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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 - 11:30 pm
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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

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  • 33
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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
Great atmosphere, good meal

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
Lance C
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

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 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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 NEW 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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Hershey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

What a great location. We were in town for a few days and looking for something different from the chains. We had a great view of the river from out on the enclosed seating with open windows. My husband had a good steak with some shrimp and I had the crab legs. They were excellent and I think reasonable for... More 

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Lynchburg, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We arrived (with a reservation) with a large group. Our server seemed inconvenienced and annoyed with us from the very beginning. The view and setting was lovely. The food was average. Having grown up in Maryland, I'm a bit of a crab cake snob. The crab cakes here were mediocre. Overall, not a good value.

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

One of my favorite places to eat in Newport News! Very nice selection and good tasting. You can see beautiful views of the James River, and it is close to the newly remodeled pier where you can take a walk or throw in a line to fish.

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Williamsburg, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I came here with a friend for a late afternoon snack and discussion. We were welcomed fairly well and when we placed our order of raw oysters, the server didn't know their origin and guessed two locations. That seemed strange for a place that boasts their oysters. We also got the Jammer Shrimp. When the food came out, the plastic... More 

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Additional Information about Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James

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

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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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