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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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 39
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  • 51
    Very good
  • 29
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  • 15
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  • 11
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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
Very Good Seafood

We had the crab cake sandwich and crab cake dinner. Boys had cheeseburgers. Everything was B plus, maybe an A. I had cole slaw with dinner, shredded and tasty. crab cakes were VERY GOOD. Cheeseburgers were above average also. All in all great experience. View of James River with the outside... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Morgantown, West Virginia
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Morgantown, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We had the crab cake sandwich and crab cake dinner. Boys had cheeseburgers. Everything was B plus, maybe an A. I had cole slaw with dinner, shredded and tasty. crab cakes were VERY GOOD. Cheeseburgers were above average also. All in all great experience. View of James River with the outside covered deck pretty cool.

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Loved the setting right on the water! It was raining when we were there so we could not sit on the outside patio, but would have enjoyed it if we could. The food was really fresh...tried the soft shell crab for the first time and I enjoyed it!

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Newport News, Virginia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Took the inlaws here and we all enjoyed our fresh fish and crabcakes. Nice and quiet place on a sunday afternoon

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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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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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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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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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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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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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