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“Major disappointment”
Review of Fenwick Crabhouse

Fenwick Crabhouse
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$35
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Description: Notably the last restaurant on Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island, Delaware before entering Ocean City, Maryland, Delaware may have saved the best for last. The award winning Fenwick Crabhouse has been an icon in the resort for almost 50 years. Though being named a "favorite seafood dive in the US" for an unprecedented fourth straight year by Coastal Living Magazine, the Fenwick Crabhouse is hardly a dive. While the atmosphere is casual, they have an appealing menu of carefully prepared meals catering to a variety of tastes. You will find great wines, craft beers, their hallmark "The Perfect Crab cake" (NY Times), Delaware Magazine's 2011 "Best Ribs," and of course, those wonderful steamed crabs. Their mission is to provide a unique blend of creatively prepared dishes using fresh, locally grown foods and award-winning beverages to the table. The Fenwick Crabhouse is a seasonal restaurant off-season hours change before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Call for hours.
Reviewed 6 August 2013

Twelve of our family went to this restaurant with high expectations. However, we found some major problems. When ordering crabs, the choice, 'all you can eat', was chosen by two of us. The crabs were terrible--small; few, if any, legs, and just not nice looking. When we complained, one of the staff said--surprisingly--"Oh, when you order 'all you can eat' we give you the bottom of the barrel [sic]." At least she was honest! The "famous" crab soup had little crab and many vegetables and was not tasty. One dessert featured ice cream between two rather stale cookies.

I will say that the servers were polite and tried to accommodate.

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Thank dkfcleveland
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Reviewed 6 August 2013 via mobile

Tried Fenwick Crabhouse for the first time about two summers ago. Have been back about a dozen times since. My favorites are the Cream of Crab Soup and Blackened Scallops. All fish is very fresh. Generous portions. Staff very friendly.

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Thank HudsonLN
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

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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Reviewed 1 August 2013 via mobile

Went there with the family. You can tell it is a family owned business and we like that. Very eclectic art work and atmosphere. Always something to look at. Service was good we had Maria from Russia. Her English was very good and she was funny.
Most of us got the crab legs plenty of food very sweet crab legs hardly needed the drawn butter. Its served with roasted potatoes and veggies they could have been better they were cold and veggies were smushie.crab soup awesome. All in all a good meal

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Thank josmax
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Reviewed 31 July 2013 via mobile

I've been here before and have yet to be disappointed. My husband had the Ultimate Combo with ribs, crab cake & fried chicken. He loved it! Friend enjoyed the crab imperial and I had the crabcake sandwich. The food was perfect and the kids menu has a lot of variety. Ask for remoulade sauce, as they serve the crabcakes with tartar (inappropriate IMO). They have a lovely remoulade with a subtle kick at the end.

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Thank Barbara P
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