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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
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Toms River, New Jersey
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96 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The prices on the lunch menu were quite reasonable. The confusing part is that the large menu contained two or three other varieties of menus. The luncheon selections include soup or salad, rolls & butter, entrée, dessert and coffee or tea. The Manhattan clam chowder was red liquid with a few veggies in it. The oysters (raw and cooked) were... More 

Thank Ken_NJ_11islands
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is jammed during summer season and busy all year. Food is very good, not outstanding. Best value are the lunch specials, twilight dinner specials good also. Lots of good seafood but meat choices also. Features a bar with TV, various entertainment, expansive beer menu.

Thank Barbara K
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took my wife for her birthday dinner and it was a great time with real good food and live music. Prices are good for the quality and amount of food they give you. This will be one our places to eat every time we come to seaside heights nj.

Thank Dutchmen26lite
Buffalo, New York
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to watch a specific NFL game other bars weren't showing. Neither was Crab's Claw! Excessively rude, crass, young female bartender. She yelled at me for my cigarette not being fully out. OK, my fault, but I didn't want to toss it on the ground as I sprinted to catch my team's game which had already started. All the TV's... More 

Thank MarineCorpsOne
Bordentown, New Jersey, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Service was top notch and fast, although they did not rush us through, food was excellant. Resonable pricing, you are at the Shore. Nice atmosphere. Will definitely go back.

Thank KDibb
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68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This was recommended by the staff at the motel where we stayed in Jersey Shore. The food was good the waitress..Sarah was absolutely accommodating, friendly and a good time! I had a salad and my husband had crab cakes and he couldn't eat it all!

Piscataway, New Jersey
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

This is one of the most popular restaurants in Lavalette. In fact it's probably one of the most popular restaurants in the area. If you go on the weekend, go early because you will have to wait. The place is always packed. If there is one thing to experience, it's their Sunday brunch. Good food and lots of it. The... More 

Thank BrienSz
Demarest, N.J.
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79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

I have been here many times for various reasons food would not be one of them. Ok to sit at the bar for a drink or listen to music but eat somewhere else!

Thank NikiC
crabbyclaw, General Manager at The Crab's Claw Inn, responded to this review

I am sorry that you had a bad experience with the food at The Crab's Claw inn and would love to hear about your experience to make you come to the above conclusion. We want all of our customers to have a great experience and look forward from hearing from you. More 

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60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

I did the triple crab steampot and some ice cold beers...fantastic. Our appetizer was the Blackened Filet Mignon Tips with horse radish cream sauce dip, it was awesome.

Thank bricknick
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

My family and I hadn't been to the area for several years until this year, and we made it a point to go back to the Crab's Claw this summer. It's a little pricey compared to what we usually do for dinner, so we splurge when we go there and consider it a treat. You have to start off with... More 

Thank Detweiler

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene
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?