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The Surfing Crab

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16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
+1 302-644-4448
15:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 15:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Several friends recommended the surfing crab and they were right on. Several sizes, the prices were not inexpensive but definitely worth it for full and heavy crabs.

Thank targated
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Service and setting were fine but this time around the food was not up to our expectations. Two couples who had dozens of choices of restaurants. We chose the Surfing Crab because it's a favorite of locals. We eat out at least twice a week. We expect value for our choice. Fish n chips are standard menu fare. Three of... More 

Thank Marjorie L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Every time that we come to the Surfing Crab, we are never disappointed! Just the best AYCE around! Chad is an awesome waiter and makes you feel at home!!

Thank Janice G
Binghamton, New York
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158 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We popped in about 7:30pm on a Sunday and this crab restaurant was out of all of their crab except the soup. They have gone to winter hours and are closed on Monday and Tuesday, so they sell off all of their crab on Sunday. Call ahead to reserve your crabs or take your chances on a Sunday. In fact,... More 

Thank BAEberly
Adelaide, Australia
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112 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We asked some Dewey Beach locals who they thought did the best crabs in town and their unanimous recommendation was the Surfing Crab. Our group was full of Marylanders who came with high expectations but everyone agreed that they were some of the best crabs we have ever had. The Jumbos were very expensive but certainly worth every penny. It... More 

Thank AlwaysRTW
Media, Pennsylvania
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119 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I have never left a crab on the table but with all you can eat and these huge crabs, I had to. The crabs were big and absolutely delicious. The hush puppies and fries were good too. The waiter was very attentive. The beer was great. An absolutely incredible meal. My new favourite crab place.

Thank Kim30Chip
Frederick, Maryland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We had some of the best crabs ever here. We got the all you can eat special for $42. It includes crabs. Hush puppies, Cole slaw and fries. The hush puppies also ranked among the best I've had. Expect a waste t for dinner, but there is a bar and a waiting area. It's worth the wait!

Thank 3cats3
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101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Being a fool for fish tacos, I had to try these. The server assured me I would love them. The result was a tasty trio of tacos surrounded by arugula and other greens, a small cup of bean-corn salad, and a smoky sauce in a cup. Not a fan of smoky, but the rest was really good. The different touch... More 

Thank DelawareToni
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120 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

The family was celebrating the arrival of our niece from New Orleans who brought along her new boyfriend. Since she loves steamed Blue Claw crabs, the 8 of us came to this restaurant which is a couple miles north of Five Points in Lewes. Seating is at paper covered long picnic tables with bench seating. We ordered the all you... More 

Thank Mike M
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

I went here for dinner on a Saturday night and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was full, but we were able to be seated quickly. The adults had crab cakes - which were the best I've ever had anywhere, and the child with us had fish and chips - also very good. This is a not-at-all fancy, casual... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$45
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Lewes
  • Phone Number: +1 302-644-4448
The Surfing Crab is a family tradition of fresh seafood and crabs that was established over 50 years ago. It all started back in 1961, when Henry Vechery opened the Bethesda Crab House. His young son, Donald Vechery began working with him at the age of just nine. Over the years, the crab house became a huge success. Around 2008, Donald wanted to branch out and build something for himself using his years of knowledge and experience. Thus, The Surfing Crab was born, providing Sussex County with 8 years of the most amazing crabs and seafood the area has seen. Come down and try our passionatly crafted dishes using the freshest seafood available!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?