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The Surfing Crab

) #11 of 61 Restaurants in Lewes ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Seafood
16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
+1 302-644-4448
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Seafood
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16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Love this place. Super casual inning, great service, and the crabs well, to die for. Away from the crowds. Family friendly

Thank _robinesther
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great little seafood restaurant just north of Lewes, DE. Nothing real fancy, just high quality, freshly prepared seafood in a true coastal tradition. Crab cakes big on flavor with very little filler. Fried oysters with a batter so light it melts in...More

Thank O9661GFlindad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything, from sitting to service to food, was excellent. We set on the enclosed patio. Ordered a bottle of beer each, a dozen of steamed clams and some hush puppies to help us wait for half a dozen of our select crabs to get steamed....More

Thank Galaxy775
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you really want Fresh" seafood, you have to go to the source..The house specialty are Crabs, but the menu is so diverse with appetizers to main selections that you might have a hard time selecting..If you want hard shell crabs, Then a brown paper...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was excellent!! Crab cakes were full of large chunks of crab with very little filler / steamed shrimp were huge / mahi mahi was fresh / potato salad and coleslaw were great. Casual / friendly atmosphere!! Come early because it is a very popular...More

Thank Susan1202
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a no nonsense crab place. Just really fresh yummy crabs! We drove by a few times, and saw lots of people waiting outside. So we went on a quiet Monday early evening and was seated right away. I guess it was less crowded...More

Thank happymommywith3
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Went with a friend who doesn't eat hard shelled crabs on the recommendation of several locals. Parking lot was full, and most people seemed to be local. When we told the waitress that I wanted crabs, she said she would check to see what was...More

Thank Ann3087
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

I have tried almost every crab joint around nobody beats their crabs. Consistently full and delicious with the perfect spice. I take out once a week!! Here's us enjoying a drink while we wait for our crabs! Fun place with friendly staff!!!

2  Thank momokenmare
Reviewed 6 May 2017

New to living in Delaware and we were told that if you want a good crab dinner you have to go to The Surfing Crab. We went last evening for dinner and Casey was the person who took excellent care of us. We explained to...More

Thank jjgangone
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Went here 4/30/17 for crabs. Started with cream of crab soup went to a broiled crabcake then finished with 6 large hardshell crabs. The selection was terrific. Soup was the best I've had and the crab cake was delicious. Sat out on the porch and...More

Thank Larry S
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10 July 2016|
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Response from Lonerider123 | Reviewed this property |
I have to answer with the same suggestion! Sorry I am not a beer drinker. I am more of a mixed drink person. ! But do check with them!
7 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, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
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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