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Ernie's Original Crab House

1743 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2720
+1 703-836-0046
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  • Excellent14%
  • Very good18%
  • Average29%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible20%
6 May 2018
“Sit anywhere”
6 Mar 2018
“Filled need for crab”
Closed Now
Seafood, American
$$ - $$$
1743 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2720
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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.

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.

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Thank Wendy R
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  • Value
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1743 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2720
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-836-0046
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