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

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unique Dining

My Brother introduced the family months ago. Since then Mom & I make regular trips every 2-3 weeks. We make it a point to arrive at opening time & are usually 1st in line for entry. We usually sit in the same spot & (usually) enjoy the same meal of Dungeness crab or shrimp in a bag with the whole... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Richmond, California
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Richmond, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

My Brother introduced the family months ago. Since then Mom & I make regular trips every 2-3 weeks. We make it a point to arrive at opening time & are usually 1st in line for entry. We usually sit in the same spot & (usually) enjoy the same meal of Dungeness crab or shrimp in a bag with the whole... More 

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Las Pinas, Philippines
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Surprisingly, when we got there for dinner on a Monday night, there weren't much lines, as opposed to what the reviews were saying. We were given our seat immediately. For one that is allergic to shrimp (*insert sad face here*), I wasn't surprised that they have alternatives such as the chicken wings, which was sooo good! Very tasty & it... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I enjoyed the King Crab boil dinner. The wait staff made the entire experience enjoyable. Get read for a fun and mess dining experience. They cover the table with plastic and give you a plastic bib. Your will need the bib, trust me!

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Makati, Philippines
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We waited for 2 hours before we were seated. Long queue and people were really willing to wait. Good points: _ delicious food (we had dungeness crab, shrimps, crawfish, catfish, oysters, fries, and rice) _ good service _ hospitable and efficient staff who managed the queue Areas for improvements: _ fried catfish can be made tastier and lessen the batter... More 

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San Jose, California
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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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Stroud, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 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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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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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
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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