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The Crab Cooker

2200 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663-4324
+1 949-673-0100
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good32%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“crab cooker” (235 reviews)
“chowder” (111 reviews)
“skewers” (86 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2200 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663-4324
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Normally the Crab Cooker is excellent. It was closed for renovations as of September 17th. No information was given on sign out front other than choose the Tustin, CA location.

Thank John H
Reviewed 4 September 2018

I love this restaurant. The food is delicious. I order the Light Eater. Its a skewer of fish with a side of tomatoes and cole slaw. Other sides to choose from are mashed potatoes or rice. This is a fish diner basically. Relaxed decor with...More

Thank Leslie B
Reviewed 4 September 2018

While on a recent vacation to Newport Beach, we decided to visit the famous Crab Cooker. We hadn’t been there in over 40 years. Not much has changed including the long outside wait times.... except the prices. We weren’t impressed. The chowder tasted more like...More

Thank 72GG_travels
Reviewed 3 September 2018

The Crab Cooker basically invented the fast casual corner as far as I can tell. The serve grilled seafood on paper plates. The food is excellent with flavors that are pretty unique. The sourdough bread is excellent. The Manhattan style chowder is the best that...More

Thank dhacker615
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our fish on a skewer grilled over charcoal! The service was just okay. I could tell they knew the regulars. The server was okay but not overly friendly. This restaurant will be torn down and rebuilt due to foundation issues. Last date in...More

Thank seasideljs
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

This place is great! Love the eclectic decor! Think we heard it’s going to be closed for a while for renovations, but we’re hoping they won’t change the decor! Anyway, back to the food—we had shrimp cocktail and crabcakes. We were surprised that there was...More

Thank cwmiller46
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

The place is very authentic, different, the sea food is fresh, but after that anything special as a gastronomic experience at all. Good service

Thank Licey7
Reviewed 24 August 2018

I ate there twice on my trip. Used to be better years ago. One night recently I had king crab legs. They were average at best. Didn't taste fresh. The next night I went back. The clam chowder was good. My entree was crab cakes....More

1  Thank Les G
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Very iconic restaurant with great fresh seafood. The location is also very convenient since it is quite close to the beach pier. The food was very good, and the service impeccable. The only shortcoming is that they serve the meals in plastic dishes. Nevertheless, it...More

Thank TimB2993
Reviewed 21 August 2018

My hubby grew up in Huntington Harbor. We live in AZ now, but EVERY SINGLE trip back, we MUST stop at the original Crab Cooker! He's been there hundreds of times, and now I can say I've been there dozens of times! He loves to...More

Thank WendyAndBuck
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Lorenza D
18 September 2018|
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Response from seasideljs | Reviewed this property |
I think it was supposed to close the week after we were there...They are going to be closed for up to a year and rebuild in the same location. A nearby luxury condo development damaged the Crab Cooker's original foundation... More
8 June 2017|
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Response from Dennis I | Reviewed this property |
You can ask to ensure it is not included. I do not believe any pork is added.
Mick K
19 October 2016|
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Response from Dennis I | Reviewed this property |
First come, first serve... It's an old main stay in the area.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2200 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663-4324
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-673-0100
As of 3 September, 2018 we are temporarily closing to reconstruct our building. Follow us on Instagram @thecrabcooker for construction updates! Our location in Tustin, CA remains open to serve all of your favorite menu items. Serving the world's finest seafood since 1951! We are a family owned and operated seafood restaurant located on the Newport Beach peninsula. Our grandfather opened this location and our family has proudly served the world's best seafood ever since. Join us for a delicious seafood dinner of Pacific-caught Alaskan King Crab, Dungeness Crab, a variety of fresh fish fillets or shellfish and, of course, our famous clam chowder. Or, visit our market to take any of our menu items or fresh fish to go. We look forward to serving you!
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