We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ernie's Original Crab House

Order Online
All photos (20)

Ratings and reviews



Seafood, American
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff

Location and contact


Fried Calamari
tender calamari rings served with cocktail sauce
Fried Clam Strips
served with cocktail sauce
Fried Sea Scallops
(1/2 lb.) fresh sea scallops, served with cocktail sauce
Fried Oysters
1/2 lb. fresh selected oysters
Seafood, American
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff
Reviews (108)
There are newer reviews for Ernie's Original Crab House
See the most recent reviews
Filter reviews
106 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews fish chips pitcher of beer tartar sauce old towne cornmeal
Updating list...
41 - 50 of 106 reviews
Reviewed April 11, 2016

This is a very nice place to get great sea food and service. Staff is very friendly and food is excellent. Small place but has great atmosphere and the cost is very reasonable for a busy tourist area.

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank Ron C
Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

Food's good, priced wrong. We enjoyed the crab a lot, but he's too proud of his recipe. The service is rough as well. Now, location is great.

Date of visit: April 2016
1  Thank BenuAl
Reviewed January 17, 2016

If you don't follow any other advice relative to restaurants which I offer on this site, don't set foot in Ernie's!

Date of visit: January 2016
2  Thank RichardB562
Reviewed December 19, 2015

Another place that just has to be on your list when you are in the area is this establishment. It has been there since the 40s so they know what they are doing. I think it has changed hands a few times since but they...More

Date of visit: December 2015
Thank TTommy69
Reviewed November 3, 2015

if ur a seafood guru o lover, here's a great spot. Very well hidden, but the foods outta this world. The price mayb a lttl high, but worth the quality and pend'ng whats n season that time o ur visit. I enjoy and recommend the...More

Date of visit: June 2015
Thank Claudia Virgini... A
Reviewed August 1, 2015

The novelty value of the experience carried the evening...and the written instructions for getting the best out of your crabs! The crabs dumped onto newspaper which is used as a table cloth were extremely salty. Staff not warm or friendly, matter of fact and disengaged...More

Date of visit: July 2015
Thank JulieJulie88
Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

I was really hoping for a good soft-shell crab sandwich, but it was just ok. Not sure how they stayed open this long. I don't mind out-if-date places if the food is good. I wouldn't recommend this place.

Date of visit: July 2015
Thank Rosi0817
Reviewed July 20, 2015

Arrived late at the Hilton Old Towne and this was literally the closest restaurant to their front door. Looked at the posted menu and the place looked like a "local" hang out. Thought I would give it a try. Should have kept walking down King...More

Date of visit: July 2015
1  Thank GSO-Mike
Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

The food is mediocre at best. I had the lump crab sandwich. I had a huge bun and a small crab cake. There were only four other people in the restaurant, and that should have been a clue. Either the air-conditioning wasn't working or they...More

Date of visit: July 2015
1  Thank Mary C
Reviewed June 9, 2015

We had lunch here on a Friday. The atmosphere is dismal. The dining area is old, worn and not very clean. It was right by our hotel and we were leaving soon so we ordered. The service was slow. There were two other tables besides...More

Date of visit: May 2015
Thank Wendy R
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Ernie's Original Crab House staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing