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Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House

10195 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030-2055
+1 703-560-0060
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good41%
  • Average19%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“steamed shrimp” (13 reviews)
“hush puppies” (24 reviews)
“blue crab” (20 reviews)
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American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
10195 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030-2055
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

True! A balmy May day and the deck is not ready for service. No draft beer, only bottles. Do not order french fries, they are frozen, soggy and full of oil. Do not order any side items with crabs since crabs don't come fresh. I...More

Thank BirTurk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I came to this place for the second time within two months. We ordered the half dozen raw oysters and the combination platter which includes : streamed king crab legs, clams, half dozens of shrimps and one corn on the cob. The...More

Thank Kim L
Reviewed 14 March 2018

You only come here for the crabs. The restaurant decor is quaint and simple with butcher paper covered tables and paper towels. Crabs are served by the dozen on simple plastic trays from elementary school cafeteria days. You get a knife and a mallet for...More

Thank JRIZ
Reviewed 22 January 2018

I like see food in general but most of all I like crabs. This place is not a restaurant in a common sence of the word. No white table fabric covers, no gold lamps, no fresh flowers on tables. They are covered with brown paper...More

Thank victorsF2393PE
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

I odered steamed shrimp and blue crab. Both of dishes were too much steamed with high temperature. So, shrimp and crab wre too much dried. I thing they use steam generater.

Thank kimobgyn
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Went here with about 10+ of my business partners and managers. Good food. Service was a bit slow. I had to call for the server several times for a refill of beer, more food, butter, etc. server wasn’t very friendly but not rude. Over all...More

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We went on Saturday evening and the place was packed. The wait time for the table was less than 5 minutes and the server came fast. I was suppose because it was so crowded in there. We order a dozen of large crabs, drinks and...More

Thank Dee3929
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

The quality of the crabs is in particular with most places. Most good, some bad but not a big deal with AYCE. The plus on this place over the others is air condition, room to eat and move around and TVs for sports everywhere. The...More

Thank emdlc
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere is jovial and laid back with patrons hammering away with glee with their all-you-can-eat crabs. The service was quick although we didn't see our server much. They place is not fancy. In fact, it's a bit of a dive. It is a fun...More

Thank Beth T
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

This seafood restaurant has been around for decades so there must be a fan base but I was very disappointed in the quality and lack of freshness of my choices. I had steamed crab which came to the table cold and had a taste of...More

Thank Sara C
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9 April 2018|
Response from Bob B | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know. Sorry I can’t help
2 August 2016|
Response from LVSCA | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't risk it unless you contact the restaurant in advance and speak to a chef.
Jennifer K
17 May 2015|
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Response from theplumbingmedi... . | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest at least 3 days prior to the purchase date as to make sure you get what you want. They have been very accommodating and happy to help in all my experiences there.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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