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The Surfing Crab

16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
+1 302-644-4448
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“clams” (150 reviews)
“hush puppies” (17 reviews)
“blue crab” (20 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 yesterday via mobile

We don’t even bother trying to find a better place. My hubby and I (sometimes the kids) come here usually once a month for the all you can eat crabs. You get fries, hush puppies and cole slaw with it & I’ve never been disappointed....More

Thank Linemansgal926
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely the best in the area! Love the staff who spoil us while there and always get the best quality crabs! See you next year!

Thank roge133
Reviewed 1 week ago

We always go to The Surfing Crab for the all you can eat crabs. They are the best in town. Big & heavy. Make sure you make reservations for seating and all you can eat crabs. You won't be disappointed!

Thank 164mom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I go here a couple of times every summer. Crabs always great and servers are fun. Best all you can eats in the area

Thank MelanieDallas_Texas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been coming to the Delaware shore for years and absolutely love cracking crabs. Our old favorite had disappointed us the last 3 times we went and as a result, we had not gone out for crabs at the beach for that past couple...More

Thank Pinot09
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I admit, I am not a crab picker, in spite of my Maryland roots. I love seafood of all types, just not the ritual of steamed crabs. But if that's for you, this appears to be the place on the Delaware shore. I could see...More

Thank Original_Shrut
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a classic crab shack. It’s seafood is fresh, and all the sides, especially the french fries, are tasty. The service is solid and friendly. The atmosphere is right, with brown paper on the table, little wooden hammers, and semi-comfortable benches. It won’t get...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came here for the crab cakes... and was not disappointed. They were AMAZING! Huge lumps of crab meat... real crab... not krab... and seasoned to perfection. There was little filler and no breading hiding that delicious succulent crab meat. I am not a crab...More

Thank tjbear6
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

None of us ordered crabs, but we wish we did. They looked so good! I had the fish and chips and it was so good. Next time we will defibetly order the crabs. It's a casual place, and they out brown paper on the tables...More

Thank waterparks4us
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited this restaurant as the result of a food writer's review. The crab cake was excellent (my husband's order). I had the fish and chips - which were fab, as the fish of the day was Mahi Mahi!! The French fries were very good -...More

Thank rpfwhite
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Frank E
7 February 2018|
Response from Colleen P | 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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