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Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James

7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
+1 757-245-2722
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good34%
  • Average21%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible6%
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“seafood” (53 reviews)
“cole slaw” (19 reviews)
“steamed crabs” (4 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visiting my aunt and uncle so we had dinner at the Crab Shack. They have taken me here before and I’m happy to say, it was just as good as I remember. It’s their favorite place. My uncle and I shared a dozen steamed oysters....More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The service and food is always wonderful!! The restaurant is always clean and the staff always friendly! We will be back!

Thank tracey f
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great service, atmosphere, and especially, the view, but our meal was just so-so. We live practically next door to this place, and had high hopes as we had just moved in and had planned for weeks to wait until our first night in our new...More

Thank Eddie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There was absolutely no love in this food. I was with friends, 4 adults and 2 children, and not a single person at the table finished their food because the flavor was so underwhelming. I'm glad that I only ordered a sandwich as the price...More

Thank roxf2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was warned by family that it may not be good. But it's location is so cool and it's right on the water I had to try it. The service was not necessarily the best and the wine selection was not good BUT the food...More

Thank Birdman G
Reviewed 10 March 2018

went here with a group of family , we tried all the appetizers and all was fresh and great tasting. More Bar food style Rest. then anything else. great for friends and after work.

Thank thejeffb
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

The crab shack was a very nice atmosphere. The food was refreshing and the alcoholic drinks were on point. I also enjoyed the fact that the prices on the food were phenomenal. I paid under $25 for drinks and dinner on a Friday night.

Thank Longislandgirl516
Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed this place, this is the only place I can put a baby bib on and go to work, I seafood is delicious, and the golden brown shrimp are a must, outside dining is the best come one come all

Thank craigj802
Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

You feel like you can almost touch the waves. You sit yards out from the beach in modern dining with huge windows and choice of inside or outside dining. The crab cakes are always good but this time had fish and chips and my wife...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 30 January 2018

This fishing pier is enormous and I would have expected to catch a lot of fish. I stood on the pier for three hours and didn't catch a thing. The crab shack restaurant claims to offer freshly caught seafood. Somebody is apparently having success. There...More

Thank Peter H
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Nancy C
13 November 2015|
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Response from ChartreuseBuzzard | Reviewed this property |
If you call the restaurant, they may be able to give you the recipe. Good luck!
bill p
21 August 2015|
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Response from engprof | Reviewed this property |
Don't know. But the crab cakes are great!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
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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