This restaurant is a well-established member of the Newport Beach dining community it has been around since the 1950s and shows no signs of aging. ... More
Crab Cooker (The)
This restaurant is a well-established member of the Newport Beach dining community it has been around since the 1950s and shows no signs of aging. There is an additional location in Tustin if you are not this far south. Knowing that it is not appearance that counts but taste, this restaurant is very casual and serves its fish on paper plates. Patrons range from regular Joes to celebrity superstars, but the place is always packed, and there is usually a wait for a table. It is famous for Manhattan clam chowder but everything here is delicious, from grilled tuna to crab and beyond. When you see how small your bill is, you will think there is something very fishy going on indeed. Entree prices range from $5 to $10. Beer and wine are available by the glass.
Love this place! Everytime our family goes we get the freshest seafood. The crab cooker gets very busy and lines can be long sometimes especially in the summer so plan ahead if you're on a schedule but it's worth the wait! I recommend the chowder and the salmon is always delicious. Skewered scallops and shrimp has always been one one of my favorites too. Enjoy! (we always do!)
Prices skyrocket. Alaskan King Crab used to cost around $37, now it cost $47+. Australian Lobster went up as well. Service is dismal, and of course, they keep giving you paper plates and plastic forks. Total meal came to be around $400. Yes, it was quite a bit of food but it was a special celebration and the Crab Cooker made sure we will not return, after being loyal customers for a long time.
They had run out of food and had to wait almost an hour to start eating. The price increase is not justifiable and If I would have known I probably would have went somewhere else. Costco will sell you 20 Lbs of Alaskan King Crab for $360. Bigger than the ones in Crab Cooker which came dried up and hardly any moisture. For $47 a pound it better be darn good and it is not. The australian lobster was not bad but more and more expensive now.
When I asked about the sudden price increase I received some lame explanation regarding the seafood commission determining prices? Hello? Was born at night but not last night. 2 Stars.
This place SUCKS. I was so terribly disappointed. We went to the one in Tustin off 17th, the first time for all of us (there were 11 in our party). For many years, we've been curious about this restaurant and decided to give it a go last night for my sister's and girlfriend's joint birthdays. BAD CHOICE. Paper plates? Paper cups? What the...? The food was ok, but not for the price we paid (around $350 for 11 of us - yes, that's in US dollars!!!!). Horrible. Afterwards we were all still so hungry (beware - portions are small for the price), so we decided to head to Foster's Freeze to grab some milkshakes to help wash down the bitter taste of disappointment. Next time, we are going to a steakhouse instead.
I hadn't been to the Crabcooker in years, and I now know why. IT WAS AWFUL. I had the shrimp and sallop kabobs. The shrimp tasted that bleach. I KID YOU NOT. When I got home I had to vomit. No kidding! I haven't been to a good Newport Beach Fish Restaurant since Hanks Seafood Restaurant across from the Newport Beach Pier burnt down years ago. I will never go back again. Save your money and go to a steakhouse instead!
First time time to Crab Cooker.The fish was excellent. The expensive prices for such small portions on paper plates and plastic cups was outrageous. My boyfriends king crab was great, but when i asked him how were the potatoes, he was shocked he thought it was a biskit. After trying them he was dissapointed with them. I had the chowder, it wasnt anything specail. This place saddens me i was looking foward to a good experience. the server wasnt pleasant. And thier not green friendly.
Go to long john silvers. save your money.
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