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The River Shack

COVID-19 Update: This restaurant is only available for takeout or delivery at this time.

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Reviewed October 10, 2020 via mobile

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon drove to this quaint town on the North East River for some of the best crabs ever. Meaty and spiced just right they were a mouth watering treat. Social distancing is practiced so you feel safe dining outdoors under the...big top tents. Staff was terrific and very accommodating. If you love crabs or seafood this is the place to be. We didn't have any but the fried chicken is supposed to be wonderfulMore

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed October 4, 2020 via mobile

My family and I got food from here tonight and I would say overall it is pretty average. My grandfather got the shrimp salad and he said it was okay. He liked the shrimp and said they were fresh, but overall his meal he said...it was okay. My brother got the shak burger. When he asked for medium rare over the phone they told him the best they could do was medium. He said it was cooked medium how he got it but overall he said it was very average. I just got the jumbo philly pretzel which was nice, came with cheese which was good and it filled me up but it’s a pretzel you know it’s not too hard to get right. I also will say the waffle fries I highly recommend if coming here, they were very good and they give you a good amount of them. The one big thing with this place is the fried pickles. Which were a big NO. My grandfather and I really like fried pickles but these ones weren’t it. The texture was off and same with the taste. Definitely don’t recommend them. Overall I’d say I would come back here. For four of us it was $89 which for how everything tasted I would say was a little high but I would come back. Not a long wait on carry out. Overall average food. Not badMore

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed July 24, 2020 via mobile

Full Large crabs! Good variety of sea food! Good friendly service! Price a little high but it is worth it.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 27, 2020

Some of the best fried chicken around! We also enjoyed the crabs, delicious oysters, and steamed shrimp. All the food was amazing, topped only by the wonderful wait staff- Esther & Tiffany. Both were so attentive and ensured we were never wanting anything! They even...enabled us to order a special dessert from the Wellwood menu!More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed June 21, 2020 via mobile

Great experience!! Our server Esther was amazing!!! So attentive! And the food was outstanding, especially the crabs!

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed September 10, 2019

As always, good food and good atmosphere. I almost always request Hannah, she has been there for years and is very pleasant. Go check her out before the season ends.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 8, 2019

I came in with my family for the crabs and they were excellent!!! Very fun atmosphere and our waitress, Tiana, was the sweetest thing and very attentive. Food was served fast and great service!

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 5, 2019 via mobile

First we came when they first opened for the day. We were seated in a timely manner, however it went downhill after that. Our waitress was not attentive at all. I ordered the crab cakes which were great but rather small. My husband ordered all...you can eat crab. 5 minutes he gets his chicken, he said it was good not great. To me it looked pink. We waited and waited for the crab. We were told they would be right out. Uh no we never received them. Huge disappointment! The manager did come by however she was sloppily dressed and spoke very loud. All she could say was excuse after excuse. Bottom line basically was the steam room did not see our ticket. I felt the quality of food was over priced for what we got. If I am ever in the area again definitely will not return.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed September 4, 2019

Not cheap but very good crabs. Beer prices are high. Wednesday is half price wings and $3.00 draft beers.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

They don't care about your satisfaction. You better be ready to wait until they are done talking between themselves to not even care about you getting a seat or service. Terrible customer care. When you are there you are bothering them. To bad good food....Management needs a wake up!!!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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  • Yes, The River Shack offers takeout services.

  • Yes, The River Shack offers delivery services.

  • The River Shack is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5