Captain Mas Seafood and Crab House
Captain Mas Seafood and Crab House

Captain Mas Seafood and Crab House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.captainmas.com/
  • Phone: 7034445400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm – 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm – 10:00pm,, Sunday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

    Thursday - Ladies Night: 1/2 price Raw Bar 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Brunch Sunday
    11:00am to 3:00pm

    Diner & Dance Sunday 5 -10 Pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We take great pride in serving the finest, freshest seafood. We put high demands on our suppliers to deliver the catch daily in order to serve the tastiest and freshest dishes, unsurpassed anywhere. Host your event with us and treat your guests to a seafood experience they are sure to remember.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 8556145945

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Leesburge Pike & Cascades Parkway
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Captain Mas Seafood and Crab House
Captain Mas welcomes you to our fabulous Dining Room. It's the only place where you can enjoy eating steamed hard shell crabs and the finest, freshest seafood in Sterling's most beautiful restaurant setting. We offer a menu full of classic seafood dishes, live crabs, steak and vegetarian options. In addition, we will offer daily specials depending on what is in season. Four Star Chef, Frank Imbarlina, together with our Executive Chef, have combined forces to bring together a most exciting menu. Their skills and cooking techniques are the reasons that we know we will have the best seafood in the Washington Metropolitan area.
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Captain Mas Seafood and Crab House reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (6)good for groups (5)special occasion (3)fit for foodies (3)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Probably need to try again
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I don't think this is a crab place. The crabs were fair, not terrible, but the experience just wasn't there. The crabs were very under seasoned (feedback I've seen on here too) and they were served with butter on a silver plate. I'm used to crabs on paper with dirty hands. The crab cakes were fair and pan seared according to the menu but they were willing to broil it at our request. They were very kind to our 2 year old and servers were very nice. I think they should be serving Italian food or Med. food. If I return I'll try something prepared like a sea bass, tuna, or some oysters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Good food
    Jman27
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Captain Mas was not what I expected. I thought it was going to be a more upscale restaurant, but it was more of a bar/restaurant, with football on the many TVs on the walls. The servers was prompt and friendly, and we had are drinks within minutes. Food was excellent! We had Diver scallops with crab mashed potatoes with Gator bits and hush puppies to start with. They can maybe do a little more with the decorating. Besides a big crab hanging on the wall and the multiple TVs, it still looks like and old Ruby Tuesdays. I will definitely be returning for the excellent food and casual atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Captain Mas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I visited on a Wednesday evening after 6:00 pm. There were two other tables with people. One table after I showed. No reason for the Slow service, over cooked food, greasy fries, & waiter forgot part of order. Would not recommend and will not return. The only good thing was the owner, at least that is who I think he is, he was very friendly.
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  • Liked the Scallops
    25straight
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The scallops were good. The portion was larger than expected with a nice combination of potato and vege.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jumbo Crabs, Really
    tastyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Rather than drive to Baltimore we decided to try Captain Mas. It is tucked away behind the cascades Home Depot so you wouldn't stumble on it unless you know where you were going. The place doesn't feel like a crab house, more like a chain restaurant. Spouse had fried shrimp that he enjoyed and I had crabs, Jumbo Crabs. The were meaty. Could have used more seasoning in the steaming process but were good. In the future we will sit outside favoring the picnic atmosphere of picking.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood spot
    wilsonVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Good restaurant for seafood, tasty dishes with some unexpected flavors that were good eats.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waiter was awesome
    ChickVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was good, We all had something entirely different and we all were very happy with our food. Nice portions and great presentations along with tasty food. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crab fest!
    Live8Feast
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We had the All You Can Eat crabs special - choice of blue crabs and snow crabs. Jason, the bartender served us and he was on point with the crabs refill and we did not even have to wait. we had a table close to the bar and had fun watching/ access to the world cup games and Wimbledon match. Lots of parking area. The Bloody Mary drink was good served with a strip of crispy bacon!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Fabulous Father's Day Feast
    TheGooseGroup
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My father was in the mood for crab legs and we found Captain Mas through Open Table. Captain Mas' Father's Day Feast was the perfect idea for my father - All you can eat crab legs for $45.00. This was our first time at Captain Mas. We were the first ones (customers) to show up for their special Feast. The menu had a good variety, especially since I'm a picky eater and not much into the seafood items. My father ordered the special Feast, my mother ordered the crab cakes entree and I ordered the steak entree. We had oysters and buffalo shrimp for appetizers. The staff was attentive and the food was delicious. We appreciated the fact we were not rushed to eat and got to enjoy our meals. Overall, the Feast was well worth it
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When ever you need it
    RichVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This can be you go to local place for seafood. Fresh and quality! Very comfortable if you are just eating or going to the bar to watch one of the many easily viewable big screens from the bar or the surrounding booths, or selecting a seat in a more private setting. The start with complimentary home made potato chips was very nice. Also, their selection of specialty drinks was new and quite good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    Beccaboo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was good but not great. It would have been better had when I ordered my 1/2 dozen crabs they realized that crab eaters, well real crab eaters, don't use butter on Maryland Blue Crabs. After 3 attempts to get apple cider vinegar I finally had some delivered to the table. I read mixed reviews of this place so I was interested to see what held true. Found 3 things: 1- Service is poor, these people have no familiarity with the type of food they sell. 2- They can't decide if they are an upscale dining experience or a true seafood place. I vote for seafood place, we need more of those! 3- The tables/booths are not large enough for four people to eat comfortably unless you get a waiter that knows when to clear items from the table.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a little more room...
    RahB
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My family and I really enjoyed Captain Mas. Our food and service was excellent. My daughters loved their crab-cakes and my wife has decided to attempt shrimp & grits at home. Jason (our server) was very timely with refills and inquires. We liked the option for patio seating, but decided to remain inside due to threat of rain. The only issue (not really even an issue), we felt very cramped in the booth which we were initially seated. The table we moved to offered more 'body' room. Overall, a great experience for my family; especially my wife who is a seafood lover; we will go back for mas!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 51 reviews are from the Captain Mas Seafood and Crab House reviews archive.
  • Hidden Gem
    crich113VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We did not know that this place existed. Had a Groupon deal, so we tried it. The food was really good. We had the fried oysters and the calamari for appetizers. I had the scallops with crab mashed potatoes - it was delicious. The scallops were plump and done just right. My husband had the crab capellini, which was also very good. We would most definitely return!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food was excellent. Seafood was very fresh and the prices reasonable.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Neighborhood Crabhouse
    WW2OTVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    It's great to have a crab house back in the neighborhood after Joe's Crab Shack closed. Great and friendly service. The food is very creative and tasty. It's not cheap, but fresh seafood rarely is. We'll be back to sample the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great find!
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We found Capt Mas in looking for a place to meet some friends. We decided to try this and were glad we did. The service was excellent and the seafood was all fresh, prepared very well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    Tabby
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    food was great, as was the service, it was a little hard to find, overall recommend to everyone who likes seafood
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service, can't stress
    micchapy
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Excellent service, can't stress that enough. Staff was friendly and expedient. Food was on par, but nothing amazing. A little pricey for what we ordered considering the quality of food was standard.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was not good. Service was fin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Me and my wife went to this place for a $99 Valentines day special for two. So I don't how it is normally, but for on this night the food was not good. Plus I hardly complain about food. The Lobster Bisque tasted like cough medicine, the crab cakes tasted as if they just dumped the crab meat from the can to my plate. The desert was good and the shrimp cocktail appetizer was good as well, although shrimp cocktail is hard to screw up. So for the price of 50 bucks a person, I definitely did not feel as if we got our moneys worth. I very rarely write a bad review, but there was no way I can honestly recommend this place from my one experience.
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  • Not quite ready for premier status
    jfsworld
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for the Valentine's Day special. We were wanting seafood and also wanted to try something new. The biggest issues was that the service was super slow and the food was not $98 dollar special for two. Even though we had a reservation it took 20 minutes to be seated. The tables are so small The crab bisque was flavorful. They had run out of steak (told to us 20 minutes after we ordered it. We both the order the crab cakes. They were very dry with little flavor. We were very disappointed. But on a positive note the owner and our server were very nice. They even ran to Safe way to get steaks for the group on the table next to us. They have the heart they have to improve on the execution especially considering their completions.
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  • Very good food, terrible service
    Mark
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food saved the entire evening. Even with reservations, we waited about 15 minutes before we were seated. Once we were seated, we waited 20 minutes before the waitress stopped by our table. There seemed to only be 2 waiters/waitresses working the entire half of the building in which we were seated. Several times I watched someone from the kitchen wander through the dining room carrying food, looking for the table to which the food belonged. The food was really, really good. The crab cakes were awesome. The stuff shrimp was really good and the shrimp was cooked perfectly. The asparagus was very good and cooked perfectly. The twice stuffed potato left something to be desired, I wouldn't get that again. The food alone redeemed the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A comedy of errors
    Brent
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The first warning should've been lots of availability 2 hours before dinner on Valentine's Day. When we got there, the Maitre'D immediately started apologizing that things are running slowly. I ordered a white sangria - they brought red. My wife ordered a bottle of Prosecco. They brought a bottle of Brut sparkling wine (not Prosecco), which we sent back, followed by a second, different bottle of Brut, which also went back. My wife never got a drink. The food was just OK -- not worth the $47.50 each. The crab bisque had a huge lump of flavorless crab in the middle. Crab cakes were fine. Steak bland. Crab legs OK. We had to ask for both a steak knife and cracker. Waitress was nice, but not very good. The place might be OK for happy hour.
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  • Valentines Day
    msladyjae
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    We had such fun! Good food and lots of laughter.We will return for more good times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Seafood
    GoodEatsVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    I've been a few times....shrimp, fish tacos, brunch, hush puppies…all very good! I like the entertainment they have from time to time, open mic, acoustic players, etc. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food.
    Duchess
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Pasta with crab was outstanding. Service excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden treasure!
    Singingjazmin
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    When you walk in you are immediately given a warm welcome. The restaurant is beautiful inside and the ambiance will remind you of your last island vacation. The menu is amazing and also interesting. There definitely aren't many places in northern VA where you can get Gator Tots!!! The sweet potato pancakes are to die for. But the crabs most definitely are the best! There are so flavorful and meaty and the price is just as good! So undoubtedly go to Captain Mas seafood and crabhouse! Where the food is never too crabby!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was only ok. I have
    Mikki
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    The food was only ok. I have had much better. The service was very good.
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  • Great New Find!
    kayceeintulsaVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Finally got around to trying out Capt Mas and wasn't disappointed. We had great service and food was excellent. Had fish n chips and crabcakes -- both prepared perfectly. Nice bar with happy hour food and drink specials as well. It's a little off beaten path in back of shopping center but definitely worth trouble of locating it. Will be back again!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic seafood find!
    EricinAshburn
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We visited this restaurant for New Years Eve and just loved everything! Everything was done perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fresh seafood locally
    Browns
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We always love eating here and usually bring family & friends! Little noisy this time with 3 very unruly /unhappy babies! I fault the parents for 1 bring a child so young & 2 for not making them behave! Oh well they do the same at home! None the less I will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Seafood
    VW49VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    We were skeptical about seafood and crabs in Sterling. While not as good as places on Chesapeake Bay, this location was very convenient and luckily our dozen crabs were delicious for November. Service was friendly and the owner checked on us. We also tried the gator tots (a bit chewy but sauce was great), fish taco, crab burger and house salads. All were good though not inexpensive. We lucked out that this Sunday evening was open mic night for singers who had a wide variety of talent. In addition to enjoying a nice seafood dinner we got live entertainment as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Captain Mas
    kathi
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    name is odd until the staff tells you Mas is Sam spelled backward & Sam is one of the owners then it makes sense. When you walk into the place, there is raw bar that wets your appetite and you know the seafood is going to be good! We started with the bacon bloody mary - YUMMMY! I had shrimp cocktail that was perfect and my friend had the gator bites which she loved. They were moist and came with a sauce that she loved - a bit tangy and a bit sweet. I had the crab cake burger - took off all the fixings because the crab cake was so big. Little to no filler in this crab cake and it was cooked to perfection.! I also had the mac and cheese as my side (totally breaking the diet) and it was delicious, but way to much for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    CaptMas
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We found a $30 for $15 coupon and decided to try it, Great food and service!! A little pricy but the king crab legs were huge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service, food decent
    awesum1VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    We had a relatively new waiter/server. He was still very eager to please, very cordial and polite, unlike most who are jaded in providing good service. The food was okay - the crab linguine was mediocre. Their crabcake, however, was actually very good compared to most seafood restaurants. Better than Fisherman's Inn in Kent Island, for those who are true seafood restaurant lovers. They actually were lump crab meat serve in good portion and not a lot of bread crumbs or other filling that most restaurants would pile on. On our way out, the manager (or owner it seemed) wished us a good night and offered us some candy in a tin box which he held open in his hand, more personal than typical mints/left by the hostess desk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good New Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Captain Mas Seafood will be a welcome restaurant in the Sterling area as there aren't any decent close seafood restaurants. The staff is super friendly, as is the management. The food was good, a little different than what was listed but management is open to suggestions on how to make it read appropriately. They want to get involved with the schools, so that is good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need a Gas Mas
    AmosVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    From the very start, we knew this wasn't going to go well. Server never heard of the wine we wanted even though right on menu, the "sommelier" tried to use corkscrew on screw on cap to open wine, they didn't have jumbo or extra large crabs, king crab legs were either old/frozen/overcooked, diver scallops were bay size and very few. Definitely don't go. Restaurant will be out of business soon we hope! There were only 4 people when we arrived and 7 when we left. Can't serve 'fresh' seafood that way. It's more of a bar with lots of big screens surrounding it.
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  • Value to Quality Ratio is Low
    brownieoneVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    We wanted to like Captain Mas ... it's conveniently located, has ample parking, and most importantly it is family-owned and run. We had an appetizer, three different seafood entrees, three non-alcoholic drinks and a kids meal between the four of us. None of the entrees ... all different ... was particularly memorable. There was nothing bad about them, but nothing special. Then the bill came and when you spend just north of $100 for nothing special, it really sours the experience. We do wish them the best though, as non-chain restaurants are hard to find.
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  • Pricey but Worth it.
    NklnVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    The blue crabs we ordered was fresh and our server was attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best kept secret!
    Browns
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Disguised as a crab shack is the best seafood place in sterling!!! Food is tasty, delightfully presented & if you plan for room for dessert it is heaven. Met the pastry chef last visit and showed him photos of the creations we've eaten there...becoming harder to choose our favs!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    calyfrma
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We had the crab cakes and shrimp and grits -- both were great. The lump crab was seasoned just right with very little filler. Presentation was beautiful.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet