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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
+1 757-245-2722
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good36%
  • Average21%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
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“seafood” (54 reviews)
“cole slaw” (20 reviews)
“steamed crabs” (4 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
7601 River Rd, River Fishing Pier, Newport News, VA 23607-1780
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I dined at the Crab Shack a few nights ago after an absence of perhaps six or eight years. In sum, the food was perfectly acceptable but certainly not extraordinary in any way at all. We both had the seafood platter and...More

Thank Stephen607
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A woman working the desk at our hotel recommended this place for dinner. It was a really good recommendation. They were busy so the service was a little slow, but they did a decent job. We sat on the deck and had a tremendous view...More

Thank rugbynut
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first ever visit. Raw oysters were incredible and decently priced. The seafood was good, waitress was good. However, I dearly love cole slaw and this was the worst EVER! Fine shredded cabbage with cole slaw dressing drizzled over the top. Take my...More

Thank Kathy C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great views of James River. Located right on the edge of the pier, Food was good. Had raw clams and oysters as appetizers. Then I had crab cake sandwich with coleslaw, which was very good. Husband had stuffed flounder platter and son had stuffed salmon...More

Thank MJE2013_13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It. A casual place on the James River, offering a mostly seafood oriented menu. Incredible views depending on the time of day and the weather! Service is prompt and friendly. The bar is busy and adds to the relaxed atmosphere. I have never been disappointed...More

Thank wintergreen1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My favorite lunch - fried crab cake with a nice crunchy outside, half order each of tangy coleslaw and crispy French fries! Beautiful view of the James River and great outside dining if the weather’s nice!

Thank SuzanneSays
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is so so average. But the view is awesome. Maybe for appetizers and drinks, or a light meal. Parking is ok.

Thank 162cliftont
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a nice meal. Checked my account the next day and was charged $5 more than what we settled I the bill. I am assuming the tip of $10 was changed which infuriates me because I tipped what i felt was appropriate!

Thank Yvonne A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been waiting to try this restaurant out for a while now and finally got around to it. I came during the early dinner time and found a nice seat on the patio where I could enjoy the beautiful view of the James River Bridge...More

Thank tipsy42
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for lunch and it was a very good choice. Great view on the patio. Delicious fresh seafood. Crab, shrimp, flounder it was all very tasty. Service was outstanding.

Thank DJB002
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Nancy C
November 12, 2015|
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Response from ChartreuseBuzzard | Reviewed this property |
If you call the restaurant, they may be able to give you the recipe. Good luck!
bill p
August 21, 2015|
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Response from engprof | Reviewed this property |
Don't know. But the crab cakes are great!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view
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: +1 757-245-2722
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