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The Surfing Crab

16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
+1 302-644-4448
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“steamed crabs” (17 reviews)
“hush puppies” (16 reviews)
“blue crab” (9 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are all about atmosphere.. This is not the place for you. It’s all about the crab and is is good ..YES

Thank Colleen P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our go-to for blue crab when we’re at the beach in Delaware. We go twice if we can because you just can’t get crab if this quality anywhere. Order ahead the day of your visit if you want big crabs!!! Order the deviled...More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 17 November 2017

The crabs are always the best around. Sometimes off season , they would not have crabs until the next day. We would be inpatient and order from a different crab restaurant. Always disappointing. Lightweight, empty crabs. We gave The Crab House 3 chances and they...More

1  Thank IreneQ879
Reviewed 6 October 2017

OMG the crabs were out of this world, the service well they have so much fun themselfs that you can't help having a great time. They also teach you about the weight of the crabs. They hand pick their crabs, I can't say enough about...More

Thank ThreeDollarBill
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Delicious crabs. We usually go to Lazy Suzzanes for all you can eat blue crabs. Tried Surfing Crab as a suggestion from Trip Advisor. We have a new favorite! Larger and less expensive than LS.

Thank mlbbest
Reviewed 13 September 2017

We were seated inside at a picnic table though not ordering crabs. Pretty full. We didn't mind. Again I ordered the crabcakes, broiled. Again Really good. This time I ordered my own hush puppies as a side so I didn't have to beg from dining...More

Thank cruztravelr19808
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Visited for the first time early Friday night. Fairly typical crab shack setting. My wife had the crab cake dinner for $28. Two excellent crab cakes that basically were all crabmeat and delicious. Worth the money. Their potato salad was excellent. My br-in-law and I...More

1  Thank aparker2014
Reviewed 31 August 2017

This place is located in an unassuming blue building just outside of town on Route 1 North, and we think it is worth the short trip. It's usually busy, and that is an indication of just how good it is. They have 3 dining rooms....More

Thank G M
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Visited a friend in Maryland and after a days touring took TripAdvisors recommendation to visit The Surfing Crab. From the outside it is nothing fancy and would be better situated at the end on an ocean pier. However the packed parking lot said it all....More

Thank SierraGulf
Reviewed 22 August 2017

We come down to Delaware for a big family vacation every year. Surfing Crab is quite a haul from our place, often fighting through hwy 1 traffic, but the quality of the crab always makes it worth the trip. A couple of tips: SC doesn't...More

Thank Mary H
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9 July 2016|
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Response from petie614 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do. Either O'Douls or Becks.
6 September 2015|
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Response from DEBarbie | Reviewed this property |
I can only imagine that they cook them to order and not over do it, They turn to mush if overcooked, Crabs do cool off perhaps they bagged them up when they were done, No way does anything sit around there, it is too busy... More
17 August 2015|
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Response from Virginiacountryside | Reviewed this property |
You can purchase the all you can eat crabs any day/night. As a matter of fact, I have heard some complaints that you can't purchase them in the restaurant come nights, by the dozen, etc. The price varies on the all you can... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$45
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Lewes
  • Phone Number: +1 302-644-4448
The Surfing Crab is a family tradition of fresh seafood and crabs that was established over 50 years ago. It all started back in 1961, when Henry Vechery opened the Bethesda Crab House. His young son, Donald Vechery began working with him at the age of just nine. Over the years, the crab house became a huge success. Around 2008, Donald wanted to branch out and build something for himself using his years of knowledge and experience. Thus, The Surfing Crab was born, providing Sussex County with 8 years of the most amazing crabs and seafood the area has seen. Come down and try our passionatly crafted dishes using the freshest seafood available!
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