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Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James

$$ - $$$
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7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
+1 757-245-2722
11:00 - 00:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:30
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went during NN restaurant week for lunch. The portions were big and food was delicious. I had cheesecake, broiled seafood platter and a salad.

Thank Shanita D
Newport News, Virginia
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I want to love this place. It has a gorgeous view of the James and the kind of a seafood menu that normally would paralyze me with the inability to choose between many great options. There are not too many seafood places in the area for it to compete with, and I could easily see myself as a regular. I... More 

Thank 0102annamaria
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Family meal in the area we heard this was the place to be and that the sunset was great. The service was great, the crabcake was amazing and the sunset was beautiful.

Thank dixonconsultinginc
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The she- Crab soup was good, as were the crab cakes. Granddaughters hamburger was burnt to a crisp and reported to waitress. No attempt to rectify the situation, blame it on a change of chefs and burger stayed in grill too long. Whatever, she should have offered some solution.

Thank Jan P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The freshness of the menu items makes this a local favorite for us as well as a place to dine with visitors.

Thank ANN G
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for a business dinner. The atmosphere was nice. My colleague said it is even better during the sunset as the view is good. The food was decent and the price was moderate. They have many choices for fresh catch of the day.

Thank BCh072015
Stuttgart, Germany
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87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great location with one of the best views of the James River Bridge and river. Food was ok to good. I ordered a grilled tuna steak sandwich rare...it came out well done and very dry. The sauce provided made it edible enough for my tasting. Most of the table was content with their food but no one was raving.

Thank Justin C
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came for restaurant week, will not come back. She crab soup was heavy with little crab in it. Fried shrimp were tough and only warm seemed to be reheated. Founder was better but still did not seem fresh cooked. Crabcake was awful, tasted like fish, and not good fish, could not eat it. Baked potato was good :\ Lots a... More 

Thank Rantcliff
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For the location of this restaurant the food should be a lot better. This is average seafood nothing to brag about.

Thank Rodney B
hampton roads, VA
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9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had't been there in some time... the last time 3-4 years ago, wasn't great. Today was pretty close... started with Oysters Rockefeller. So much spinach that was all you saw or smelled... Oysters were small and almost looked reheated... Hubby got Fried oysters, they were mushy and not tasty much. One whole glob was like dough. Son and I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 00:30
11:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Newport News
  • Phone Number: +1 757-245-2722

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