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Bethesda Crab House

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4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5204
+1 301-652-3382
11:00 - 23:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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140 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Bethesda Crab House is one of the few remaining crab houses in metro DC, and also the best! Bethesda Crab House is perfect for true crab lovers, not so much for those who don't enjoy indulging in crabs and other crustaceans. The menu is very limited outside of seafood. They don't offer French fries (a side dish many people enjoy... More 

Thank mrsiss
Streetsboro, Ohio
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We went here looking for Blue Crab, and we got it, was happy with that. The seasoned shrimp was not so great, I wouldn't get it again. The shrimp were large, but rubbery and too lightly seasoned for my tastes. Maybe just an off-batch. They were crazy busy on a sunday night of a holiday weekend, waited quite awhile, and... More 

Thank 74BenK74
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This is just one of those places you think of when you think Blue Crabs. We stopped last year while visiting my sister and on this trip I told folks I didn't care where they went for dinner, I knew where I was going. Slaw, corn, melted butter and a heaping pile of crab. There are other things on the... More 

Thank sturmvogel2016
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132 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Just a hole in the wall, but they serve real MD crab. Wether you want to sit on a picnic table outside, or eat inside, this is a casual restaurant where you can eat real blue crabs locally caught. We didn't want to work at it, so we had the crab cake platter: 2 crab cakes, coleslaw, and corn on... More 

Thank Peggy S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

....under the word "crab house" and you'll see a picture of BCH. Went Saturday 9/10 and it was absolutely what we expected. Larges were great, beer was cold, shrimp were fat and juicy, corn was hot and delicious. Plenty of old bay, butter, and vinegar. We sat out in the patio and went to town. Service was fine - even... More 

Thank mark9999
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Went there recently for crab cakes and steamed crabs. EXCELLENT flavor for both and the crab cakes were well cooked and had good good solid crab. Service was a bit slow but that was due to only one waiter for all the inside tables. Best place in Bethesda and nearby for crab!!

Thank dazow
Durham, North Carolina
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75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Yes, parking is hard to find, and yes, eating them is very messy. But delicious and fun. Outdoor dining is the way to go as it is a wonderful way to spend a relaxing evening with friends and/or family. Or test out a new date on whether they can deal with cracking crabs and ending up messy! No better evening... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Although there are other options, the best item on menu is the steamed crabs. There is all you can eat for two hours. But for light eaters like us, you could order crabs of various sizes by the dozen. These are accompanied by melted butter, vinegar and Chesapeake bay masala. I, however, loved them as they were. Eating crabs is... More 

Thank Ismailbandook
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Best crabs around. Parking was nonexistent. Had to drive around the block while someone ordered a few times until the order was ready. I noticed that locals parked elsewhere and walked. Friendly service, great blue crabs!

Thank melissa m
Port Macquarie, Australia
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155 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

A very relaxed environment here, just smashing and devouring crabs on iconic tables. There is an unfortunate smell as you walk up to the restaurant, but thankfully you can't smell it inside. Good service and delicious, juicy crabs!

Thank Tom D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 25
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5204
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-652-3382

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