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Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James

7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
+1 757-245-2722
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good37%
  • Average21%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
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“seafood” (43 reviews)
“cole slaw” (19 reviews)
“steamed crabs” (3 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood
££ - £££
7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
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11 - 20 of 285 reviews

Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

This was a disappoint. She crab soup was more like a white flour gravy. The fish and shrimp were over cooked and tasteless. I hope the crabs and crab cakes are much better. Unlikely to go back.

Thank Galen M
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

We just returned from eating here. First off, the view is wonderful. The restaurant is situated by a small beach on the James River. The food was good. Although everything came out warm (not hot), it was very flavorful and good. The restaurant was REALLY...More

Thank dejanairo_1
Reviewed 20 July 2017

There were empty tables but it was relatively busy. We waited a looooong time for our food. When my Oysters Rockefeller came out, they were cold & wet. I sent them back for a cruise under the broiler and the result was delicious. I have...More

Thank Swason2017
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Just arrived in town and wanted a place to start out trip off on the right foot. The Crab Shack was the correct choice for that. From my oysters on the half shell and my wife's crab dip served with a loaf of warm and...More

Thank Scott B
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

enhance to see the live crab inside the oyster. And The oysters were served warm at room temperature.

Thank George P
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Got here early, abt 5pm and got seated, by 6pm there was a line. Service was good, drinks ordered, orders taken, appetizers on schedule. Market price for 1/2 doz steamed crabs was $21....not today Bubba! I went for the crab cake platter. Food is excellent....More

Thank Ted405
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Over priced and small portions. The service was slow. There are much better seafood places to enjoy.

Thank William K
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Very pleasant staff. Above average food and a good price. We go there on a regular basis when in the area. It's a treat to walk on the fishing pier after dinner... if they will let you walk without paying to fish. That part is...More

Thank VeniceIsle
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Just before noon on Saturday May 20th my wife and I enjoyed excellent Crab Cake Sandwiches and trimmings, on the enclosed porch. Of course the view was amazing and our lunch was delicious as always. Faith, our waitperson, was personable, professional, and courteous. We relaxed...More

Thank Damon G
Reviewed 5 June 2017

We went to a restaurant called Crab Shack, and they had NO crabs. It's not that they ran out, they hadn't gotten any crabs at all for the season. They said that they hadn't received any crabs yet and do not know when they were...More

Thank FiveGoofy
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Nancy C
12 November 2015|
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Response from ChartreuseBuzzard | Reviewed this property |
If you call the restaurant, they may be able to give you the recipe. Good luck!
bill p
21 August 2015|
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Response from engprof | Reviewed this property |
Don't know. But the crab cakes are great!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 00:30
11:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Newport News
  • Phone Number: +1 757-245-2722
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