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Backfins Crab House

110 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587-2740
+1 919-562-8500
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good34%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“blue crabs” (17 reviews)
“crab cakes” (51 reviews)
“clams” (27 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
$$ - $$$
110 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587-2740
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Two weeks ago we arrived at 5:30 to find there was an hour wait. We passed. Last night we arrived at 4:45 to a 30 minute wait that turned into a little longer. This is a very popular, busy place. Get here early if you...More

Thank blueeyesform
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Backfins Crabhouse has THE BEST SEAFOOD in all of NC. It seems as though this restaurant is a secret shared only by the locals in Wake Forest. The selections are super fresh, well cooked and served piping hot. Beverages never get less than half full...More

Thank Madeline103119148
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Tried it again, and once again so disappointed. I smelled like grease walking out. Food was bad.. I gave it a second chance, but no more.

Thank TriciaH
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Excellent seafood and reasonable prices. Generous portions too. Located in the quaint downtown area of Wake Forest.

Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Located in small, old downtown environment. Just north of Raleigh. Seafood is specialty and served as you like it. Multiple choices. Small indoor informal atmosphere . Service is super. Food served in a basket . Oysters ,crab cakes and crab legs available.as are salads and...More

Thank stephen l
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Four of us went around 3:30 after playing golf. It was the first time any of us had been and we all loved it. I got the snow crab clusters, my friend from California got raw oysters on the half shell, my other friend got...More

Thank Kathy M
Reviewed 20 April 2017

I'll caveat this review by saying I'm from Maryland. Crabs, beer and football, that's what Maryland does. I went in with an open mind. We had a little bit of a wait but it went quickly. We sat at a picnic style table and I...More

2  Thank Kathleen H
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I both agreed. Crabcakes just awesome! We will return. Low key. Friendly staff. Great food.

Thank JimfromDuke
Reviewed 15 April 2017

I have to say this place has the best crab cakes in NC. Reminds me of home. We eat here several times throughout the year. Being from the DMV, blue crabs ... a must. Not a huge fan of the snow crab legs but they...More

1  Thank Michelle Y K
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I'm from MD and when I eat a crab cake I expect lump white crabmeat with very little filler lightly grilled. It should fall apart into chunks when you put a fork in it. You know the seafood is fresh when they sell out of...More

1  Thank Jeff P
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Daphne M
4 May 2016|
Response from Calvin N | Reviewed this property |
Dear Reader, I think it should be okay to make a reservation for 8 people. I would suggested you rsvp soon. Enjoy!
Bobbie Jo M
2 March 2016|
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Response from prsquirt | Reviewed this property |
They don't take reservations. Great food, but not the place for large groups. But always call to see if they have a private room that regular customers might not be aware of.
27 September 2015|
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Response from DDiva0903 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they sure do!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587-2740
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Wake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 919-562-8500
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