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Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James

7601 River Road James, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607
757.245.2722
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Newport News, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

One of the best crab cakes around....great staff and wonderful view! Be glad when construction of new pier is complete but still a great view.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I have been coming here for years. I always found the food pretty good for the most part. I was a bit disappointed in my last visit as the crab cake was not as good as they usually are. What I have noticed is this place is getting very pricey for what you get. The portions have been getting smaller... More 

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Newport News
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A friend was visiting from out of town, and we wanted a local place, not a chain, to celebrate her birthday. Even though it was cold and we could not sit on the deck, we had a great time here. The food was good, the service good - not the best service I've had there, but not bad, just average.... More 

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Smithfield, Virginia
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33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Will keep this review simple: The food is VERY GOOD. Have eaten here twice - once for lunch and once for dinner. And eating by the water is definitely a plus!

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Yorktown, VA
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125 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I've been here several times over the years, both for lunch and dinner. There's nothing fancy about it - worn wood floors and simple wooden tables and chairs. It's fun to visit, though, for the fresh seafood and view of the James River, right next to the old bridge (now being torn down for a new fishing pier) and the... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I ate at this restaurant for lunch twice during a business trip during the first week of October 2014. Most of the menu includes fresh seafood, which is prepared very well. I had a blackened tuna steak salad one time and a tuna steak sandwich on another visit. The portions were very ample and cooked quite well. My two visits... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Crab Shack is in a great location on the James River. Unfortunately that's about it. I've eaten there three times and haven't had a good meal yet.

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Ringgold, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Food was great (homemade tuna salad made fresh daily). We ate on the deck with windows and fed the sea birds. View of the river was great. It was raining when we went but we still enjoyed the food and view.

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Lenox Dale, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

With a name like Crab Shack, you should expect nothing less than fresh crab that is delicious. I don't like to work for my food, so I opted for crab cakes. My crab cakes were slightly smaller than a baseball and make my mouth water just thinking about them. This place is a must in Newport News!

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Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Love the view from this location; too bad the food wasn't as great. Ordered the crab soup - save your $$. This is not the real deal! A pink-colored bisque with very little crab and even less crab flavor. My spouse had the fresh tuna - no flavor. I had the crab cakes which were okay - have had better... More 

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Additional Information about Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James

Address: 7601 River Road James, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607
Phone Number: 757.245.2722
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Newport News
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 12:30 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:30 am
Cuisine: Seafood

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