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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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Today
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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 14
    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
Most recent review
Great food but

Great food but sometime the service lacks and the place is too noisy , so I don't go very often .But when I do I always get the crab cakes , hey don't get any better

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
prowlersfish
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Newport News, Virginia
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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133 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Newport News, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great food but sometime the service lacks and the place is too noisy , so I don't go very often .But when I do I always get the crab cakes , hey don't get any better

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Newport News, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is tasty, the evening view usually stunning, an enjoyable place to dine. I do recommend it.

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

We used to frequent the Crab Shack pretty often. My husband even proposed to me there. The view is beautiful. Unfortunately, it's just not the same. The last handful of times my family has been the food has been mediocre at best and the service has been slow. Even the she-crab soup, which was my husbands favorite, tasted like they... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is great, the drinks were great and we sat on the veranda during the summer.. It was a beautiful view and I could even have a cigar while waiting. I would recommend this place to anyone and will be going back again. Michael

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Newport News, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Crab Shack is unique to Newport News.. it's on the water so atmosphere is fantastic and the food is always good. They have a very diverse menu so that helps those that are not such seafood lovers or have allergies. Great in the spring, summer and fall to sit on the patio and feel a part of the shore..

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Newport News, Virginia
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3 restaurant 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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229 reviews 229 reviews
126 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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?