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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
11:00 - 00:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:30
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Newport News, VA
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the place my wife and I take out of town guests for seafood. We also regularly go there with neighbors and friends. This is a local hangout for seafood in Newport News. The food is always good, and reasonably priced.

Thank jmdurant2000
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a slightly above average restaurant with a spectacular view of the James River. I found it a bit overpriced, but you are paying for being right on the river with spectacular views of the the James River Bridge itself and the surrounding area. I probably would go back again just for the location.

Thank Cynthia O
Yorktown, Virginia
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location for a sunset dinner. Excellent food at a very reasonable price. Friendly service with all your needs filled. One of my favorite places for a relaxing meal with the wife.

Thank Dennis5969
Alexandria Bay, New York
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169 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were told about this restaurant from the lady at the Newport News information center. We had said we wanted something on the water and this fit the bill nicely. It's just before you cross over the bridge...right on the water next to the fishing pier. We went on a Wednesday, not busy at all. Service was very good, food... More 

Thank SusanRVer
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Great Place for Lunch. Tuna Salad is made fresh and is high recommended. Great view of the water. friendly staff and fair prices/

Thank Dave L
Woodbridge, Virginia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Decided to go to the Crab Shack knowing the sun was about to set. Had to wait a little for an outdoor table. My husband and I both got the blackened rockfish. It was very good but I think I will get it broiled next time so I can taste the fish. Our CNU student just had a fish sandwich.... More 

Thank Susan M
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Previous visit was great. Love the view and sitting on the covered porch liking at the James River . Wait staff were stretched and hustled but pleasant . Many apologies but the issue was the kitchen . Crab soup arrived alone and cool while other 3 in our party waited for oysters and shrimp poppers . How long does it... More 

Thank Cowolyn
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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109 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Situated right on the river, you can eat and if you fish, you can for a small fee! Peeling shrimp and cracking crab is a tradition here but if you want, you can order a bounty of fine seafood here. A full view of the river greets you. Fresh oysters are always a great choice along with fries and slaw.... More 

Thank louise225
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

I absolutely love this restaurant. This restaurant has very good food and a beautiful veiw. It's really nice to eat outside especially when it's not to hot.

Thank Ivy B
Williamsburg, Virginia
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We enjoyed an excellent lunch of the Crab Cake Dinner and Crab Cake Sandwich overlooking the James River. Excellent coleslaw, too! Jessica, our waitperson, was courteous, personable, and professional. We will return.

Thank Damon G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 00:30
11:00 - 00:30
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?