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Crab Cooker Restaurant

17260 17th St, Tustin, CA 92780-1969
+1 714-573-1077
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“crab cooker” (27 reviews)
“chowder” (8 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (6 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups
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17260 17th St, Tustin, CA 92780-1969
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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
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...More

Thank DeborahHockenheim
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...More

Thank Mike S
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...More

Thank jeanne19802016
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...More

Thank BKKDan
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...More

Thank cjoy59
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...More

Thank John19672
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...More

Thank meeser
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

Thank Mosafer14
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...More

Thank UpbeatTraveler
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16 August 2016|
Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I don't work for the Crab Cooker. My review was based on a recent visit.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
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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