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Bethesda Crab House

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4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5204
301-652-3382
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Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 18
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  • 12
    Very good
  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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As long as you call ahead to order your crab and ensure that they are reserved for you, this place will become one of your favorites. A simple restaurant with newspaper for tablecloths and all the melted butter you could ever want to dip your crab in, the experience was a terrific adventure! The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2014
Suzanne M
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United States
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  • Local cuisine
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

You don't go here for fancy food and ambience...you go here for seafood. It is basic and down to earth with excellent service.the food was incredible. My crabcakes were full of crab and prepared perfectly. I even had corn on the cob which I never do. Great experience!

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San Angelo
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Ordering whole crab can be daunting. Don't be afraid. The crab experience was worth all the work and our very helpful waiter made it easy to ask for tips. We loved every bite. Also had the crabcakes. They were wonderful too! Can't wait to go back.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I am shocked by the negative reviews for this crab house. It is clear that some of the reviews were by individuals that do not understand the crab house tradition. Bethesda Crab House is one of the best in the Baltimore-Washington area and it is in the city so it is easy to reach!! A crab house is a place... More 

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Peabody, Massachusetts
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67 reviews 67 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The atmosphere is nothing special, but the food is absolutely exquisite. We had steamed shrimp, fried oysters,crabcake sandwiches, fresh corn on the cob and large spiced crabs. Mallets, ice cold beers with frozen mugs, drawn butter and several TV's added to the whole dining experience. A must for any visit to Maryland!

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United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

As long as you call ahead to order your crab and ensure that they are reserved for you, this place will become one of your favorites. A simple restaurant with newspaper for tablecloths and all the melted butter you could ever want to dip your crab in, the experience was a terrific adventure! The platter of crab (we ordered 15... More 

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Rochester, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We visited in early August and had a great time. My daughter (7) loves crab legs. We are usually a Joe's Crab Shack kind of family. But was happy here as well. They were out of the smaller crabs for the all you can eat special, but that was fine with us because I prefer larger crabs...more crab for the... More 

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Miami
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I accompanied by my girlfriend and her daughter,wanted to have Maryland seafood on the 28th of August. We walked in a 6:25 PM and the place was empty, with the exception of 4 ladies seated at an outside wood bench eating crabs. There were approximately 6-7 other empty large benches outside, so we walked over to one of the benches... More 

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Rockville, Maryland, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Good fresh steamed crabs and cold beer..what a great way to spend a sunny afternoon...if you can pretend you are on the Eastern shore not behind a dumpster next to a car shop you can really enjoy yourself... Crabs were hot, spicy and tasty. Even though they were gulf not bay crabs they were delicious..the place is as tacky as... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time eating crabs outside with our son who had never had them before. But don't eat inside it smelled!

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hertfordshire
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were surprised by some of the negativity in the reviews. Yes, the decor is second rate minimal but that's what makes it crab proof (wooden mallets can be lethal to table tops). We did not find service slow at all - crabs were fresh and wonderfully spiced, the coleslaw and corn were well prepared and good quality. Great value... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5204
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 301-652-3382

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 25
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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