento

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        3.0

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 1, 2021

                                                        overall3food2service2ambience3

                                                        Nice view but food was not fresh. Calamari was rubbery and dry. Fish from the fish and chips was also dry. Linguini with clams was more broth than clams. Disappointing...

                                                      14. ST

                                                        SherryT

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        1 review

                                                        2.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on March 31, 2021

                                                        overall2food1service1ambience1

                                                        We came here for lobster rolls, calamari, and crab. We booked the reservation at 7:30pm on Thursday night for 4 adults. Had a nice second floor outdoor sitting with view. So excited and couldn’t wait to order until the waiter told us what most of the seafood from the menu are out. Didn’t the hostess told you all about it? WHAT?? No crabs, no lobster, no calamari?? And you call yourself THE CRAB HOUSE? We have to leave to find somewhere else. Luckily we walked down to Grotto the seafood and waited for 24 mins to get seated. If it’s a weekend, we afraid we won’t get seated anywhere soon

                                                      15. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Charlotte

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on March 9, 2021

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                        They accepted our reservation but were not open.

                                                      16. MH

                                                        MarvinH

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on February 17, 2021

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                        I gave this rating because after reservations and confirming, this place was closed when we got there. They need to update there online reservation system to reflect real time during this Pandemic.

                                                      17. g

                                                        goodtimes1

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on February 12, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great restaurant, and nice views.

                                                      18. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Cincinnati

                                                        1 review

                                                        vip
                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on February 12, 2021

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                        They took our reservation and were closed. Walked in the rain to get there and they weren’t open. Wont ever be going back here.

                                                      19. M

                                                        Mell

                                                        1 review

                                                        2.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on November 6, 2020

                                                        overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                        Caesar salad. Lettuce not cold. Sandalbs tasted like they were not fresh. Deep fried appearance on some. Cheese cake dry. Waiter friendly. Would not return.

                                                      20. S

                                                        Spithadi

                                                        Chicago

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        Dined on October 30, 2020

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Awesome clam chowder food was well prepared and servers were great!

                                                      21. G

                                                        Gwenzo

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 3, 2020

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We had excellent service and a great table over looking the harbor. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to our friends.

                                                      22. RW

                                                        RodneyW

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on August 21, 2020

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Very nice out on the deck, the view is beautiful. Our waiter and the rest of the staff were on top of their game and very nice. The king crap was amazing along with the pomegranate daiquiri! Will be back

                                                      23. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        1 review

                                                        2.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                        overall2food2service1ambience1

                                                        Crab House was okay, but not great. The food was decent but very overpriced for the quality, even for being a restaurant on the wharf. Service was slow. The restaurant decor and overall ambiance could be improved a lot - it felt a little outdated and casual for the prices on the menu. I would probably choose other options on the wharf in the future.

                                                      24. CB

                                                        ChrisB

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                        This app took our reservation and the restaurant was closed. Hilarious. Id give no-stars but that was not an option.

                                                      25. NS

                                                        NancyS

                                                        London

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        1.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on October 2, 2019

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                        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

                                                      26. CS

                                                        ChristinaS

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 24, 2019

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Fresh Dungeness Crab & Local Big Sur beer - Delicious !

                                                      27. c

                                                        craig

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        11 reviews

                                                        2.0

                                                        11 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 21, 2019

                                                        overall2food3service4ambience4

                                                        For the price and experience of the Monterrey Bay Wharf. Chose another restaurant.

                                                      28. PS

                                                        PamelaSquidwardMontereyBa

                                                        Sacramento

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 14, 2019

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        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.

                                                      29. M

                                                        Michael

                                                        Miami

                                                        1 review

                                                        2.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on August 21, 2019

                                                        overall2food3service1ambience1

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

                                                      30. JB

                                                        JerryB

                                                        Denver

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        Dined on August 18, 2019

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                        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.

                                                      31. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        1 review

                                                        2.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on August 17, 2019

                                                        overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                        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....

                                                      32. CD

                                                        CathyD

                                                        London

                                                        1 review

                                                        3.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on August 14, 2019

                                                        overall3food3service4ambience3

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

                                                      33. DA

                                                        DanA

                                                        1 review

                                                        3.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on August 11, 2019

                                                        overall3food1service2ambience5

                                                        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.

                                                      34. ET

                                                        EugeneT

                                                        1 review

                                                        2.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on August 11, 2019

                                                        overall2food2service2ambience1

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

                                                      35. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Staffordshire

                                                        1 review

                                                        2.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on July 30, 2019

                                                        overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                        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.

                                                      36. RG

                                                        RachelG

                                                        Los Angeles

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on July 18, 2019

                                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                        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.

                                                      37. JW

                                                        JulieW

                                                        Houston

                                                        12 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        12 reviews

                                                        Dined on July 14, 2019

                                                        overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                        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.

                                                      38. AF

                                                        AnnaF

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on July 7, 2019

                                                        overall1food2service1ambience2

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

                                                      39. D

                                                        Diana1234

                                                        New York Area

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        1.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on July 6, 2019

                                                        overall1food2service1ambience1

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

                                                      40. ES

                                                        ElinaScotch

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        66 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        3.0

                                                        66 reviews

                                                        Dined on June 29, 2019

                                                        overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                        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.

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                                                      Crab House Monterey is rated 3.4 stars by 67 OpenTable diners

                                                      Not bookable

                                                      This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

                                                      • Neighborhood

                                                        Monterey

                                                      • Hours of operation

                                                        Daily 11:00AM–9:00PM

                                                      • Cuisines

                                                        Seafood

                                                      • Dining style

                                                        Casual Dining

                                                      • Dress code

                                                        Casual Dress

                                                      • Payment options

                                                        AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

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