The Crab Cooker in Newport
Beach offers fish, and claims to have the world's best chowder.
Open daily, it is located at 2200 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach,
CA. Call: (949) 673-0100. crabcooker.com
Newport Beach, CA--Whether the best clam
chowder is at
Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach, or it's at The Crab Cooker in
Newport, some beg to differ...agree to disagree. Shown in the
photo above is the landmark brilliant red building (once served
as a bank) with white and green striped awnings. People
line up at lunch and dinner time, weekends and vacations to
savor the comfort foods and fish served hot, tasty and fresh at
The Crab Cooker.
There's no need to dress up
at this beach location. With simple wooden tables, a casual
atmosphere is something to enjoy, as well as the smoked and
grilled preparations, plus some surprises such as the delicious
Maryland Crab Cakes. A fish market allows customers to
drop by early and buy catch of the day to take back to their
beachfront rentals and prepare themselves in a barbeque, an
especially popular event on the 4th of July!
This restaurant that's a
tradition for many travelers who return to Newport Beach, began
as a passion of a man who loved to fish...and loved the ocean.
He launched his restaurant in 1951, cleverly calling it Seafood
Varieties. But when, as he described, the guests remembered only
the crab cookers inside, it became obvious that a survey wasn't
required to create the best name and moniker for the place.
Still owned by Bob Roubian, we take our hats off to this amazing
entrepreneur who had the persistence to follow a dream, skills
to create the best product possible, never falling into
mediocrity, and longevity to serve generations of local
families, vacationers and celebrities, all savoring the best
meals you can find in Newport Beach. There's also a Crab Cooker
in Tustin. And by the way, he gets an award for keeping
his prices affordable, too. Thanks, Bob Roubian!
Great Reasons to Dine in Newport Beach:
1 Il Farro 101 111 - 21st Street, Newport Beach, CA
2 21 Oceanfront 2100 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach
Fresh fish flown in from around the world, prime meats,
pasta, poultry and rack of lamb.
3 Back Bay Café 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach
Al fresco dining with views of the bay. Enjoy
California-cuisine in a fun, casual setting.
Award-winning seafood chowder. Free parking, guest slips
available for boaters. Located at the Newport Dunes
4 Billy’s At The Beach 2751 W. Coast Highway, Newport
Billy’s bayfront restaurant offers a view of the bay and
tropical décor. Thick steaks, lobster and fresh Hawaiian
seafood such as Ahi and Ono. Polynesian Bar for nightly
5 Bistro 201 3333 Coast Highway, Newport Beach
A sophisticated and elegant setting offering
international home-style cooking with a harbor view.
6 Bluewater Grill 630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach.
Located at the former site of Sea Shanty and Delany’s on
the water in Newport Beach. Fresh mesquite-charbroiled
seafood, pastas and oyster bar items Sunday brunch and
kids menu. Dock spaces, catering and boat charters
7 Buzz 3450 Via Oporto, Newport Beach 949-673-4700
A family entertainment dining facility serving Eclectic
World-Beat cuisine in a light, festive atmosphere. Fun
for all ages.
8 (The) Cannery Restaurant & Cruises 3010 Lafayette
Avenue, Newport Beach 949-675-5777 firstname.lastname@example.org
Located at the historic wharfside location in the heart
of old Cannery Village for 25 years. Open air dining on
the wharf is available day and night and champagne
brunch cruises tour the harbor every weekend on one of
the Cannery yachts. Awarded Hospitality Ambassador of
the Year, 1997.
9 Chart House 2801 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach
A dining tradition in Newport Beach since 1963. Fine
steaks, prime rib, pastas, fresh seafood, oyster bar,
and salad bar. Enjoy a scenic view of the Newport
Harbor. Located along Mariners Mile.
10 Mutt Lynch’s 2300 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach
Located on the water’s edge in beautiful Newport Beach
with Catalina Island and the pier in the background ,
enjoy pizza and schooner’s of beer! Breakfast is served
seven days a week along with a lunch menu that fills
everyone’s needs. Opens daily at 7am.
11 Newport Landing 503 E. Edgewater, Balboa 949-675-2373
Waterfront dining including fresh seafood, prime beef,
and Sunday champagne brunch. The casual upstairs lounge
offers complete menus, patio deck, and live
entertainment. Banquets and catering available.
12 Renato 2304 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach 949-673-8058
Exceptional Italian cuisine and ocean view on Balboa
Peninsula at the Portofino Beach Hotel. Fine informal
dining. Guest favorites are chef’s pleasure. Distinctive
wine list Private parties. Valet parking. Semi-casual
dress. Dinner daily from 5:30pm-10pm.
13 Ristorante Mamma Gina 251 E. Coast Highway, Newport
Portofino, fiorentia, or fresh pomo e basilico are ideal
on pasta such as penne, capellini, linguini, and
fettuccine, which like the freshly baked breads are
homemade. Only fresh herbs like basil, rosemary, and
sage accompany specialties like broiled lamb chops,
sautéed veal scaloppini, grilled whitefish, swordfish
and prawns. Mamma Gina’s on the water.
14 Big Belly Deli,
Pacific Coast Highway near Orange Ave. Offers ample
portions and fresh ingredients. Very casual. Sports
15 Ruby’s Diner end of the Balboa Pier, Balboa
Ruby’s is a 1940’s diner, which captures all of the good
feelings of a classic all-American diner.
16 Harborside 400 Main Street, Balboa Peninsula
In the historic Balboa Pavilion overlooking Newport
Harbor. Specialties include seafood and pasta. Serving
breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. Banquet facilities
available for 50 to 500 guests. Live Entertainment
Complimentary valet parking
17 Viewshi in 16th floor View Lounge Marriott Hotel &
Tennis Club, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach
Breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean provide the
perfect backdrop for this outstanding sushi/sashimi bar.
19 Woody’s Wharf 2318 W. Newport Boulevard, Newport
Fresh seafood moderately priced in a causal nautical
setting. There are even slips to accommodate several
large yachts for customers who prefer sailing to
driving. Live rock ’n roll entertainment Thursday
20 Yankee Tavern 333 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach
Spectacular waterfront bay view, combined with
traditional American food, makes this local spot a most
enjoyable dining experience. Open for lunch, dinner and
Sunday brunch. The friendliest bar in town.