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The Boiling Crab

The Boiling Crab

Seafood Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
South San Jose, San Jose
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    Nelson B.
    "whole shabang shrimp"(7 Tips)
    Anthony T.
    "Not the case with the crawfish, though."(7 Tips)
    Karina G.
    "King crab, shrimp, & corn on the cobb are the best!"(5 Tips)
    "You can get half pounds of shrimp for $5!"(3 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon71 Tips and reviews
  • crab
  • crawfish
  • whole shabang
  • french fries
  • spicy food
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  • Cheryl G.heart icon on user image
    Cheryl GomesMay 12, 2015
    The king crab legs and shrimp were amazing..the best I have had so far in the US..I dare you to try the XXX level of spiciness. My lips are still tingling from the spiciness and trust me I know hot!!
    Upvoted Mar 23
  • Jay M.heart icon on user image
    Jay MarJanuary 8, 2018
    Shrimp, veg/sausage mix are fantastic!! Very tasty spice mix, best Cajun in the South Bay! A bit expensive for take-out; friendly staff!
  • Samuel P.
    Samuel ParkMarch 17, 2013
    If you plan in eating dinner, be prepared to wait a longggg time. If you live nearby, get it to go and eat at home! They even give you the wax paper and the bibs so the cleanup required is minimal.
  • Angel L.heart icon on user image
    Angel LeonNovember 23, 2019
    I love this restaurant’s concept. King crab is very good, service was superb. Waiting line is long but it worth it.
  • Milli P.heart icon on user image
    Milli ParkusOctober 4, 2016
    Crab, shrimps, oysters! Excellent! The best seafood place, price was excellent. Worth waiting for 1.5 hours just to eat!
  • Jenny T.heart icon on user image
    Jenny TranJune 6, 2015
    I dun rec this lv of hotness unless you can take the heat. Even then, too spicy takes away the flavors of fries. I would go Med.
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FengJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Waiters/waitresses are nice but can be incompetent. People who eat here are very rude & cut in line/take your spot if you have the same name, so be assertive. Get the sweet potato fries w/ your order!
  • Nelson B.heart icon on user image
    Nelson BradleyMay 20, 2017
    The whole shabang shrimp is really tasty and you can get a table cover to go to enjoy at home without the crowds.
  • Billy S.heart icon on user image
    Billy SeolSeptember 14, 2015
    if you live near the area, order to go and reduce the wait time by 100x and eat at your place like a king
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsSeptember 20, 2012
    Try the The Whole Sha-Bang Crawfish - #kvpinmybelly : w/ @CateCauguiran @atrin @jcqlncarter. Spicy, salty butter goodness over #crayfish. Wowa!
  • Mish B.
    Mish BApril 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Half pound of shrimp with the whole shebang and sweet potato fries! Hell yeah! Avg wait time is 1.5 hours so be sure to bring good company!
  • SimSimma
    SimSimmaOctober 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Whole sha-bang XXX or you're not eating to it's full potential! You can get half pounds of shrimp for $5!
  • Marjo G.
    Marjo GabrielJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Crawfish sucks! Get medium, whole shabang lb. of shrimp + sweet potato fries. & most importantly, be very patient! Wait duriny peak hrs = 1.5-2 hrs
  • kristin
    kristinJanuary 28, 2013
    Get here early! Wait is at least an hour long. Crab and shrimp is good with the "whole sha-bang" sauce
  • Cyndi
    CyndiAugust 15, 2011
    Leave your name and shop around the plaza while you wait. The wait times are crazzyyy long! Plus there's awesome stores to waste time in.
  • Jenny T.heart icon on user image
    Jenny TranJune 6, 2015
    Crawfish with Cajun spice. It was alright. I perfered the whole shabang sauce more.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BrownMarch 25, 2013
    Make sure if you say your party is four, that all four people are there ready to sit or you will be bumped!
  • Edison T.
    Edison TranDecember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Togo is way faster.... However every Togo I have had was really half assed I noticed I get way more shrimp eating in then togo
  • Anna V.
    Anna VuJuly 25, 2011
    Sweet potato fries and lemon pepper chicken are some delish sides to go with the pounds of crawfish you're ordering
  • Nasser B.heart icon on user image
    Nasser BinjraabAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to make it here 2 hours before you even feel hungry .. Long line buddy :) or you must order to go!
  • Neil K.heart icon on user image
    Neil KumaranAugust 8, 2014
    The crab and shrimp are both great in the whole shebang sauce.
  • Nanaheart icon on user image
    NanaSeptember 3, 2016
    Go wild 🐙🦀🍤🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶make sure to be there by 11:30 so that you make the first cut
  • Gregory K.heart icon on user image
    Gregory K.September 20, 2017
    Messy but fun and delicious.
  • Jane A.
    Jane AMay 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This location is much bigger than the one on E Capitol Expressway, so you DON'T need to come 30mins-1hr before they open to wait in line. 
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael ChangApril 22, 2013
    Shrimp, corn on the cob, Cajun fries, and a Corona. Guaranteed satisfaction!
  • Sonny M.heart icon on user image
    Sonny MangundayaoJuly 25, 2013
    Great great lunch! Feasted on fresh oysters, shrimp and king crab.
  • Mish B.
    Mish BAugust 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Seriously so worth the drive from where I live. They should open a branch in SF.
  • Serena T.
    Serena TAugust 10, 2013
    Use the limes to take the mess of your hands, then wash hands in the bathroom. It's less messier this way, and your hands smell better!
  • Karina G.heart icon on user image
    Karina GMMay 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    King crab, shrimp, & corn on the cobb are the best!
  • Heyun
    HeyunJune 2, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Expect to wait at least 45 minutes, check Yelp waitlist! Target is close by if you get stuck with a really long wait.
  • SimSimma
    SimSimmaOctober 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Never go during the hours of 530-9! Way too crazy and the workers get sloppy with the waiting list and forget who's there! 2+ hour wait during that time
  • Tina N.
    Tina NgoMay 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Better to go on a weekday. Weekend can leave you waiting for an hour plus!
  • Anthony T.
    Anthony TadinaSeptember 6, 2011
    You can get half pounds of shrimp! Not the case with the crawfish, though.
  • Shikamaru N.heart icon on user image
    Shikamaru NaraSeptember 17, 2014
    Unique experience, but the food is mediocre and the service is subpar. The food is something you can cook up yourself at home. Place is extremely packed. In my opinion it sucks.
  • casy p.
    casy phanFebruary 4, 2013
    Shrimp, crawfish, corn && potatoes.. xxx w/the whole shabang!
  • Misaheart icon on user image
    MisaJune 28, 2012
    Always crowded like usual, but a good place to get together with friends
  • Melissa D.heart icon on user image
    Melissa DagdaganFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I dream of the XXX whole shebang sauce... Drizzled on everything.
  • Krakatau B.
    Krakatau BataviaJuly 21, 2013
    Menu The Boiling Crab
  • Karim R.
    Karim RahmanFebruary 17, 2013
    Push everybody off the one bench outside so you can lay down and sun tan
  • Eduardo H.
    Eduardo HigaredaApril 7, 2014
    2 hour wait time for a table for 2 people?!?!?! Seriously?? Dont bother waiting for a table, take it to go and save the tip for some more food.
  • Craig
    CraigJune 21, 2013
    The crawfish was a great value.
  • DeanAnthony R.
    DeanAnthony RamosApril 21, 2011
    Actually had a good experience my first time even though I was warned by someone that service is bad. I'll be coming back for more visits.
  • TanG \.heart icon on user image
    TanG \(^~^)/July 8, 2013
    We keep waiting for 2 hours !!
  • Monique A.heart icon on user image
    Monique AbrahamAugust 14, 2015
    Rice with shrimp and the whole shabang
  • Zachary K.heart icon on user image
    Zachary KimuraNovember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the whole shebang sauce
  • Jennifer L.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer LynnSeptember 11, 2015
    Crab, lemon garlic fries
  • Adrian
    AdrianMarch 6, 2011
    $3 beers, $10 corkage. Buy your wine at Target across the parking lot.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MijaresMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you from the 707 & drove all the way here to eat, u better come visit me at Chase... it's in the same plaza ;)
  • Rex W.
    Rex WuiJune 5, 2011
    Forget the fries and just double up on the shrimp!
  • Mr G.
    Mr GrimAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try to get here right when they open the doors.
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