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17260 17th St, Tustin, CA 92780-1969
+1 714-573-1077
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Newport Beach, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Crab Cooker in Tustin is a cousin to the better known one in Newport Beach. The Tustin restaurant has easier parking, more space between tables and a genuine look that it has not been decorated in thirty years. My order of oysters on the half shell was outstanding. According to our pleasant and informative waitress, Janet, the oysters arrive... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I was delighted to discover this Newport Beach staple in (what was for me) a new location in Tustin. Outstanding and fresh seafood expertly prepared and served on plates that have never been used before and will never be used again (paper!). Both the Manhattan-style clam chowder and the crab cakes were out of this world. Both are recommended. A... More 

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Tustin, California
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

We love to go to the Crab Cooker in Tustin. The food is always good. The service is great. It can be a little on the expensive side, but the food is worth it. I love the Manhattan clam chowder. It's a nice switch from the more common New England clam chowder. I love their potatoes too.

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Tustin, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We've been to the Crab Cooker in Newport often, but this was our first visit to the Tustin location. The contrast was substantial. We went quite early and should have received better service and the best in food preparation, but that wasn't the case. Maybe it was an off day for both.

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Laguna Woods, California
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108 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

I went with a friend to celebrate my birthday. I had halibut with Romano potatoes. They let me substitute a green salad for my side. The lunch portion was large enough that I had enough to take home for dinner. Since it was my birthday I got a piece of delicious cheesecake for free. The atmosphere is very casual with... More 

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Tustin, California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

This place is consistently good for fresh , casual seafood dining, I love their halibut when it's in season, also the shrimp on skewer is very good, the clam is fantastic , as side dishes go my favorite is always the mashed potato

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California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

The Crab Cooker is an tradition and an institution. From the Newport Beach original location to the Tustin location this restaurant is terrific. It is kitchy but authentic. Of course its clam chowder is awesome. What a great place to have a relaxed fish/seafood meal in a traditional Southern California/Orange County setting. Serving area residents for decades. It has a... More 

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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183 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I had a craving for chowder and stopped by last week. Alert - they don't have New England Clam Chowder, only Manhattan style. It was flavorful but the clams were like little rubber bands. I won't be having that again. The bread was fresh and tasty.

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Redlands, California
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82 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We love to eat here when we drive to the OC. My kids love it too so when they fly into John Wayne, it is where we stop to eat. Last night I had shrimp and scallops on a skewer and the rice pilaf is just the best. My husband loves the Romano Cheese potatoes which is one of the... More 

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Thank Kristin H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

No frills, very good price and quality. The halibut was moist, flaky and delicious. Had the lunch size and it was just perfect portion. If you're looking for a fish place that has good food and is not fancy (and doesn't have fancy prices) this is the place for you!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17260 17th St, Tustin, CA 92780-1969
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Tustin
  • Phone Number: +1 714-573-1077

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?