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Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House

$$ - $$$
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10195 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030-2055
+1 703-560-0060
14:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 15:00 - 22:00
Fri 14:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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Fairfax County, Virginia
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81 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best place for best crabs, located along Route 50 in Fairfax, they're dedicated in serving the freshest, meatiest steamed blue crabs in the area. I especially liked the snow crab legs and fried oysters. The seasoning was really strong, perhaps too strong for my liking. I will give full stars next time when i will visit Captain Pels and get... More 

Thank jnkcityreviews
Fairfax County, Virginia
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93 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great Old-School Crab-House in Fairfax. Have been going for years and has always been unfailing good. Only for crab-lovers......

Thank pmurphy2016
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

We visit every time we are in DC. The waiters are friendly and keep the crabs coming as long as you're eating. The hush puppies are to die for!

Thank hvdvoorde
Front Royal, Virginia
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Another wonderful meal. Awesome Snow Crab Legs, again the best I ever had. Great service. Only request is that there be less sides. The Snow Crab Legs are huge and delicious.

Thank jlwot1959
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

In Fairfax for a college visit and decided to check out Captain Pell's for some seafood. Looked pretty crowded from the outside when we arrived but was immediately seated. Nothing fancy about this place but staff seemed friendly and inviting. Good size menu of various seafood dishes. I had broiled scallops and crab cake which were both delicious. Hubby had... More 

Thank 18lee
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

First, the service was "just OK", but the crabs came out piping hot and they were so good. It has been a long time since eating some great crabs that are cooked well. They just didn't serve little ones they were mixed medium and large. They were so good we all had "All you can eat" and boy did we... More 

Thank Cocoa16
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The crabs themselves are OK, but the kind of customization you can get in Baltimore (no crab spice, margarine or oil instead of melted butter, mixed orders) is only marginally available here. However, you can park at this place, you can get crabs, you can get the hush puppies from a mix, not home made, you can get a few... More 

Thank NavyJunior
Annandale, Virginia
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

The hush puppies were burnt. The fish and fries were nothing special. The restaurant had the atmosphere of a warehouse. I would NOT go back.

Thank _jennahawk
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Another visit and the crabs remain wonderful! If you call the day before (or possibly early the day of your visit) you can reserve the size crabs you want. We did xlarge and they were terrific.

Thank ASeasonedTraveler060
Arlington, Virginia
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

The building many years ago was for an upscale, table cloth restaurant. So, the outside of the building doesn't look like a crab shack. But, walk in and voila! Crab shack!! The food was awesome. Can't say enough about the freshness, flavor and good service. Go!! You'll have fun!! Take friend! You don't have to pick crab as there are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10195 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030-2055
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax
  • Phone Number: +1 703-560-0060
Established in 1977, Captain Pell's Fairfax Crabhouse specializes in serving the freshest, meatiest, steamed, blue crabs in the area. Captain Pell's offers an authentically unique crab house experience. Join us for quality seafood and excellent service. We offer three crab sizes, by the dozen or all-you-can-eat! Come by Captain Pell's and let us bring the great taste of the sea to your table.

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