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The Boiling Crab

1631 E Capitol Expy #101, San Jose, CA 95121
(408) 532-6147
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Ranked #82 of 1,902 restaurants in San Jose
Most recent review
- Mar 25, 2014
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84% Recommend
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English first
Shelton, Connecticut
4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
1 review
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The food was done fairly quickly. My husband and I ordered a dungeness crab, shrimp, and crawfish. You need to try the "the whole shebang" seasoning! You put on a bib and eat with your hands. A very casual atmosphere and the pricing is very fair. There is one downside..,.the wait for a table is usually over 1 hour! We... More

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Monterey, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Have been here on multipul weekend trips. Its well worth the wait whether its only 10 minutes or an hour. There is a wide menue selection. My favorite always being fried oysters, and shrimp with the whole shabang medium. Just dont wear white!

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Manila Phils.
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

There was almost a 1 hour wait so we figured the food must be good because there was a long line of patient customers waiting to be served. By the time we got our table, we were famished. We had our plastic bibs on, washed our hands and dove into the Dungeness Crabs, shrimps, clams, sweet potato fries and boiled... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

The restaurant serve one of the best sauce to go with your shell fishes. I like my sauce spicy and it really give a punch to your taste bud. Had the dungeness crab, king crab, mussel and sweet potato fries. The crabs/shell fishes are served in a big plastic bag no plates or utensils just dig in with your hands.... More

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San Francisco, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We've tried a few places but we've decided this is the best place if you want crabs. The food is great, the price is good, the sauce (if you can handle spicy, get the WHOLE Sha BANG!) and the staff is fast and friendly. if you have room, try calamari, gumbo and cajun fries. They have variety of crabs and... More

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San Francisco, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

This was my second time coming here but my first time eating here. The first time there was a 2 hour wait so I went to the Target next door, then came back but the wait was still over and hour, so I left, beaten but not defeated. So I came back a few months later and was told the... More

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