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Charleston Crab House-James Island

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James Island
Seafood, Family Fare
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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: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Water front dining at its best serving fresh southern seafood.

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  • 303
    Excellent
  • 167
    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Avoid the downtown crush

This seemed like an easier way to have dinner. James Island is lovely. From the restaurant we saw some dolphins swim by. Eating outside will avoid most of the racket. The shrimp and grits was wonderful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Mary C
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Boulder, Colorado
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
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585 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
West Palm Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The restaurant was recommended by our hotel concierge as a goodseafood place. It was very average! The food and service was OK but certainly not good. The fish was pretty tasteless. The only saving grace was the prices were reasonable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Found restaurant at last minute and it was one of best we've seen in Charleston past 15+ yrs. We are from FL and have traveled extensively local and abroad-food here as good as any place we've been-USA, Caribbean or urope

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

If you want generic seafood, this is the place for you. No better than any other seafood place. My husband had fried oysters and French fries. Could tell they were frozen. I had crab cake sandwich and mashed potatoes. Crab cake was a bunch of filler and the mashed potatoes tasted reheated. Service was ok. Felt like it was rush... More 

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Marion, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

My sister recommended we try Charleston Crab House on James Island and WOW, it was great. We were there for lunch so wanted something light. On the lunch menu we saw the 'Baskets'. My husband got the Shrimp Basket and I got the Founder Basket. We figured they would be baskets with lunch portions but boy were we wrong. I... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This seemed like an easier way to have dinner. James Island is lovely. From the restaurant we saw some dolphins swim by. Eating outside will avoid most of the racket. The shrimp and grits was wonderful.

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This place was packed and seemed very noisy. It did have great views and we had a nice table overlooking the water. The service was very good. I ordered the CAROLINA PLATTER Crab cake / grilled shrimp / Alaskan snow crab/ Carolina grits / collard greens (I substituted for red rice). The food was AMAZING!!! I will be back the... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My wife and I had read some reviews and decided to try lunch last week at Charleston Crab house, the food is good I had the Oyster platter she order the tuna and overall very good, The view is great, although maybe it was lunch but the acoustics are bad and the place is extremely noisy but in all fairness... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My husband and I went there at first with a friend that recommended this resturant. My husband and friend ordered the fried shrimp and waffle fries. The shrimp was lightly battered and huge! The waffle fries looked and tasted great. The shrimp my husband LOVED! I had trigger fish and grits. The fish was really good. I've had grits many... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

this has a wonderful view of the Wappoo but trust me, that is the best thing going for the place. It has not changed in many years. The seats are wooden if you sit on the indoor porch. And they are not comfortable. This trip we ordered the McClellenville Oysters. They come on a clam shell....barely lukewarm and smothered in... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

food was great. john gave exceptional service along with lauren. would definitely recommend a visit here.

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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, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Doing business, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?