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Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James

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7601 River Road James, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607
757.245.2722
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11:00 am - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:30 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The view is beautiful, but........

I've been there a total of 5 times before I found TripAdvisor. I ordered the calamari and it was just okay. It's deep fried and really chewy. I almost choked on a piece. It didn't help that another patron said, "You're eating bait." Just a typical redneck thing to say. I also ordered a salad and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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portsmouth, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Went restaurant week, awesome, very nice great food. Had flounder with crabmeat, she crab soup. outstanding, nice view.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I've been there a total of 5 times before I found TripAdvisor. I ordered the calamari and it was just okay. It's deep fried and really chewy. I almost choked on a piece. It didn't help that another patron said, "You're eating bait." Just a typical redneck thing to say. I also ordered a salad and that was okay too.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Nice family restaurant on the pier overlooking the James River. The seafood is good , but not great, mostly fried. Salads are average, but the drinks are good. Families love the casual atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Decent atmosphere and nice view of the water, beach, and pier. The wait staff was very courteous and professional. The menu was pretty thin but average for a crab place. The food was okay...not great. More typical of a water side bar fare than anything else.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This is a very interesting restaurant. It overlooks the James River and has nice views. The service was good as were the appetizers. My sons had snow crab legs. They were very good-fresh and well seasoned. I'd say the grilled tuna steak was average. All in all, a good meal.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Stopped for dinner with my wife and daughter. We ordered hush puppies for an appetizer, and they were not very good. I had the fried crab cakes and they were sad. They had more pickle relish than my tartar sauce. While not very expensive, they were difficult to finish. Would never order that again. My wife had crabbed stuffed salmon.... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

Food overpriced. Couldn't enjoy because of all the flies circling the meal. Not much to choose from. $45 for 12 blue crabs was ridiculous. $200 check to dine with flies.

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Champaign, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

My party of five plus a 5 year old visited for dinner. The service was very good and the server knowledgeable and patient. A couple of us had the crab stuffed salmon which was excellent. Good size portions and good side selections. Only thing I'd do next time is to order the salmon cooked medium instead of going with the... More 

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Swoope, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This restaurant was open late, even on a Sunday, and had a nice seafood selection. The three people in my group tried the crab stuffed salmon special, crab legs, and chicken sandwich. All three entrees were very good. Prices seemed comparable to fresh seafood at other restaurants in the area. Our waitress was good. I would definitely make a return... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Wonderful seafood. Fresh salads. Clean with wonderful views of the river. Prices have increased lately. Best to go for a leisurely lunch $$ Beware of the crowded dinner hour. Wait staff gets overwhelmed. Really good eats!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7601 River Road James, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Newport News
  • Phone Number: 757.245.2722

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
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

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