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Dancing Crab Restaurant - CLOSED

4615 Wisconsin Ave NW, Tenley Town, Washington DC, DC 20016-4621
+1 202-244-1882
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good43%
  • Average16%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
19 Dec 2015
“My favorite crab restaurant in Washington D.C.!!”
25 Jan 2015
“Know Before You go: Don't go for karaoke if you're over 22”
Restaurant Hours Closed
££ - £££
4615 Wisconsin Ave NW, Tenley Town, Washington DC, DC 20016-4621
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11 - 20 of 27 reviews

Reviewed 11 April 2013 via mobile

I tried the hush puppies due to reviews. They were ok, but considering most seafood restaurants give them for free, I didn't think they were worth the price. Fries were absolutely worth it and seasoned so well. Small spicy crabs were $6. A bit expensive...More

4  Thank tjeason
Reviewed 19 March 2013

I want you to know, that this is THE place to eat in D.C. Just a few minutes from Georgetown and Savoy Suites (A great hotel), this place is to die for. It's a hidden little gem in a tiny store front with kitschy decoration...More

7  Thank Bobbie B
Reviewed 12 March 2013

Haven't been in 20 plus years. Grilled lobster and crab cakes were outstanding. Service nice and pleasant. Enjoyed watching food preparation on the big screen! Other tv's with sports and news. Had a great family birthday dinner and will be back!

5  Thank JoAnn B
Reviewed 11 December 2012

I've only been here for the crabs a single time. They were grossly over-priced. We ended up paying ~$90 for a half dozen crabs, 2 sodas and 2 sides. I will not be going back for crabs. However, in the evenings this place turns in...More

3  Thank ncatay
Reviewed 24 November 2012

What a fun place! There's a sense that new management is taking a first hand interest in this gem. Had such a good time, food was to dream for, the staff was friendly and attentive, clearly enjoying themselves. Heard there's to be a line up...More

7  Thank hsandwick
Reviewed 16 November 2012

Growing up in the DC area as a kid, I knew the Dancing Crab as the only "real" crab house in DC. Usually we had to go to Baltimore or Annapolis to get crabs. Over the years this place had become kind of a run...More

8  Thank Maxp0wer
Reviewed 1 September 2012

The crabs were phenomenal and reasonably priced. The sides were really good too. I had dinner with an old friend and we never felt rushed as we took our time to pick through the crabs and talk.

2  Thank SusanDFW
Reviewed 17 June 2012

Good drink specials. The crab's been there forever and is always a sure thing. It's a place for the American University undergrads to go and get drinks. Gets packed after 11:00 PM.

2  Thank deadhead_attorney
Reviewed 24 April 2012 via mobile

The place itself is kind of a cool dive. The staff is amazing. The food is simply mouth watering. Bathrooms are not good, need space and updates, but functional. We ordered crab cakes, and they were the best I have ever had. The cakes included...More

1  Thank scott j
Reviewed 12 October 2010

Wanted some Maryland spiced crabs on a visit to the Washington, DC area. Found this place on Trip Advisor and it was, in short, FANTASTIC. Started with some very fresh clams and oysters on the half shell, followed by GREAT spiced crabs - brown paper...More

1  Thank TravelPro17
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Restaurant Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4615 Wisconsin Ave NW, Tenley Town, Washington DC, DC 20016-4621
    (Brandywine St, NW)
  • Public Transportation: Tenleytown/ AU Metro Red Line
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-244-1882
The Dancing Crab, a Washington Institution for over 39 years is family owned and operated and has been serving their customers the freshest and largest hard shell blue crabs from world renowned Maryland's Chesapeake Bay's Eastern Shore. Known for their many famous visitors, this is the only true Maryland Style Crabhouse in Washington DC. Be prepared to have fun when planning a visit, especially with the phenomenal lunch and dinner Specials prepared by Our Famed Executive Chef, Michele Lisi...Enjoy live music on Fridays and Saturdays, incredible Happy Hour Specials Monday-Friday that includes Tuesday's 1/2 bottle wine nights. This upscale hole in the wall, is sure to bring joy to you and your guests. We pride ourselves in serving the freshest seafood. Once we sell out of our fresh seafood on any given night, our Kitchen closes until the next day delivery. Come dance, drink, and indulge yourselves!
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