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The Surfing Crab

16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
+1 302-644-4448
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
15:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

No frills, very family-friendly environment and prices. Very wine selection, 3 common drafts, but ok bottled beer choices. Friendly servers and good food! Actually the best steamed crabs I ever had--firm & crisp shells that snap rather than squish!

Thank Terry D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came in a little early for dinner - about 5 on a Sunday. It turned out to be a good call as it was busy when we left. Back to the main event - we ordered 1/2 dz crabs, crab mac and cheese, fish...More

Thank Krautman
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here one evening with our dog after reading all the good reviews. It met all of our expectations--the food was delicious, the service great, and the picnic table seating allowed us to meet another couple, a couple that had been married for 60 years!...More

Thank Oma1949
Reviewed 1 week ago

Basic, loud, hot, strong smell of seasoning, paper on the tables, pitchers of beer-Exactly what you want in a good crab house. The lot is always packed and so is the restaurant. I got the all you can eat blue crabs. They were fantastic. I...More

Thank MMC78
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a special trip back to this place because of their crabs! The crabs were full and plentiful!

Thank ljh0720
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I haven't been to the Delaware beaches in years so I had to rely on TripAdvisor to find a restaurant that has great crabs. The Surfing Crab came up and you really need to read what they say on their web site and call ahead...More

Thank beegee059
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was amazing!!! My husband and i both had crabcakes and they were the best ever!!! Great service too!!!!

Thank Pattidh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love this place. Super casual inning, great service, and the crabs well, to die for. Away from the crowds. Family friendly

Thank _robinesther
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is a great little seafood restaurant just north of Lewes, DE. Nothing real fancy, just high quality, freshly prepared seafood in a true coastal tradition. Crab cakes big on flavor with very little filler. Fried oysters with a batter so light it melts in...More

Thank O9661GFlindad
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Everything, from sitting to service to food, was excellent. We set on the enclosed patio. Ordered a bottle of beer each, a dozen of steamed clams and some hush puppies to help us wait for half a dozen of our select crabs to get steamed....More

Thank Galaxy775
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10 July 2016|
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Response from Lonerider123 | Reviewed this property |
I have to answer with the same suggestion! Sorry I am not a beer drinker. I am more of a mixed drink person. ! But do check with them!
7 September 2015|
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Response from DEBarbie | Reviewed this property |
I can only imagine that they cook them to order and not over do it, They turn to mush if overcooked, Crabs do cool off perhaps they bagged them up when they were done, No way does anything sit around there, it is too busy... More
17 August 2015|
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Response from Virginiacountryside | Reviewed this property |
You can purchase the all you can eat crabs any day/night. As a matter of fact, I have heard some complaints that you can't purchase them in the restaurant come nights, by the dozen, etc. The price varies on the all you can... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$45
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Lewes
  • Phone Number: +1 302-644-4448
The Surfing Crab is a family tradition of fresh seafood and crabs that was established over 50 years ago. It all started back in 1961, when Henry Vechery opened the Bethesda Crab House. His young son, Donald Vechery began working with him at the age of just nine. Over the years, the crab house became a huge success. Around 2008, Donald wanted to branch out and build something for himself using his years of knowledge and experience. Thus, The Surfing Crab was born, providing Sussex County with 8 years of the most amazing crabs and seafood the area has seen. Come down and try our passionatly crafted dishes using the freshest seafood available!
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