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 3.9 out of 5 by 91reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very interesting establishment. Lots of interesting items in the restaurant. The food was delicious and we were able to split a meal. Nov 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent service and food! Oct 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Food was excellent, staff was friendly and patient with our questions. It's a lively, family friendly place Oct 9, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by menu is way overpriced. the shrimp head was filled with blood. Sep 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Courteous and good service. Great food. Aug 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Seafood was excellent flavor and the staff was great. Aug 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Just love this little place overall, from food to décor. Jul 27, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by We tried some different dishes than usual. The gumbo was pretty darn good. I had the shrimp and crawfish on a bun and my wife ordered a seafood platter with shrimp, cod and scollops. Large portions plus the new cook added unordered French fries to each plate. We had ordered their super yummie potato chips everything very good and we took home as much as we had already eaten. The take home made a great supper. We will come back more often Jul 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Food was very good. Restaurant could use updating. Jul 10, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by I orderes the jambalaya -I asked if it wa freshly made today .It was was so overcooked and dry .A few (3 )shrimp were so over cooked that the shell was impossible to remove.No chicken present in rice mixture.Also, the small amount of sausage that was dice size was minimal.Salad that was one of the choice sides was adequate.Husbands scallops (4) were wrapped in bacon that was raw.He peeled the bacon away.Both meals should have been sent back .In a better quality restaurant we would have.WE left our dinners and will never return. Jun 29, 2015
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