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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 - 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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 41
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  • 23
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  • 28
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  • 24
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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
Ohhh, the crab cakes!!

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Toni S
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Shrev
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
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Shrev
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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 

2 reviews
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
1 review
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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410 reviews 410 reviews
333 restaurant reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
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 

Ambler, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

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

Dear Nancie, In response to your concerns, I want to assure you that cleanliness is of the utmost importance to us at DiNardo's. I hope you enjoyed your crabs. I know the cost is frustrating to all of us. In addition to the actual cost of the crab itself, there is cost to fly them in from the gulf coast... More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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59 reviews 59 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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
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179 reviews 179 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?