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Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House

10195 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030-2055
+1 703-560-0060
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good41%
  • Average20%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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“blue crabs” (16 reviews)
“steamed shrimp” (12 reviews)
“hush puppies” (23 reviews)
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10195 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030-2055
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Reviewed yesterday

We went on Saturday evening and the place was packed. The wait time for the table was less than 5 minutes and the server came fast. I was suppose because it was so crowded in there. We order a dozen of large crabs, drinks and...More

Thank Darlene F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The quality of the crabs is in particular with most places. Most good, some bad but not a big deal with AYCE. The plus on this place over the others is air condition, room to eat and move around and TVs for sports everywhere. The...More

Thank emdlc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere is jovial and laid back with patrons hammering away with glee with their all-you-can-eat crabs. The service was quick although we didn't see our server much. They place is not fancy. In fact, it's a bit of a dive. It is a fun...More

Thank Beth T
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

This seafood restaurant has been around for decades so there must be a fan base but I was very disappointed in the quality and lack of freshness of my choices. I had steamed crab which came to the table cold and had a taste of...More

Thank Sara C
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Went to a function at Captain Pell's last night that was prearranged. Parking lot was jam packed even though it is very large. Several events going on at same time. Crabs were small and not too meaty. Fried oysters, steamed shrimp, hush puppies, and onion...More

Thank Tempie T
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

The wife and I were visiting family and sightseeing in the area. We hadn't had Blue Crabs in a long time so we decided to find a crab restaurant. Captain Pell's was close and had decent reviews. Captain Pell's is a no frills paper on...More

Thank wcstory
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Very laid back and relaxed atmosphere. Wait staff really on the ball and very helpful. And to top it all off, the food was amazing.

Thank teljel
Reviewed 3 August 2017

We had the extra large crabs and they were well worth it, meaty and tasty. The hush puppies were the best I've ever had. Our server, Eddie, was outstanding. His recommendations were spot on. Because they were very busy, we were expecting the service to...More

Thank learnmgood
Reviewed 13 July 2017 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 10 July 2017

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
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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|
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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|
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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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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.
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