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Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House

10195 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
+1 703-560-0060
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Ranked #58 of 346 restaurants in Fairfax
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner
Description: Established in 1977, Captain Pell's Fairfax Crabhouse specializes in serving the freshest, meatiest, steamed, blue crabs in the area. Captain Pell's offers an authentically unique crab house experience. Join us for quality seafood and excellent service. We offer three crab sizes, by the dozen or all-you-can-eat! Come by Captain Pell's and let us bring the great taste of the sea to your table.
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Campbell Hall, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If you're in the mood to roll your sleeves up, eat some great crab, and enjoy family this is the place to go. As everyone dives in to the crab cracking experience, you almost need a pair of goggles as we had shells flying in every direction! We actually ordered the oysters last when we couldn't decide if we needed... More

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Danny P, Owner at Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House, responded to this review

Best seafood in Fairfax is high praise, and we won't take it lightly, Anna! Glad you could come in and have some family fun with us. Come see us again soon! Cheers, Captain Pell's Management More

Germantown Maryland
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160 reviews 160 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Went to captain Pell's this evening with friends. Place and the people have not changed in years which is a good thing. No crabs just fried platters. The food was good not greasy and the portions were ample. Fine dining it is not but for a friendly place to eat this is the place to go.

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Crabs, shrimp, scallops, you name it and it's fabulous here! Best place to get seafood in the area! Staff is fun and have great senses of humor. Love going here as often as I can!

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Danny P, Owner at Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House, responded to this review

Best crabs? We couldn't ask for a better compliment than that -- thank you! We'll definitely pass the kudos on to the rest of the staff. Come back soon for more delicious seafood! Cheers, Captain Pell's Management More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

I was just there for my friend's bday...the server name Robin was awesome! She was so nice I wanted her to hangout with us! Lol.

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Danny P, Owner at Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House, responded to this review

We'll let Robin know that she made your friend's birthday celebration that much better! Thanks for taking the time to give her some kudos here on TripAdvisor. You'll have to come back soon! Cheers, Captain Pell's Management More

Marion, North Carolina, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This is an awesome place to eat seafood! They have some of the best shrimp here I have ever eaten! My friend got hers broiled and the southern girl got hers fried!! It was delicious. Ate here a couple of times while in the area! Everything was hot and fresh!!

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Danny P, Owner at Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House, responded to this review

Glad you loved the shrimp, Bobbie! Thanks for coming in and taking the time to give us this awesome review. Hope to see you and your friend again soon for some tasty seafood. Cheers, Captain Pell's Management More

nasfam
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Crabs are "officially" out of season, but my Maryland-based family visits rarely so there we were and these crabs were SO delish!! Then Uncle Kai took the kids to the claw machine and, well, we're good, but that claw machine was giving out 1/2 odds on stuffies =) A very enjoyable evening had by all.

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Danny P, Owner at Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House, responded to this review

Happy to hear you had fun with the crabs and the claw back in March! Next time you're in the area visiting family, we'd love to have you back for seconds. Cheers, Captain Pell's Management More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

$40 for a bad platter , even the shrimp were over cooked, like a factory canteen inside , service poor , stay away

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Annandale, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Crabs were smaller than expected for ordering large and they did not taste very good. Shrimp were inedible, salty, overcooked, hard and seemingly old. Not worth it at half the price.

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Henniker, New Hampshire, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Don't go here for fancy. This is a place with local business advertising on the walls, and big sheets of brown wrapping paper on the tables. There are a collection of flat screen TV's around the rooms for sports fans, but other than that it is an authentic old style crab house, and well worn. The prices for all you... More

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Palmyra, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Fresh, well prepared, size variety. For years of crab dinners in "Crab Town" (Annapolis), we were well satisfied at Captain Pell's. We haven't gone out for a crab dinner in a couple decades, so can't say much about their pricing. You must know about eating crabs or be looking forward to an adventure, because crabs is what Captain Pell's is... More

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