We had group of 7 and headed to the Surfing Crab on recommendation on some friends and were not disappointed. We didn't have reservations and walked in around 8pm and wanted all you can eat. The place was packed and they checked their stock and said they could accommodate us for AUCE but were low on larger crabs by the dozen.
We received a few baskets of fries and coleslaw right away and our beers and water. It was a short wait for the first tray of crabs to show up and they were steaming hot and delicious. Yeah, they give you a 2 hour limit and tell you to eat the whole crab... but how different is this from anywhere else?
The crabs were sweet, plump and delicious. The trays of hot crabs kept coming out and they even put a cold cup of ice in our beer pitchers to keep them chilled.
Our service was A+, with our trash baskets continuously emptied and fresh hot crabs delivered right as we were finishing our last few crabs. I can see how a busy place like this may not work for everyone, especially given the family-style seating and requirement to order crabs by the dozen ahead of time, but it worked out perfectly for us and we were very pleased with our food, the price and the service.