The Boiling Crab (Curtner) – San Jose, CA

2 years after first hearing about The Boiling Crab, I finally tried it. The wait was as ridiculously as I heard (even with two locations), we waited a total of 3 hours!!! It was ridiculous! That said, we did have a group of 8 and I guess it made it even longer *sigh*. Was it worth the 3 hours and all that hyped?

The restaurant is massive but turnover is still long fast enough. *sigh* Might be easier for two but this is the kind of place one goes to in big groups because it is just more fun that way~

Menu is simple – a plethora of shellfish options; crabs, shrimps, oysters, clams and even lobster! The prices are not set in stone on the menu, instead it is displayed as market prices at the server station.

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We ordered:

Shrimp $9.99/lb

Shrimp was really fresh – sweet and snapped nicely. We found the sauce to be way to oily and from what I was told, it is not always like that. Instead of being fully integrated, we saw that the spices were sitting at the bottom of the bag with inches of grease floating on top. That said, the famous Sha Bang sauce (Cajun, Garlic Butter & Lemon all mixed to one) is very tasty and salty (in a good way).

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1/2 lb sausages $3.99

The sausages were good – spicy and cooked in the Sha Bang sauce so it was extra garlicky and greasy.

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Corn on Cob $0.75 each - About 1/3 of a regular sized corn on cob. Pretty good – sweet and absorbed the sauce from the shrimp bag.

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Clams $9.99/lb

The clams were my favourite of the evening – they were massive, plump and so tender. It cooked in the sauce just enough to get flavour but not lose out the natural brininess. Again, the Sha Bang sauce was good but as you can see, the huge layer of oil just sitting on top.

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King Crab Legs $21.99/lb

The King Crab Legs were massive! We got about two whole legs in a pound. Not the best out of all the ones were tried – it was a little over done but it still tasted good.

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Cajun Fries $2.99

I am all for the fries! They are a tad salty and spicy coz of the amount of cajun seasoning on it but they were good. I am partial to fries that are a little soggy when hot and enjoyed these immensely!

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Sweet Potato Fries $2.99

Sweet with a hint of salt. Crispy and good – can’t go wrong with sweet potato fries in my books.

Note: I also tried the crawfish, which is not pictured and they were very good. Fresh and tender! yummm

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Total Damage: ~$23/person

Personal Rating: 3.25 out of 5 (Good)

The service was really good – efficient and taking our orders and making sure we had the bibs, lemons, condiments and water. Got our waters refilled throughout the meal and a few check backs. We got the 18% gratuity tagged on our bill but didn’t have any issue with that since the service staff deserves every dollar.

The food was all served fresh and piping hot – a tad oily in terms of the sauce (maybe I got to give the other location a shot). The value for money can’t be beat – the amount of seafood we gorged on and how much it cost us was a real steal!

That said, I cannot understand why anyone would put themselves through the torture of waiting 3 hours to eat (my threshold is 1.5 hrs me thinks). I would go to Crawdaddy any day, which I still find to be way better even without the whole Sha Bang!

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The Boiling Crab

71 Curtner Ave
San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 297 2322

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