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DiNardo's Famous Crabs

312 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1808 (City Center East)
215-925-5115
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Ranked #828 of 3,747 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Neighborhood: City Center East
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Good for: Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 3rd & 4th Streets
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Edmonton, Canada
Top Contributor
179 reviews 179 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This is apparently one of the "best" seafood places in Philly, so I went with some colleagues one night, while in town for a conference. I was really disappointed. When I walked in, I thought I went into a time warp. The decor was very old and run down. It reminded me of a 1960's diner - that hasn't been... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My hotel magazine and the person at the front desk recommended this place, called it the best seafood in town. Well, all I can say is, if this is the best the others have to be down right disgusting. I order the garlic crab, OMG the crab was old and had no flavor what so ever. The owner tried to... More

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

Dear Kathryn, I'm sorry to hear you did not enjoy your dining experience with us. I want to assure you we use only the freshest ingredients, with the crabs being flown in daily from the Gulf Coast. I do apologize for your disappointment and I hope if you are in Philadelphia again you will give us another chance to show... More

Ashbourne, Derby, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I was so excited to have dinner at Dinardos. I love seafood and had heard that this was a city institution. We went on a Tuesday night, and ended up sitting at the bar as the resturant looked almost empty. The decor was old style, and we were expecting the kind of comfort food you usually find in a place... More

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

Dear Derby, I apologize to you for missing the mark on your visit. I want to assure you that all the seafood we serve is fresh and the crabs particularly are flown in daily from the Gulf Coast. Although the menu states that the crabs do not have side dish choices as the platters do, we are always happy to... More

LAKEWOOD
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Agree with others. Our party of four had hits and misses. Way too salty fries, salad request forgotten, had all 4 people with empty drink glasses twice in the evening. Waitress helpful but distracted. Seemed understaffed on a Tuesday night. But the meals were delicious and the Dark Side of the Moon dessert: outstanding. Walked over easily from the 5th... More

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

Dear Janet, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience at DiNardo's. We're very happy you enjoyed your food so much. We strive for excellence in both food and service and take to heart your disappointment with the service and will address it with the staff. On your next trip back, please ask your server... More

Hilltown, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I know this place has been there for decades and it is a bit tired-looking, but the crab cakes are very good. I consider myself a broiled crab cake expert, and these would rank among the best. My friend is also very picky and did agree with the assessment for her fried crab cake. The service was not great, and... More

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

Dear Teva, Thank you for the great review on our crab cakes . We use only the freshest and finest ingredients and are glad you enjoyed them so much. Thank you for the input on the service, we will be attentive to your comments. We look forward to seeing you again soon at DiNardo's. Sincerely, Liz Massimo,owner More

Miami
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by the visitors center. Unfortunately, everything was extremely salty. We should have known when our first dish the crab soup had very little crab and was extremely salty. Their popular fries were overly salted to the point of not being able to eat. The fried fish platter was greasy and salty. When asked about our meal... More

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

We're very sorry you didn't enjoy your experience at DiNardo's. The crab soup is made with a special blend of crab seasoning and the fries are seasoned fries, but we will happily cook them without for our customers sensitive to salt. We strive for excellence in all areas and appreciate your feedback. We are known for great service and will... More

Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We had a large group for my daughter's birthday celebration and everyone walked away happy, full and raving about the meals. A few of us had the crabs (yes expensive but crabs are) and they were really meaty and my daughter absolutely thought they were they best she ever had. Birthday girl happy - we are all happy :) All... More

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

Dear Kim, Thank you for the 5-Star Review. Nothing makes us happier than to have a customer enjoy the food and service we strive to make delicious and memorable. We're glad your family enjoyed the celebration and look forward to seeing you back again soon! Sincerely, Liz Massimo,owner More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I've heard so much about this restaurant and was looking forward to the meal. Was very disappointed, the food had no flavor at all, the crab (alaskan) Leg tasted like it was soaked in water. The flounder wasn't done, Just dissappointed will not go again would not reccommend to anyone.

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

Dear Sonya, I am so very sorry you didn't enjoy your dinner the other night. I wish we would have had the opportunity to make things right for you while you were dining. I want to assure you that we use the highest quality seafood and our goal is to cook that seafood to perfection. I would love another chance... More

New York City, New York
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My husband and I were in town for just a few hours. Someone we met recommended this place so we walked a few blocks and it was easy to find. The ladies inside were so welcoming but the decor was outdated the place seems run down. We opted to stay because if the waitresses' friendliness. The staff was very attentive.... More

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

Dear Paula, I'm glad you enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere of our family owned and run restaurant. We pride ourselves in making our guests feel comfortable and welcome. I'm also glad you enjoyed the seafood we take so much care in selecting and serving. I hope you'll join us again when you're in Philly. Sincerely, Liz Massimo, owner More

angelampowell
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I absolutely love this restaurant as well as the staff in it's entirety! Each time we've come, we've not been disappointed. We generally get the Jumbo & XL Crabs as well as the crab soup and Linguine with Clam Sauce. The crabs are fresh, hot and delicious. Just one thing I want to add is plan to... More

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

Dear Angela, Thank you for the great feedback. We appreciate your kind words and your patronage. We look forward to seeing you at DiNardo's again soon and we pledge to keep those high standards you enjoy. Thank you, again. Sincerely, Liz Massimo,owner More

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