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.

Crab's Claw Inn

601 Grand Central Ave, Lavallette, NJ 08735
+1 732-793-4447
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good37%
  • Average19%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (51 reviews)
“clams” (24 reviews)
“steak” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
601 Grand Central Ave, Lavallette, NJ 08735
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (356)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 355 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

The place is always busy, go early or there will be a long wait. There is a big bar area when you first walk in - it gets very congested and loud. We were seated at a booth right by the bar for dinner and...More

Thank Suzanne & David L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Heard about this place from local residence and decided to try. It's close to the beach although we did not have beach view not sure if can view beach from restaurant, there was an upstairs bar area. Thomas our waiter was nice, honest and very...More

Thank neonmomf
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun! Great bar and bartenders! The music is the cherry on top!! Locals can be a little territorial but def worth the visit again this year!

Thank Stephanie W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a great meal at the Crab's Claw! The buffalo calamari was delicious and so was their shrimp meals. Of course there is always a wait, but go early, get a drink and enjoy the atmosphere!

Thank Katrina B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here two nights in a row it was so good. My wife loved the steamer pot with old bay and a variety of seafood. The red snapper islamador and the FIRECRACKER shrimp and scallops were delicious with well balanced spice. Decent kid options with...More

Thank vjg3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food nice atmosphere. Good stop! The wait could get out of hand so go early. No reservations. Parking is abundant so don’t sweat it.

Thank JohnnySands
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever we are in Lavallette vacationing, we always make sure we make at least one visit to the Crab's Claw. Our most recent visit was very enjoyable and our server Rachel was very efficient and friendly. We enjoyed oysters on the half shell, buffalo calamari...More

Thank NJSusan-7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been going here for years. The wait have become monumental--and for what? Average food and service with a hefty price tag. The bar is always hopping--which is nice. The live music can either be awful or awesome--depending if you're in the mood for it.

Thank X7201KEmatthews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had a wonderful late lunch/early dinner here. We came here for our anniversary while on vacation and had a great time. Our server was very personable and provided great service. They had a piano player to help set a nice romantic...More

Thank Thomas R
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

We had a nice meal, but wasn't anything to rave about. Standard (but good) fried seafood and sandwich options. Large place with lots of seating. Live music was nice!

Thank JMiller19
Nearby HotelsSee all 2 hotels
The Lamplight Motel
39 reviews
.30 km away
Tradewinds Motor Lodge
57 reviews
1.29 km away
Starlight Motel & Luxury Suites
144 reviews
1.87 km away
Seaside Colony Motel
156 reviews
2.93 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Colonial Bakery
63 reviews
.94 km away
Ohana Grill
136 reviews
.71 km away
Lenny's Pizza & Italian Grill
129 reviews
.13 km away
Meg's Grill
55 reviews
.70 km away
Nearby Attractions
The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe
77 reviews
1.47 km away
Barnacle Bills Amusements
22 reviews
1.90 km away
Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark
394 reviews
3.49 km away
The Original Ben Franklin 5 & 10 Store
28 reviews
.56 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
September 13, 2016|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from MERRIE S | Reviewed this property |
Now that is off season as previous traveler suggested your wait time should be less. I would suggest giving them a call!
August 5, 2016|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Rich F | Reviewed this property |
Year round
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Grand Central Ave, Lavallette, NJ 08735
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Lavallette
  • Phone Number: +1 732-793-4447
  • E-mail
Welcome to the Crab's Claw Inn, one of the best restaurants in Lavallette, New Jersey! Don't just take our word for it, we were nominated for a Taste Award for Outstanding Restaurant in the Bar/Pub category. Located on the northbound side of Route 35 (Grand Central Avenue), we have been serving fantastic seafood and an extensive list of bottled and draft beers to our patrons for decades. Our professional chefs prepare a menu that is sure to satisfy our local clientele and seasonal tourists a like. The Crab's Claw Inn is open year-round and is dedicated to providing great food to our local patrons as one of the best restaurants Lavallette New Jersey has to offer. Come on into The Crab's Claw Inn tonight and enjoy a meal in our warm, friendly atmosphere. Whether alone, with family, or hanging out with friends, we can guarantee a great night for you. Call us today for more information.
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