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100 Coastal Hwy #7, Fenwick Island, DE 19944
+1 302-539-2500
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4:00 am - 10:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 am - 10:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Description: Notably the last restaurant on Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island, Delaware...
Notably the last restaurant on Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island, Delaware before entering Ocean City, Maryland, Delaware may have saved the best for last. The award winning Fenwick Crabhouse has been an icon in the resort for almost 50 years. Though being named a "favorite seafood dive in the US" for an unprecedented fourth straight year by Coastal Living Magazine, the Fenwick Crabhouse is hardly a dive. While the atmosphere is casual, they have an appealing menu of carefully prepared meals catering to a variety of tastes. You will find great wines, craft beers, their hallmark "The Perfect Crab cake" (NY Times), Delaware Magazine's 2011 "Best Ribs," and of course, those wonderful steamed crabs. Their mission is to provide a unique blend of creatively prepared dishes using fresh, locally grown foods and award-winning beverages to the table. The Fenwick Crabhouse is a seasonal restaurant off-season hours change before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Call for hours.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food, excellent service

This restaurant is not particularly fancy, but we enjoyed our meal there. We were in a hurry so we did not get hard shell crabs, instead opting for entrees of crab imperial and crabcakes. Our entrees were very good. The side dishes could be improved on - there wasn't a huge selection to choose... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Washington, D.C.
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Washington, D.C.
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is not particularly fancy, but we enjoyed our meal there. We were in a hurry so we did not get hard shell crabs, instead opting for entrees of crab imperial and crabcakes. Our entrees were very good. The side dishes could be improved on - there wasn't a huge selection to choose from. I got a cocktail that... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This place is a tradition for decades of summer vacations. It specializes in crab, although all the fish we've tried is fresh and good. I love the broiled crab cakes. It gets crowded and noisy and there's a line any night of the week, so arrive early or call ahead. No greasy or heavy fried food - nicely done and... More 

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HAGERSTOWN
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Chose them due to seafood combo specials they were advertising on menus they headed out when we asked. When we arrived with the family, there was a totally different menu and we were told those combos weren't available...that those menus we were given were "3 years old". Stayed because we were hungry and already seated but what a huge mistake... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We have been coming to this restaurant for the last 20 years and it seems to have lost its charm in the last years. The food is ok but nothing exceptional, The staff is not particularly friendly and they keep the temperature was too low.

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York, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The main item on the plate was acceptable, but the sides (potatoes and vegetables) were both undercooked and lacked any flavor at all. For the price of an entree one would expect better food than we received. Wish we would have chosen another restaurant!

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Ocean City, Maryland
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Although we live in the area for much of the year, this was our first time here. We chose it because they have soft shell crabs on the menu, which one of our party loves. We had a small wait to be seated, not a problem and the hostess was very pleasant and efficient. Once we were seated, the problems... More 

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South Bethany, DE
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The Fenwick Crabhouse has been on our list to try for several years now. Wish we had left it on the list instead of eating there. We went specifically for the crab cakes. Both of us ordered crab cake sandwiches, which came with fries and a pickle. They looked delicious upon arrival. However, when we tried to eat them, they... More 

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White Haven
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

a stand-by for us when we do our annual visit to the area. crabcakes are top notch, as are their scallops, very fresh and well prepared. if you like bread puddings, ask the waitress when you sit down if they have the coconut bread pudding that nite. if so, save room for dessert !! its awesome

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Deep fat fried everything. I'm not necessarily apposed to fried food, but this was over the top. The soft shell crabs were so fried, I really couldn't tell what they were. Not cheap either and the service was shaky

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Cambridge, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We have visited this restaurant for over 20 years. It is a great family place but is going down hill. All restaurants face rising costs, but they have reached a all time low. They now add $3 to the children's meals after 4 pm. Mind you I am talking about chicken tenders and pasta with a little bit of sauce.... More 

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Additional Information about Fenwick Crabhouse

Address: 100 Coastal Hwy #7, Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Phone Number: +1 302-539-2500
Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Fenwick Island
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 am - 10:00 am
Monday 4:00 am - 10:00 am
Tuesday 4:00 am - 10:00 am
Wednesday 4:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday 4:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday 4:00 am - 10:00 am
Saturday 4:00 am - 10:00 am
Average Prices: USD $5 to $35
Cuisine: Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Coastal Hwy #7, Fenwick Island, DE 19944
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Fenwick Island
  • Phone Number: +1 302-539-2500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $5 to $35
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

Notably the last restaurant on Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island, Delaware before entering Ocean City, Maryland, Delaware may have saved the best for last. The award winning Fenwick Crabhouse has been an icon in the resort for almost 50 years. Though being named a "favorite seafood dive in the US" for an unprecedented fourth straight year by Coastal Living Magazine, the Fenwick Crabhouse is hardly a dive. While the atmosphere is casual, they have an appealing menu of carefully prepared meals catering to a variety of tastes. You will find great wines, craft beers, their hallmark "The Perfect Crab cake" (NY Times), Delaware Magazine's 2011 "Best Ribs," and of course, those wonderful steamed crabs. Their mission is to provide a unique blend of creatively prepared dishes using fresh, locally grown foods and award-winning beverages to the table. The Fenwick Crabhouse is a seasonal restaurant off-season hours change before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Call for hours.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 am - 10:00 am
Monday
4:00 am - 10:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 am - 10:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday
4:00 am - 10:00 am
Friday
4:00 am - 10:00 am
Saturday
4:00 am - 10:00 am

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