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Charleston Crab House-James Island

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145 Wappoo Creek Dr, Charleston, SC 29412-2119
843-795-1963
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Water front dining at its best serving fresh southern seafood.

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    Very good
  • 72
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  • 30
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Location and Views

We arrived a little after 5pm on a Thursday evening without a reservation and were seated immediately. Even better, we got a seat right at the window and were able to enjoy watching dolphins in the river during our meal! (Tip: There were a lot of dolphins, but the highest amount of dolphin... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
EricaK135
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Vernon, CT
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Vernon, CT
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47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

We arrived a little after 5pm on a Thursday evening without a reservation and were seated immediately. Even better, we got a seat right at the window and were able to enjoy watching dolphins in the river during our meal! (Tip: There were a lot of dolphins, but the highest amount of dolphin activity seemed to be close to the... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Service and food were both very good and the entire lunch was terrific !!!!!!! We sat on the back deck and enjoyed the view of the Wappoo Creek.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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122 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Hush puppies tasted like delicious dessert with cinnamon butter, a must. We tried sampler of crab legs, crab cake, shrimp, grits, and collards - all very good. Also tried blackened mahi sandwich and waffle fries, tartar was more like aioli and very good. They forgot all condiments for platter but we requested and got them. Fun drinks - we had... More 

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Strasburg, Ohio
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The Low Country Boil is the only thing I order! Been going to the crab house for many years and it is always a quality visit. Waitress was inattentive but overall a good evening.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Casual atmosphere, right on the water, great for boat watching. See lots of locals here. Not a downtown toursit trap. Good for family dining. Fresh food with excellent service and a great bar staff.

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Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Traveling with a family group of 8, had to wait about 30 minutes on a Saturday night, so not too bad. But then went seated, we were tended by waitstaff very well and the food that each person had was excellent. I got a seafood platter, and while I enjoy a couple oysters occasionally, those on my platter were the... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been going to the Crab House for years. Everything considered, it is my favorite restaurant in Charleston. The view of the ICW and the bridge always is interesting with boats coming and going. The marsh across the way is a great setting for a restaurant. The food always is very good with the selection one would expect. One... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We enjoyed the food so much we went to both the downtown and James Island location. The BBQ shrimp and grits was a big favorite of ours. Both times we went, the food was great and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back.

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Greeley, Colorado
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We had a great family dinner. Great atmosphere and views. Prices are very reasonable. Have variety of fresh seafood and specials everyday. We eat here each time we are in Charleston.

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Flower Mound, Texas, United States
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We have been on the island 7 days, by far this was the best meal of the trip! Im still drooling over the hushpuppies!! Megan D. Was awesome server! Gorgeous sunset included for free! Highly recommend visiting for dinner and watch the boats go by!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 145 Wappoo Creek Dr, Charleston, SC 29412-2119
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > James Island
  • Neighborhood: James Island
  • Phone Number: 843-795-1963

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups

Description

Water front dining at its best serving fresh southern seafood.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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