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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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135 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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20 restaurant reviews
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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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31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 11 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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45 restaurant reviews
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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
Encinitas, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

Was visiting the area. Went here the first night, ordered a dozen large crabs and they were really good. We enjoyed them so much we went the next night , ordered the same thing and were very disappointed. Two crabs were missing a claw and a few of them were mushy. Coke slaw was excellent

Thank Sandra F
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

It is a amazing here. No atmosphere with paper tablecloths and tv's. It is all about the food. My family shared spiced steamed shrimp served hot with cocktail sauce and drawn butter, crispy fried oysters, a sumptuous crab cakes sandwich, three medium spectacular crabs and three ice cold Courses light beers served in frozen mugs. Tremendous meal, and institution since... More 

Thank Steven A
Bethesda, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

It's crabs and crabs only with maybe a bag of chips. The crabs are good and very fresh. Pick up you wooden hammer and pound away. It's expensive - be aware and there's no atmosphere

Thank Sandy C

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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, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?