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The Crab's Claw Inn

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601 Grand Central Ave, Lavallette, NJ 08735-2213
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Midlothian, United States
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited Crab's Claw Inn on vacation. There was a wait but it was well worth it. Clean and friendly along with amazing menu of food. Great service and atmosphere.

Thank Ruthie H
The Villages, Florida
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219 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Be prepared to wait especially if it's near entertainment time. The waitresses are fast and efficient, 18 draft beers and most can recite them all. You'll have your pick of seafood prepared the way you want it. Iconic place at the Jersey shore.

Thank Katherine G
Lansford, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Portions are very small for the price. Live band was WAY TOO LOUD for the space. Happy, once our food came, the band took a break. Waitress forgot portions of our order. She brought the wrong food to our table twice. Our bill was charged with an extra meal. Had to show the waitress our plates to assure her we... More 

Thank Chele2715
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the Crabs Claw Inn over the Easter period and found that the food was excellent, the service was spot on, not rushed and the waitress was happy to pass the time of day while we decided on our choice of food. The atmosphere was brilliant and everybody was friendly.

Thank Joe L
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Waiter took order. Never returned to check on quality of dinner. Maine seafood dinner was overcooked. I guess because it was a young couple waiter thought not good tip was coming so spent more time with others. Very disappointed in a restaurant of this stature.

Thank jlioy
Lambertville, New Jersey
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the shore for our anniversary and as our favorite place to eat, Berkley Seafood, was torn down we found the Crab's Claw Inn. The early bird special was a great value and offered, soup, salad, entrée, vegetable, dessert and coffee for $18.99. As this was our anniversary dinner, we were not overly concerned about the price of the... More 

Thank 397dktravel
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If your looking for a casual and relaxed night look no further. Love the ambiance and the live music was great. Great comfort food nothing fancy but really good. A bit of an older crowd but no biggie very friendly staff and service. I would definitely go back

1 Thank Jbucci27
Fort Collins, Colorado
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just returned from a trip to the Jersey shore and had a pretty fantastic dinner at The Crab's Claw Inn. The place is always super busy so be prepared to wait. We waited at least 45 minutes for a table, and it was worth it. Large menu with tons of fish options, large beer selection, and a great location. The... More 

Thank flyingfish362
Somerset, New Jersey
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since reservations are not taken, we did have to wait for a table. Service was attentive and we all enjoyed our meals.

Thank ReviewsfromLW
Northern NJ
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I usually come here for the music after 9pm. I've been here for lunch at the outside dining area and have stopped in after 10pm and the kitchen is open. The food is excellent ! The staff is friendly and service is excellent THIS IS A MUST GO TO PLACE IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA !!!

Thank JazzinInJersey

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Grand Central Ave, Lavallette, NJ 08735-2213
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Lavallette
  • Phone Number: 17327934447

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?