We arrived to the Surfing Crab around 7:30 p.m. and closing time is 9:00 p.m. The only negative thing I have to say about this restaurant is that it was obvious that the staff was none too pleased that we arrived at this time because they clearly wanted to close up early. It was a Sunday evening and there were about six other families dining there when we arrived and half of them weren't just finishing up with their meals. There were only 2 of us in our party and it wasn't like we are particularly demanding people - we just wanted some crabs.
I felt like I had to "bargain" with the waiter to even place an order this "late" in the evening. The waiter went back to the kitchen and returned to let us know that the chef was basically willing to prepare our food for us. We were even encouraged to consume our meal in manner that wouldn't require any lollygagging on our parts (I'm paraphrasing, but you get the idea). It only took 20 minutes to steam our crabs and the mussels were out within 5-10 minutes. As soon as other diners left, the staff began furiously cleaning up around us and made us feel like we were imposing on them. I do not appreciate being rushed during any dining experience. We spent a pretty penny there and tipped the waiter in excess of 20% despite the fact that it almost felt like a drive-thru experience. I had visions of Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi" episode running through my head.
On the upside, however, these crabs were absolutely delicious! The medium-sized crabs were plenty for 2 of us and our starting course of mussels were scrumptous as well. Our waiter at least took the time to show me (a midwesterner) how to crack open the crabs. Holy cow were they tasty! And the chef gave us an extra crab to make it a baker's dozen, so that was nice. I would definitely visit this restaurant again when I return to the area, despite the service issue, which I hope the management discusses with the staff. I would have rated this a 4 or 5, but for the rushed dining experience by the staff, so therefore I gave it a 3.
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