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“The Wait May Make You Crabby..."”

Clementes Maryland Crab House
Ranked #2,121 of 5,362 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dutchess Cty, NY
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“The Wait May Make You Crabby..."”
Reviewed July 31, 2011

This place has great food... It was fresh, they provided large portions, with prices equivalent to what you would pay at a good seafood restaurant. The atmosphere is diner-like inside with no fancy sea themes, netting from the ceilings, or sailing ship murals. Outside is right on a small inlet (couldn't describe it better that that due to darkness...) Sitting under the outside tent was the place to be with a hopping bar scene and many waiting for their seats. We we very happy with our meals but the wait was a killer...

We planned a day at Coney Island to visit the Aquarium and bring the kids someplace they heard about many times but had never been. We planned on dinner at Clemente's and ended up getting there around 8:30 after a GPS nightmare. Google Navigator saved me from throwing the Garmin out the window... It is a difficult place to get to and seems easier when traveling east on the Belt.

The place looks like nothing special and you enter directly into the main dining room. No host stand or anything that remotely looks like a place to give your name. But the ATM you greet reminds you that this is a cash only place! A waitress brought us to the outside patio and we finally found our man who scribbled our name in a pad and ran off clearing tables, sitting people, answering phones and hearing it from other soon to be diners who also frustrated waiting for tables.

Long story short, the wait was ridiculous. An hour for a family of 5. The problem was that it was told to us that indoor seating would be 15 minutes. Just be warned that you'll need to factor in your wait for this place. But maybe it's worth the wait if their seafood is always as good as what we had!

  • Visited July 2011
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“We Love Clemente's”
Reviewed August 16, 2008

My family and I have been avid customers at Clemente's for many years.. Everything we order is great and the wait staff is very friendly and alot of them have been there for as long as we've been going. During the summer months the outdoor dining is the Best! I recommend this place to anyone.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“You don't feel like you are in Brooklyn”
Reviewed August 4, 2008

Read all the reviews of clemente's and live in bay ridge travelled to maryland for over twenty years and experienced the whole blue crab thing, this place just as good as maryland and the best you feel like you are somewhere else near the water doesn't feel like brooklyn, had the crab cakes, NO fillers all real crab meat, the blue point oysters fresh, We did the 1 1/4 pound lobster and sweet and good, plus the corn on the cob you get tasted like fresh corn from farmer's market. Will definitely be back many times, I recommend calling for reservations especially on saturdays..

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Clemente's is awesome for when you don't feel like driving the 4 hours to Maryland. The crabs are delicious, the...”
Reviewed August 4, 2008

Clemente's is awesome for when you don't feel like driving the 4 hours to Maryland. The crabs are delicious, the setting is beautiful, and it's generally just a great place. The one thing I don't get about Clemente's, and why I give it 4 stars instead of 5, is why there are often so many empty tables yet an hour wait. Not enough staff? Not enough crabs? This place is super popular in the summer, and can easily be more convenient. That said, making reservations, even for parties of 2, seems to be the way to go in order to get seated in any timely fashion.

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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“crab lover-but not Ckenente's”
Reviewed July 22, 2008

I have been to Clementes on several occasions as a major crab lover.
The first few experiences were not great (terrible service, crabs too small and not cleaned at all, waiting too long for refills on all you can eat crabs, and not getting things requested such as another fork -extra bread on table etc.)
We only went back because being die-hard crab fans, it's the only game in town.
The last time we went there was literally the last!!
The crabs were uncooked and slimy. This after waiting over a half hour to be served.
No More Clemente's for us.

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