Crab Pot Restaurant
Seafood, Spirits, and Fun Along Restaurant Row
By Pamela Bieri
When the much-anticipated Crab Pot at Rancho Mirage opened two years ago, the whimsical seafood restaurant caught an immediate wave of popularity. The former Dominick’s Restaurant, a favorite haunt of Frank Sinatra, was completely transformed into a nautically themed Crab Pot, complete with life-size carved figures: Dean Martin at the bar, a bearded fisherman suspended from the ceiling in a wooden dinghy hauling up a crab trap, and a couple coyly seated at a table for two.
Wood paneled throughout the main dining room and semicircular bar, Crab Pot features signature red-checked tablecloths, paper-towel rolls, and wooden mallets for diners to partake the messy fun of cracking crab legs, shucking oysters, peeling shrimp, and crunching corn on the cob. Four seafood feasts to share — The Alaskan, The Cove, The Westport, and The Pacific Clambake — are poured in the middle of butcher-papered tables. In addition to seafood feasts are appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, grilled or fried seafood and chips, ribs, chicken, pasta, and their signature New York Steak.
Seating extends to a large outdoor patio, heated overhead and by a cozy fireplace, and to a circular covered patio off the bar and lounge. Sip classic and signature cocktails, martinis, wines, and beer at a table or the bar. Choose appetizers from the bar menu while watching sports or entertainment on five plasma TVs in the lounge. A private banquet room is available for celebrations and meetings with custom menus.
The Crab Pot at Rancho Mirage joins the La Quinta Crab Pot in offering desert dwellers a taste of the sea and the popular Northwest custom where folks gather to enjoy freshly caught salmon, crab, and steamed shellfish. First launched on Seattle’s historic waterfront by owner Hal Griffith, Crab Pots are in Washington and Long Beach, California.
Rancho Mirage open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. La Quinta open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Crab Pot - Rancho Mirage
The Crab Pot - La Quinta
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Happy Crab Pot diners enjoying a bountiful meal on the patio before the waterfall with beautiful mountain views.
One of the favorite sea feasts presented at The Crab Pot is their famous Alaskan Feast, a fine-dining experience with a generous serving of king crab, Dungeness crab, snow crab, shrimp in the shell, steamed clams, Pacific mussels, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and red potatoes in their jackets, brought to your table steaming. Served with tools — mallet, crab cracker, and fish fork — and a wooden pallet to pound on. You can get down and dirty and clean up with the paper towels on your table. What fun! The suggested wine is Crab Pot Chardonnay.
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