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Charley's Crab - Grand Rapids
Charley's Crab - Grand Rapids

Charley's Crab - Grand Rapids Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.muer.com
  • Phone: (616) 459-2500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:30pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Brandan Penland
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fulton
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Charley"s Crab offers valet parking on Friday & Saturday evenings & Sunday Brunch.
A word from Charley's Crab - Grand Rapids
Situated in downtown Grand Rapids overlooking the Grand River, Charley’s Crab offers the freshest fish & seafood in an incredible setting. Whether it’s cracking open crab legs or lobster at the table, or finding the perfect wine to match your entrée, Charley’s Crab provides professional, comfortable tableside service, while the chef & kitchen staff combine culinary talents behind the scenes to prepare & present the day’s freshest catches. From Dungeness crab, shrimp & mussels to beef, poultry & mouthwatering appetizers, the dining experience at Charley’s is unforgettable. Charley’s Crab offers a superb Sunday Brunch as well as Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm in the Lounge.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Really has gone down hill. With all the nice new restaurants around Charley's used to be one of my favorites. We had a table of 6 never had anything to drink, always empty. There were tons of waiters standing around and nobody filled water or beverages. We sat and watched three tables get set outside and they never even washed it , bugs and dirt were on it. Poor people who ate on it. I've been numerous times and this year seems to have dropped its service rating. Food was still great, yet you pay good money to come to a special place. I told a friend and she agreed and said she noticed also on Mother's Day and they go every mothers day for years. Sad!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • " Went to Charley's Crab for restaurant week 2014. We hadn't been to this restaurant in 10 years because of a bad experience. Decided to try it again and it exceeded our expectations!! The food was fantastic, wait staff was attentive and we dined outside by the river and it was beautiful as the sunset. We will be returning for another meal soon! Thank You!!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Our server was helpful answering any questions or finding out if bartender knew of a certain drink. We did not feel rushed and our table was tended to nicely. We thoroughly enjoyed our food and the portions were perfect."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Service seemed slow, waitress had to wait for bread, it was 6:30 pm and dinner hour. I asked if the lime shrimp was spicy she said not so much and was the most popular entree for restaurant week. I was disappointed spicy and had to peel and eat shrimp. I expected better than red lobster food. Price was bit high for food."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Food was great, service and the setting by the river was perfect. recommend to anyone wanting a romantic evening, it's here, but ask for a window table."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "poor quality of food, food was cold, nothing special about the food, a lot looked like leftovers needs to be remodeled, looks the same as 15 years ago"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Food was poor, that's being kind. Arrived at noon, brunch was set up. Sushi was dry and tasteless. Desserts were poor. Had a dried out piece of ham they were slicing, they should not have bothered. Ramp over step up to the buffet was shaky, need to invest a couple of dollars in a sturdier piece of wood."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I have been very happy with Charley's Crab, but tonight's experience was not the best. I would have thought that during restaurant week, I would have gotten a great meal as it is a chance for the restaurant to shine a bit to patrons who might not normally come. If this was my only experience there, I am not sure that I would have come back. It wasn't horrible, but the service was slow for not that many customers, and the food just wasn't top notch."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Charley's crab is a cool place. On the water and nice atmosphere. However, my wife and I are foodies and didn't really care for our entrees but the Appetizers were good as well as dessert."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We chose the Restaurant Week special menu. The presentation was superb, and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Charley's Crab provided incredible seafood dishes, great appetizers, and really incredible desserts. Service was excellent, the view was unique, and ambiance, even for larger groups was great."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Service not the best and food was middle of the road at best. An oldler downtown restaurant that we did expect more from. I would not recommend this restaurant to my friends for the money spent."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Charlie's for our 30th Anniversary and were very disappointed. We both ordered surf and turf. My steak was way overdone. I ordered it medium rare and it was close to well done. Both of our lobster tails were over cooked, smelled fishy and tasted rubbery. We didn't complain but the waitress overheard us talking and sent the Manager to talk to us. He offered us a free desert which we declined. The service was fantastic but I don't know if we will be back."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We enjoyed a non-rushed, quiet, and tasty dinner. Our waitress (in this case) knew about wines, good parings, and all items on the menu. The food arrived in a timely fashion (each course), and it was wonderful. We had a great time in a lovely spot and felt totally relaxed and pampered. Thanks!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Food was good but we waited almost 2 hours before we got our food."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Overall, everything was superb as usual except for the food wait time during this visit. Had to wait for about 50 minutes from the time out order was placed til the main course was served. The manager oppogized twice about two minutes before it came out and when we left. We will come back again because this place is always a gem but had to mention this."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went there with husband for dinner before a concert. Waited over an hour for our food after we placed our order. Food finally arrived and it was pathetic the size of the fish and vegetables for the price we were paying! Waitress was busy however, not very attentive. For the price of entrees, the taste was terrible. Will never go back again"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We're not from G.R., so weren't sure where to have dinner before the show at Van Andel Arena. We've been to a few other Chuck Muer's restaurants, so we were pretty sure it would be good. Well, it was even better than expected. The interior has been re-done lately, and the view of the Grand River outside is wonderful. The food and service was excellent, especially the seafood. Would go back in a heartbeat. Afterward it was a short walk to the arena for a great show. Just take the overpass cross-walk from the nearby parking lot. Goes through the next building and delivers you to the second floor of the arena for short lines at the level you need to enter. Restaurant couldn't be better located for the venue."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We have dined at Charlie's Crab many years, particularly for special celebrations, or just to pamper ourselves. The last two times we've dined, the main meal has greatly disappointed us. The vegetables were undercooked and non-seasoned. The meat (steak for my husband, fish for me) was not exceptional at all. We thought of mentioned it to the waitress, but there were too many things we were disappointed about and we were headed for the theatre. The salads were good, the coffee was excellent."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The fish was fresh and prepared to our specs. The wait staff was attentive, pleasant and accommodating."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Your food is always good. Our waitress, Bethany does an outstanding job and is always friendly, courteous and goes out of her way"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We've been going here for years, including the Troy and Palm Beach venues. It was a holiday weekend and there were not a lot of customers. The service was awesome, Stephanie couldn't have been better. The food was soso. The shrimp was over cooked, the mussels weren't all opened and the molten cake didn't run. But the crab was excellent. Not sure if we had a less experienced chef or if it's a deeper issue. Never had any issue before this visit."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I have visited Charley's Crab more than 30 times previously. This was a bit disappointing compared to every other visit. My guests were very happy with their selections. However, my king crab, while generous and tasty, contained all claws and short pieces, making it very tedious to consume. I returned the following morning as another person's guest for Sunday Brunch, which was very much up to my previous expectation. I will assume my crab was an anomaly, and expect to be returning many times in the future. The service was, as usual, outstanding. The staff was very attentive, but not obtrusive or overbearing."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I don't like seafood but my husband does. There is hardly any selection that does not include seafood. The chicken was ok but in my opinion very overpriced for what I got. My husband said the fish was good"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our dining experience was phenomenal. It began at the front door and continued to the tasty brie appetizer, summer themed drinks and incredibly delicious meals. Our server was friendly and very efficient. She attended to every question and was quick with a response to our needs. She was polite and helpful. Every bite was delicious and I have told many people about what a great experience it was. I also appreciated placing a reservation on-line. I will definitely return, not only for a special occasion, but just because I want to!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I treated my four spirit sisters to dinner to celebrate all kinds of wonderful things. We had a fabulous meal and our waiter, Calvin, was just fabulous! We don't get to be together very often, so this was an important time for us. Thanks for a great experience!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Food quality at brunch was terrible. Paid a lot of money for items we could have gotten from the breakfast bar at Big Boy. Belgian Waffles were soggy, French Toast was burned (I wouldn't have fed it to my own family) and mashed potatoes were runny. Three of the six in our party ordered omelets and they couldn't even get the cheese fully melted in any of them. And their dessert bar? What appeared to be store bought cookies and Rice Krispy Treats... really? Brunch for 6 cost over $180 (less tip) - we expected much better."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have been to Charley's Crab several occasions as a family, and the experience gets better each time. This time, it was the birthday of one of our daughters. The service was good and prompt. The food was very delicious. They never disappoint."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our waitress was Olivia. She was a very awesome server, friendl, always smiling, checking to see if how everything was, and very knowlegable regarding the menu. Charlie's Crab has the best waitresses in town. I do have to say the Chef's dessert of Strawberry Shortcake was ok, the bread topping was pretty dry and really does not to be put on top of the dessert...Otherwise everything was delicious."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Group of 4 sat outside on the deck for dinner on a beautiful evening. Outside is much more casual than inside and a lot noisier. The traffic noise from US131 was loud enough to made it difficult to talk. The table and chairs weren't as clean or as nice as indoors. Service was wonderful as usual. Food was very good. Martha's Vineyard salad was super good (I get that every time). Whole Branzino very tasty (and very expensive), but difficult to separate the fish from the bones."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Charlie's has a wonderfully open atmosphere and really good seafood."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Were there to celebrate a special occasion. Had the table in the corner by the window, so nice view of the river. Food was ok, nothing special - I had chicken marsala and my husband had the whitefish which he described as "good but just fish with hash browns on it". There were 5 of us and 2 of us each had a drink and 2 others split a bottle of wine, and the bill was over $220. Service was as good, not spectacular and, like I said food was good but a little overpriced in my opinion."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had not been here in sometime and thought we would go for Fathers Day. For most of us the food was very good but a few were not impressed. We would not recommend the Perch although the Filet was very good."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The plusses included our table (our favorite, with a clear view of the river for all), our waitress (who earned five stars), and the quality of the food, excluding one out of the seven meals. The seventh meal - a steamer pot - was comprised of undercooked potatoes, overcooked shrimp and corn, and properly cooked but cold crab and mussels. While the rest of our group thoroughly enjoyed their meals, I ended up eating McDonalds on the way home. Six excellent meals out of seven is good statistically, but not so hot if you are the seventh diner! In addition, there were only three tables filled in our area of the restaurant, but it took an absurd length to time for us to be served our meals."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have enjoyed brunch at Charley's Crab several times for special occasions but were very disappointed on Father's Day. We arrived at 12:45 p.m. for our 1:00 p.m. reservation. We were not seated until 1:45 p.m. (45 minutes after our reservation). I am quite certain (unless they are very poor planners), people were taken ahead of us who had not made reservations. We had requested (through Open Table) waterview seating. Although there were tables available we were not seated there. The selection of brunch items was not as varied as the typical Sunday brunch at Charley's Crab. They also kept running out of food. They also did not clean up well. Everything looked "picked over.""
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "THis is almost a weekly visit for me here and it is always good. Our server Liz is incredible."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Definitely has gone downhill. Once a great place for brunch, now mediocre at best."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was okay but for the price and reputation of the restaurant, I expected better food and larger portions. The Surf and Turf was comparable to something from Outback and the King Cove Sole was bland. We didn't send ours back because it wasn't terrible but we did see another couple send their food back. The service, however, was extraordinary. Our waitress was very attentive, I liked how the waitress picked you up from the front and seated you, and the manager checked on us twice during our meal. The drinks were great and the ambience was on key."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife had never been to Charley's Crab before, so I took her there for our anniversary. The service was acceptable, but our waiter seemed out of place in fine dining. I ordered the sockeye salmon; it was a very small piece of fish (4-6oz), and totally unevenly cooked--medium on one end and rare on the other. I was told I'd have broccoli and carrots with rice; I substituted potatoes for rice, and received two large pieces of asparagus with the potatoes, which I don't eat. My wife had salmon Rockefeller. The fish was ok, but her vegetables were undercooked and a bit fibrous. Her rice was cold. Not at all what it used to be, and a disappointing meal. If I'm spending $100 on a dinner, it needs to be outstanding--this wasn't it."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The service was good, but the food was only fair. For a seafood restaurant, they did not have a good selection of seafood. Mostly just different types of salmon. They also had shelled shrimp on ice. You would think for the money you spend they could shell the shrimp for you. The sushi did not look edible and was not fish it was a roll with rice and pickled red pepper (at least that is what it looked like). The breakfast portion was fair, but the lunch portion was bland. The salmon with rice was overcooked. They had ham and roast beef but no sides to go along with it. The desserts were dry and the creme brule was not hard on the top, so it was basically custard. I would not recommend spending $30 to go to brunch here."
    Dined on 6/8/2014