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Surfing Crab

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16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Best all you can eat crabs in the area.

If you're looking for crabs this is the place for you. The all you can eat crabs are served with french fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, and fresh corn. Not a fancy spot but my family's favorite. Call ahead and check if they have crabs available. They also have crabs by the dozen They do sell out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you're looking for crabs this is the place for you. The all you can eat crabs are served with french fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, and fresh corn. Not a fancy spot but my family's favorite. Call ahead and check if they have crabs available. They also have crabs by the dozen They do sell out. If you're not... More 

Thank dilbro
Milton, Delaware
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Food always fresh and daily specials. I don't eat the crabs but everyone I know that has had them says they are great. I always get some form of shrimp & have never been disappointed. Always a crowd to get in especially on weekends. Resturant opened seasonally.

1 Thank 803patp
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

If you like steamed Blue Crabs, please go to the Surfing Crab. This restaurant was exactly what you should except from a an Eastern Shore crab house: Great Crabs, tender, easily removed from the shell with a nice spice mix. Our server was attentive and friendly. Next time we want blue crab, we're coming here. In addition to the crabs,... More 

Thank traveld9
Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

An unassuming Rt. 1 seafood joint with communal seating that will fill up super quickly on those busy weekend nights. If you want to get away from the Dewey and Rehobeth traffic and crowds, this will easily suit your needs. We knew the business from relatives nearby and got there about 4:45 PM to get started and ended up grabbing... More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The Shrimp quesadilla was wonderful! They were filled with plenty of shrimp and the black bean salsa it came with was delicious (just wish they gave you more). The crab legs were good but nothing special. Service was a little slow (place was not really busy the day we visited) but the staff was friendly. As others have noted the... More 

Thank Jhacque7
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We tried their crabs in August. The crabs were sold at different price levels depending on size. We got ones at $75/dozen, which is pretty good size. The most expensive ones that day was $135/dozen! The problem with the really big ones is that sometime it is not filled (that is, not heavy). In general, I don't buy the giant... More 

1 Thank nanoDelaware
Charlottesville, Virginia
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Not fancy but who wants fancy when you are just wanting crabs and beer? Ended up going midweek, after 8 pm so we had to get All You Can Eat. We were worried we would not get our money's worth bc let's face it, steamed crabs aren't cheap. We did. They were great. Sides that came along were good. Beer... More 

Thank Eileen S
Roanoke, Virginia
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

I live in the mountains of Virginia so fresh crab is just wonderful! We had wonderful fresh jumbo shrimp and the best Cran cakes, ever! shrimp,

Thank Hygiene57
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Yesterday we ordered a dozen large ($95) steamed crabs to take out. ALso a dozen steamed shrimp. We live less than one mile from the restaurant. Shrimp were fine. The crabs were so so....they have a r reputation for being great. They were not very meaty and rather dry. They should have been very hot and juicy. Everyone gives them... More 

1 Thank Penny945
Lewes, Delaware
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We had excellent crabs there on August 25. They were meaty and well seasoned. Liked the French fries and excellent hush puppies. My mom enjoyed the fried oysters. And our server, Sonya was really fun! Always available, but not obtrusive. Its a great local spot, crabs are reasonably priced, and we will be returning before the end of the season.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Lewes
  • Phone Number: 302-644-4448

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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