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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

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Amazing view of the James

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Karen G
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Newport News, Virginia
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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136 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Newport News, Virginia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Newport News, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

We used to frequent the Crab Shack pretty often. My husband even proposed to me there. The view is beautiful. Unfortunately, it's just not the same. The last handful of times my family has been the food has been mediocre at best and the service has been slow. Even the she-crab soup, which was my husbands favorite, tasted like they... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is great, the drinks were great and we sat on the veranda during the summer.. It was a beautiful view and I could even have a cigar while waiting. I would recommend this place to anyone and will be going back again. Michael

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Newport News, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Crab Shack is unique to Newport News.. it's on the water so atmosphere is fantastic and the food is always good. They have a very diverse menu so that helps those that are not such seafood lovers or have allergies. Great in the spring, summer and fall to sit on the patio and feel a part of the shore..

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

One of the best crab cakes around....great staff and wonderful view! Be glad when construction of new pier is complete but still a great view.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I have been coming here for years. I always found the food pretty good for the most part. I was a bit disappointed in my last visit as the crab cake was not as good as they usually are. What I have noticed is this place is getting very pricey for what you get. The portions have been getting smaller... More 

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?