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DiNardo's Famous Seafood
DiNardo's Famous Seafood

DiNardo's Famous Seafood Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dinardos.com
  • Phone: (215) 925-5115
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 8:30pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Fares Amal
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Special fixed price lunch & dinner menus are available for large parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Kathie Haas (215) 925-5115

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd & 4th Streets
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Friday & Saturday Evening Parking Discount when parking next door to us or on the corner from us. Present your parking stub after dining with us & receive $5.00 towards your parking.
A word from DiNardo's Famous Seafood
DiNardo’s is the place to have your shell-cracking, claw-sucking, crab-eating feast. Steamed Louisiana crabs are served “hot and dirty” (known as Baltimore style), and other seafood specialties such as jumbo shrimp, fresh stuffed flounder, steamed mussels, and clams. Chicken, steaks, and pasta also are served.
Enjoy soft shelled crabs, sautéed scallops, and more, featuring the DiNardo family’s secret, succulent sauce recipes at prices that won’t leave you hysterical.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Two thumbs down. Don't waste your time, nor your money. Service and food not worth the money you spend. I guess that's why they don't put the prices on the menu."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Particularly great for crab fans, but there are plenty of alternatives, for sure!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My husband and I took our mothers for a late lunch. First the pros: it's clean, friendly and the waiters are nice. Cons: the prices for jumbo crabs are $10 ea. and 9.85 for large - much too high to get the amount you'd probably want. They charge extra for their "famous fries" which are not even fresh, just frozen with Old Bay & salt - those should come with the meal. The crab claws I wanted were not available. I think they're not trying hard enough, charging way too much, and are riding on their name. I've been there several times over the last 30 years and it's just not that great. If you want crabs, go to Maryland, Delaware or to the Jersey shore."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I've been coming to Dinardo's for years with my family enjoying their FRESH seafood. My girlfriend is not big on seafood but I promised her if we were to get crabs this was the spot in Philadelphia. Unfortunately I was wrong as our experience was horrible. We waited about 10 minutes at the table to be approached by a waitress, during which we discussed the possibility that they forgot we were back there. I don't know our waitress's name, because she never introduced herself. I had $35 worth of stone crab legs which were not filling AND DID NOT TASTE FRESH. They tasted like they were frozen and heated. It was terrible. My girlfriend had a crab cake that was very very fried and contained mostly filler."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Smallest crabs ever at over nine dollars a pop. What a disgrace"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Brought my family to DiNardos for dinner. We are a family of 7. The bartender was awesome! Made us feel as if we had been there a million times! The server was amazing as well. Nearly everything we had was fabulous. The bisque was way too thick and not any notable seafood in it but other than that the food was delicious!!! Definitely on my list to return!!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food was good not great. The filet mignon and the salmon that my other party order was good but just missed a little in regards to seasoning. It is a decent place; not the best in regards to price and appetizing. I used the groupon deal and glad I did because it unfortunately was not worth all the money. Seemed to be an expensive "Red Lobster.""
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Shrimp was good. Fish was tasteless. Crab was dry. Server was great. I think the place is on the way out."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I was there twice in a months time. First meal was enjoyable. Saturday night we had a reservation at 9:30. I believe if you are going to take a 9:30 reservation, you do not rush the customers, don't vacuum around them and don't close the kitchen until they are finished. We ordered 6 crabs, received 3 and were told good thing we didn't want the other 3 because the kitchen was closed. I think the crabs were slightly overcooked. Oysters weren't great. We were not even asked if we wanted dessert. Definitely rushed us out. Went into the ladies room and a male and female employee were talking in there. Wouldn't go back any time soon"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Expensive for the amount and quality of food. The amount of crab on the Sautéed Jumbo lump crab entrée was very small and nothing special. Add a baked potato and some steamed broccoli that does not add up to $25 worth of food. Friends had the Sautéed Garlic Crabs. At $10/crab it was a bit pricey. They were supposed to be cleaned and split, but the crabs did not appear to be split."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I was disappointed by the meal. The crab cakes needed seasoning and the broccoli needed less. The crushed pepper seeds made it so hot as to be inedible . The prices for hard shell crabs were so high we did not order them. The lack of desserts was a downer as was the decor felt drab and dreary. Will not go back. The prices were high and quality not up to the same high standards."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Go here if you are going to get crabs, not if you are lookin to eat seafood, as there is not much of a seafood dinner selection. I was in a party of 3. I got the broiled scallops (quarter sized), which had no flavor to them whatsoever, except maybe some old bay. The shrimp dinner was the same. The salmon was also very bland. We also got the snapper soup, in which we thought it was "red snapper fish" not turtle. The menu should have said that the snapper was turtle, because most would assume it was fish. Service was ok. Dishes were cleared promptly, but our check was given to us while we were still finishing up our main dish because we didn't order desert. It was not busy, but I felt we were being rushed at this point. I would not go back."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Huge crabs. Steamed and seasoned to perfection The size we used to catch in the Cheasapeake. Matt our waiter was the best we have had anywhere in 5 years."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great seafood, easy parking and a terific waitstaff. I can't say enough about this place if you like seafood, crabs, clams, oysters, etc. I also got steak for the first time there and was pleasantly suprised at the quality and flavor. They also are really nice about making birthdays special."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "DiNardo's has been pretty consistent for us. I had the chicken and shrimp (blackened) and my wife had linguini and clams and both were very good. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We have been waiting all winter for DiNardo's to get their crabs in...They are in and they are small! $9 each for their Jumbo blue crabs that looked like mediums. Although we did not participate, it was "all you can eat crab" night, which may have been the problem. It was so noisy with big groups that we actually could not hear each other speak. The service was not good and we felt like we were being rushed out of there. This is not our usual experience at DiNardo's which has always been a favorite place for us, but, it was not good that night!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "No reason to anywhere else if you want great crabs"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Always wonderful! They're seasoning is the best! Been going here since my dad took me as a kid and now my kids are addicted too...will get the next generation started next year!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Really tasty food, good service and great deal as we purchased a groupon to this restaurant. I would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Food was average but servicjsugaie was great. Crab was average at best and entrees were very average."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My daughter and I almost always select DiNardo's as our birthday dinner spot. Can't go to too many places in April or May to get fresh, perfectly seasoned, large crabs or for that fact any time of the year. Not everybody is into sitting an picking crabs, like my husband, but he has never left unsatisfied. This trip he started with the crab bisque, clams casino and then the Alaskan King Crab legs which he wouldn't share a morsel. My daughters boyfriend had gotten the snapper soup and the special which was salmon wrapped crab and I'm positive that he's hooked on the place. Service has always been great to me unlike a few reviews I've seen, maybe some of these people get what they give. I've always had very personable happy wait staff. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was our 1st visit to Dinardo's as we had purchased a Groupon coupon. Since I am a ravenous crab lover I ordered 3 of the advertised SUPER JUMBO CRABS. I could not believe the size of them when they were served. Probably 3 of the smallest crabs I had even seen. Dinardo's should be ashamed to have taken those babies away from their mother. We will not be returning to Dinardo's nor will we recommend their restaurant to our family and friends."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We have been comimg to this restaurant for 30 years and it never lets us down...We take our friends there and they have loved it too...My family from Florida MUST go everytime they visit us in New Jersey..They plan their trip including dinner at DiNardos when they visit..Good Food..Good Company...Cant beat it!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "This is a restaurant to visit for hard shell crabs. I started with Cherrystones on the half shell and then had 2 jumbo crabs. My husband had pasta and crab which he thought was great"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "THE TASTE OF THE FOOD WAS REALLY GREAT, especially the steamed crab. WE JUST DID NOT WANT TO BELIEVE THAT THE "LARGE" SIZE OF THE CRABS WAS ACTUALLY "SMALL" in the Philippines. SO WE HAD TO BE CAREFUL BY NOT BELIEVING THE WAITER THAT ONE PERSON CAN CONSUME 3-5 CRABS. SUGGEST THAT WHEN THE CRABS ARE OFFERED, THE WAITERS SHOW WHAT IS ACTUALLY LARGE AND JUMBO SO THAT THE CUSTOMERS CAN ESTIMATE HOW MUCH THEY CAN EAT."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Steamed crabs done right. Friendly server, awesome bartender Kevin. The crab bisque was tasty but a little heavy on the corn starch. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "My wife and I chose DiNardo's because it was a Friday in Lent. The food we ordered was good, but very plain for the price. I though for a restaurant it was too bright from the lighting. The hostess and waitress were great but my overall experience for my first time there was average."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Server was extremely attentive and very personable. We had our mind set on crabs and we were not disappointed. Cooked to perfection and sweet tasting. Great experience!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I really didnt want to give a review but I wanted others to understand what they would be getting themselves into by dining at DiNardos. The restaurant is not recommended for romantic or business setting. Think of going to the diner and thats what you get. The bloody mary was delicious but the food was tasteless. We even ordered their 37 year specialty plates. For the $90 bill we were both disappointed and sadly won't return. The staff were super friendly but the drinks and staff alone are not enough to justify the price. In a city were the food is amazing and there are many choices to eat out at DiNardo's should evaluate their tasteless food and prices to keep customers coming back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Title says it all! Food was sooooo good! BEST dinner I've had in years! ! Our waitress was awesome, incredible food...... Can't wait to go back! !"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We ordered crabs with Old Bay seasoning and then Garlic crabs. The seasonings on both the old bay and garlic crabs were overwehelming for both of us. However, after the old bay seasoning was rinsed, they were fine.. The garlic crabs we just shook off the garlic. These were more tasty."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I thought the place is starting to look shabby--and the food was overpriced! The service was wonderful--great waiter and hostess but they can't make up for overpriced crabs!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Made a reservation for dinner on a Friday night. They did not even look up to confirm the reservation and seated us in the outside section by the bar rather than in the dining room. Pescatore was just OK with the scallops cold (thankfully the white sauce was hot), clams chewy, mussels sandy, and the shrimp in short supply. Fried shrimp my wife had were just OK also. The staff was pleasant but the waitress did not even ask if we wanted dessert.......just handed us the check."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Pricey menu but always fresh and tasty seafood. Needs a lot of updating with its décor but always clean... Great servers with long employment tenure. The crabs and crab cakes are the best..."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "OVERALL, OUR EXPERIENCE HERE WAS EXCELLENT AGAIN. WE HAD GREAT DRINKS, DELICIOUS APPETIZERS -- MY DATE HAD RAW OYSTERS AND I HAD STEAMED MUSSELS IN THE RED. WE BOTH DECIDED ON SNAPPER SOUP THAT IS THE BEST WE HAD. OUR ENTREES WERE CRAB CAKE SURROUNDED BY SCALLOPS AND I HAD SCALLOPS SAUTED IN BUTTER AND LEMON. WE BOTH DECIDED ON LINGUINI WITH WHITE SAUCE. OUR SCALLOPS WERE PREPARED AT THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE AND VERY SWEET. WHAT MORE CAN I SAY, OUR WAITER, JAMES,WAS VERY ATTENTATIVE AND POLITE AND WOULD RECOMMEND HIS SERVICES TO ANYONE. WE, DEFINITELY, WILL RETURN TO DiNARDO'S SEAFOOD. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Seemed kinda pricey for what did not the seem the best quality in seafood. It tasted like they pulled it out of the freezer and nuked it."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Very Good Seafood selection. I brought a guest that have never been to your restaurant. Needless to say they were not disappointed with the Seafood tha atmosphere. Thank you, for not letting me down."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This definitely the place to go if you like seafood. Many choices of seafood. One side is the "famous" French fries. Seems like every table had them. We will go back for other dishes. Can't wait for the crabs to come in :)"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "a step up from Snooky's, but still an old Philly feel to the place Decent fish, attentive service, and a pleasant dining experience."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Seated in the front gives a great view of all of the incoming traffic. It is always a grand mix. Snapper soup was good with sherry and the special soup of the night was good as well. Five oysters for 12.50 is about right. No crabs was disappointing but the fried flounder was fresh and outstanding. Liked the baked potatoes and even ate the green beans. Missed the crabs but will return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014