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 57reviewers.
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
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
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