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The Crab Cooker

2200 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663-4324
+1 949-673-0100
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“crab cooker” (241 reviews)
“chowder” (115 reviews)
“skewers” (87 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2200 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663-4324
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Late afternoon and a lazy day. The best Manhattan Clam chowder I've had. Came in for the chowder, waitress appear disappointed that was all we wanted. Service was slow.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank coyote2ears
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

This place is awesome!! We always make sure to stop by even if it’s just for the to go counter to get some delicious smoked fish! It’s busy so, just be a little flexible!! It’s worth it.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank mayrad1986
Reviewed 6 November 2018

The seafood here was the freshest I've had to date. You can but it at the counter. The service was fast and I could not decide what I wanted first., So I tried several items from the menu. My wife and I feasted for quite...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Lloyd L
Reviewed 5 November 2018

This is a old school Orange County seafood place and delicious. The menu is simple. Fresh grilled fish with a butter sauce. But the food is consistent and delicious. The clam chowder is fantastic and prices are great!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Odyssey733953
Reviewed 5 November 2018

From the reviews that I had read ahead of time, we were very surprised with the poor quality of the food. We found this place to be highly overrated.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank TaraLynnBy
Reviewed 18 September 2018

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.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank JohnH881
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

Date of visit: August 2018
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

Date of visit: August 2018
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

Date of visit: April 2018
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

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank seasideljs
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Lorenza D
18 September 2018|
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Response from MominOC | Reviewed this property |
They will open in 1 yr.
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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