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DiNardo's Famous Crabs

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312 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (3rd & 4th Streets)
12159255115
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Large groups
Description: Since 1976, Family-owned DiNardo's serves Philly's best hard-shell...
Since 1976, Family-owned DiNardo's serves Philly's best hard-shell "hot and dirty" steamed crabs and garlic style crabs flown in daily from the gulf coast. Award-winning traditional seafood, juicy steaks, chicken, pasta, and delicious salads also featured. DiNardo's friendly atmosphere will leave you feeling like one of the family.
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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
just ok

the food was ok. Nothing great. The service by the staff was wonderful! The service made up for the food, but not enough to make me return

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Stefanie D
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Reading, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with my roommate and did the $35-dollar restaurant week deal. I ordered the raw bar trio and the fish of the day which is Tuna with a ginger sauce and some sort of crab on top. My roommate ordered buffalo Shrimp and a petite fillet/w crab cake. To make this short and simple, service was HORRIBLE. If it... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gee they just don't offer a good meal. Poor presentation, service poor. Fried oysters were a big mistake and recommended by the bar tender. Look for a better rating.

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Thank Robert L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I visited this restaurant because of a groupon deal that we had. The food was very good, but really pricey.I had the lump crab cake and my husband had the crab imperial(which I would highly recommend). The staff was very pleasant and welcoming. Quick Tip: ask the server for current pricing of the crabs per pound. they... More 

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Thank Kyra B
NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

the food was ok. Nothing great. The service by the staff was wonderful! The service made up for the food, but not enough to make me return

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Thank Stefanie D
Carolina, Puerto Rico
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92 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This place was highly suggested by the hotel staff at the Wyndham... and probably more for their crabs..... I didn't want to break the shells so I ordered a tuna.... it was actually good but the sauce on it sort of masked the great taste... I did have a lump crab meat cocktail.... exceptional..... and the wine list left something... More 

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Thank gary c
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

I know and eat a lot of fish dishes and have many all around the world so when I saw the boast of this restaurant of fresh fish and crab and a great looking menu, I was tempted. The restaurant is a bit tired and old fashioned. The food comes quickly enough but the service was tardy and we waited... More 

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Thank TJA950
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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128 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

I was very much disappointed with the crabs. I've had the opportunity to have great crabs in the past and this place doesn't even compare. Our waitress did not understand how crabs are graded. We asked if they had jumbo's, the response was yes, just came in. So we paid $10 bucks a crab for what I would consider medium... More 

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Thank WWCSeaview
Toledo, Ohio
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42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant has an amazing, relaxed atmosphere with a mostly friendly staff and a slightly educational feel. There are paper placemats explaining how to crack open their famous blue crabs (which are my list to try next) and extra napkins available. We ordered to the restaurant's strength and had three types of crab. The king was the obvious favorite followed... More 

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Thank Sing4Elohim
Lansdale
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70 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Since this is crab season, we decided to try DiNardo's. Unfortunately eating at DiNardo's was a disappointing experience. The crabs were definitely over priced. One large steamed crab is $10.50. If you want the garlic crabs, each is $12, either three or six per order. We ordered the garlic crabs. They were fairly small and not meaty at all. My... More 

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Thank Rydes
Philly
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Went for a valentines dinner and not impressed at all. Very old, lights flickering. Not really the cleanest place. Food was not that good. Crab cake was full of filler for a "crab house ". The people next to us were talking about the difference between a dime bag and a Nickel bag. They were very loud. Would not recommend.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 312 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    (3rd & 4th Streets)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: 12159255115

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 60
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Business meetings, Large groups

Description

Since 1976, Family-owned DiNardo's serves Philly's best hard-shell "hot and dirty" steamed crabs and garlic style crabs flown in daily from the gulf coast. Award-winning traditional seafood, juicy steaks, chicken, pasta, and delicious salads also featured. DiNardo's friendly atmosphere will leave you feeling like one of the family.
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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