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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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117 reviews 117 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Greenville, North Carolina
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135 reviews 135 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Everyone who enjoys great steamed and grilled seafood must try this place ...and you must sit outside with the warm breezes view of the James River . Each of us got a different dish , steamed oysters , shrimp and grilled tuna and grouper and an order of crab cakes along with a salad and baked potato Great meal ,... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My husband and I were looking for seafood with outdoor seating with a view to celebrate our anniversary. This was the place. The view is just beautiful. Our waitress, Kelly, was friendly, attentive and very personable. We started with Oysters Rockefeller and She Crab Soup. We shared both and really enjoyed it. My husband ordered teriyaki rockfish, baked potato and... More

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Gloucester, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I visited yesterday with two friends. The crab cakes were all filler...frozen from grocery store would have been better. My soft shell crab sandwich was undercooked...mushy, no crunch. I only ate the legs. The manager was rude when we voiced our concerns. She said she had never had a complaint about the crab cakes..that cannot be true. The server was... More

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Hampton, VA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My husband and I went there for Lunch to check the place out. He ordered the Cheeseburger and I ordered the Fried Softshell Crab Sandwich. When our lunch came out I was very pleased to see a nice plump softshell crab laying on my bun. It was perfectly breaded not too much like most people do to it. I am... More

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Hampton
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My husband, son, and I enjoyed lunch at the Crab Shack on the James River. My son was visiting from Colorado, and wanted seafood. So where else would we go? It was a beautiful day to sit out on the patio. There was a great breeze, the sun wasn't glaring in on us, and the river water was choppy and... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We'd been here 2 years ago when we visited the area. I think we loved it more that time because it was a new experience. Our meal was a sharing experience. We ordered 1/2 dozen Jimmies (male blue crab) (awesome flavor). Talk about having to work for your meal! Fun the first time, but whew! Could have done with out... More

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Poquoson, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Came to the Crab Shack with out of town family to celebrate family member birthday. View was great as the sun set over the James river. We all ended up ordering different meals along with a couple of appetizers. All the meals were A+. Best review I can say all out of town family members want to come back the... More

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We ate here based on a suggestion given to us and it did not disappoint. My son wanted to eat seafood on or close to the water and we were directed to Crab Shack. We ate "outside" which is patio like with open windows and ceiling fans. You are right by the bridge so we saw several boats. The food... More

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