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Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House

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10195 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
+1 703-560-0060
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3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner
Description: Established in 1977, Captain Pell's Fairfax Crabhouse specializes in...
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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Good for:
Large groups

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  • 26
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  • 22
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  • 10
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  • 5
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
First Time Seafood Lovers

Went on a cold weekday night in February. We had not been before and we were hankering for some seafood and decided to give this a try. We ordered combination platters, fried clam strips, crab cake, snow crab legs, steamed shrimp and both fried oysters and on the half shell. The first impression of... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
chiefmom
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WASH, DC
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dinner
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WASH, DC
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Went on a cold weekday night in February. We had not been before and we were hankering for some seafood and decided to give this a try. We ordered combination platters, fried clam strips, crab cake, snow crab legs, steamed shrimp and both fried oysters and on the half shell. The first impression of the restaurant is tired and rundown,... More 

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northern VA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Went with wife and her parents on a cold night in mid Feb.....one slight negative right off the bat.....no handicap parking. If my in laws ( in their 80's ) were by themselves it would have been a treacherous walk in the ice. The place reminds me of a barn. One huge room. It was pretty chilly throughout the restaurant,... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I have been going here for many years with family and friends.The place is exactly as a crab house should be. The food is great and the staff is super friendly and will do whatever it takes to make it a great experience. The is no better place for crabs in this area. I`m sure some may disagree, but this... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Their 1/2 price crab specials are great! Visit early on Saturdays. The hush puppies are delicious too.

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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have relatives in the DC area so everytime I visit, I have a need to go to Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House. I started coming here when they were much smaller. For a family of 4 with 2 early teens, we were seated quickly. The waitstaff are quick and efficient. A fresh tray of Old Bay crabs came out... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We had 7people in our party and paid an automatic18%tip for crappy service from Billy, who I believe is part of the family. He was slow, and generally uncaring about decent service. Crabs were teeny, teeny, tiny ! We won't go there again - worth the trip to Gainesville for better service and bigger crabs!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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114 reviews 114 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

A Facebook Friend loves the crabs and go regularly. Since I have not had any blue crabs this year or last because of my travel, I thought I would give it a try. All you eat crabs for $24.99 seemed like a great deal. I should have known better. Blue crabs in October? Where are they getting them from. Service... More 

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Fairview, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My and husband and I were staying at an hotel just down the street and decided to try this restaurant....it is very casual and it looked to me like a lot of locals come here. Although the crab fest was going on, we did not try the blue crab just because were not interested in all the work that it... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Like the title says, it's not on a dock but it's in my backyard. My personal convenience aside, I love this place. I go at least a few times a year, sometimes for a family meal when we want fried oysters, snow crab legs and steamed shrimp and HUSH PUPPIES, other times for large group gatherings when we get blue... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We had so much fun at this restaurant. We looked for a place for soft shelled crabs before we got there. We decided on this place. It was fun. Loud, lots of crabs, busy and no cheap. We got a meal of deep fried soft shelled crabs, it was great. The service was great and there was lots of laughs...and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10195 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax
  • Phone Number: +1 703-560-0060

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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