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Crab Catcher

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Steakhouse, Seafood, Coffee Shop
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1298 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037 (Cave St.)
On Torrey Pines Road at Prospect Place, two blocks from the restaurant.
(858) 454-9587
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Today
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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  • 184
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 74
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 27
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great View with Good food

We stopped for lunch after viewing the cave and shop across the street from the Crab Catcher. There was very little parking in the area due to construction so we ended up using the parking garage beneath this restaurant. Make sure to have them validate your ticket so you don't have to pay as much... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
destin2014
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Destin, Florida
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Destin, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We stopped for lunch after viewing the cave and shop across the street from the Crab Catcher. There was very little parking in the area due to construction so we ended up using the parking garage beneath this restaurant. Make sure to have them validate your ticket so you don't have to pay as much for parking...ours ending up being... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We had a Groupon which we used during a visit to San Diego... It was $60 for $100 worth of food... We had great service (but it was a very quiet night, so they had time to go the extra mile) The food was good, but nothing amazing - but my biggest impression was the fact that it really is... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A great place to eat in La Jolla. Very close to the Cove. Ask for a table with a view. The food is delicious and they have a wonderful variety. When I go I always go with the fresh daily seafood. Very romantic but you may need a reservation on the weekend nights. Great place for lunch!

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Nipomo, California
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164 reviews 164 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We had brunch there on a Sunday afternoon around 2 Pm and had no trouble getting a table with a view. Service was excellent, and the food was prepared as we requested.

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Cape May, New Jersey
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116 reviews 116 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We probably sat at the best table in the restaurant. Beautiful view of the shoreline and ocean. Staff and our server was courteous and knowledgeable. Food was all very good. Pricey, but no worse than any other tourist location.

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Hudson, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

This a well known restraunt which is a bit pricey, but they do have an option for dining in a slight less formal area where you can order less pricey items if you just want to enjoy the view and ambience.

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Orchard Lake, Michigan
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We enjoyed our table in the corner overlooking the ocean in an area that opened to the lovely California skies. We ordered the truffle fires that were promptly devoured. The bread was delis. That night the Wahoo was the special and it lived up to it's recommendation. The crab legs were fresh and tasty as was the ahi tuna. It... More 

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The service is outstanding & the sea food is unique. The view is out of this world. A must do ...nothing is missing.

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La Jolla, California
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150 reviews 150 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This restaurant is in a prime location for water views with dining. There were plenty of seats with a view inside the restaurant. But sadly to say, we felt fortunate to be seated in the outdoor courtyard area that didn't have a view because that area was quaint compared to the inside dining area where the decor was very dated... More 

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Phoenix, AZ
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We recently visited the Crab Catcher and I have to say the view is remarkable and the New England Clam Chowder is the best I've ever had. Everything else we ordered was average at best and way over priced. $65 for King Crab legs is crazy. I can get these same crab legs in Arizona for $35-$40, but I guess... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1298 Prospect St, 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: (858) 454-9587

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 50
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?