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DiNardo's Famous Crabs

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312 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1808 (3rd & 4th Streets)
215-925-5115
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 27
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  • 25
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Not what it used to be

We have been at this restaurant over 20 years ago and we never remembered it to be so expensive. If you wish to eat crabs, it is about 9.95USD per piece for a regular and 10.95USD for a large, We ordered large crabs, but were completely disappointed by the size. There is no transparency on how... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
Eva T
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Geneva, Switzerland
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
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4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I'm from the east coast and I most certainly know the difference between fresh and frozen. It tasted as if my entire platter came straight from the Schwann's truck. So disappointed.

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Liz M, Owner at DiNardo's Famous Crabs, responded to this review

I'm very sorry you didn't enjoy your meal. I want to assure you that we serve only the best quality and most fresh seafood to our customers. We always have a manager available to help with anything our customers need or want and would have made every effort to make sure you were happy with your dining experience. I would... More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We have been at this restaurant over 20 years ago and we never remembered it to be so expensive. If you wish to eat crabs, it is about 9.95USD per piece for a regular and 10.95USD for a large, We ordered large crabs, but were completely disappointed by the size. There is no transparency on how they judge the size,... More 

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Liz M, Owner at DiNardo's Famous Crabs, responded to this review

Dear Eva, The price of blue claw crabs and fresh seafood has certainly sky rocketed in the last 20 years, We post daily crab prices in the front of the restaurant and recite them and the weight associated with each crab size upon request. I apologize if you felt we were not forthcoming about the prices or crab size in... More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I'd not eaten here before and the bellhop at Hotel Monaco recommended it and told us it was a short walk from the hotel. We didn't have reservations but they accommodated us and put us near the bar. The waitress was extremely friendly and gave us her suggestions as to what to order. We had a delicious raw appetizer. Then,... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Feeling nostalgic on a recent return visit to Philadelphia, my wife and I dined at DiNardo's and found the memory to be better than the reality. Service was friendly, but lackluster. The food was expensive for what it is and the choice was limited with the food merely ok. The decor looked as if it hasn't been touched in 20... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is the first time at this restaurant. Service was slow. The food was okay but pricey. The $30 appetizer was probably enough for one or two people, it consisted of three oysters a handful of crabmeat half a dozen clams and maybe three shrimp for 30 or $40. I'm sure it wouldn't be difficult to find a better place... More 

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Liz M, Owner at DiNardo's Famous Crabs, responded to this review

Dear Sir, I'm sorry your first visit to DiNardo's was not the excellent experience we strive for. We are a family business and pride ourselves on excellent food and service. I will relay your service issue to the staff. We do also strive to keep the rising cost of seafood affordable to our patrons. I hope you'll reconsider another visit... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We went for dinner for our anniversary. My husband and I went to DiNardo's to have some of their famous snapper soup, it was very good. I had crab imperial and it was tasty but a little over done and dry. My husband had a steak which was cooked according to his order but not very tasty. We have dined... More 

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Liz M, Owner at DiNardo's Famous Crabs, responded to this review

Dear Sue, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your dinner. Most especially because it was such a special occasion for you. I wish we had the chance to rectify the situation for you while you were dining. Please know, we will always happily do whatever is necessary for you to enjoy your dinner. I'm hoping you will give us another chance... More 

Shrev
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We came here for the crab cakes that we can't get at home while sightseeing in Philly. Their fabulous-so much crab meat; no filler. My hubby had shrimp & scallops & was pleased.

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Liz M, Owner at DiNardo's Famous Crabs, responded to this review

Dear Toni, So glad you and your husband enjoyed your meals. The jumbo lump crab cake is a customer favorite at DiNardo's and I'm glad you had the chance to sample it. Shrimp and scallops were a great choice too. We look forward to seeing you both again when you're in Philly! Thank you for taking the time to let... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

excellent service prime location friendly family style staff, knowledgeable servers and delicious food!!

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Liz M, Owner at DiNardo's Famous Crabs, responded to this review

Dear Steve, Thank you for visiting us, so glad you felt our family friendliness and enjoyed your meal so much. We hope to see you at DiNardo's again soon! Sincerely, Liz Massimo, owner More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I have been going there since the 1970's. I use to live in Wilkes Barre Pa and at least 2 times a month would drive down have dinner then drive back home. I moved to Florida and still get there everytime I go back to Pa or if I go to Atlantic City we drive up so I can have... More 

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Liz M, Owner at DiNardo's Famous Crabs, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the five stars! It is the loyalty of customers like you that has kept our family business here for 39 years. We're so glad you enjoy not only our famous crabs, but all of the seafood specialties we have to offer. We look forward to your next visit. Please call ahead if you'd like... More 

Orlando, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

Rip off prices for crabs that are not special. No happy hour. Sad desserts. Brutal parking. Decent service.....but not compensation for the extortion prices.... Won't be back.

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Liz M, Owner at DiNardo's Famous Crabs, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear you're displeased with the price of the crabs you ordered. We pride ourselves on serving the best crabs in Philadelphia. The price of crabs is at an all time high for us and for our customers. We hope to see some changes in the prices in the upcoming months. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed... More 

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Additional Information about DiNardo's Famous Crabs

Address: 312 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1808
Phone Number: 215-925-5115
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
Open Hours:
Sunday 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $30 to $30
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 312 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1808
    (3rd & 4th Streets)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: 215-925-5115

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $30 to $30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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