Crab House Monterey

3.4
61 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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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50% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Terrible food and even worse service.

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jackieh
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
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.

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MommysDay2019
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Exceptional service.

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vipSDCris
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TaylorH
Dallas
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!!

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Dimsum
Sacramento
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...

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SherryT
San Francisco
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

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They accepted our reservation but were not open.

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MarvinH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 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.

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goodtimes1
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, and nice views.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 11, 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.

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Mell
1 review
Dined on November 5, 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.

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vipSpithadi
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Gwenzo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RodneyW
1 review
Dined on August 20, 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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 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.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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NancyS
London
1 review
Dined on October 1, 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

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ChristinaS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh Dungeness Crab & Local Big Sur beer - Delicious !

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craig
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

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

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PamelaSquidwardMontereyBa
Sacramento
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.

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Michael
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

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

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JerryB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 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....

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CathyD
London
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

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DanA
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.

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EugeneT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on July 29, 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.

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RachelG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 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.

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vipJulieW
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 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.

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AnnaF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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

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Diana1234
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

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

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vipElinaScotch
San Francisco
53 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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EdwardK
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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HeatherH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CeliaS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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. :)

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JeanR
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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.

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FrankBi
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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.

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Crab House Monterey is rated 3.4 stars by 61 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.