I made a call-ahead for 13 guests for 5:30 at 5:00 pm on a Friday in the first week of August. We arrived right at 5:30 and immediately seated with no hassles (5 teens and 8 adults). Service was immediately at the table and waitress wrote her name (Jenna) in crayon on the disposable cloth-like tablecloth so we could all see it. She also gladly separated our checks into the requested 3 separate bills without acting like she was doing us a favor, which I have seen a lot of in Bethany Beach. Beverages were served and Jenna brought out a few plates of Captain's Wafers with a nice horseradish-cheddar (?) cheese spread; this was quite tasty and we asked for more. Drink refills and special requests (dressing on the side, substitutions) were handled quickly and happily.
We started out with their cream of crab soup. It was very tasty also - obvious cream base with lots of crab, and a slight kick, maybe cayenne. Not knock your socks off, but good; at $7.50 for a cup, probably a little overpriced.
My entree was the house speciality crab cakes and their "award winning" ribs with french fries ($24). The crab cake was pretty much all crab, very lightly breaded and fried. It was however, not fried so that it was like breaking through a coconut shell to get at the goods inside. It was, just lightly breaded. Again, it was very good (4 oz.), about the size of a nectarine. No overpowering Old Bay or other spices. It was different from the crab cakes you find in Annapolis, which I personally prefer.
The ribs were sweet, smoky, and meaty with very little fat. Good flavor with a little spicy kick (I enjoy). These too were very good. Not mind-blowing but very good. Could've maybe been a little less dry. Refills on drinks were promptly filled. Speaking of which, along with all the craft-style brews they have here, I was also happily surprised to see they offered Rochefort 10, a Belgian trappist ale that is fairly rare here in the US. Their price was $14 a bottle which is about double what it retails for.
Only real negative was the temperature of the restaurant. On the southern (left as you face the restaurant) side, the room is cooled by what has to be most effective wall mounted air conditioner known to man. NASA must have designed this thing. Definitely a meat locker with accompanying breeze. Bring a sweater. I'm usually pretty poikilothermic but even I had to say something to one of the staff.
Other good meals had by my party were all good as well - crab legs, soft-shell crabs. steak Oscar, and chicken.
Surprisingly, the restaurant did not auto tac on a gratuity.
Overall, good atmosphere, very good food, probably about 20% overpriced with great service and chillingly good (had to do it) AC. We'd go there again.
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