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Crab Cooker

2200 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663-4324
(949) 673-0100
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Ranked #31 of 393 restaurants in Newport Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

On a trip to Southern CA we stopped by for dinner. My wife had eaten here before but it was my first time. We loved it the place was packed but the fish was fresh and tasty. By far the best thing there are the Oyster crackers and bread sticks, I even bought three bags to bring back to Las... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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66 reviews 66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Crab Cooker has been in business here for 62 years and is very popular with the locals. It is located just off the pier at Newport Beach and parking can be hard to find. Food is served on paper plates and side dishes are nothing special but fish is very fresh and prepared well. Whenever I am in the... More

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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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137 reviews 137 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We have been dining at the Crab Cooker for years, however on July 11th we gave up. We were seated at a two top next to the kitchen. Of course it was busy on a Friday night during the summer, however not once did a server stop by and acknowledge we were there. A friendly "hello I will be with... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Lets start with a review of the food... We started with the smoked albacore which was delicious and some clam chowder that was pretty good too, be aware its not New England style. My kids each had the cracked crab which is served cold but is pretty good. My wife and I shared the crab cakes. I have had better... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I went to Newport with friend in June. We wanted to eat seafood, then we decided to choose this restaurant. We arrived around 8 pm, there was a long line there, but it's not a big deal because the foods were really great with the best service! All foods were fresh. Eventually I love this restaurant and would be back... More

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Palm Springs, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Newport beach has many a high-end restaurant, but if you don't want to change out if you casual clothes and are looking for the best seafood prepared simply and very well....head to The Crab Cooker. Be prepared 10-15 minutes before you are seated and greeted by one of those ladies who is a professional waitress. These women know how to... More

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Las Vegas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Our experience does not match those of most of the other reviewers. We went in 2012 and again in 2014, but neither meal was very good. The fish skewers in the kids' meal were rubbery and tasteless. The squid was okay, at best. One of our party ordered shrimp skewers -- not tasty at all. The crab cakes were deep... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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80 reviews 80 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is NOT a fancy restaurant. You sit at tables with mismatched chairs and you get paper plates and plastic utensils. There is nothing high end about this place. However, the seafood is fresh and very good. It is pricey for what you get but it's somewhat of an experience.

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Limassol, Cyprus
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A popular place with locals, consequently always busy and buzzy. No pretences here just lots of charm, if one accepts paper plates and plastic cups and cutlery, one can enjoy a large selection of excellent fresh seafood. We understand it's been there forever and is still very popular. On various occasions we had, halibut, scrimp and scallop skewer, lobster, crab's... More

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vancouver
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I have come here several times over the years sometimes to dine in and a lot of times to take their smoked salmon, If you can get past them serving good wine in plastic cups, the food is very tasty and worth it. If you have a chance to go there - do so.

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