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The Surfing Crab

16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
+1 302-644-4448
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“hush puppies” (20 reviews)
“steamed crabs” (19 reviews)
“blue crab” (21 reviews)
Open Now
15:00 - 22:00 Hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Wasn’t too full on an early Sunday evening over the long weekend holiday. Food took a longtime and we were starving. Waiters took a while to check on us so we were without water a few times. Kids ordered mac n cheese. Not good flavor....More

Thank Patricia F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The is a nice beach restaurant just north of Lewes Deleware. Mostly known for hard shell crabs they also have other fish on the menu. When we went the had soft shells which we love... Nice ambiance, friendly staff and shout out to Chad who...More

Thank Eric_W844
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a 25 minute wait on a Sunday night. We knew with that many cars with Delaware tags it must be good! We got the all you can eat deal for $49 per person. You can also buy by the dozen. The tray brought...More

Thank Jamie W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The away from the beach seafood shack is worth it, just bring some patience with service. The service was slower than we expected but the staff were kind, helpful, and attentive. It did not seem busy but good food comes with a bit of a...More

Thank Nikki M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went on line and I think this place was a trip advisor recommendation. I got the crab cakes with an ear of corn and hush puppies. The crab cakes were broiled and all back fin. The hush puppies were great and brought back memories of...More

Thank paulsZ9921VQ
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Tried ordering takeout crabs a couple of hours before 6 pm on Saturday and they were not helpful at all, we were put on hold multiple times just to let us know that they didn't have any crabs available, no explanation, just no crabs. Called...More

Thank HavierN
Reviewed 2 September 2018

As in the past the high dollar crabs are good.Today all they had was “all you can eat “ To say they were good would not be a true statement ..The crabs were not only light but mushy . Then while talking to friend in...More

Thank James D
Reviewed 30 August 2018

While many folks come for the all-you-can-eat crabs, we wanted to check out their crab cakes after seeing some of the TripAdvisor reviews. Those reviews didn't do justice to these fabulous crab cakes, and mine probably won't either. Magnificently loaded with great melt-in-your-mouth crab with...More

Thank Glenn F
Reviewed 23 August 2018

If you want Maryland crabs, this is where the locals go. You can get all variety of sizes depending on your appetite and budget. We walked in on a late Friday afternoon and had no problems getting a table for the 3 of us for...More

Thank Sophie C
Reviewed 23 August 2018

We decided to try the Surfing Crab because, well, CRABS. I love crab meat, but don't have the skill or patience to pick apart whole grabs (especially with a two hour time limit, i'm very slow lol)...this place offered us BOTH what we wanted -...More

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Frank E
7 February 2018|
Response from ColleenP527 | Reviewed this property |
Closed in the winter
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
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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