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 4.1 out of 5 by 61reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by The food is a good value for what we got. And the dining experience kind of fits the venue very casual. We believe that attention to details, service and environment could be better, but it is certainly not too bad. Mar 23, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Out of two items on menu we wanted: Mussels and Halibut. Overall somewhat slow getting food. Key lime pie was very.....small piece. Mar 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by The food was fabulous and the service was great. Hard to decide what to order, so many choices and our selections were all great Mar 11, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by We did not feel well at all after leaving with stomach problems and we were over charged. We had a NEW wait person and she did not know how to take the app coupon!It is a dive bar atmosphere. Feb 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Don't expect fine dining: by all outward appearances this is a dumpy little place buried on a tiny cul-de-sac, but its an area institution, and their seafood is *very* good and *very* fresh. Feb 14, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Gumbo was good. Jambalaya good. French fries were good. Shrimp sandwich fair. Salad greens had brown stems and some small pieces of lettuce turning black. Some shrimp had black veins.Customer service was good. Feb 8, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Would love to see potato salad and red beans & rice on menu Jan 30, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by The Halibut was very good and the music a nice touch as went on Sunday where there was live music. Jan 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by We enjoyed our dinner. Portions were large. Oyster shooters were great. Server was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Dec 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Had oysters. .. raw and charbroiled Nov 29, 2014
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