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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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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!

Thank Corinne C
Orange, California
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

My girlfriend and I shared the Shrimp & Scallops (charcoal broiled on a skewer) and the Atlantic Salmon. We ordered all four side dishes (romano potatoes, rice pilaf, cole slaw, and fresh tomatoes) creating a colorful collage for the eyes and taste buds. It's a great way to sample a variety of what the Crab Cooker offers without busting your... More 

Thank Michael M
Laguna Woods, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Good but not outstanding; surely missing the atmosphere of the Newport location. Clam (Manhattan) was excellent although I personally would have preferred New England.. The lobster skewers were very good but I was completely disappointed by the bread. Pricing I believe is identical to the Newport location which is probably not warranted.

Thank arnold s
Syracuse, New York
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340 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

1st timer, After reviewing the responses, I took the drive from my hotel to 17th st. eatery... I did wait about 5-7 mins, before a waitress saw me and offered to seat me... They have a cold seafood case in their lobby where customers were ordering fresh seafood and take out. I had the crab chowder crab appetizer, and ythe... More 

Thank pierogyman
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72 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

There is nothing like the ambiance of a visit to the original Crab Cooker at Newport Beach; however, the Tustin restaurant has the same, good food and rarely a wait. Family visits take my husband & I to Orange County every 2 months, and every visit we must go to Crab Cooker. We have been doing this for 40 years,... More 

Thank Greta H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

There is a quality of seafood that only people with generations of experience can offer, and that quality fills the menu at the Crab Cooker. I just finished off a plate of chilled Dungeness, and it was the best I've ever put in my mouth. For crab to be that good, you need to know exactly how much salt to... More 

Thank fleetfeetpete
Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015 via mobile

I stopped here not realizing it was like a cafe and a bit noisy. I ordered the Crab cakes which were loaded with dungeness crab. I really liked the smoked albacore. So if you don't mind no ambiance and good seafood this is it. Prices are good unless you order lobster at $31.

Thank Sailing_Sweetie
Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

This is a restaurant that lacks frills. Don't get me wrong, that is not a bad thing. This restaurant put its energy into getting the crab and seafood done right. It is not concerned about pottery and silverware and fufu tablecloths. If you're a beginner, don't be shy about asking your server for claw or leg crackin' tips. Eating crab... More 

1 Thank Michelle G
Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

Went to the Newport restaurant 2 years ago and it was crowded, pricey and "ok" food...tried Tustin location tonite hoping to change my opinion...still pricey, food "ok" but less crowded although server was pleasant. Bottom line, not great seafood especially for the price. Also be advised the clam chowder is NOT New England style, it is Manhatten!

Thank Norma B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

When you are in the mood for fresh fish and don't want the fuss and bother of fancy fish houses, go to Crab Cooker in Tustin. Always good, no pretense. Crazy, eclectic vintage "decor." I tend to order either grilled salmon or swordfish. I love that the fish isn't drenched with sauces (though they do tend to use butter more... More 

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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
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
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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