The Crab Cooker, Newport Beach

Eat lots a fish!


hat’s what the sign and the paper mats say at The Crab Cooker in Newport Beach suggest. And yes, we all know fish is good for you. Especially at this more than 50 years old locals favorite, located in an old bank, painted in screaming red. After his return from World War 2, Bob Roubian, worked a little bit here a little bit there until he found his passion in fish. He opened the Seafood Varieties restaurant, which he recognized three years later, nobody was calling Seafood Varieties, but The Crab Cooker. Reason: the large crab and lobster cookers they had in front of the restaurant. He honored his guests by renaming his place into The Crab Cooker. Today the Crab Cooker is beloved by locals and tourists alike. Crab Cooker Newport Beach

Their unpretentious fish market vibe, with old pictures, maritime decoration, a plastic Great White hanging from the ceiling is just how a fish shack should be.


Food is served on paper plates and yes, the food is great! Daily fresh from the ocean, The Crab Cooker is committed to quality. We remember…the Atlantic salmon filet was melting in our mouth and the scallops with bacon, a dream combo. Just on a side note – if you order clam chowder be ready to get the Manhattan-style. That’s the red one, not the white, creamy one. Not saying the one or the other is better, just informing you. If you don’t want to eat there, you can also stock on fresh fish and shellfish directly from their market. And make some grilled fish at home or your Airbnb. The hosts will love you for that!

So next time you are in OC, do it like the locals – eat lots a fish!

The Crab Cooker
2200 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach
(949) 673-0100



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