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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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Ranked #38 of 389 restaurants in Newport News
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Crab Shack has been in this location for many years. Well known by the locals, this restaurant has always delivered the goods. Fresh fish and produce prepared in a light and healthy way. The wait staff are friendly and eager to please. Casual decor and affordable prices makes the Crab Shack a perfect "nice" lunch stop. The icing on the... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I was surprised that I had never been to this restaurant before, even though I was born and raised in Virginia. I ordered a dozen of crabs and ate them all! The food and atmosphere was perfect and my waitress was very nice and timely. I will definitely come back the next time I come home to visit in the... More

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Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

My friends and I received rave reviews about this place. We stopped by and it was moderately full on a Friday evening. We ordered some assorted including a seafood platter. Everything was really good but it was a little over sauced. Still a pretty fun place to visit.

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Prattville, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The location of the restaurant is on the James River fishing pier (the longest fishing pier on the east coast) and directly adjacent to the James River Bridge. The views from the patio and dining room are fantastic. We arrived just after sunset and the colors in the sky over the James River were stunning. Fireflies had just come out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Views were spectacular. Food was great. A MUST VISIT! I had the shrimp and the she crab soup. Waitress was slow to fill tea...but who cares with the river view sights.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This restaurant is on the old James River Bridge which is now a pier as the new James River Bridge is nearby. The view is great looking up the 5 1/2 miles wide river as we sat outside enjoying the lunch Sunday afternoon. The crab cake was nice and big , slaw was good and I did not need the... More

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Tennessee
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Ate at the crab shack for a dinner meeting. the view was outstanding and the service was very good. a tad pricey, but not unreasonable. the best part of my meal was the crab dip appetizer. Don't pass it up. If you get crab cakes, get them fried not broiled. They are very thick and need the extra heat. very... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

8 of us met here for dinner and none of us were disappointed! The view of the river is fantastic but it was too hot for us to consider sitting out on the porch. Our waitress was very pleasant & helpful and the service was excellent. Our group ordered scallops, softshell crabs, fried shrimp, fried oysters, grilled tilapia and teriakya... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Saw the negative reviews, but can't agree with them. Everything about our meal was superb! It was a perfect day, 75° and sun so we chose to sit on the porch by the water. We were greeted warmly, seated promptly and drink orders were taken and delivered quickly. My wife ordered the crab stuffed flounder which was light and delicate... More

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Suffolk, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Arrived with a party of 4 for dinner at 5 PM. The restaurant was almost empty and the Hostess Station was unoccupied. We patiently waited for several minutes thinking that the hostess will be returning shortly. After several more minutes I toured the restaurant and found her at an empty table TEXTING ON HER SMART PHONE!!! She had heard our... More

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