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Bethesda Crab House

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4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5204
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went there recently for crab cakes and steamed crabs. EXCELLENT flavor for both and the crab cakes were well cooked and had good good solid crab. Service was a bit slow but that was due to only one waiter for all the inside tables. Best place in Bethesda and nearby for crab!!

Thank dazow
Durham, North Carolina
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, parking is hard to find, and yes, eating them is very messy. But delicious and fun. Outdoor dining is the way to go as it is a wonderful way to spend a relaxing evening with friends and/or family. Or test out a new date on whether they can deal with cracking crabs and ending up messy! No better evening... More 

Thank CynthiaVanDerWiele
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although there are other options, the best item on menu is the steamed crabs. There is all you can eat for two hours. But for light eaters like us, you could order crabs of various sizes by the dozen. These are accompanied by melted butter, vinegar and Chesapeake bay masala. I, however, loved them as they were. Eating crabs is... More 

Thank Ismailbandook
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Best crabs around. Parking was nonexistent. Had to drive around the block while someone ordered a few times until the order was ready. I noticed that locals parked elsewhere and walked. Friendly service, great blue crabs!

Thank melissa m
Port Macquarie, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

A very relaxed environment here, just smashing and devouring crabs on iconic tables. There is an unfortunate smell as you walk up to the restaurant, but thankfully you can't smell it inside. Good service and delicious, juicy crabs!

Thank Tom D
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a good seafood restaurant, when I came to Rockville to visit my sister. On Yelp they had really good reviews. But no one warned us about the smell, inside and outside of the restaurant. The outside smells like raw fresh is was foul, I understand that this is a seafood place but I have been to... More 

Thank Sheila W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

with the winter blues craving, I was pleasantly pleased with the blue crabs...we ordered the large to x-large. our tray came out packed -steamy large heavy in weight o-bay seasoning crabs; every single one was flavorful meaty and delicious. well there's not much to say about the atmosphere, it's a laid back crab house! as for the service, we didn't... More 

Thank 11tt
Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Solid DC area crab option, rare to find a gritty crab house close to DC so it's definitely worth trying. Try the crab cakes as well they're awesome.

Thank ConnorLawrence
Wellington, Florida, USA
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

Crab cake was outstanding. And I order them everywhere, so I know what I am saying here. Crabs themselves were just ok. We got the mediums. Some had not much meat. Vinegar and old bay seasoning was a nice combo. Other reviewers are correct that there is not much else other than crabs on the menu. Nothing at all for... More 

Thank Partyof5FL
Charleston, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

Since I moved away from the DC area I occasionally get a hankering for blue crabs. We bought a dozen large, and once I got over the sticker shock ($105), I thoroughly enjoyed the crabs. They were spiced just right and meaty. We got takeout so not sure about service

Thank neiljg

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $25
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5204
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 301-652-3382

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