Long known as institution freshest seafood available, the Crab Cooker in Newport Beach is a local landmark. Bob Roubian, “the flounder” – oops, we mean founder – started the restaurant in 1951. People come to the Crab Cooker from far and wide. With the opening of a second branch in Enderle Center in 1992 with son-in-law Jim Wasko, Tustin locals are thrilled that the sea is brought to them
Jim knows fish. When he’s not fishing on his boat, the “Fin Hunter,” Jim is at the Crab Cooker making sure things are running smoothly. Of course, he couldn’t do that without the help of managers Chris and Lupe, who have been with the restaurant for over 20 years, and several long-term waitresses.
The Crab Cooker offers two daily fresh fish. Farm raised Scottish salmon is always available and the fish of the day is rotated depending on the supply and the seasonality. Jim is conscious of the impact fishing in large quantities can have an ocean populations and opts to offer eco-friendly choices. It also means he is able to provide the freshest products available.
Seasonality is a key factor in the Crab Cooker’s menu. Local lobsters are available from October until March, Alaskan halibut from March until November, and oysters from the cold waters of Nova Scotia are available from October until April.
The Crab Cooker is proud to embody the slogan, “Searching out the world’s best seafood is a pleasure for us.” Always smiling faces and a friendly atmosphere, Crab Cooker does fish right!(