We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House

) #58 of 337 Restaurants in Fairfax ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Seafood
10195 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030-2055
+1 703-560-0060
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good41%
  • Average20%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“blue crabs” (14 reviews)
“hush puppies” (22 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Seafood
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
10195 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030-2055
All Details
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (143)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 142 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant really has great blue crabs to eat in the restaurant. However, do not carry out ! Because they will give you the worst left over crabs; no meat in it and is not that fresh. It was disappointing once we were home to...More

Thank RoatanFun
Reviewed 1 week ago

This kills me to say anything negative since I know so many people there, but their half bushels are not really half bushels. They count a certain amount as they put them in a paper bag. On the flip side when I get to Blue...More

Thank Dukester1985
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has always been my go to place to have crabs without question. Prior to yesterday I'd never had bad service or bad crabs, but yesterday I experienced both. Our server was Zack. He was not very attentive to our tables needs. He would walk...More

Thank ssap01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Captain Pell's looks like a crab house should: tables covered in butcher paper with crab seasoning and bottles of vinegar already in place. Waiters bring lots of paper napkins and tools to break into crabs. Our problem was that we did not order the crabs...More

Thank hapsburgqueen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very simple menu. Crab, crab, crab and others things. I would recommend the legs as the actual crabs can be a bit of a challenge to eat unless you know what you are doing and what parts you should and shouldn't eat. But the flavours...More

Thank Darren C
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Visited Captain Pells yesterday only to be terribly disappointed. I have been going here for several years and never had a bad batch of crabs. I ordered the ALL YOU CAN EAT which used to be nice size crabs and well worth it. Now the...More

Thank 07Serenity16
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

We arrived Sunday afternoon, mom, hubby and me. I had shared the menu with mom before hand, so we knew she was going to order the fish sandwich. It was a smaller portion of fried fish and came with French fries and coke slaw for...More

Thank Memrnc4
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Seafood good not great. A lot of fried food. Ok for 1 time not sure if I would ever go back. Hushpuppies are good & crab good.

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Certainly a no frills restaurant, we liked it. The service was excellent and the food good. The wooden hammers on the tables were a little baffling at first, but certainly kept all of us including children occupied once the food arrived. Beer choice was good....More

Thank 25lilith
Reviewed 26 January 2017

I was here over the weekend, first time here. The place is loud, busy, and seemingly always packed. I would say its a great spot for kids and sports lovers (there are TV's everywhere). I got the all you can eat blue crabs and they...More

Thank pamelajc79
Nearby Restaurants
P J Skidoos Restaurant
106 reviews
.87 km away
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
68 reviews
.52 km away
118 reviews
.83 km away
29 Diner
99 reviews
1.13 km away
Nearby Attractions
Oak Marr Mini-Golf
5 reviews
2.22 km away
Fairfax Museum
36 reviews
1.84 km away
20 reviews
.62 km away
Daniels Run Park
9 reviews
1.71 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
2 August 2016|
Response from LVSCA | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't risk it unless you contact the restaurant in advance and speak to a chef.
Jennifer K
17 May 2015|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from theplumbingmedi... . | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest at least 3 days prior to the purchase date as to make sure you get what you want. They have been very accommodating and happy to help in all my experiences there.
27 March 2015|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from Dotspad | Reviewed this property |
Captain Mas in Sterling has all-you-can-eat crab legs, and their food was a little bit better than Captain Pell's.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10195 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030-2055
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax
  • Phone Number: +1 703-560-0060
Established in 1977, Captain Pell's Fairfax Crabhouse specializes in serving the freshest, meatiest, steamed, blue crabs in the area. Captain Pell's offers an authentically unique crab house experience. Join us for quality seafood and excellent service. We offer three crab sizes, by the dozen or all-you-can-eat! Come by Captain Pell's and let us bring the great taste of the sea to your table.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing