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Crab Cooker

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2200 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663-4324
(949) 673-0100
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Garden Grove, California
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My cousin, a former Orange County resident was visiting with two of her clients, she was looking forward to eating at The Crab Cooker in Newport Beach. She invited me to go with her, to this highly anticipated, hyped eatery. She has eaten there many times, it was my first visit. The restaurant does not have their own parking lot,... More 

Thank CaliMAE2015
San Jose
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I have been going there to eat since 1971 and they have been around a long time! It's a very old building painted red with striped awnings. They have a fresh seafood market inside along with tables to enjoy your meal. We go down and get crab cocktails, bread sticks chowder, and sit outside and enjoy! Eating... More 

Thank MoovinoninSanJose
Honolulu, Hawaii
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Absolutely a must do restaurant. This is an icon of a restaurant, everything is great. Not a bad choice on the menu. Problem is, everyone knows it.

Thank Samsara624
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Busy, bustling atmosphere. All the dishes are well prepared. Wine and beer served in small plastic cups. Food is served like you are at a picnic. Not much variety for side dishes. Pricey for a family.

Thank roseb316
Gilbert, Arizona
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We love to hunt down local restaurants when we're traveling. This find is a great one. The Crab Cooker is a long time (65 years) fixture on Balboa. It's a VERY homey place, with excellent food and service. Note that they do things their way with paper plates, plastic silverware, but that's just part of what makes it a fine... More 

Thank Jim C
Maisons-Laffitte, France
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The seafood is amazing: fresh, perfectly cooked and tasty. The decoration is very typical. Service is largely above usual standard despite despite the continued huge affluence. I especially recommend : - the crab cakes...with more crabmeat than bread as you have sometimes - the scallops tender and cooed to the perfection

Thank sfrank1967
Brampton, Canada
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small portions on unattractive plates and plastic utensils.Lobster on a skewer was poorly done...burned ,soft shell crabs smelled old oil.Decor attempt at old fish market style with dusty pics ,almost sat on chair with leftovers of previous customer food.Did I mention highly overpriced?

1 Thank Waldemar W
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61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here for lunch on our way back to Marina Del Rey. Decided to have seafood since we were so close to the ocean and boy oh boy did it ever pay off!!!! It was nonstop busy but the service was extremely fast! Our server Was great at answering questions since we weren't sure what we wanted and took lots... More 

Thank PlaytimewithMiss_T_e
Los Angeles, California
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315 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very basic restaurant. No reservations. Parking anywhere in Newport Beach is tough, so we walked over. Paper plates, plastic cutlery, plastic cups. No liquor, but beer and wine. Staff is very efficient at moving folks through, so do not be discouraged by the wait. (We actually had no wait as they had a table for two and... More 

1 Thank SoCalTraveler91356
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169 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Crab Cooker came as a recommendation from our parking attendant and am so glad he did. It is a block off the beach and is kind of a dive but it was some of the best seafood I've ever had. The crab cakes and squid appetizers we great and the grilled shrimp and scallop skewers were absolutely wonderful!! Wish... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2200 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663-4324
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: (949) 673-0100

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?