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Crab Catcher Restaurant

1298 Prospect St, Suite 3A, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-454-9587
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good30%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (39 reviews)
“crab” (77 reviews)
“seafood” (71 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 9:00 pm Hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1298 Prospect St, Suite 3A, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was given a prime spot at the window despite me being on my own. They had a special on of a caesar salad with crab meat and large shrimp - it was heaven.

Thank julie r
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went to Crab Catcher to have a “sunset” dinner. There were 15 of us. As mentioned in one of the other reviews, the bigge parties were farther away from the windows. We did have view out of a single window, and was not able...More

Thank lsiak01
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our waiter, Patrick, was outstanding and we took his recommendations. The view is spectacular with seals, birds and sea lions in view along with a few kayakers and surfers.

Thank Howard A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed a beautiful lobster dinner at a window seat overlooking the ocean. Our view was amazing, the service was exceptional and the food was delicious!! The ambiance is casual and comfortable yet the service is first class without being stuffy. Casual attire is quite...More

Thank KBontje
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location, beautiful view!! Get the Cali Style fries, they're AMAZING and a generous portion!! We actually couldn't finish them. Make sure to use the Just Chili California Hot Sauce, so good we ending up ordering some on Amazon. Great service as well, we'll definitely...More

Thank Marsha P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visitng from Chicago and invited relatives who live in San Diego/La Jolla to join us here. We were a table of eight and the larger tables are located furthest away from the windows/doors/views of the ocean. (Tables of two line the ocean-front.) We...More

Thank judiths776
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I ate lunch at the Crab Catcher a couple of days ago. We got a table at the back window with a great view of the ocean. Our server was friendly and professional. We ordered a Chardonnay and a nice IPA -...More

Thank Bill C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tried twice calling to make reservations. Never answered. Got there minute they opened and asked for table by window, got one outside towards the back. I ordered a steak, think instead of Filet but think it was a sirloin. And there was no spice on...More

Thank Sitkasky
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been to other La Jolla restaurants with ocean views. I read mix reviews prior to going but I thought I would give it a try. Unfortunately, I am in the camp for "Average" rating. Here's why: Food: For the price and location, you should expect...More

Thank udubfl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For $400 for three people I need something to taste amazing or unique... or the menu to be original. None of these things were true at Crab Catcher. There is nothing exciting here including the food. The chicken was so over cooked it couldn’t be...More

Thank TerryEgan
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12 September 2016|
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Response from David M | Reviewed this property |
Just call the Crab Catcher and tell them it is your Anniversary and that you want a window seat, and they will reserve it for you. That it exactly what we did in advance.
25 March 2015|
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Response from Diana B | Reviewed this property |
I agree with what appears to be a consensus -- no dress code and not a dressy place, but it's a nice restaurant in a very upscale community, so "smart casual" is good.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 50 - USD 50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1298 Prospect St, Suite 3A, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
    (Cave St.)
  • Public Transportation: On Torrey Pines Road at Prospect Place, two blocks from the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-9587
  • E-mail
The Crab Catcher is family run, ocean view, seafood restaurant that has been a staple in the village of La Jolla for over 30 years. Come dine with us!
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