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“Down Home Crab Experience”

Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House
Ranked #46 of 419 Restaurants in Fairfax
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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.
The Villages, Florida
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Down Home Crab Experience”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

I have frequented this restaurant for over 15 years when visiting the DC area.

My recent visit was the first one in almost 4 years.

It was great to step inside the restaurant and be welcomed back by our waiter, Tony.

This is a very simple concept. Buy fresh cooked blue crabs in a variety of sizes by the dozen or a smaller amount which is priced as a fraction of the dozen price. We chose the large crabs and were provided with wooden hammers and sharp knives as well as containers to put the spices and vinegar in. You can also order melted butter for the crabs.

Excellent and fresh tasting crabs. They also have snow crab, clams, oysters and some excellent steamed spiced shrimp as well as a $39 per person All You Can Eat Crab special.

Overall a great experience again with great service and excellent crab.

Visited March 2013
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English first
Washington DC
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420 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
“Not great”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

My one visit to this restaurant ended soon after we entered. The overwhelming smell of crab and the piles of crab leavings on nearby tables made my stomach do a 180. This place is popular and I am sure crab lovers love it, but it was all a bit too much for me.

Visited March 2012
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Remember it's for crab!”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

We finally checked this place out last night. All we wanted was crab, some shrimp, and some raw oysters. We got there early around 5 since we were already on that side of town. Thinking we would beat the rush the server (who has worked there since the beginning) said that this is the off season as far as business is concerned and that it starts picking up in March and goes to October. We love crab anytime.
We decided to get the dozen large instead of the the all you can eat. The crab were nice sized for the all you can eat but we decided more return on our work and we could get more if we wanted. They came to the table fast and hot! The 1/2 pound of shrimp were very nice sized. I got a dozen oysters (wife does not eat them), and well priced and delicious.
This place has been around for over 14 years and has moved once. It is what it is. A place to sling crab. Thats what people come here to do. The place could be cleaner, which the bathrooms were clean. Again just remember this is a place to slap around crab as well as other seafood and drink some brew. We will go back had a great time eating crab and enjoying time with my bride.

  • Visited January 2013
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Freeport, IL
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161 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“You MUST try the crabhouse experiencee.”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

This was such a great place. I had always wanted to try the Chesapeake Bay Crabs and it was all that I had imagined. The waiter was great. I had to ask him how the heck to eat the crabs. We got the Crab Feast-all the crabs you can eat and all the napkins you need to wipe your face up.
This was just a down to earth working man's crab house. Don't pass this up if you are in the area. We drove from Arlington Va to this Fairfax Va and it was worth the drive.

Visited January 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Great inland crab feast experience”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

If you don't feel like travelling to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Cpt. Pell's has fresh, well-seasoned crabs and other seafood. Its a bit pricy but it seems that its market price offered.

Visited April 2012
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