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The Crab Cooker

17260 17th St, Tustin, CA 92780-1969
+1 714-573-1077
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“crab cooker” (30 reviews)
“chowder” (9 reviews)
“halibut” (8 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
17260 17th St, Tustin, CA 92780-1969
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Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

I've never had scallops that tasted the way they do here...rich and smooth instead of the slightly rubbery texture I'm used to. I got the shrimp and crab skewers with potatoes and tomatoes. So good!More

Thank NashGlobeTrekker
Crab C, Public Relations Manager at The Crab Cooker, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, thank you for your feedback! Our founder began cooking his seafood over a charcoal broiler when he opened the Crab Cooker in 1951. To our knowledge, no other restaurants in the California area were serving seafood this way when we got our start! We're...More

Reviewed 2 June 2018

Whenever my husband and I don't feel like fighting the traffic to dine at the Newport Beach Crab Cooker, we eagerly head to the Tustin restaurant. I have eaten at one or the other for over 40 years. Never had one bad meal or bad...More

Thank mercedcampgirl
Reviewed 28 May 2018

We eat there often. My husband loves the halibut when it's in season and I usually get the crab claws. We both love the Manhattan clam chowder with fresh baked bread.

Thank gin11153
Reviewed 7 May 2018

I don't know how long the original Crab Cooker has been down on the Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach, but avoid the crowds and the parking headaches, and head to this one, right up the Hwy 55 to Tustin. You won't be disappointed. All...More

1  Thank reds4me
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

This Restraunt is timeless I hadn’t been in years But the menu is the same and as always delicious The crab Louie salad The red clam chowder fabulous The scallops and cheesy potatoes out of this world

Thank tmc1289
Reviewed 3 April 2018

We have always enjoyed their New Port Beach restaurant but since it's closure we traveled to visit the Tustin Restaurant. The food is exactly the same and we enjoyed our meal very much. I like their crab cakes, my husband likes their shrimp and scallops,...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Crab cooker is first class seafood for very reasonable price. Service is good. Everything is grilled so very healthy. Coleslaw is good. Exactly the same food as the original in Newport Beach.

Thank jamesjQ7894IT
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Excellent food...always! Great place to meet people and catch up. The food is consistently fresh and the staff is very accommodating. Recommend highly

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

My go to favorite place! Casual atmosphere and great food. The red clam chowder is the best I've tasted and light.. and has nice clams in it! All seafood is grilled nothing fried I don't think. The one on 17th street is a duplicate of...More

Thank brmezz
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Crab Cooker is excellent! You walk in and there is a fish market in front where you can pick up food to go (either call in an order or just like a deli, pick fresh seafood from the glass case). I would often get the...More

Thank Sheri P
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17 August 2016|
Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I don't work for the Crab Cooker. My review was based on a recent visit.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17260 17th St, Tustin, CA 92780-1969
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Tustin
  • Phone Number: +1 714-573-1077
Proudly serving the world's best seafood! We are a family owned and operated seafood restaurant offering a relaxed, family-friendly and top quality seafood dining experience. Our grandfather opened our first location in Newport Beach on the peninsula in 1951, and our family has been serving the world's finest seafood ever since. Stop in for a delicious meal of Pacific-caught Alaskan King Crab, Dungeness Crab, a variety of fresh fish fillets or shellfish and, of course, our famous clam chowder! Or, visit our market to take any of our menu items or fresh fish to go. We look forward to serving you!
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