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Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James

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7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
+1 757-245-2722
11:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:30
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Taylorsville, Utah
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been to this restaurant a couple of times when in the area on business. It's got a decent menu and the view of the James River is nice, provided the weather is cooperating. Generally basic seafood choices. I can't say anything is amazing, but it's good. The wine selection could be better. We had an only average pinot grigio... More 

Thank HoopUte
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful restaurant right beside the JRB. You sit in a picnicky atmosphere and enjoy yourself. And PLEASE get the crab cakes. You can have them baked, fried,or on a sandwich. They are the best around. I like the sandwich with homemade cole slaw and freshly cooked fries. This place is a local secret so keep it to... More 

Thank Y5222ZLlindam
Smithfield, Virginia
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The crab cakes are to die for. The service is great. The menu is varied. My guests also had fish and scallops. These were reported as exemplary. Go and eat you'll love it too!!

Thank Snake P
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496 reviews
324 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

I had a she crab soup and crab cakes. The salad that came with the crab cakes was very old and might have stayed out ideas for long period. The soup was salty and crab cakes as well. I did not enjoy anything but the company I was with.

1 Thank Me M
Newport News, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Years ago i was not impressed. But my latest visit was a complete turnaround. Service was good and the food was excellent.The prices where very reasonable.Ill start giving this restaurant another chance.I cant wait for the weather to break to seat outside and enjoy to view. I've lived on the peninsula 50 years and cant find enough good outside dining... More 

Thank waterboy68
blacksburg va or Lewisburg Wv
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Arrived at 730. Had a reasonable wait of 20 mins, as this is a popular spot to dine. Seated at a table that was wiped with a greasy rag-- sticky, old grease. Had to take out hand sanitizer and clean table,as the grease transferred along our sleeves from the table, where we had rested elbows/arms. YUCK. Server arrived 10 mins... More 

Thank jgyaeger
Richmond, Virginia
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Business associate suggested we meet at the Crab Shack for lunch and glad to meet there. Casual atmosphere, nice water views, and great food!

Thank SandiaBlue1912
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

One of our favorites. Nice atmosphere and good local seafood. We also enjoy the very happy and well-fed cats on the dock outside.

Thank Roland R
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

On a beautiful day we sat outside to eat and waited and waited for service. Then a different waitress asked if we were being helped and instead of helping she left to get some one. The food was subpar (with oysters including pea crabs.. if you don't know what it is seeing it for the first time WILL shock you);... More 

Thank James L
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

I went during NN restaurant week for lunch. The portions were big and food was delicious. I had cheesecake, broiled seafood platter and a salad.

Thank Shanita D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 00:30
11:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Newport News
  • Phone Number: +1 757-245-2722

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?