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“Crab shack has some unique dining and good food”

Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James
Ranked #23 of 461 Restaurants in Newport News
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 15 April 2014

The Crab Shack sits on piers right over the water, so you can look right down into it from the 3-season part of the dining area. The food it good, the service is good, the cleanliness of the dining area is pretty good for a seafood place. I like it.

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Thank Amy R
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

This is a place that I've found all the locals like to complain a little about, but they keep coming! And, for good reason. The food is good, the variety of seafood is nice for a small place tucked in the edge of a waterfront park. The GPS will not get you here, it misguides everyone way down the street. You have to go through the park' sparking lot to get here...but, it's worth the maze. Best place to watch gulls and boats in Newport News.

Thank Rick M
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

I have been going here on occasion for almost 10 years. The restaurant has only recently improved after declining in quality for a long time. Its a shame as the asthetics are great...right on the James River. There is not another restaurant in the area that boasts such a great atmosphere. Unfortunately, the food/service is not on par with the venue. There was a serious collapse in the quality about 5 years ago and it only recently has tried to recover. I swore off of the place for 2 years and have only returned in the past 2 years. In the past I had been served produce that was almost rotten and seafood that seemed aged. More recently I have had a decent rockfish dinner and salads that have been quite a bit better than in the past. Im still on the fence about the place but the venue is worth it sometimes. Also unfortunately, it may be the best choice for seafood in the area.

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Great food, ambience, and view! The company I used to work for would have "Meeting or exceeding the monthly goals" night for the whole company. I have been back many times, just my wife and I.

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Thank Bob H
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Love this place. Would be prettier in the warmer months. Right at the foot of the bridge (so be careful--we missed the right turn and had to go across the bridge and back). Staff were pleasant, food was excellent and ambience and location can't be beat for that riverview feel! And did I say they were kid-friendly?

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