The Original Sand Crab Tavern

2229 Micro Place
Escondido, CA 92029
Phone: (760) 480-2722
Cuisine: Seafood
Price: $$$

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  • Hours
    Monday: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Tuesday: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Wednesday: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Thursday: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    Friday: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Saturday: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sunday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Meal Times Served Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Atmosphere Family / Children, Live Music, Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene
  • Parking Availability Street, Parking on Site
  • Bar Beer, Wines, Micro Brews
  • Special Needs Locally-Grown Ingredients, Child Menu, Gluten-Free Items
  • Amenities TV, Wi-fi
  • Attire Casual
  • Banquet Facilities 10 - 20 People, 20 - 50 People
  • Reservation Information Not Required
  • Payment Methods Amex Cash Discover Mastercard Visa


The first time I walked into the Sand Crab Cafe back in 1989, I knew I'd own it someday. Life is funny like that sometimes. It took almost 22 years, but on the first day of Winter in 2010, the Sand Crab Cafe became The Original Sand Crab Tavern, and Captain Rick took the helm proof positive that sometimes a guy's dream really does become reality. Perfected over many years of trial and error, my New Orleans style BBQ shrimp can be enjoyed by you right here. What luck. It's called Voodoo Shrimp and, like the original, these are BIG, heads on, peel and eat. Give them a try. I think you'll like 'em.

Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 18reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Server named Tracy. Nice atmosphere. Great food! Jun 15, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Food qiality and quantity was not worth the price. Jun 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great owners, fantastic music, good food. Mar 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by usual and delicious food Mar 15, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Service was the biggest issue. We had to get our own silverware because we couldn't find the waitress...and then she still didn't bring any. Fish tacos are only served on Wed. We were not the only patrons trying to order and told "only on Wed." It's a "joint" that's for sure. Feb 21, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good food, good service, nevertheless, a tavern. A little loud for the grandkids. Feb 19, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by The one good thing was I made a reservation, we were seated right away but our order was not taken until 50 minutes later they even had a confusion which one was our server, although she was super nice I think the one that has no reservation and got seated later was been served first than us I was observing around us. Feb 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very friendly casual atmosphere. Kid friendly too.Food was fresh and very good Feb 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by This was a unique experience for our family. The food was great and the atmosphere very kid friendly. Dec 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hot, fresh and flavorful. The restaurant is charming with nautical décor but doesn't smell "fishy." More than enough food. Dec 10, 2013
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