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Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House

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10195 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
+1 703-560-0060
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was filled with people eating crabs by the dozen when I visited. There aren't too many crab restaurants in this area, and this one seemed very popular. Other entrees included many other seafood dishes. I'm not sure about other offerings, as I was hunting for seafood! Entrees are good size and reasonably prices. Tables are covered in paper,... More 

Thank jwhome100
las vegas, nv
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there on their busiest day of the year. Fathers Day. Place was mobbed with parking in their narrow and unpaved lot a real challenge. We got in after an hour wait but the wait was worth it. While we are waiting for our server to get to us we watched try after tray of crabs being served to... More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is indeed a crab house. They do not spend extra on the exterior, just the basics. Mounds of crabs served Maryland style: paper table cloth, a knife and wooded mallet for utensils. A great experience and you do not have drive to Maryland. Good food, a bit pricey.

Thank Ron C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have never been to a real crab house the experience of it goes beyond how the food tastes. I mean, how many places serve you your food with a hammer? And the mess! Crab smithereens all over the place. It's a good time and for those who love crab, the price isn't prohibitive. Definitely worth trying for those... More 

Thank Joseph K
Fresno, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of 20 or so of us showed up at the door mid-week without reservations, and, after the initial shock wore off, we were seated and served. If it comes from the sea and can be steamed or fried, Capt. Pell's has it - small, medium, large, extra-large, and humongous. Naturally, the prices reflected the sizes. This is not... More 

Thank LBlank-SalinasCA
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unlimited crabs for a great price, but a TRUE hole in the wall. My grilfriend's had heard they had great crabs, one thing was left out... HOLE IN THE WALL. What else is there to say? LOL

Thank MsHolmes2U
District Heights, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to this crab house a dozen times and each time is great. They are always busy, but the services is always great! I've been to a couple of other crab houses in the area, but I find that the crabs here at Captain Pell's are pretty meaty. The other seafood options are just a great. If I don't... More 

Thank Greta R
Spring Hill, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A family of seven went for crabs and were pleased to find a terrific selection of other seafood as well as corn on the cob, chicken tenders and a wide variety of sides. The crabs were cooked and seasoned to perfection, with a large amount of what looked a lot like old bay seasoning. The broiled scallops were large and... More 

Thank thefordman28
Fairfax, Virginia
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107 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

This place is a Fairfax institution. For appetizers we ordered fried clam strips (a bit chewy as expected, and maybe a tad dry, but tasty nonetheless, and a half dozen raw oysters (big, sweet, and juicy and only $10). I ordered the softshell crab platter, and I got 2 huge crabs, battered and fried to perfection, plus a pile of... More 

Thank Two-Baby-Boomers
Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We go here a lot. We travel from Richmond to Fairfax VA just to get there crabs. The food is great. The crabs are very large and taste good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10195 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax
  • Phone Number: +1 703-560-0060
Established in 1977, Captain Pell's Fairfax Crabhouse specializes in serving the freshest, meatiest, steamed, blue crabs in the area. Captain Pell's offers an authentically unique crab house experience. Join us for quality seafood and excellent service. We offer three crab sizes, by the dozen or all-you-can-eat! Come by Captain Pell's and let us bring the great taste of the sea to your table.

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