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Crab Catcher

1298 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3632
+1 858-454-9587
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good29%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (25 reviews)
“crab” (70 reviews)
“seafood” (64 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1298 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3632
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The View from Crab Cat her is Very Nice, peering down La Jolla Shores or perhaps just enjoying your Favorite glass of wine but, I know you will not be disappointed either way as the food is also Fabulous and, it's Benn there for many...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 1 week ago

When I can see the ocean from my table I expect the seafood to be phenomenal. Don't get me wrong the food was ok, but my favourite thing on the menu was the vegetarian spring rolls! The view is great, the service was good, the...More

Thank KMay-Canada
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Definitely want a window table if inside and against the railing if outside on the patio...great views from either. We were here for lunch. Food was ok. Ordered a dozen oysters that were from Washington state. They were bland, warm and lacked any of the...More

Thank n2r49rs
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch after getting off the La Jolla trolley tour. Wanted to eat with a view of the water and this was perfect. I ordered the fish tacos and they were some of the best I’ve had. Service was also very good. Would...More

Thank lvstotravel
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We had the seafood platter for two. A whole lot of food for sure. Found it to be a bit pricey but the catch definitely tasted fresh. You have to get there early to get a view though as we asked and were told another...More

Thank steveandjudy1994
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We had a late lunch here and tried the salad, grilled octopus, crab cakes and stuffed mushrooms. The view was excellent but the food was only ok and we left hungry. The salad was pretty flavorless. I wouldn't come back for those prices but it...More

Thank Smiliemn
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for a drink since it was Happy Hour & the sign said Ocean View. There was actually only a couple tables that were close enough to the window to really have a view. Waitress was attentive but not really friendly or polished. Seemed...More

Thank Marsha B
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

A special place in terms of location (overlooking the cove), staff (extremely friendly and attentative) and the food is delicious. Definitely try the crab cakes. A must visit when you are in La Jolla.

Thank James K
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Stopped by for Sunday brunch. We all had Crabby Bloody Marys which had a great crab claw in it. Fun! My wife had the crab cake sandwich and I had the fried fish tacos. Portions were HUGE and the food was really good.

Thank Brian F
Reviewed 1 September 2017

We treated ourselves to this gem of a restaurant. Despite a last-minute booking (after seeing their advert on the hotel TV channel upon arrival), we could get a table in the limited outdoor space facing the ocean shore. The food was delicious and the service...More

Thank Isanema
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12 September 2016|
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Response from grandslamhomer | Reviewed this property |
Just call the Crab Catcher and tell them it is your Anniversary and that you want a window seat, and they will reserve it for you. That it exactly what we did in advance.
24 March 2015|
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Response from Diana B | Reviewed this property |
I agree with what appears to be a consensus -- no dress code and not a dressy place, but it's a nice restaurant in a very upscale community, so "smart casual" is good.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$50 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1298 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3632
    (Cave St.)
  • Public Transportation: On Torrey Pines Road at Prospect Place, two blocks from the restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-9587
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