Background In recent years, many studies have explored the potential prognostic utility of C-reactive protein/albumin ratio (CAR) in patients with gastric cancer (GC), however, the results remain conflicting. We thus performed a meta-analysis to determine the association of CAR and prognosis of GC. Methods This meta-analysis was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) Statement. PubMed, Web of science, Embase, and Cochrane Library were searched. Hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for overall survival (OS) and cancer-specific survival (CSS) of included studies were pooled to estimate the prognostic value of CAR. Results Eight studies with a total of 3,216 patients were included in this meta-analysis. High CAR was significantly associated with poor OS (HR = 1.59, 95%CI = 1.36-1.85, p Conclusion Elevated pretreatment CAR is a prognostic marker of poor OS and CSS in patients with GC. Furthermore, high CAR levels are associated with clinicopathological features reflecting tumor progression.