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DiNardo's Famous Crabs

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City Center East
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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 - 9:30 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, Reservations

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 27
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Best Crabs

This is a unique restaurant in center city that has the best crabs in town. There is no other location like this one. If you are into seafood and crabs, I highly recommend a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Dick J
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Wilmington, Delaware
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

After all these years, I expected better. Their prices are high, crabs are small, and place appears dirty. They have great fried and coleslaw though

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Wilmington, Delaware
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53 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is a unique restaurant in center city that has the best crabs in town. There is no other location like this one. If you are into seafood and crabs, I highly recommend a visit.

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

Dear Dick, Thank you for sharing your experience at DiNardo's. We work hard to bring in quality crabs and seafood and we're so glad you enjoyed yourself. We look forward to seeing you soon and appreciate your patronage. Sincerely, Liz Massimo, owner More 

Morrisville, PA
Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This was our first time here and we enjoyed the crab cakes and seafood salad although, it was a little overpriced. Would have liked something other than french fries as a side. The only negative was their specialty drink which was watered down and expensive.

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

Thank you for very much for taking the time to share your experience with us. I'm happy you enjoyed your crab cakes and seafood salad. We will gladly offer a substitute for the french fries upon request. I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your drink and wish we had the opportunity to rectify that for you while you were... More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Walked by on our way back to our hotel and due to the Zagat rating decided to go in for dinner Sun. Mar22. Had broiled flounder which was the driest fish I ever had. Broccoli was boiled until it was almost colorless. Bread and baked potato were acceptable. My husband's stuffed fish was the same (overcooked). We paid over $70... More 

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

Dear Joan, I apologize to you and your husband for the mishap with your meal. I can assure you this is not the norm for DiNardo's. I wish we had the opportunity to address the issues with your meal when you were there. If you're in Philly again, please call me personally and I will see to an excellent experience... More 

Norristown, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 via mobile

I was there Feb,21,2015, I had a groupon, which says to present it first, but I waitress said she look at it at the end, service was a AAA+, I thought were a little high, but your are in Old City, we had the special twin lobster tails stuffed with crab, lobsters were great, crab had a little to much... More 

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

Dear Albert, Thank you for your wonderful review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your food and your service. We strive for the kind of excellence you reported. We hope to see you at DiNardo's again, soon! Sincerely, Liz Massimo, owner More 

2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I dined at Dinardos this past Saturday and everything was absolutely amazing! My fiancee and I, along with another couple went to Dinardos looking for crabs to eat. We weren't sure what to expect as we heard pluses and minuses about the atmosphere. When we arrived we thought the atmosphere was charming. It was an older building yes, but you... More 

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

Der Sir, We could not be more happy to hear of your excellent experience and your appreciation of our family restaurant. It is our goal to serve the most fresh seafood and crabs and to give amazing service to our customers. We appreciate your taking the time to talk about your dinner with your fiancé and friends. We are celebrating... More 

Moorestown, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Just wanted to take the time to share what a wonderful seafood experience my family had at DiNardo's Famous Crabs. The shrimp, clams casino, and especially the marvelous crab cakes were absolutely delicious. Our server Debbie make the trip exceptionally fun and enjoyable! We felt as if we were right at home; nothing was too much trouble. I don't often... More 

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

Dear MLF in New Jersey, Thank you for the rave reviews. We are gratified to know you enjoyed every part of your experience; food, service and atmosphere, so much. We strive for excellence in all of those ways and are glad we achieved those for you. Debbie is excellent at making people feel at home and I will pass your... More 

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This has been my favorite restaurant for years in Philadelphia. Although known for its shellfish, my favorite is the fried flounder. I am always welcomed back by friendly manager staff, Cathy and Michael. Met Kevin a newer bartender taking over for George who was out sick. Such a great place, I was there twice in three days. Can't wait for... More 

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

Dear Sir, We're so glad you enjoyed yourself at DiNardo's and at the flower show. There is nothing that makes us more happy than to have someone come back over and over again. It is the highest compliment as business can receive. When someone enjoys the food and service, as you do, we have done our job. I'll be sure... More 

phila., pa
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

Ok. I lived in philly all my life and this place is suppose to be an institution. All I can say is it's overpriced and overrated, outdated decor. Service u have to ask for. The meal wasn't great at all for $176 for 2 including tip and this was not lobster. Would have been better off going to a diner.

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

Dear Sophia Lauren, I'm sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience at DiNardo's. We strive, as a family business to serve only the most fresh and quality seafood and make every customer feel very welcome. The price of quality seafood is at an all-time high and some of the market priced items such as King, Snow and Dungeness... More 

Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

I was very surprised by the restaurant. This was my first time dining here and I chose this for restaurant week. The food was eh. It was way overpriced for the quality. In addition to that it was extremely loud! It was groups of people yelling. The waitress and hostess were really nice. Overall I was it was not a... More 

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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 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Large groups
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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