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Ernie's Original Crab House

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1743 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2720
+1 703-836-0046
09:00 - 23:00
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All hours
Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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Franklin, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went there for dinner on Friday evening around 6:30. I was the only one in the place except the two people who worked there. I believe them to be the owners, an elderly oriental couple. They were eating dinner at the bar so there was a little wait to be served. I ordered crab soup and fries. The fries... More 

Thank vavet1963
Springfield, Missouri
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This is my second attempt at reviewing this restaurant, and yes, Trip Advisor, I DID eat here. The dining area was dirty, the waitress was unfriendly, the shrimp po-boy I ordered was terrible and the French fries were undercooked and greasy and it was very expensive for what I got. Like I said in my first review, I don't like... More 

Thank DougS851
Hartville, Missouri
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81 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Don't waste your money on this place. My husband and I went for an early dinner and there was just one other couple in the whole place. We had the most unfriendly waitress who pretty much ignored us. The food was so-so. Also be aware they add in the tip to the check. It looks like a quaint little diner,... More 

Thank Kristy S
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

The decor is certainly not much to write home about, but the food was great. My husband had a cheeseburger and fries, my dad had the oyster po'boy, my mom had a clam/vegetable soup, and I had a 1/2 lb of boiled shrimp. Everyone liked their meals, but the shrimp was the clear winner..they were big, fresh, and cooked perfectly.... More 

Thank R m
North Carolina
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

So, I'm staying in town for a conference and had to walk by this place every day on my way to our training. On the fourth night, I decided to try it, as I typically like old local joints. If they've been around forever, they have to be doing something right, right?? Wrong. I walked in at 8:40pm for some... More 

Thank HumbleRealist
Hartford, Illinois
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Ernie's was very good. Laid back atmosphere, good service and great food. Would recommend highly. We had the king crab, crab cakes, fish, vegetable soup with crab, and New England clam chowder. Prices were reasonable

Thank Wingdinger2015
Pinellas Park, United States
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

I really wanted to give this restaurant the benefit of the doubt due to all of the mixed reviews I recently read online. Sadly, I am unable to provide any positive information as it relates to both of my sad experiences. My first experience, I ordered in as a single patron, the service was absolutely horrible. I waited almost 10... More 

Thank Lasonya M
Edmond, OK
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

We happened upon Ernie's when walking around Alexandria. We consider ourselves fairly easy to please. The food was okay when it finally arrived (We watched 2 rounds of customers at all surrounding tables served before our food arrived. We were told there was a "mix up" in the kitchen). The service was among the worst we have ever encountered.The gratuity... More 

Thank photomomof2Edmond_OK
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

We waited for over 20 minutes for our order to be taken. Then it took 45 minutes for the crabs to arrive out of the kitchen. We order hush puppies that took over an hour to come out of the kitchen. The all you can eat is a joke we got crabs that literally had no crab in them the... More 

Thank Kusi2006Appiah
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Very disappointed. Placed an order for steamed crabs to pick up and take home and they had no record of the order and didn't seem to care.

Thank Jane p

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1743 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2720
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-836-0046

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?