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General Info
Opened in 1997, Crustacean is a restaurant that serves a variety of food and beverage items. The restaurant s design has European and Vietnamese influences. It features a Walk on Water entrance, which is a serpentine aquarium on the floor. It winds through the cocktail lounge of the restaurant. It also has a dining room that features French colonial decor. The restaurant s dinner menu includes yellow corn soup, mussels, shrimp toast, crab cake salad, chicken breast and herb-roasted halibut. Crustacean offers gift certificates of several denominations. It is located in Beverly Hills, Calif., and offers a special menu on Sundays.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (310) 271-0737

Fax: (310) 271-0737

Fax Number: (310) 271-0737

Payment method
travelers checks, discover, master card, visa, amex, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$$$
Neighborhoods
Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles
Amenities
Outdoor Seating
AKA

Crustacean Beverly Hills

Crustacean Restaurant

Crustacean Euro Vietnamese Cuisine

Categories
Pizza, Bars, Cocktail Lounges, Seafood Restaurants, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants, Vietnamese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, French Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Dressy

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Take Out: No

Cuisines: Vietnamese, Asian, Caterers, Family Style, French, European, Seafood, Continental, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

COUPONS & DEALS

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Debra L.

11/04/2016

Overall
Atmosphere
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Overrated in my opinion. The restaurant decor would be better appreciated if they hadn't crammed so many tables into the restaurant. It's obvious that they're after the cash and care little about ensuring a pleasant dining experience for their customers. I'm kind of embarrassed for them actually, they play high end in a low class sort of way. Even with reservations we ended up waiting about 35 minutes for our table. No apologies given. Service was slow. Food was alright, but isn't everything smothered in garlic and butter good? I expected more for the prices paid. I just don't equate plastic bibs, eating with your hands, and finger licking with fine dining. And I'm not fond of the Asian inspired outfits the hosts/servers wear. Can we say cheesy?

CarrieD1

09/14/2011

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Overall
Tasty food!

Great food! I love this place, delicious menu. I can never get enough of it but it's pricy to go there often. Beautiful inside with littple koi pond.

MasakoT

07/05/2011

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Overall
For the money it should be good!

This is the place you take someone to show how much money you can spend on food. I loved the Garlic crab, the atmosphere was a little uptight, but knowing how outrageous the prices were, I couldn

lorenal

04/19/2011

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Overall
Good Food But Expensive

I like the decor. Very chic. Good service and the place is fun. I love the garlic noodles. The food is all very creative. But they charge you extra to crack the crab legs! This is a rip-off because trhere is no way to eat them without paying this extra fee. Stop this lame fee!

Reuben S.

11/08/2010

Overall
We Have A New Favorite Restaurant

After hearing about this restaurant from several people in different conversations I decided to take my wife there for her birthday. This place had incredible ambiance and the decor was amazing from the live band playing smooth jazz to the beautiful coy fish pond you could see through the glass flooring in throughout the restaurant.

From the time we entered we were promptly greeted and escorted shortly after to our table. We ordered the house specialty of "cracked crab and garlic noodles" that came highly recommended from others we have dined here. I can honestly say they were not exaggerating. Both items were exceptionally delicious. I had never tasted noodles or crab prepared this way. They unique blends of herbs and spices they used were incredible. They were so good that I had to order a second serving of each to go. I mentioned this because this place is somewhat pricy but after tasting the food it was worth every penny.



My wife and I were both thoroughly impressed with the incredible service and the delicious food. We both have a new favorite restaurant.

EagleRockGrl

04/05/2010

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Overall
good but relies on its BH too much.

Its good, but needs a bit of the neuvo. Now I am an oldschooler, and love the simple. This restaurant is very good but not worth the bucks. there are so many wonderful places now that make Crustatean hide out. Please do some new things, or the same things but better.

786LA786

02/26/2010

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the food is just terrible, and we ordered everything

worst meal i have had in LA. service was appalling. the waiters just plain don't care. food was not well executed and heavily salted. will never go back. ugh.

ddoi

02/17/2010

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Overall
Delicious

One of my favorite restuarants! Most places in Beverly hills don't live up to the hype, this place exceeds them. The decor and the atmosphere is stunning. The food is also great, the garlic crab and the garlic noodles are two of my favorite. If you want a place to WOW out of towners or impress a date, I definitely recommend coming here. You won't be dissapointed!

foodie47

01/11/2010

Overall
What an experience! You had to be there.

We arrived a tad fashionably late and our hostess Michelle immediately escorted us (a party of nine) to our table and provided us menus upon seating. The occasion we were celebrating was my sister's birthday. The atmosphere and ambiance right away encaptured the entire party. Our appetizer starter was the signature appetizer platter i.e., chicken dumplings, coconut shrimp, crab puffs, steak satay with peanut, mustard and soy sauces, and crab cake salad which was unbelieveable. Our waiter, Drew was awesome and had a great sense of humor dealing with the crowd that I was with. The main entrees ranged from tiger prawns and garlic noodles, rack of lamb and vegetables w/ side of garlic noodles, filet of sole, chicken satay, jasmine rice, ginger brown rice, coconut shrimp, short ribs and dungeness crab out the shell. If there was a 10 star rating Crustacean would be worth it. What a dining experience, when the bill came that was an experience as well but that's another story; you had to be there. Looking forward to my next dining experience at Crustacean...

steph J

11/18/2009

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Overall
i always enjoy the cuisine

i have been coming here for yrs. love it. great dessert

SuzyCattheBeach

11/18/2009

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Overall
Nice Setting - A Bit Oversold

The atmosphere can be a challenge, especially during busier times; however the food is very good. Everyone rave about the garlic noodles and they should because they are delicious. And the setting is of course something to be seen, especially for out-of-town guests.

JAG099

10/21/2009

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Overall
Pink Lotus!!!

Try the Pink Lotus!!! Be ready to be surprised! From the fish in the floor to the food.. this place is always fun and amazingly delicious!

Cravery82

08/25/2009

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Overall
Coconut Shrimp

Crustacean makes you wait for a reservation, but I promise you that wait it well worth it! I had family visiting from the east coast and wanted to take them out for a memorable meal. The restaurant has exquisite Vietnamese cuisine, and my grandma literally died over the coconut shrimp. My meal was amazing too, but it was the TYku cocktail the waiter suggested that pushed my experience over the edge!
If it didn't take so long to secure a reservation we would have gone back every night they were in town!

jgoodb

08/03/2009

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Overall
Wonderful Experience

I went to Crustacean for the fist time last week and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was impressed by the Koi ""Walk on Water,"" and the rest of the decor was absolutely beautiful The waitor was helpful and attentive, and my food was excellent! (Especially the garlic noodles- yum!) Crustacean is pricey, but definitely worth every penny.

JSoleymani

05/04/2009

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Overall
TERRIBLE!

What a disaster of a restaurant!

We had a reservation, but were seated more than 20 minutes late. When we were, we were given a HORRIBLE table in the aisle...where people were walking back and forth next to us. We asked for another table, and we got SO MUCH attitude!

The music was loud and obnoxious, the waitresses were bitchy, and the food didn't even look that good. In fact, we didn't even eat! We left and walked a few blocks to a little Italian place for dinner.

Instead of them being nice and helpful, it felt like the waitresses wanted to tell us ""you should be glad we LET you sit here!""

Peanut

04/20/2009

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Overall
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!

1. Food is not authentic (and I am Vietnamese)
2. Famous ""prawns"" are always overcooked and rubbery.
3. Garlic noodles will give you heartburn - so greasy.
4. You're paying for the lease, not the quality of food.

mspeeches

03/07/2009

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Overall
HORRIBLE!

I'm gonna use my friend's favorite word when sumthin's not good.'HORRIBLE'!!... I hope this review I'm writing reach millions of people.My husband & I went to this place for my friend's birthday dinner for our 1st time. I heard this restaurants' name so many times, I was happy to finally go. I've been to quite a few upscale restaurants & I've been to regular diners/cafes. Check this out... I don't even have to get into how the food was, what I'm going to say I feel is worse. My hubby & I arrived a lil late to my friend's gathering. I ordered the crab w/ the shell (whatever the dish is called). I then asked my friend's sister what she ate,and she told me the crab w/ NO shell. I said 'Oh, I wanna change mine to that, I'll let the waiter know'.The waiter brought out a crab plate which was the one w/ the shell. Another guest @ the table had ordered crab, so it was given to her, she began to eat off the plate. About 10-15min. later another crab plate had come out, this one NO shell (the one I wanted to change to). I noticed it was the one I wanted so I was gonna eat my food.The waiter & I had small talk & he noticed I had the plate with NO shell , he reaches over to the other guest's plate that she had ate from & switched our plates like it was the thing to do! Are you kidding me?? I told him I need to exchange this, & his response was 'oh no honey! I'm gonna still charge you for this'. Make a long story short- my plate was exchanged after the manager gave me a lecture about times being hard w/ the economy & they can't waste their food like that. Makes me wonder what other things they'd be willing to do , to save their food??? Hint,hint: if something falls on the floor behind closed doors.

Casablanca01

01/12/2009

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Overall
The Worst Service Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So disappointed. Took my husband there to celebrate his birthday and we are still waiting for our hot food to be bought to our table. There was excuse after excuse of why it was taking so long. Can you imagine??? We were told it was because we ordered an appetizer and then told is was due to us ordering filet mignon for dinner. It was amazing that the table that came in 45 minutes after us ordered appetizers and dinner and their meal arrived way before we even walked out of the restaurant. This was Saturday evening and I am now at work on Monday afternoon. They just can't handle the fame or the crowds. We were ignored several times when we tried to find out the status of our dinner. We still have not received any follow-up from anyone to apologize for running my husbands birthday!!!!!
Don't waste your time going there, it's all hype!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan N.

01/11/2009

Overall
The Worst Service Ever!!!

They don't even deserve a star based on the service we received. Can't rate them either on their food due to it arrived at our table after an hour after we were seated and cold. Never once did they offer anything to make up for the time we waited except excuse after excuse. We heard it was late because we ordered Filet Mignon and that takes long to cook. If you would have seen the size you thought it was a joke. We complained the food was cold and they had someone come and feel our plates. How dare they!!!! I also owned a restaurant in Beverly Hills and never would have stayed in business the years I did if this type of service took place. I guess when you get to be that big in the industry, little things like satisfying your customer sieze to exist!!!

Australiaaa

12/14/2008

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A wonderful evening for a special occasion

I've been to several high-end restaurants local and overseas, and I will tell you this place is nearly unmatched when it comes to seafood. Let me preface this by putting down some of the previous reviews and setting them straight a bit. This is an UPSCALE, Beverly Hills restaurant. Yes, its expensive, yes, you're in Beverly Hills and yes the food in insatiable. I am mind-boggled by reviews that go out of their way to point this out. Anyway, I was with my folks to enjoy a birthday celebration and we were thoroughly impressed from start to finish. Our reservation was attended to promptly where we sat down in the beautiful main eating area. You walk over a large fish tank as your path, which is really cool and unique. The waitress was very friendly and helpful with the menu selections. Our three cocktails were served in a decent amount of time, all made great. Beef Satay and Crispy Rice were the two appeteizers, small portions, ($9.99ea), so somewhat expected. Two crabs (out of the shell) plus a lamb dish for the three of us. Absolutely delicious crab mean, cooked perfectly in their sauce, I tried some lamb and it was very tender, simply ignore the microwave comments from other review. We split a garlic noodle, which is a must have, you'll want to order more, I guarantee it. Lava cake and another, I forget the name, were both very good... Had myself a camomile tea, which I enjoy.. Bill was expensive, but we were all aware of the price beforehand, so no jaw dropping when we were handed it. Overall the place is beautiful, the entire staff was completely on top of things. Couple things I thought was odd was the position of the table, let my seat cramped, so we had to adjust it... Other than that, this place is a true pleasure if you're looking for a nice evening (birthday, anniversary, or a really impressionable date), not a place I can afford to see once a week, but when you do go, you'll remember it.

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