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Fat Boys Crab Shack

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1581 Defense Hwy, Gambrills, MD 21054-1907
+1 410-721-5252
11:00 - 01:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 01:00
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Feeling crabby? Fat Boys has the best lump crab cakes around! Combine it with a grapefruit crush and you'll feel fine. We like the casual atmosphere. Seat yourself. Order your food at the bar and they'll bring it to your table. Good food. Decent service. Moderately priced.

Thank Beth R
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We loved the jumbo crabs and jerk shrimp at Fat Boys!. The service we received was prompt and pleasant. Thank you Fat Boys for giving us a late night place to come and enjoy crabs after dark!! We will be back! Great Orange Crush at the bar with the option to run a tab!

Thank Red H
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

A friend of mine recommended a Happy Hour meetup here and I was shocked because I didn't even know this place existed. Its a very casual local spot that has GREAT drinks and good happy hour specials. Be sure to try the drinks!!! The Drinks alone are worth at least one visit. Drinks - The Orange Crush & the Grapefruit... More 

Thank Jetsetter24-7
Celebration, Florida
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215 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

on the deck picking at crabs. Got a dozen large crabs. Everyone was great. Enjoyed the MD Crab soup prior. U order inside and they bring food out. Little of pain w beer since u need to go inside and get beer. Very enjoyable

Thank Gerry S
Annapolis, Maryland
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

This is a great spot with picnic tables on a deck. We splashed out on jumbos and had the best crabs I have ever eaten. Next visit they only had mediums so I call ahead now and a couple of times they have just had mediums. Great place to go with friends and grab a bucket of beer and some... More 

Thank MelanieC27
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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167 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

$20 for a single half pound crab cake says it all. Outrageously expensive but the crowds love it. The place is cramped up and smelly like all crab shacks, but we preferred the outdoor sitting on picnic tables. A glass of beer and a mound of crab; and it's heaven on earth.

Thank Ismailbandook
Bowie, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed crabs with the family, but the prices are crazy! Not much room inside. I would visit more often but the seating issues and prices keep me away.

Thank Shelley P
Clinton, Maryland
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is a great place to get crabs, foods, & drinks. My family went and sat for almost 3 hours. The play ground is a great idea to occupy the kids while we ate. The kitchen service was quick with the food surprisingly because they very crowed. The wait staff was friendly. Nice country business. The price of crabs are... More 

Thank crystrh1
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47 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

My family has been here countless times to sit countless hours at one of the many open picnic tables out back beneath the patio next the children's play set. We went most recently this year on Father's Day. I treated myself to a dozen steamed crabs ($85 for mediums that were way light was a bit much but paid anyways)... More 

Thank James C
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21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Of course this place is as good as the crabs and that depends more on conditions outside of the restaurant. We have need a few times - there are picnic table outside or you can sit inside. Don't get dressed up- after all - you are here for crabs!! The "sides" are ok - not the best but the crabs... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1581 Defense Hwy, Gambrills, MD 21054-1907
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gambrills
  • Phone Number: +1 410-721-5252

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