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The Surfing Crab

16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
+1 302-644-4448
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“hush puppies” (18 reviews)
“steamed crabs” (18 reviews)
“blue crab” (21 reviews)
Opens in 11 min
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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16723 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-3653
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Reviewed yesterday

The away from the beach seafood shack is worth it, just bring some patience with service. The service was slower than we expected but the staff were kind, helpful, and attentive. It did not seem busy but good food comes with a bit of a...More

Thank Nikki M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went on line and I think this place was a trip advisor recommendation. I got the crab cakes with an ear of corn and hush puppies. The crab cakes were broiled and all back fin. The hush puppies were great and brought back memories of...More

Thank paulsZ9921VQ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tried ordering takeout crabs a couple of hours before 6 pm on Saturday and they were not helpful at all, we were put on hold multiple times just to let us know that they didn't have any crabs available, no explanation, just no crabs. Called...More

Thank HavierN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As in the past the high dollar crabs are good.Today all they had was “all you can eat “ To say they were good would not be a true statement ..The crabs were not only light but mushy . Then while talking to friend in...More

Thank James D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While many folks come for the all-you-can-eat crabs, we wanted to check out their crab cakes after seeing some of the TripAdvisor reviews. Those reviews didn't do justice to these fabulous crab cakes, and mine probably won't either. Magnificently loaded with great melt-in-your-mouth crab with...More

Thank Glenn F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want Maryland crabs, this is where the locals go. You can get all variety of sizes depending on your appetite and budget. We walked in on a late Friday afternoon and had no problems getting a table for the 3 of us for...More

Thank Sophie C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to try the Surfing Crab because, well, CRABS. I love crab meat, but don't have the skill or patience to pick apart whole grabs (especially with a two hour time limit, i'm very slow lol)...this place offered us BOTH what we wanted -...More

Thank KRFmom2010
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Maryland crabs were spectacular. The sides did not dissapoint. Good value. The staff was really friendly and worked tirelessly to make this a special meal. We are so glad we came here. Make sure to order your crabs in advance by calling ahead!

Thank 142local
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Now I know why so many locals like this place. Good food. We didn’t know to order ahead, so we were limited to “medium” crabs, which, in my opinion, were much larger than expected. I thought the crabs are cooked to perfection and quite full...More

Thank Webbuzzard
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Many seafood places to eat in the area but chose The Surfing Crab while on vacation in Lewes since it was close by. Wanted seafood bad and this place did not disappoint. Nothing fancy, picnic tables, etc. but the food was great. The Crabs, Crab...More

Thank RicRei
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Frank E
8 February 2018|
Response from ColleenP527 | Reviewed this property |
Closed in the winter
10 July 2016|
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Response from petie614 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do. Either O'Douls or Becks.
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
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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
Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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