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“Great seafood while watching the sunset” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James

Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James
7601 River Road James, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607
757.245.2722
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Ranked #43 of 396 Restaurants in Newport News
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Arlington, Virginia
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great seafood while watching the sunset”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This restaurant serves up fresh caught seafood right alongside the James River. If the weather is warm, definitely sit on the porch. Fresh grilled cobia and the crab cakes were excellent.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Herndon, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Crab Shack a Welcome Surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

First time here and we were very happy with our visit. It is clean, neat, with fast and friendly service. As it was warm and muggy we opted to stay inside with the A/C. but there is covered "outside seating". We still had a nice table with views of the James River and bridge. The wait staff was very nice and accommodating. We had an appetizer and two of the catch of the day fares. For the warm up we had calamari and it was quite good, lightly breaded, and very fresh tasting. My wife had grilled salmon and I had blackened tuna - both great. We had fries, ordered extra crispy and they were perfect. The coleslaw was not special or at least not prepared the way we like it. It was just sliced cabbage with some sort of vinegary sauce thrown on it so we'd recommend passing on it. They had a few other choices for sides and we will try them next time. Everything tasted fresh which is important at a fish restaurant. We split a key lime pie for dessert and it was good too. For beverages we had beers and tap water with lemon. A note for fish eaters - with us food that is enhanced by lemons was served with fresh large slices of lemon. A small point but one that mattered to us. Like the service several small things were done right by our server and we appreciated it. The Crab Shack is an informal restaurant but is well run and was a pleasure. It is now our "fish joint" for future visits so we can run the list of menu items.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Enjoyable view, good food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I eat here about once a quarter, and have been doing so for about 15 years. The food is well prepared and the service is prompt and attentive. The crab cake sandwich is good, without a lot of filler, and most of the seafood dishes are pretty good. The location (northern end of the James River Bridge, next to the fishing pier) offers a nice view of the James River.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“I love this place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I have come here several times and have always had a great experience. The food is good and service is good. I usually get some type of crab since we are on the Chesapeake and have never been disappointed. The location is right off the JRB on the water and you'd think it'd be loud and distracting being right off the highway, but not at all. In side and on the patio are nice and relaxing and you can watch the sunset over the water.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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South Pittsburg, Tennessee, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Out of the way..perfect fresh seafood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Every kind of fresh seafood the Chesapeake Bay area has to offer..prepared the way seafood is supposed to be. Even cooked crab by the dozen. We watched the sun go down over the James while feasting on fresh crab cakes and drinking rum and coke. Perfect. A casual atmosphere where a customer will feel comfortable on a special occasion or just dropping in after fishing on the connected pier for the afternoon. Offers food choices from cost conscious sandwiches to market priced fresh catch delicacies. This place was designed to please locals so you can be sure the food and service is the best possible.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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