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“Interesting Dishes and Ocean Fishes!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crab's Claw

Crab's Claw
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
New Bern, North Carolina
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Interesting Dishes and Ocean Fishes!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2010

We continue to enjoy dinners on the deck of the Crab's Claw during the warmer months. It is such a pleasure to enjoy their varied menu items while looking seaward or observing the boardwalk along the beach. Having frequented several other seafood restaurants in the coastal area and further inland, I believe that the Crab's Claw offers one of the best combinations of outdoor seating and interesting seafood items. Many entrees use local catch or are Caribbean-inspired, which allows the food to stand apart from the ho-hum standard of "breaded and fried". While the fare costs more than some other locales, using "half-price" gift certificates advertised by local radio stations makes the bill much easier to swallow! Be sure to make reservations on weekends and holidays. Try the "shark fin" desert for a sweet treat for two.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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82 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great little place for no frills seafood.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2010

We all had seafood and or seafood sandwiches. Great food and great atmosphere. If you want a foo-foo restaurant, this is not the place for you. If you want a great seafood sandwich (oyster, grouper, mahi-mahi, crab cakes), then this is a great little place to visit.

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matthews, nc
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A great restaurant on the beach - a nice surprise!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2010

We "accidently" found the Crabs Claw on the last night of our mini vacation. What a treat! It was a quirkly little restaurant on the beach with upstairs & downstairs. You were offered inside or outside seating. My husband ordered one of the nightly specials which he raved over. I ordered the 1/2 pound of steamed shrimp appetizer which was plenty of food for my entree. It had an extensive beer list & a good wine list. The was a quitarist that sang "James Taylor" type music with made a dinner even better. A great restaurant! Much more personal form the typical chain restaurant!

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Thank biilsusan
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Come for the view, stay for the blackberry cobbler”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2010

Reading these other reviews, I'm wondering if this is the same place. We have been coming to the restaurant during our vacations to Emerald Isle for 10 years, and this visit was much like the others. We sat out on the outdoor deck and had a view of the water. We started with the conch fritters and moved on to a meal of steamed shellfish and mahi. The waitress was great with the kids, allowing them to switch drinks with each refill. Speaking of kids, ours loved the place as the "plate" for the kids chicken was a Crab's Claw frisbee, and they got to have popsicles for dessert.

We finished the meal with the blackberry cobbler which is served with ice cream. It's a perfect way to finish the meal as we sat on the deck overlooking the ocean. The knock we have on the place is the price, which was about 30% more than what the 4 of us paid to eat at other local restaurants. But for one night and the ocean overlook, it's worth it.

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South Alabama
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3 reviews
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“Go for the bar and outside deck - skip the food.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2010

We had a party of 6 and waiter struggled to keep our orders straight, had to start over twice. Food was over cooked, dry and just no flavor. Waiter hovered around the table making small talk which became annoying with the one man guitar player, we couldn't enjoy the food, music and personal conversation. It was too expensive for the experience. We were ready to leave once the meal was finished, went back to the condo to rummage something else up to eat.

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