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Crab Catcher

1298 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
(858) 454-9587
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Ranked #53 of 1,275 restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Cave St.
Transit: On Torrey Pines Road at Prospect Place, two blocks from the restaurant.
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Fresno, CA, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

What a great location and wow what tasty food. Our waiter Scott could not have been more attentive. His recommendations were right on the mark. From the baked Oysters to the Macadamia Ice Cream pie the meal and service was memorable. Be very careful when they suggest you order their sea food grill to share. The price was $125.00 for... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Son and I shared a great meal of fresh seafood. Waiter so attentive and excellent. It was terrific. Great view of La Jolla even at night.

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Palisade, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Daniel our waiter was great! He suggested the baked oysters to start and they were sooo delicious we kind of wished we would have ordered more until our seafood platter (which we shared) arrived.. And it was more than enough! It was all amazing but the king crab legs were beyond our expectations making this meal one of our "top... More

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Minneapolis
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We went to the Crab Catcher several years ago on another trip to LaJolla and loved it, but no so this time. Fish did not seem as fresh and some appetizers appeared to be just microwaved. Will not go back again.

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Columbus, Oh
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I ordered the HALIBUT with Boniato sweet potato & plantain mash, Chinese long beans, miso honey beurre blanc - $34 and we also ordered the Black Mussel Fettuccini with slow roasted tomatoes, fennel, Spanish chorizo, whole grain mustard cream - $28. Everything was absolutely perfect about this experience from the moment we walked in the door and the hostess greeted... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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138 reviews 138 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We were visiting La Jolla for the day and had lunch outdoors at Crab Catcher. The view from our patio table against the glass was spectacular. It was a gorgeous afternoon and we were not disappointed. I had the crab cake sandwich which was delicious. My friend had the fish & chips and the portion was huge and tasty. She... More

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chicago
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156 reviews 156 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The name and casual exterior can be a bit misleading. This is actually an expensive, high end sea food restaurant not a casual raw bar. After entering the building at street level the restaurant is down a flight or two. The space itself, especially the outside table area , is very attractive and many tables have good water vistas. Service... More

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New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Great seafood menu, good service, vibrant lively spot fairly upmarket, plenty of choice in menu and seating can be inside or out. Theres a very wide range of possible seating/rooms In the evening, outside tables are under patio heaters but some are more exposed than others although there are screens

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We were in La Jolla recently and had lunch at Crab Catcher. We had a seafood dish with a glass of wine and the food was excellent. Would recommend this restaurant.

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Bowdle, sd
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We ate at the Crab Catcher last week and it was a very delicious experience. We had an excellent table with a view of the ocean, after being seated by a very pleasant hostess. Our waiter was very friendly, answered all our questions, water filled immediately as that is our usual drink at meals, so important to us. Our meals... More

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