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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
  • Email: Haas43@aol.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
  • "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
  • "My shrimp were awesome, substituted fries for coleslaw awesome. Could have eaten more. Seafood salad to go was very awesome and tasty. I asked for it to be separated and they did exactly as I asked and I'm glad they did, because I didn't go straight home and it would've been a soggy mess by the time I got to it. I enjoyed that as much as the shrimp and I plan on coming back. Everything was fantastic I came for restaurant week but I actually ordered off the regular menu and I'm glad I made that choice. I just had ankle surgery so it will be at least a month or two before I can get back down and that will be my treat to myself to come in and enjoy the fantastic food again thank you so much for having me"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I have dined here several times and have never had a bad experience. Service was good. Food came out quick and very good. Had the stuffed lobster special. I would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten here six or seven times and never had any complaints. The seafood has always been fresh and properly prepared. Just be prepared for the check. Seafood isn't cheap anywhere."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "It was a little better than average, but not because of the food... That was very good... Service could have better..."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I rarely write reviews. However, in this case I felt compelled. When we arrived, there was a half eaten plate of something on our table. We showed it to the server. He was not shocked, appalled, or surprised, which should have been our first clue. During the evening, we had not one, not two, but three dirty glasses. The steamed clams were cold. The melted butter .... well, I don't think it was butter. The famous snapper soup tasted of the corn starch they had clearly used to thicken it. The crab balls had little crab in them. And to top it all off, the service was so slow. In fact, we waited nearly ten minutes just to pay! Please, do yourself a favor, and go ANYWHERE else."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The restaurant was ok and the food was ok. I love seafood and I can name at least 3 others restaurants in the city where the seafood is better. Would not go again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I was impressed with the food but the wait was rather long. I understand things happen but I was getting hungry and sleepy."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I celebrated my birthday with my daughters at Dinardos, it was a great time. Service was exceptional, I mean absolutely fantastic. We had an incredible time, refills were instantaneous and everyone was friendly. And as a plus, our waiter was gorgeous, I know thats not important but it was nice."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My friends and I enjoyed DiNardo's as we have in the past. The Trio Crab Bisque is my favorite. Make your reservation today!!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This was my first time at DiNardo's Seafood. The food was good and service was OK. They were very busy and could have had additional staff in the area where we were dining."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "INCREDIBLE mussles and shrimp. That sauce is unreal."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "I hadn't been to DiNardo's in a number of years so I hadn't realized how downhill it had gone. I ordered a salmon and asked them to put it on a salad instead of the usual baked potato, which they were happy to do since they have a variety of salads on their menu. Unfortunately, there was not one drop of flavor to the salmon whatsoever. And the salad consisted of a plate of iceberg lettuce and a hardboiled egg. It was more like something I would get at a diner instead of a nice restaurant (not to mention I was paying $24 for it). The other members of my party ordered scallops, shrimp, and oysters which they said were fine but not particularly impressive. It was the kind of food we could make at home, but it was a $200 dinner."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "DiNardo's is our go to spot for hard shelled crabs. They are a lot of work and take quite a bit of time to eat. We have never been rushed through our meal. The servers are attentive and friendly. Other items on the menu are good as well, but go for the crabs."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Local gem. Iconic seafood place for center city dining. Homey and comfortable. Will return with family for a crab night."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "New Year's Eve was my first time dining at Dinardo's. I have heard great reviews about this landmark restaurant for years and have wanted to try it for some time. We also chose Dinardo's for a New Year's Eve Dinner because it was so close to Delaware Avenue and we could walk 2 blocks to see the Fireworks. When we arrived we were greeted by the friendly hostess. Our table was almost ready, so we ordered a drink at the bar. The bartender said hello and he was quick to take our drink orders. We were promptly seated at our table. Our Waiter was very personable and efficient. I ordered the Crab Imperial, which was very tasty. My dinner companions also enjoyed their entrees. We definitely recommend this restaurant and we plan on returning soon."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I've been to DiNardo's on several occasions. Quite simply, it is where you go for dependable crabs and even more so when they're (crabs) in season. Yes, all the reviews you read will mention the decor is from a dated time period, but it's a crab house - pure and simple ... You want fancy, go somewhere else. If you're willing to spend some extra coin - you should sample other items from the menu. When I was there Saturday night, we ordered the the Broiled Seafood Combination (comes with crab legs!) and the bride had the stuffed lobster tails. Both orders were bountiful, cooked to perfection and priced at $36 and $48 respectively. When you want old school seafood, go here."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We went there for New Year's Eve, the food was really good we had lobster which made dinner expensive 300 usd for 4 people. The service was great, even whe the restaurant was full."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was just ok. What we had was either tasteless or over spiced. The service was very good. Our waitress was very nice."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Great food and service. Famous fries are VERY salty and setting was more casual than expected. We'll be going back for crabs!"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "I love Dinardo's food. Out of the many times I've visited, I've only ordered the all you can eat crabs once. I went with a friend of mine and we both received our own plate of crabs. This particular time, I visited with my mom and my 3 sisters. Out of the 4 of us, 3 of us ordered the all you can eat crabs at $38 a pop. It threw me off when the waiter came out with one platter of crabs that had about 8 crabs on it (maybe 10). A bit frustrated, I asked the waiter why and he said that was restauratn policy which I thought was a rip off being as though you just received over $160 for our bill. Although he was quite thourough in bringing out more crabs, I was making sure that I did not eat more crabs than the others at the table."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "This restaurant has an all you can eat whole crab special that seems pretty popular. The crab legs that came with our meal were pretty good. The service was pretty good."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "The food was unbelievable,we had a group of nine and sampled a fair amount of the menu and it was well prepared and delicious. If you like seafood this is the place to go! The staff was friendly, attentive, gracious and treated us like family. We would definitely recommend this restarant for any special occasion."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "When in Olde City Philadelphia, do not miss DiNardo's especially if you love Hard Shell Crabs or any type of crabs. DiNardo's is an institution in Philly and rightly so. Aside from their crabs, they have a wonderful lunch and dinner menu. It is a comfortable restaurant and nicely appointed. When eat there as often as we can when we are in Philly."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "First of all, I don't know why an empty restaurant insists on seating people close to the kitchen. When our waiter finally arrived, he was quite polite and helpful. No problems with the service, except that it took a while before we saw him. The $6 crab soup was good, but not $6 good. The broiled stuffed flounder was bland, like something from a diner, and not worth the $28. Their "famous fries" were good, but nothing memorable. And the chocolate cheesecake, that promised a "layer of chocolate ganache," was just a regular slice of cheesecake with Hershey's syrup on top. I would not eat here again unless it was on someone else's dime."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "2lbs of over cooked Dungeness crab for $74...enough said."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I had a large party in town for a convention. I needed seating for 11. I used Open Table and DiNardo's was one of my options. I recalled going there 20 years ago and enjoyed it then. I was not disappointed. We were seated right away and the servers bent over backwards to get us food/drink. The seafood was excellent. I highly recommend DiNardo's for and tips of event."
    Dined on 10/19/2013