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“Old, Dirty, Dingy”

Ernie's Original Crab House
Ranked #595 of 861 Restaurants in Alexandria
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed March 22, 2018

For the prices charged I expected that the food would be at least decent.
The service was S-L-O-W and the place only had three of us in it...I suppose that should have been the first warning.
The dingy/dirty/drab décor should have been my second warning.
Since I did not heed those I was rewarded with Clam Chowder that could easily be bested by a can of Campbell's Soup. A single Crab Cake (yes one) for $17 was dry and had too much filler...

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Thank hanskennedy30
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

Many choices on sizes for crabs. However, crabs are not local this time of year. Very informal. Decor could use some upgrading.

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Thank Jeff P
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Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick dinner. First impression was that this place is empty at 630 pm in Alexandria...so I looked at TripAdvisor and Yelp and saw the bad reviews. Turns out the sandwich was delicious, the beer cold and service ok. Not fancy, but decent food.

Thank kdustin
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Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

Went for a quick business dinner. Food wasn’t bad but over priced and the service was very slow. The worst thing was that the waiter(only person in the place) added at $24 tip to the bill without telling us or giving us an itemized bill. It was only after we asked how a bill for 4 people was &150 and asked for an itemized bill that we learned what he did. He never did tell us that he added the tip, and he had also taken a $30 cash tip that we had left trying to be kind for the holidays. No return trips to this place for me.

Thank Ed W
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Reviewed October 19, 2017

The food was okay, although the portion was smaller than what you get at other restaurants. The service was just so-so. The main problem here is that it is way over-priced for what you get and the atmosphere. If you want to spend that much $$ for seafood, go about 4 more blocks and eat at Hank"s Oyster Bar where you'll get much better food, better service and better atmosphere for the same high price.

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Thank ClButch2014
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