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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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Best place for steamed hardshell crabs year round. Call ahead to reserve the biggest size, or they may run out before you get there. Nothing fancy at all here but good crabs and great service. They also have very good steamed shrimp and crab cakes are a new item but your basic steamed Maryland blue... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
Larry L
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Aspen, Colorado
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  • Local cuisine
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

One of the best summer rituals! 1) Pick the nicest softest summer night of the season; 2) Sit at one of the outside benches w your favorite people; 3) Order the crab feast; 4) Order a pitcher of unpretentious beer; 5) Marvel as a pile of steamed crabs covered in old bay arrive at your table w sides of melted... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Best place for steamed hardshell crabs year round. Call ahead to reserve the biggest size, or they may run out before you get there. Nothing fancy at all here but good crabs and great service. They also have very good steamed shrimp and crab cakes are a new item but your basic steamed Maryland blue crab is the reason to... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We decided to come here after seeing many websites recommended this place as a great location for crabs near D.C. Although the place might seem a bit run down, this place was very crowded, though we managed to get a seat inside fairly quickly. We ordered a dozen and a half of the medium crabs and a few corn on... More 

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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Yum! 2 couples, two kids, and we had a great time! We reserved a dozen large a couple of hours before we went on a Sunday, and they were luscious! The corn, shrimp and coleslaw were also great. The service was great, and fast and friendly. My friend's 4yo daughter thought our waiter had a cute face! I was too... More 

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I was in DC on business as I am every couple years, and I'd been disappointed by sub par crabs earlier in the week. Visited this place last night and had a great crab meal. I'd give it five stars if they had bigger crabs, but that's not really their fault. They had a party of 25 in there that... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

simply amazing...first time we tried crabs prepared this way ... and we thought asian was the best... this was equally good... part of the fun is bashing the critters..the other is getting rid of the smell...excellent crab cakes too ...wonderful experience with attentive staff... so excellent will make a come back..sorry mr krabs

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Bethesda, Maryland
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Old Bay-seasoned crabs, perfectly cooked you peel'em shrimp, and loaded crab cakes - the food is on display at this rustic local restaurant. As mentioned in other reviews, the wait staff are on their game and do their best to help those less experienced in the craft of eating blue claw crabs. Everything we tried was great, including the corn... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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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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