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Ernie's Original Crab House

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1743 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2720
+1 703-836-0046
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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84 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was in the area and googled crab places and Ernie's popped up..it was Sunday afternoon it was a few families in there plenty of seating ..older establishment but clean ..waiter was very courteous..male crabs were $45 a dozen for regular which were actually pretty good..they have can drinks which u were allowed 2 that came to $3 do basically u... More 

Thank Carmellatte
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First clue when we walked in should have been the decor. Old, run-down, cafeteria-like. Second clue should have been the quite old Asian gentleman server, and not another soul in the place. THIRD clue: Surveyed the menu, decided we wanted to share the crab feast, which sounded pretty great. Server's response: "No crab. Out of crab. Only crab legs." "Original... More 

Thank meclark246
North Olmsted, Ohio
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

So, we saw a sign for homemade burgers. Didnt even Realize it was a crab shack. So! We! Had! Burgers! $10 for homemade burger and fries. Absolutely more than I can eat. Nothing fancy here. If you like a good burger, I would highly recommend! Two beers. Two burgers and fries. $37.40. For Old Town, I would say that is... More 

Thank dthopson
Forest, Virginia
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281 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Dated atmosphere and very slow service with one person waiting tables and one in the kitchen, but probably the best fried shrimp we have ever eaten.

Alexandria, Virginia
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312 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Folks seem to delight in pounding the crab shells to get every tasty morsel. The portions can be excessive...and the prices suggest the atmosphere could be improved.

Thank 349Charles25
Houston, Texas
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92 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Visited and ordered food which was made when ordered. Price is reasonable, not a whole lot to order but yummy!

Thank Monica E
Franklin, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

I went there for dinner on Friday evening around 6:30. I was the only one in the place except the two people who worked there. I believe them to be the owners, an elderly oriental couple. They were eating dinner at the bar so there was a little wait to be served. I ordered crab soup and fries. The fries... More 

Thank vavet1963
Springfield, Missouri
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

This is my second attempt at reviewing this restaurant, and yes, Trip Advisor, I DID eat here. The dining area was dirty, the waitress was unfriendly, the shrimp po-boy I ordered was terrible and the French fries were undercooked and greasy and it was very expensive for what I got. Like I said in my first review, I don't like... More 

1 Thank DougS851
Hartville, Missouri
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81 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Don't waste your money on this place. My husband and I went for an early dinner and there was just one other couple in the whole place. We had the most unfriendly waitress who pretty much ignored us. The food was so-so. Also be aware they add in the tip to the check. It looks like a quaint little diner,... More 

2 Thank Kristy S
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

The decor is certainly not much to write home about, but the food was great. My husband had a cheeseburger and fries, my dad had the oyster po'boy, my mom had a clam/vegetable soup, and I had a 1/2 lb of boiled shrimp. Everyone liked their meals, but the shrimp was the clear winner..they were big, fresh, and cooked perfectly.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1743 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2720
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-836-0046

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