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Crab Cooker Restaurant

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17260 17th St, Tustin, CA 92780-1969
+1 714-573-1077
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was good...Great service, and even enjoyed the small crab shack-y feel of this little place...but I felt the food was very expensive. I ordered the salmon plate with slaw and mashed potatoes, my husband and cousin both ordered the lobster plates with their sides. The lobster was served on skewers, and on paper plates and plastic utensils which... More 

Thank Michele O
Orange, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great Fish with professional servers. Good price for the fish. Casual environment, great bread sticks available on the table. Granted the food is served on paper plates, plastic ware and cups but if you want alcohol those drinks come in Glass. Which I think is cool.

Thank gmerino4mma
Corvallis, Oregon
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They serve consistently excellent seafood and this is one of the few places I will actually eat fish or shellfish at because I know its the best quality. Love how they serve with paper plates and plastic utensils. That is their style and they're sticking to it, good for them!! Never had an issue with service. The staff has always... More 

Thank Jessi-ann-ferrari
Tustin, California
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151 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Nothing fancy but super fresh fish. It is the best place to get a simple fish dinner in Tustin. Always busy with locals. Love the smoked Albacore for an appetizer. Relaxed atmosphere. Their clam chowder is the best in town.

Thank 911jackie
Hockenheim, Germany
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

I have been to this restaurant many times. My biggest complaint is no fried fish and no French fries, which says more about me than the restaurant. The atmosphere is casual and family friendly. I ordered the shrimp skewer with bacon with sides of cole slaw and Romano potatoes. The potatoes have a crispy cheesy surface. Mine wasn't as crispy... More 

Thank DeborahHockenheim
Tustin, California
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

The Crab Cooker was an old favorite from my days of living on Balboa Peninsula in the 1970's. When they opened their second restaurant in Tustin, this became one of our local standards. My wife adores the halibut, while my favorite has always been the cold cracked Dungeness Crab with a side cup of chowder. A lighter lunch favorite is... More 

Thank Mike S
Newport Beach, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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 

Thank jeanne19802016
Bangkok, Thailand
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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 

Thank BKKDan
Tustin, California
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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.

Thank cjoy59
Tustin, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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.

Thank John19672

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
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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San Marcos, California
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?