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Crab Shack Seafood Restaurant on the James

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7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
11:00 am - 12:30 am
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:30 am
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Churchton, Maryland
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love this place. It has good food, can accomodate large groups (and I'm always there with a large group of tennis players) and is in a beautiful setting. Sadly, I did not get to go this year because the people I was with wanted to go elsewhere. So,someone had heard something bad about the place, who knows what. It... More 

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What do you need to be a great crab shack? Well, great crabs help, but it's also quick, cheerful service, low prices, and a pleasant outdoor seating area with a beautiful view of the water. The Crab Shack on the James checks all of those boxes, and I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner here on a warm August night.

Thank JJacobs2015
Newport News, Virginia
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food is decent at the Crab Shack...environment is ok but is kind of plain....and the atmosphere is rather plain. The service is typically ok but nothing special. The best part is the view at sunset on the James River.

Thank 589jen
Hacks Neck
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The crab Shack is a great place for seafood for a snack, Lunch, or dinner. You will never go away hungry because the servings are plenty. The menu is full of good things to please your appetite

Thank Wolfgang C
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

View of the James River is outstanding! Food and service is very good. Only disappointment is their salads. We are salad eaters and the salads we ordered were a big disappointment. It is so easy to "dress up" a salad! One slice of onion one cherry tomato and one slice of cucumber on iceberg lettuce just doesn't measure up to... More 

Thank Marsha R
Warsaw, Indiana
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115 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great spot for a drink and nice dinner. The view over the James River is spectacular. Try the soft shell crab when in season.

Thank HarvMN
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Crab Shack really let us down. We had a reservation for 7:15 and were not seated until 8:15. An hour was far far too long to wait, especially since three folks in our party were over 75. And we had a reservation! Its like a Seinfeld episode - they clearly do not understand what reservation means. Our waitress was... More 

Thank Catfish008
Smithfield, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Haven't visited in many years but stopped by to have softshells. With expectations low based on long ago previous visits, we were stunned. Two huge softshells, lightly breaded and cooked to perfection. We love softshells and are very picky. These were the best in many years

Thank cjdotheworld
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

August what a great time to visit the crab shack: soft shell crabs on the menu. The view over the water was relaxing, hostess and waitress hospitable ... A breeze and good company adds to the good times!

Thank Sherry C
Columbus, Ohio
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160 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family came here on a Sunday night in July. Our car GPS didn't get us to the right spot; google maps searching for the restaurant name saved us. This place has a nice view of James River. It's a casual place. We came here for two reasons; 1-crabs 2-variety of fish. Well the fish variety wasn't there the night... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 12:30 am
11:00 am - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Newport News
  • Phone Number: 757.245.2722

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