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 44reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Friendly staff. Love the ambience. Fantastic food. Nov 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The oyster shooters were a great starter. The halibut & chips was light and delicious. The crab & shrimp boil was also outstanding. Oct 24, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by jambalya was bland and very little seafood--scallops were very small, only 4, and wrapped in bacon, no procutto(sp) Oct 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Service was great here, such an authentic seafood restaurant - just like you would see on the East Coast! Sep 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The fish is always fresh and plentyfull and the staff are always professional, attentive and friendly. Highly recommend this restaurant! Aug 30, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Service was only fair,clam chowder had big lumps of flour in it,voodoo shrimp was very salty. Aug 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good service---good seafood (Dungeness Crab) and fun to eat. Reasonable prices. Aug 14, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by All the food we ordered was very greasy. Had fried dill pickles and they were super thin, way too salty and the coating was not adhereing and they were greasy. The fried oysters I got were overly strong and also greasy and way too much coating. My husband's calamari wasn't as greasy. Fries were also way greasy. Previous visit was a little better. Also, had been there with previous owners and food was much better. Service also lacked. Aug 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great expierience. Enjoyed a collection of very tasty steaming seafood and potatoes and sausage dumped on the table top to share. All the tools, and condiments came with it. Cracking shells and conversing with loved ones ... F U N!!! Aug 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good food, and big portion. Aug 3, 2014
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