Fresh from the bay, steamed and sprinkled with just the right amount of Old Bay, Delaware’s delectable crabs are synonymous with summer. During your visit, be sure to treat yourself to this seasonal specialty.
While they’re tasty served at home with newspaper-covered tables, take your crab eating experience up a notch by cracking your way through a dozen at one of Delaware’s top crabhouses. Check out the list below to find the one right for you. Crabs are a summer staple, so be sure to check each locations’ dates and hours before heading over.
Lestardo’s Crab House
Looking for something outside the traditional Old Bay seasoning? Lestardo’s has you covered, serving their crabs in a variety of flavors including bushed in garlic butter and coated with Cajun spices. Choose your size and flavor and wash it all down with one of their famous ice-cold draft brews.
Wiso’s Crabs & Seafood
Hard or soft shell? At Wiso’s you can enjoy either on the deck with a waterfront view. Need to take your crabs to go? Call ahead for a steamed, seasoned, and chilled pick up. Subscribe to the newsletter to be entered to win a free dozen – a prize up for grabs every week.
From piled high steamed crabs to crab cakes and crab bisque, this location has you covered. Dine at communal tables, admire the river at window side seats and see boats bring in the day’s catch at this quaint restaurant. Sambo’s is a cash-only, 21 and up location, so if you have the kiddos, try another great crab stop on this list.
Meding’s is the perfect stop en route to or from the Delaware beaches with fresh crabs featured among dozens of seafood dishes. Dig into a pile of crabs on the outdoor “crab deck” where you’ll see fresh, tasty crabs stacked high on every table.
The Surfing Crab
Crabs are the pride and joy of this seafood restaurant. Looking for crabs that will cure your hunger? Order the all you can eat crabs, packed full of meat, steamed to perfection and seasoned with a secret family recipe that’s been used for more than half a century.
Whether you select crabs as the main feature or as a side dish to the large seafood menu, the Crab House is sure to please. New to the crab picking world? Just ask and you’ll get a free tutorial from the wait staff. The wide ranging beer selection is a plus.
Old Mill Crab House
Savory crabs are what keep customers coming from far and wide to this local crab joint. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, especially at a family celebration – Old Mill is open with special extended hours on all summer holidays from Mother’s Day to Labor Day. Try one of their creative cocktails with your order.
A perfect location for beach visitors, the Fenwick Crabhouse is a great spot for crab lovers. Order the Captain’s Crab Haul to sample local crabs in just about every fashion imaginable with homestyle sides added as a bonus to the spread.