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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 29
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Casual atmosphere, Great view.

I have to be honest and preface my review to say that I am not a seafood eater :-( ...so sadly, I cannot comment in detail, especially on the seafood. However, the appeal of this place is the ease, the casual atmosphere, and it sits right on the James River, more or less. There's a large porch... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
NewportNewslinda
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Newport News, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Eating at Crab Shack is like taking a mini-vacation but staying in town. The crab cakes are great and it is possible to sit on the enclosed porch and watch the sun go down--yes!

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Newport News, Virginia
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9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I have to be honest and preface my review to say that I am not a seafood eater :-( ...so sadly, I cannot comment in detail, especially on the seafood. However, the appeal of this place is the ease, the casual atmosphere, and it sits right on the James River, more or less. There's a large porch with seating right... More 

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Delaware
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

Visited the Crab Shack and was not disapointed! They had great beers on tap and the food was delicious (crab legs and crab cakes are highly recommended) and to top it off it was right on the James River! We sat on the patio outside and enjoyed our food and a wonderful sunset. Will be stopping by again next time... More 

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40 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Food was very good. The calamari was excellent. Salmon was very good. I didn't care for the crab soup. Service was good but the restaurant was a little dingy. Very nice view. Limited bar menu.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We ate here almost 10 years ago before we moved away from living in Hampton Roads VA. When we returned we still loved the view from the place but the food was extremely greasy and sub-par for the $.

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

My husband and I go here when we want to feel like we're on vacation. You can look out over the water and imagine you're on a cruise ship. He loves the fish and I get the baked potato and salad. Great experience every time! We have also taken friends here for a nice dinner directly on the water.

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dnialcdlo
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17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

Took out college student out and this is where he picked. It was a fun atmosphere and a nice view of the water. I wouldn't avoid going back but it wasn't memorable either. The crab dip, although loved by the teens, was too mayonnaiseee for me. The burger looked good. The crab cake was fine. The shrimp cocktail was bland... More 

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Hampton, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Crab Shack is a staple of Newport News. The restaurant is located right on the James River with a gorgeous view of the water and sunset every evening. They have awesome outdoor (screened in) seating for when the weather is nice. The food is fresh, delicious and not expensive. Great place to take your family and friends!

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Newport News, Virginia
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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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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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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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