The Holy Crab

4.3
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
109 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
CAN$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Seafood

Top tags:

Casual

Restaurants you may also like

View all

About

LOUISIANA-INSPIRED SEAFOOD RESTAURANT OFFERING THE BEST SELECTIONS OF TASTY LOCAL & PREMIUM IMPORTED SEAFOOD. SPICY CAJUN SAUCE, MOUTH-WATERING CRUSTACEANS, SWEET CORN AND COLD BEERS — ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES, PUT ON YOUR BIB & LET'S GET CRACKING!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Seafood, Cajun, Oyster Bar
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of Operation
Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(604) 661-8533
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress Code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive Chef
Henri William
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private Party Facilities
For Private Party reservations, please call 604-661-85-33.
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private Party Contact
Henri William: (604) 661-8533
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
Contact us at 604-661-8533 for catering inquiries
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighbourhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross Street
Cardero St.
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking Details
Parking spots are available on Robson and Cardero Streets. A parking lot is also available along Cardero St., just before Alberni St. and on the alley behind the restaurant (its on the right if you are facing east on the alley)
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public Transit
Cardero St. Transit stop
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 109 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.3based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.4
Service
4.0
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
JA
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Always good been coming here since they opened.
Birthday traditions!

k
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great food for my family.
I arrived earlier than my reservation.
Staff welcomed us.
Service was very clean and hygienic.
I will visit again as soon as possible.

d
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good and I appreciated they are environmental friendly !

T
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Wasn’t to clear on who our server was as she introduced herself as our server for the evening yet never helped us again. We have always enjoyed our time and meals this particular evening nothing was really up to par.

MA
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was GREAT! Crab, Prawns, Crawfish and the seafood salad. I think one of the butters may have been off a bit (we were given 4 different butters and I know it wasn't the garlic butter)
All 3 of us had diarreah later that night! I'd still recommend the restaurant tho' FUN FUN time and overall wonderful food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

It’s not cajun... I feel like the sauce is too garlic based. Maybe the butter is better who knows. Amazing service though.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food but the staff aren't friendly. They don't even smile. Drove all the way out from Abbotsford just to sit in a booth for 10 minutes without anyone stopping by to get our drink order. The food was amazing and we'd definitely come back but with much lower expectations of service.

JL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant was a hit, although we thought the pictures looked like small portions, we were all stuffed when we left. It was fun to get a little messy and do something a bit different.

JA
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Love going here for birthday ! 1/2 lbs of shrimp! Food is always fresh!

TK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Bare bones restaurant with good seafood. Recommend the salad and onion rings.

B
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Service was slow to start but the waiter came over and explained to us why and apologized. From then on it was just great. Really pricey, everything was delicious, but the king crab was not fresh. For $40 a crab leg I think it should be a little bit better. Overall it everything else was a delicious. we liked the outdoor dining so we can people watch. Very satisfying meal! Thank you

DP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They got starters first mains second dessert last wrong. They offered to warm up the main once they had found and I had eaten my starter.
Server Karen was rude and shouldn't be serving food as she got basic principles of table service wrong.
We got a glass of water and then a 20 minute wait to order drinks.
The manager was so rude and uninterested it was a joke.

The Holy Crab
Responded on September 17, 2019

Dave, thank you for your feedback. As we're sure you can imagine, we're very disappointed to read this review. Our staff is made up of some pretty stellar folks, and we're really surprised to hear you describe the service during your meal with us in such negative terms. We are always working with our staff to continually improve the service we provide, so hearing this kind of feedback is extremely helpful.

Report
EJ
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Pretty good overall. Only reason I gave a 4 instead of 5 is because they gave us the wrong bucket (we didn't realize) and we weren't alerted until we already dug into it. Although it was their error, they charged us for it regardless of the fact that that food would've gone to the garbage anyway because we've already touched it. 1

JM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Fast food ambience. Would be ok for fish and chips, but not for crab or lobster. Poor value for money for higher end menu items.

The Holy Crab
Responded on September 9, 2019

Jeff, thank you for sharing your feedback. We will make sure to share your comments with our management team. Guest satisfaction is our highest priority and we appreciate you taking the time to let us know your thoughts. We hope to see you again!

Report
AB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience1

The food was absolutely disgusting. We all got sick. The server was great.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

If this the best Vancouver can offer to guests (own words) there is something wrong. The soup was served in cardboard cups and the top dishes (crab and lobster) were just stacked on to each other. No presentation at all.

CT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Waiter was attentive at first but didnt check up on us. We order crab with clams mussels corn and potatoes combo with a side crawfish. The crawfish was super dry and tasteless

P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Not exactly what we expected but the food was fresh and tasty. Expensive for the atmosphere. Server was Rey pleasant.

NT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

So far for the last two years that we have visited Vancouver we have eaten at the Holy Crab. We enjoy the experience and the food.

PF
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The frog legs 🐸 were to die for. The crab not far behind. Our servicer was happy and great.

x
London
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Busy place with excellent lobster and crab buckets. Not suitable for a first date though since you will have to digg in!

FF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The staff there were so helpful and fun to have as a servers. They helped us crack some shells for best meat payout! Food and sauces were so yummy! Will be back:)

DR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience1

Lobster overcooked and overpriced.Vegetables cold,shrimps very small.Chowder horrible served in take out container in the restaurant.Our server was the only good thing about this restaurant.Will not recommend.Avoid this restaurant.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was sort of bland. If seafood was boiled in seasoned water it would be better!

S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Slow service for lunch peak hours
Unclear menu
Overvalued package

The Holy Crab
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We will be certain to share your comments with management and staff as we work to improve the overall guest experience. We hope you decide to join us again as we are certain we can impress you and provide the 5-star experience you deserve. Thank you.

Report
MD
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

I would recommend the Holy Crab to a friend as long as they are clear about what to expect. The concept is interesting. The execution is only partly successful: there is too much plastic waste generated. Also, some of the seafood is tasty and worth the trouble, some of it is not -- for example, the crawfish are tiny, tasteless and a waste of space and money. Also, instructions on how to get at the crab meat should remain available throughout dinner; taking away the menu after people order makes it impossible to see how to do this properly. Overall, we're happy we had the experience but are unlikely to seek it out very often.

LI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

The food was all over cooked and had no flavour. Way overpriced for horrible food.

GS
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It’s a unique and delicious take on shellfish. The menu recently changed for the better. Service remains an issue as their English is not great, so you have to be very explicit about what you want and when you want it. Otherwise, they’ll bring everything at once.

HN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Go for the All Canadian bucket, it’s the most expensive item on the menu but it is totally worth it and its more than enough for two hungry people. We added a pound of shrimp and the serving was generous, the shrimps, lobster, Dungeness crab, and mussels size are big, fresh, and cooked just right. The sauces were fantastic, love the garlic pepper. We requested each of the four sauces, they’re free and the server checks from time to time if you needed help on anything. If its your first time, let the server know and they are happy to help. Best to eat with your hands, they have a hand wash area, and they provide plastic gloves and cutleries for cracking/cutting/opening the shells. Overall its good value for the money.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love the crab and chowder!

KT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are from Louisiana and The Holy Crab nailed the flavors of really good Cajun home cooking! Louisiana food isn't all about pepper hot, it is a wonderful melding of spices and this place does an amazing job! I would highly recommend The Holy Crab!

The Holy Crab
Responded on June 28, 2019

Kathryn, your review made our day! Your recommendation is greatly appreciated, please come see us again!

Report
OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Awesome food

SH
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great selection of seafood, seafood prices vary, not far off market value, great service, great wine. Win win

o
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Thank you, hope to be there again,fresh food and a very good option for me

MB
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I didn’t stay. It was not what I expected. It’s like a fast food restaurant

DT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food!! The special Mother’s Day menu was wonderful!!

H
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Not worth!
All the Seafood loses its original flavor.
And every thing seems have only one kind of flavor.
1st and last time there.

P
Vancouver
49 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The place is very casual. It is brightly lit and looks like a modern fast food chain with bright graphics on the walls and not in a bad way.

The seafood, especially the shrimp was excellent. Boiled perfectly and served on wax paper. The asian style garlic and pepper sauce was excellent.

The corn on the cob was grey and over cooked and decidedly unappealing for 2.50 but it was a fun meal, the beer was good with the fries and for high rent Robson, not bad value.

s
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

They surprised us with a half a pound of birthday shrimp! All the food was super tasty and it was fun getting messy and digging into everything. Great place if you want crab and don't mind getting down and dirty.

TM
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The shrimp were superb, especially in the cajun sauce. We look forward to trying the other items on the menu in due course. The waitrons were very attentive and the aprons and gloves make for a novel eating experience. Being wine drinkers, we'd like to see an option of one or two full-bodied red wines.