Directions

Directions To The Original Sand Crab Tavern

Part of the charm and adventure of dining at The Original Sand Crab Tavern is finding this little hidden gem. Tucked away on the edge of an industrial park in Escondido, it used to be a little hard to find. But after “twenty-three years in the same, obscure location” the Sand Crab’s staff are experts at giving patrons perfect directions from anywhere in San Diego County. With Google, MapQuest and GPS systems, finding “the coolest little seafood joint in North County” (San Diego Union-Tribune) is a snap.

Are you coming to the Sand Crab Tavern from Carlsbad or the Orange County/Los Angeles area? Great! Just park your car at the Sprinter train station in Oceanside and take the Sprinter eastbound to the Nordahl train stop. It’s less than a five minute walk from the train to the Sand Crab’s front door – the ultimate Designated Driver if you want to enjoy a cold bucket of beers with your meal. You can make it a drive-free trip entirely from San Diego or the OC/LA areas by taking the train to Oceanside and switching to the Sprinter train. It’s safe, fun and easy – and there’s no traffic to deal with!
Directions From Points Around Southern California

From downtown San Diego:

  • Take either Hwy 163 or Interstate 15 North towards Escondido.
  • Take Hwy 78 WEST and exit at the first off ramp, Nordahl. Turn LEFT on Nordahl to Mission Ave.
  • Turn RIGHT on Mission Ave. Now, MAKE THE NEXT 3 POSSIBLE LEFT TURNS; which are Barham, Opper and Micro Place.
  • You’ve arrived at The Original Sand Crab Tavern!

From Orange County or Los Angeles:

  • Take Interstate 5 SOUTH to Hwy 78 EAST.
  • Go about 16 miles to the Nordahl Exit. Turn RIGHT on Nordahl to Mission Ave.
  • Turn RIGHT on Mission Ave. Now, MAKE THE NEXT 3 POSSIBLE LEFT TURNS; which are Barham, Opper and Micro Place.
  • You’ve arrived at The Original Sand Crab Tavern!

From the Sea World or La Jolla area:

  • Take Interstate 5 North to either Hwy 52 or Hwy 56 EAST.
  • Take 52 or 56 to Interstate 15 NORTH.
  • Take 15 NORTH to Hwy 78 WEST.
  • Take Hwy 78 WEST and exit at the FIRST off ramp, Nordahl. Turn LEFT on Nordahl to Mission Ave.
  • Turn RIGHT on Mission Ave. Now, MAKE THE NEXT 3 POSSIBLE LEFT TURNS; which are Barham, Opper and Micro Place.
  • You’ve arrived at The Original Sand Crab Tavern!

From Riverside or Temecula Wine Country:

  • Take Interstate 15 SOUTH to Hwy 78 WEST.
  • Take Hwy 78 WEST and exit at the FIRST off ramp, Nordahl.
  • Turn LEFT on Nordahl to Mission Ave.
  • Turn RIGHT on Mission Ave. Now, MAKE THE NEXT 3 POSSIBLE LEFT TURNS; which are Barham, Opper and Micro Place.
  • You’ve arrived at The Original Sand Crab Tavern.

You can always call us at (760) 480-CRAB (2722).