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Crab Cooker Restaurant

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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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Tustin, California
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72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Thank 911jackie
Hockenheim, Germany
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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Tustin, California
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Newport Beach, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank jeanne19802016
Bangkok, Thailand
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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Thank BKKDan
Tustin, California
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank cjoy59
Tustin, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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Thank John19672
Laguna Woods, California
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117 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 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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19 reviews
11 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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17 reviews
10 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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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, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
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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San Marcos, California
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?