Crustacean Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 1475 Polk St

    San Francisco, CA 94109

    Cross street: at California

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  • 415-776-2722

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Do not eat here go to the original which is Thanh Long in San Francisco. It is the exact same menu with a higher price and the service doesn't justify the cost. I have been happily eating at Thanh Longs for about 20 years and will continue to do so.

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Do not eat here go to the original which is Thanh Long in San Francisco. It is the exact same menu with a higher price and the service doesn't justify the cost. I have been happily eating at Thanh Longs for about 20 years and will continue to do so.

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I expected the roasted crab and garlic noodles to taste the same as Thanh Long... but what I didn't expect was the horrible service and stuck up people at this place. It was just a mistake going to this location when I can just eat at PPQ or Thanh Long and have a more enjoyable dinner. Oh and it's a little more expensive too.

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I expected the roasted crab and garlic noodles to taste the same as Thanh Long... but what I didn't expect was the horrible service and stuck up people at this place. It was just a mistake going to this location when I can just eat at PPQ or Thanh Long and have a more enjoyable dinner. Oh and it's a little more expensive too.

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My parents really like this place, but I find it only ok. For instance, the Garlic Crab is really kind of disappointing, as well as the garlic noodles (horrifically overpriced if you ask me).

The Baked Alaska is also a 'merely ok' dessert. Overall, if you want to wait for an "ok" dining experience, this is place to come.

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My parents really like this place, but I find it only ok. For instance, the Garlic Crab is really kind of disappointing, as well as the garlic noodles (horrifically overpriced if you ask me).

The Baked Alaska is also a 'merely ok' dessert. Overall, if you want to wait for an "ok" dining experience, this is place to come.

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garlic crab is my favorite type of crab to eat here. and you have to try the garlic noodles. this restaurant is a high scale version of thanh long. so if you feel like having a nice dinner with quality food, you should try here.

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garlic crab is my favorite type of crab to eat here. and you have to try the garlic noodles. this restaurant is a high scale version of thanh long. so if you feel like having a nice dinner with quality food, you should try here.

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I read a bad review, and should have heeded the warning. We got there and the smell was horrible, seating poor, view poor, we got up and walked out. I eat out every night, and this place is bad. The health dept. needs to check it out.

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I read a bad review, and should have heeded the warning. We got there and the smell was horrible, seating poor, view poor, we got up and walked out. I eat out every night, and this place is bad. The health dept. needs to check it out.

Cons: dingy, smelly, poor seating, poor view, poor ambience

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his restaurant made me violently ill 4 nights ago, and the others in my party moderately ill. We all ate garlic noodles. We all at a bit of lobster roll. I was the only one who ate mussels. What caused the sickness? Don't know. But

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his restaurant made me violently ill 4 nights ago, and the others in my party moderately ill. We all ate garlic noodles. We all at a bit of lobster roll. I was the only one who ate mussels. What caused the sickness? Don't know. But

Pros: good cocktails

Cons: food laden with MSG despite menu claim

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I first experienced Crusaceans and their Garlic Roasted Dungeness crab w/garlic Asian noodles while entertaining a Client from Hawaii. This being my first time at the restaurant, I was hesitant, but my associate so strongly recomended the

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I first experienced Crusaceans and their Garlic Roasted Dungeness crab w/garlic Asian noodles while entertaining a Client from Hawaii. This being my first time at the restaurant, I was hesitant, but my associate so strongly recomended the

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I understand that Crustacean did the upscale Vietnamese seafood thing first, but I don't know if they're still doing it best. With places like PPQ, Ana Mandara, Le Cheval, Slanted Door, The House, and Straits Cafe offering similar dishes

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★★★★★

I understand that Crustacean did the upscale Vietnamese seafood thing first, but I don't know if they're still doing it best. With places like PPQ, Ana Mandara, Le Cheval, Slanted Door, The House, and Straits Cafe offering similar dishes

Pros: Fresh, Tasty Seafood with Bold Flavors

Cons: Pricey, Parking is a Headache, Kind of Noisy

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Crustaceans & Thanh Long are highly recommended by myself and so many others! I am a seafood lover and am very picky, but I do have to say I am fortunate to be a Bay Area resident to be able to go eat at either restaurant more than a visitor can. The garlic noodles, crab & prawns I highly recommend! Crab puffs are great too! An experience one will not forget! Crustaceans tonight sounds like a plan! Enjoy! You won't regret it!Dottie Cober

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Crustaceans & Thanh Long are highly recommended by myself and so many others! I am a seafood lover and am very picky, but I do have to say I am fortunate to be a Bay Area resident to be able to go eat at either restaurant more than a visitor can. The garlic noodles, crab & prawns I highly recommend! Crab puffs are great too! An experience one will not forget! Crustaceans tonight sounds like a plan! Enjoy! You won't regret it!Dottie Cober

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We ordered the roast crab and the garlic noodles and it was sooooo delicious. We also ordered the mango cheesecake and the fried bananas and it was very delicious as well. We also had a very excellent server named Steven M. who was very

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We ordered the roast crab and the garlic noodles and it was sooooo delicious. We also ordered the mango cheesecake and the fried bananas and it was very delicious as well. We also had a very excellent server named Steven M. who was very

Pros: food was excellent

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I have been going here for more then 6 years now. I still remember I was in shock when I had the oven roasted crab and garlic noodles for the first time because it was SO GOOD! It is great to bring out-of-towners here because the

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I have been going here for more then 6 years now. I still remember I was in shock when I had the oven roasted crab and garlic noodles for the first time because it was SO GOOD! It is great to bring out-of-towners here because the

Pros: Don't go home without eating the dungenous crab and garlic noodles

Cons: Hard to find parking in this not-so-good neigbour

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We enjoyed every dish we ordered and the service was good. Yes, it is little too pricey to a degree, but the food is so wonderful and tasty. Also the interior of the restaurant is pretty well done, Crustacean is one of our favorite Asian

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We enjoyed every dish we ordered and the service was good. Yes, it is little too pricey to a degree, but the food is so wonderful and tasty. Also the interior of the restaurant is pretty well done, Crustacean is one of our favorite Asian

Pros: Food

Cons: Pricey

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All thanks to our horrible Server we will not return to this restaurant (and we used to love this place). Our Server barely spoke to us when he arrived at the table. ...

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★★★★★

All thanks to our horrible Server we will not return to this restaurant (and we used to love this place). Our Server barely spoke to us when he arrived at the table. ...

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Very good! Server was well informed and knew the menu very well. The crab puffs were very very good and the carpaccio was excellent as well. If you order the crab - which as it appeared everyone but us did - i'd recommend a side of the

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Very good! Server was well informed and knew the menu very well. The crab puffs were very very good and the carpaccio was excellent as well. If you order the crab - which as it appeared everyone but us did - i'd recommend a side of the

Pros: crab and noodles +++ service

Cons: location

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I have been to Crustacean numerous times over the last 10 yrs. It never fails to impress out of town guests and placate my "Roasted Garlic Crab and Garlic Noodle" fix. The service is impeccable and the prices are fair. The remodel a few

3
★★★★★

I have been to Crustacean numerous times over the last 10 yrs. It never fails to impress out of town guests and placate my "Roasted Garlic Crab and Garlic Noodle" fix. The service is impeccable and the prices are fair. The remodel a few

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I love this place...the garlic noodles are the best and the small plates are great too. The service is by far the best I've had so far and the ambience is great for romantic dates or family dinners. the short ribs are definitely

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★★★★★

I love this place...the garlic noodles are the best and the small plates are great too. The service is by far the best I've had so far and the ambience is great for romantic dates or family dinners. the short ribs are definitely

Pros: The portions are fairly large, good service, variety

Cons: not much parking

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We used to go to the Crustacean in Beverly Hills once every year or so for special occasions -- it was just one of those places we loved, but was too expensive to go on a regular basis. We loved the chilean sea bass (back in the day when it was ok to eat them, before we knew they were "overfished") -- it was made perfectly, and sat on a bed of jasmine rice so you could also get pretty full eating it. Their signature dishes are the Roast Crab (one whole crab roasted with lots of garlic and spices, comes with a bib and bowls, you have to work a little to eat it) and the garlic noodles.

I didn't think it was as good this time around -- they replaced the chilean sea bass with a regular sea bass, and cooked it a bit differently. It also no longer sat on a bed of rice, so I was a bit disappointed there as well. We also ordered the roast crab -- it was good, but after awhile, you start to feel pretty greasy and towards the end, it gets pretty salty because there is nothing else you can eat while you're working on the crab to take away some of the saltiness (like a noodle or rice).

And with that price tag, hmmm -- I still like the place, but not as much as I did before.

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★★★☆☆

We used to go to the Crustacean in Beverly Hills once every year or so for special occasions -- it was just one of those places we loved, but was too expensive to go on a regular basis. We loved the chilean sea bass (back in the day when it was ok to eat them, before we knew they were "overfished") -- it was made perfectly, and sat on a bed of jasmine rice so you could also get pretty full eating it. Their signature dishes are the Roast Crab (one whole crab roasted with lots of garlic and spices, comes with a bib and bowls, you have to work a little to eat it) and the garlic noodles.

I didn't think it was as good this time around -- they replaced the chilean sea bass with a regular sea bass, and cooked it a bit differently. It also no longer sat on a bed of rice, so I was a bit disappointed there as well. We also ordered the roast crab -- it was good, but after awhile, you start to feel pretty greasy and towards the end, it gets pretty salty because there is nothing else you can eat while you're working on the crab to take away some of the saltiness (like a noodle or rice).

And with that price tag, hmmm -- I still like the place, but not as much as I did before.

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This is one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had in San Francisco. I've been going to restaurants here for only for years, but I'm from New York, and I expect that when the attitude sucks (which it shouldn't) then at least the

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This is one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had in San Francisco. I've been going to restaurants here for only for years, but I'm from New York, and I expect that when the attitude sucks (which it shouldn't) then at least the

Cons: service, food, price

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We called, said wed be 10mins late, they gave our table away. Told the waitd be 30-45mins. Enforced dresscode: friend changed into one of their regularly pressed blouses. Went for the crab and garlic noodles, looked at nothing else on the

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★★★★★

We called, said wed be 10mins late, they gave our table away. Told the waitd be 30-45mins. Enforced dresscode: friend changed into one of their regularly pressed blouses. Went for the crab and garlic noodles, looked at nothing else on the

Pros: Yummy noodles, Gr8 if ur w/ friends, Parking nearby, Valet

Cons: Lots of hustle/bustle, Plain dissapointing, Snobby hosts

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The roasted crab is flavorful and delicious. The garlic noodles is a great accompaniment as it was delicious. Order the stuffed squid - totally inedible; I sent it back. Very rubbery and horribly dry. Got the ravioli instead which was not

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★★★★★

The roasted crab is flavorful and delicious. The garlic noodles is a great accompaniment as it was delicious. Order the stuffed squid - totally inedible; I sent it back. Very rubbery and horribly dry. Got the ravioli instead which was not

Pros: CRAB, Service, Ambiance

Cons: price

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I enjoyed every dish I had and the service was adequate but there did
not seem to be as many interesting Franco-Vietnamese dishes as I remember
at the Hollywood location. Also missing was the aquarium in the floor. It is almost
as if the

3
★★★★★

I enjoyed every dish I had and the service was adequate but there did
not seem to be as many interesting Franco-Vietnamese dishes as I remember
at the Hollywood location. Also missing was the aquarium in the floor. It is almost
as if the

Pros: Interesting dishes, competent service, nice decor

Cons: Not a wow decor, No floor Koi pond, a little salty

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The food is wonderful and tasty. The portions are not that large, and the price is not a good value. If money is no object, this place serves tasty seafood dishes. Not the greatest, but very good.

3
★★★★★

The food is wonderful and tasty. The portions are not that large, and the price is not a good value. If money is no object, this place serves tasty seafood dishes. Not the greatest, but very good.

Pros: Tasty Food, Location

Cons: Price, Portion Size

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I unfortunately eat out at least 3 times a week. I am always on the road, mainly in Europe, and entertaining clients; so it's rare for me to get effusive about a restaurant. Whilst not sensational the Crab here is really good (enough to

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★★★★★

I unfortunately eat out at least 3 times a week. I am always on the road, mainly in Europe, and entertaining clients; so it's rare for me to get effusive about a restaurant. Whilst not sensational the Crab here is really good (enough to

Pros: Can eat at bar alone, Busy

Cons: What a mess...

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Apart from the expensive prices and tacky exterior, Crustacean is one of my favorite restaurants for special occasions. The garlic butter crab is delicious and the garlic noodles are as good as everyone says! The interior of the restaurant

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Apart from the expensive prices and tacky exterior, Crustacean is one of my favorite restaurants for special occasions. The garlic butter crab is delicious and the garlic noodles are as good as everyone says! The interior of the restaurant

Pros: crab & garlic noodles, decor, service

Cons: expensive, sketchy location

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Their signature food are all loaded with butter and msg. The garlic noodles taste good but feels as if they are boiled in butter then smothered in msg. The roasted grabs are over priced and VERY SALTY and again, SOAKED in butter. This chef

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Their signature food are all loaded with butter and msg. The garlic noodles taste good but feels as if they are boiled in butter then smothered in msg. The roasted grabs are over priced and VERY SALTY and again, SOAKED in butter. This chef

Cons: butter, butter, butte, msg, mgs, msg, overated

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I tried about five or six different plates, including the crab, and all were plain and uninspiring. I can get much better food at lower prices. The only thing pleasant about this restaurant was our server. He was friendy and gave us

3
★★★★★

I tried about five or six different plates, including the crab, and all were plain and uninspiring. I can get much better food at lower prices. The only thing pleasant about this restaurant was our server. He was friendy and gave us

Cons: food

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The Garlic Noodles and the Spring Rolls were REALLY good! Other dishes were also good.

3
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The Garlic Noodles and the Spring Rolls were REALLY good! Other dishes were also good.

Pros: Garlic Noodles

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I had their signature Garlic Roasted Crab which was very good, it had lots of roasted garlic in the sauce. I suggest that the kitchen reduce the amount of oil and butter for this dish. By the time I was finished, the oil coagulated on my

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★★★★★

I had their signature Garlic Roasted Crab which was very good, it had lots of roasted garlic in the sauce. I suggest that the kitchen reduce the amount of oil and butter for this dish. By the time I was finished, the oil coagulated on my

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This restaurants offers the best crabs and garlic noodles I have ever eaten. Everytime I go back to San Francisco, I have to come and eat here. No doubt.

3
★★★★★

This restaurants offers the best crabs and garlic noodles I have ever eaten. Everytime I go back to San Francisco, I have to come and eat here. No doubt.

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This was the first restaurant I came to when I moved to San Francisco and to this day it remains my absolute favorite. The atmosphere is great. The food is Euro-Vietnamese and it is superb! Their small plates are all amazing! My

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This was the first restaurant I came to when I moved to San Francisco and to this day it remains my absolute favorite. The atmosphere is great. The food is Euro-Vietnamese and it is superb! Their small plates are all amazing! My

Pros: Great Service, Excellent Food, Valet Parking

Cons: Expensive, Hard to find Parking

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I flew in to visit my relatives and they told me that the food there was delicious. My boy friend &i went there with my family and it was so warm. :(The colors, setting and ambience.) The staff was so nice and so was the food. The crab

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★★★★★

I flew in to visit my relatives and they told me that the food there was delicious. My boy friend &i went there with my family and it was so warm. :(The colors, setting and ambience.) The staff was so nice and so was the food. The crab

Pros: extrodinary food, romantic decor, amazing service

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I love this restaurant! If only my wallet allows me to eat there everyday, I will! The crabs are fresh and they cook it better than any other restaurants! The garlic noodle is excellent too. I also tried other foods there other than

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I love this restaurant! If only my wallet allows me to eat there everyday, I will! The crabs are fresh and they cook it better than any other restaurants! The garlic noodle is excellent too. I also tried other foods there other than

Pros: Excellent Foods, Excellent Service, Excellent Ambiance

Cons: Hard to Find Parking, Extremely Expensive

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The crab was cold and greasy and I could even see the MSG crystal on the crab. The noodle was fine but I drank 5 glasses of water to dilute the MSG. Crab puff was still frozen inside but hot outside. I was sitting among some classless

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★★★★★

The crab was cold and greasy and I could even see the MSG crystal on the crab. The noodle was fine but I drank 5 glasses of water to dilute the MSG. Crab puff was still frozen inside but hot outside. I was sitting among some classless

Pros: nice restaurant, valet parking

Cons: over-rated, pricy, bad clientele swearin, bad food

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I've been going there for about 5 years now and it is alwasy a treat to go. I've never had to wait more than 5 minutes when I've had a reservation. The service is not the best, but the food makes up for it. I tell everyone I know about

3
★★★★★

I've been going there for about 5 years now and it is alwasy a treat to go. I've never had to wait more than 5 minutes when I've had a reservation. The service is not the best, but the food makes up for it. I tell everyone I know about

Pros: Food, Food, Food

Cons: Parking, Service

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I recently went to crustacean and it was so disappointing that I almost walked out. The waiter was so incompetent and did not react well to questions or concerns we had when our food did not arrive after a long time. Then when the food

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★★★★★

I recently went to crustacean and it was so disappointing that I almost walked out. The waiter was so incompetent and did not react well to questions or concerns we had when our food did not arrive after a long time. Then when the food

Pros: none, nothing, zippo

Cons: bad food, rude service, waste of time/money

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This is #1 in my book. The garlic crab and the noodles are the best. This is my birthday dinner choice. I've even tried to immitate their style at home. I don't usually like to go anywhere else. The service could be improved. The wait can

3
★★★★★

This is #1 in my book. The garlic crab and the noodles are the best. This is my birthday dinner choice. I've even tried to immitate their style at home. I don't usually like to go anywhere else. The service could be improved. The wait can

Pros: good food, good food, good food

Cons: average service, wait can be long, parking

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The food was wonderful--it's no wonder the recipes are top secret! Despite reservations, we still had to wait, but it was well worth it. Expect to share as the portions are large.

3
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The food was wonderful--it's no wonder the recipes are top secret! Despite reservations, we still had to wait, but it was well worth it. Expect to share as the portions are large.

Pros: Great food, Courteous staff

Cons: Parking not easy

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Fabulous roasted crab. Unique in its preparation and beautifully presented.

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Fabulous roasted crab. Unique in its preparation and beautifully presented.

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I had to order the famouse Garlic Noodles and Roasted Crab I've been hearing so much about and what can I say...it was what I expected and then some!! My husband and I went there lastnight and as soon as we woke up this morning we were

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I had to order the famouse Garlic Noodles and Roasted Crab I've been hearing so much about and what can I say...it was what I expected and then some!! My husband and I went there lastnight and as soon as we woke up this morning we were

Pros: Friendly atmosphere

Cons: Parking

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Their house special roasted crab was the best crab I have ever had, the service was friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere was inviting and lite. I recomend this to anyone who is looking for some good quality crab for a romantic,

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Their house special roasted crab was the best crab I have ever had, the service was friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere was inviting and lite. I recomend this to anyone who is looking for some good quality crab for a romantic,

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i just ate at this place for the first time this weekend.. i have to admit the service was impeccable.. the staff was courteous and obedient.. when i asked them to re-heat my crab.. they re-heat it real good. they made the crab quite

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★★★★★

i just ate at this place for the first time this weekend.. i have to admit the service was impeccable.. the staff was courteous and obedient.. when i asked them to re-heat my crab.. they re-heat it real good. they made the crab quite

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This restaraunt has great food and a wonderful ambiance. My favorite is the garlic roasted crab with Ann's garlic noodles...it is superb! I would highly recommend this place for a romantic evening or just a nice place to get great food

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This restaraunt has great food and a wonderful ambiance. My favorite is the garlic roasted crab with Ann's garlic noodles...it is superb! I would highly recommend this place for a romantic evening or just a nice place to get great food

Pros: fresh seafood, atmosphere, good staff

Cons: improve the facade

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It made a big splash when it opened, but neither the food nor the service have lived up to the hoopla. We went three times, as we always do before writing any review. Each time the service was very bad and the food average at best.

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★★★★★

It made a big splash when it opened, but neither the food nor the service have lived up to the hoopla. We went three times, as we always do before writing any review. Each time the service was very bad and the food average at best.

Cons: Poor service, Overpirced

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Bad food, bad service, rip off. Prices are not in a menu, and nobody tells you the price. Small plates, waste of money. BIg Rip OFF

3
★★★★★

Bad food, bad service, rip off. Prices are not in a menu, and nobody tells you the price. Small plates, waste of money. BIg Rip OFF

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A 270-foot neon wave spans the exterior of this Vietnamese restaurant, named for the house specialty: Dungeness crab. Inside, a massive, vividly colored mural effectively turns the entire restaurant into an undersea wonderland. Crab is…

 

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