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1631 E Capitol Expy #101, San Jose, CA 95121
(408) 532-6147
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • 12
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  • 21
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  • 4
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  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Too small for the crowds.

Good food, but the lines are too long. Service was very well organized for it being so crowded, but the long wait makes one think about if the meal is worth the wait. My advice is to come early and be prepared to wait.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Bob R
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Good food, but the lines are too long. Service was very well organized for it being so crowded, but the long wait makes one think about if the meal is worth the wait. My advice is to come early and be prepared to wait.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

Food is excellent but you have to be brave to wait for 2 hrs to get a seat which is very annoying. Staff is nice but my message to the management is "don't make it that hard for the customers!!" Double or triple the size of the place or move to a bigger location. At least my husband and I... More 

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Honolulu
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

They put a big sheet of wax paper over your table when they seat you. They dump lime wedges on top with salt/pepper containers, so you can squeeze lime juice into them to make your own dipping sauce. Your meal comes all bagged in plastic bags, carried in a metal pail by the wait help....corn dripping in butter, king crab,... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

First things first! I always make a point to stop by The Boiling Crab when I'm in the area! 2lbs shrimp, 2lbs clams, 1lb crawfish the whole shebang medium all in separate bags. 2 sides of rice. 2 sides of corn in butter. 2 iced waters. Lol, can you tell I have my order down to a T? This is... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My sister treated me and my family to dinner at this restaurant. She forewarned that the wait time was about two hours. We got curious and so we waited. It was more difficult for our group of 10 to be seated. We were finally accommodated right before their closing time. Guess what..... It was worth the wait. The Dungeness crab... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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55 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

want to share great food in a homey atmosphere. eating with your hands and your table cloth is made of parchment. This is a great place to just peel your shrimp or crab and drink beer. Bibs are included

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Shelton, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

First off, I'm not a veru patient person. When they said a 2 hour wait, I was out of there. But the family heard so much about this place they begged me to stay. We went across the parking lot to another restaurant and had some beers. I believe all the other restaurants in the area only survive by skimming... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

I will just move to SJ because BC! The clams are the best! Many People will say they have really good shrimps, but my favorite is the Dunguness Crab. :-)

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Oakland, California
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7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

Very very long line, so we put down our name, got an estimate and walked around to target and another tiny Vietnamese fruit shop in the next plaza. The best dinner combo is going with close friends (yes you need to be comfortable to be messy around each other), sharing the shrimps, clams, and some crab. The whole shebang sauce... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Food is fantastic, service is awesome, but the line is always too long and need to wait at least 1 hour to get food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1631 E Capitol Expy #101, San Jose, CA 95121
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: (408) 532-6147
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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