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Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James

7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
+1 757-245-2722
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good35%
  • Average21%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (53 reviews)
“cole slaw” (19 reviews)
“steamed crabs” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Hours
American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stopped here for lunch and it was a very good choice. Great view on the patio. Delicious fresh seafood. Crab, shrimp, flounder it was all very tasty. Service was outstanding.

Thank DJB002
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Crab cakes were very good and the oysters on the half shell were well priced but super large (not my favorite). Coleslaw was weird. Nice location.

Thank katrinangel2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very upscale casual place right on the water. Food choices were plentiful. Go for the tuna if you can. Our waitress (with ‘Dad’ tattoo) was awesome and treated us great and had some great menu suggestions.

Thank Howard R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting my aunt and uncle so we had dinner at the Crab Shack. They have taken me here before and I’m happy to say, it was just as good as I remember. It’s their favorite place. My uncle and I shared a dozen steamed oysters....More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service and food is always wonderful!! The restaurant is always clean and the staff always friendly! We will be back!

Thank tracey f
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great service, atmosphere, and especially, the view, but our meal was just so-so. We live practically next door to this place, and had high hopes as we had just moved in and had planned for weeks to wait until our first night in our new...More

Thank Eddie S
Reviewed April 9, 2018

There was absolutely no love in this food. I was with friends, 4 adults and 2 children, and not a single person at the table finished their food because the flavor was so underwhelming. I'm glad that I only ordered a sandwich as the price...More

Thank roxf2015
Reviewed April 4, 2018

I was warned by family that it may not be good. But it's location is so cool and it's right on the water I had to try it. The service was not necessarily the best and the wine selection was not good BUT the food...More

Thank Birdman G
Reviewed March 9, 2018

went here with a group of family , we tried all the appetizers and all was fresh and great tasting. More Bar food style Rest. then anything else. great for friends and after work.

Thank thejeffb
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

The crab shack was a very nice atmosphere. The food was refreshing and the alcoholic drinks were on point. I also enjoyed the fact that the prices on the food were phenomenal. I paid under $25 for drinks and dinner on a Friday night.

Thank Longislandgirl516
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Questions & Answers
Nancy C
November 12, 2015|
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Response from ChartreuseBuzzard | Reviewed this property |
If you call the restaurant, they may be able to give you the recipe. Good luck!
bill p
August 21, 2015|
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Response from engprof | Reviewed this property |
Don't know. But the crab cakes are great!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
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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