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Charleston Crab House-James Island

145 Wappoo Creek Dr, Charleston, SC 29412-2119 (James Island)
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Ranked #81 of 738 restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: James Island
Description: Water front dining at its best serving fresh southern seafood.
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79% Recommend
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English first
Greenwood, South Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I was a part of a large group who went on a busy Sat evening. We were told the wait would be 45 minutes so we headed to the bar and grabbed a table for drinks and appetizers while we waited. The server was prompt, and the drink selection was good - lots of craft beer options as well as... More

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Garland, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

In town from Dallas so we wanted some real seafood. This place definitely delivered. We only had to wait about 5 minutes. We sat on the deck outside overlooking the water. We even saw dolphins swimming in the distance! Service was decent. Food was excellent. My son got the grilled Mahi Mahi which came with two large filets. My daughters... More

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Myrtle Beach, SC
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125 reviews 125 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

We arrived on a busy Saturday evening. There was a 20 minute wait for a table but the hostess suggested an immediate table in the bar area. Very comfortable. Service was prompt, friendly, and courteous. Food was outstanding. Shrimp & Grits superb! Could not ask for a better experience.

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We were disappointed at our overall experience here. The music was very loud and the restaurant was very cold. The server was slow to arrive, slow to offer drink refills and slow to check back to see if we needed anything after our meal was delivered. I'm not clear why this was the case because there were many other servers... More

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Anderson, South Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Located on the Intercostal water way, Wappoo Creek, James Island, not only had a great view of boats moving through, but a great atmosphere also. We ate a dozen Oysters MacClellanville, they were great, just wanted to fork the shells to clean them. We split a First Mate's Platter, Fried shrimp, Scallops, and Flounder, this was also very good. We... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I have travelled all over the south and sampled many brewed teas. Most places tend to sweeten too much making it barely palatable for me. But I must say, the sweet tea at the Charleston Crab House was perfect. Absolutely perfect. It has been the same every time I go. It wasn't just a fluke. The tea is fantastic. My... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We have eaten at the Charleston Crab once every visit for at least the past 15 years. It is a reliable and good choice, particularly for a family dinner. The food is good, portions are generous and the hush puppies are tasty!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited my wife's friends but had not gotten any seafood. So we stopped here on our way out. Food was great. Christopher was a great server offer suggestions on what to try. The kids loved being able to sit out and watch the river.

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Columbus, Ohio
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We went here specifically try the She-Crab Soup, and we were not disappointed! We went for appetizers and it was wonderful. When we asked our waitress what She-Crab Soup exactly she was able to give us thorough information about what it entails. Certainly delicious. And good views of boats leaving and entering the waterway.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Awesome dining experience. Firstly, it was very scenic as we were seated overlooking the sea. The wait took a little bit long but it was all worth it. Love love the crabs. Very tasty and you can tell by how easily they come off the shell, that they are indeed fresh. Definitely deserves a return visit.

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