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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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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good36%
  • Average21%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
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American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been meaning to try the Crab Shack for some time. Typical southern hospitality. Friendly servers. The seafood was outstanding. Can't wait to go back. Stunning river views.

Thank iauto
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited this restaurant several times and the food and service have always been good. If your looking for a relaxing view and good seafood this is good place to check out.

Thank KDPV
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Crab Shack for crab as crab is hard to find in Virginia. Can you believe that !!! We got there late and crab takes a long time to eat so we passed. Order the She Crab Soup and it was incredible. My wife...More

Thank brucecW4809MQ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We final stopped here after eyeballing this place for a year. The wife and I started off with the She Crab soup. It tasted like flour paste with a fishy after taste. My wife's cup only had two small pieces of crab in it. Someone...More

Thank Joseph B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Tried crab stuffed Flounder lunch with fries & lettuce salad at Newport News VA Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James River for lunch, 9/14/2017. Very good! Nice view of the James River while dining. Great attentive friendly service. Tasty Key Lime Pie for dessert....More

Thank DonaldLarson
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

The place is usually crowded specially around sunset as it offers great views of the James River. If you love fried fish this is your menu to choose from

Thank alex l
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed the Crab Shack. The blue crabs were good sized, and the she crab soup was delicious.

Thank Marc N
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

This was a disappoint. She crab soup was more like a white flour gravy. The fish and shrimp were over cooked and tasteless. I hope the crabs and crab cakes are much better. Unlikely to go back.

Thank Galen M
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

We just returned from eating here. First off, the view is wonderful. The restaurant is situated by a small beach on the James River. The food was good. Although everything came out warm (not hot), it was very flavorful and good. The restaurant was REALLY...More

Thank dejanairo_1
Reviewed 20 July 2017

There were empty tables but it was relatively busy. We waited a looooong time for our food. When my Oysters Rockefeller came out, they were cold & wet. I sent them back for a cruise under the broiler and the result was delicious. I have...More

Thank Swason2017
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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, 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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