A culinary adventure awaits you if you've never been to a place like The Kicking Crab, go to the Costa Mesa location for faster service. I was first introduced to this type of food by my Wife when she took me to The Boiling Crab years ago. We've been going to that place pretty regularly ever since. But there's one problem with The Boiling Crab. Most locations have a long wait. We're talking one hour up to 2 hours. Sometimes and especially now with the kid, we just don't have that kind of time to wait around... and they don't take reservations.
So smart business people noticed the demand and The Kicking Crab opened up just a couple years back. They now have at least two locations that I know of. One in Costa Mesa, on Bristol between Sunflower & Macarthur. And one at the Diamond Plaza on Jamboree and Alton in Irvine. The Irvine location is a bit small so you have to wait there as well, albeit not as long as at Boiling Crab.
But my Wife and I had a date night the other night, no baby and just us so we decided to go to it and have some cajun spicy seafood. The food you get there is messy and tasty. You can get really mild level of spiciness or go crazy for the super hot stuff. On the menu, the popular items are the crawfish, shrimp, crab and lobster. Everything else is good too, but you go there to get your hands dirty and have a beer. It just works like that.
Overall, the experience we had this night was great. We always have a good time there, the staff is friendly and the food never disappoints. Daniel was our server and he was always attentive and took great care of us. If you get the chance to try this place, I'd highly recommend it. If you think this isn't for you, for whatever reason, reconsider. Invite someone that has experienced and have them show you the ropes. Many people are pleasantly surprised when they get over the fact that you have to peel your shrimp and crawfish and your hands will get dirty. The experience is great, the flavors are amazing and it's just a fun experience.