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283 Front St, Dover, DE 19901-1736
+1 302-674-9724
09:00 - 23:00
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New Haven
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

As others have written, Sambo's Tavern is a great place - this is the real thing as far as great local crab houses. I've been to the Eastern Shore many times over many years, but somehow never made it to Sambo's Tavern until this trip south. We were going through the Dover area on Route 1 and checked Trip Advisor... More 

Thank Umberto44
amelia island
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Sambos is an old Watermens tavern that has pretty much gone unchanged for the last 50 years. The décor is what a Seafood tavern should be old tables covered in newspaper, pictures of old stock car celebrities adorn the walls, and old beer signs. Actual waterman selling crabs on the docks lined with crab pots. No one under 21 is... More 

Thank allteal
Pilesgrove, New Jersey
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89 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

The view was of a typical back water fishing village, the restaurant sits right on the banks of the water. I ordered the lightly dusted fried shrimp and I thought they were good but the platter came with 2 sides which came in very small cups, my Wife got the crab cakes and she said that they were prepared well... More 

Thank jerseyj0e
Level Contributor
36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

The food was well prepared but a bit pricy. We sat near the window and the view was really nice. I called the day before for reservations and the hostess couldn't find it when we arrived. She found a table for us near the window. My crab cake Imperial was just right. I took some home so it was a... More 

Thank Joanne B
Bear, Delaware
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89 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2015 via mobile

The tavern is off Rt. 9 and word to the wise no children. They have a tavern license and if your not of drinking age you are not allowed. The seafood was fantastic. Steamed clams, steamed shrimp in Old Bay, fried string beans (unreal), fresh oysters, crabs, fried shrimp. Never got to order the dinner to much food in appetizers.... More 

1 Thank Ultimategreek
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2014

food -shrimp a little different crabs are the best and being able to look out the window friendly folk

Thank smoky11
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161 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2014

It was our 1st time here because we have a child & had to wait until she was with family so we could eat here (over 21 only). It was well worth the wait. We went on a Sat evening at 5:25pm & didn't have a reservation so they sat us in the front section. You can reserve a table... More 

Thank ILuvVacationing
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

While vacationing in Dover, we stopped in to Sambo's for crab dinners. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is uninspiring although the view is nice. The food was just OK, we had the crab cakes and the hardshell crab boil. It was quite expensive for the food served. Service was very slow, even though the restaurant was not busy.

Thank travelinphan4
Eugene, Oregon
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 July 2014

I can't prove that our credit card was hacked through the waitress at Sambo's…BUT it's never happened before and the waitress kept hanging around and asking us lots of questions….where we were from, etc. Three days later we received notification that someone was using our card number. Also note….it was a card we seldom use.

1 Thank Pamela F
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157 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2014

I had the Flounder and my wife had the Crab Cake. During race time in Dover you should make a reservation. The help was knowledgeable and attentive but not overly friendly. The food was rather high priced for a place with long tables and group seating and newspaper for table cloths but the food was pretty good. This place is... More 

Thank SDeuker

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 283 Front St, Dover, DE 19901-1736
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Dover
  • Phone Number: +1 302-674-9724

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