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“Spectacular!!!”
Review of Cracked Crab

Cracked Crab
Ranked #2 of 104 Restaurants in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Spectacular!!!”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

We happened I here for lunch and were not disappointed. Menu updated and printed daily so it's all fresh. We had salads, soup and calamari which was outstanding. Our only disappointment was we didn't have another nite in town to go back for a large dinner. But, we will be back!!

Visited December 2012
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Camarillo, California
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“Delicious”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

This is a great place to eat if you're in Pismo. My wife and I have eaten here several times and are never disappointed. Their house salad and clam chowder is my favorite. Yummy food with a great atmosphere. The only downfall is they don't serve hard alcohol.

  • Visited November 2012
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fresno
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“Fresh and delicious”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

My husband and I ate here for dinner. We visit Pismo fairly often but had never tried this place. After reading the great reviews we decided to give it a try. Everything served was very fresh and flavorful. The salad was great with extras like olives and cucumbers. I had the crab-stuffed petrale sole which was amazing. My husband had the crab melt which was also excellent, though a little small portion sized for him. We also tried their key lime pie and apple crisp. The key lime pie was sweet with a little natural tartness-and delicious. The apple crisp was probably the best I've ever had. The crust was thin and just a little crisp and could have been a dessert all by itself. The staff was very friendly and our waiter was obviously proud of his restaurant. Can't wait to go back!

  • Visited December 2012
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los angeles
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“Pricey but fun dinner!”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

The restaurant is one big room with a couple dozen tables. They don't take reservations so you have to be prepared to wait. The three of us opted to order a soup then share a bucket for one. The photos show our order of 2x jonah crab claws. We got maybe 12 - 14 claws, corn, sausage, and fries. We weren't super hungry so that was enough for us and we had dessert. All in all a fun meal, pricey for what it was, but then, it's in a tourist area by the beach.

  • Visited November 2012
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RPV, California
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“Wish We Lived Closer!”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

Another fantastic and satisfying visit to The Cracked Crab! We've been here about half a dozen times for dinner but this time was for lunch. All I can say is YUM! Of course, you have to try the crab but their clam chowder and crab bisques soups are oh-so-good. We tried their calamari appetizer and it was perfect. The Shrimp Po'Boy was a little different but good and they do their fries exactly how I like them! One of the best parts is that they give you a little bucket of crayons so you can color on the paper tablecloth. Loads of fun for kids and adults alike. If the owner Mike is there, he makes it a point to stop by your table (a very nice touch). If you're in Pismo Beach, don't miss this place!

  • Visited November 2012
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