The Dancing Crab
The Dancing Crab
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The Dancing Crab

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thedancingcrab.com/
  • Phone: 2022441882
  • Hours of Operation:
    Winter Schedule:

    Monday-:CLOSED
    Tuesday, Wednesday: 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Thursday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
    Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM
    Sunday: 11:00 AM to 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michele Lisi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout
  • Entertainment: Live music every Friday and Saturday night from 8pm-midnight

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brandywine St, NW
  • Public Transit: Tenleytown/ AU Metro Red Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: street parking, free after 6:30 PM and on Sundays and Holidays
A word from The Dancing Crab
The Dancing Crab, a Washington Institution for over 39 years is family owned and operated and has been serving their customers the freshest and largest hard shell blue crabs from world renowned Maryland's Chesapeake Bay's Eastern Shore. Known for their many famous visitors, this is the only true Maryland Style Crabhouse in Washington DC. Be prepared to have fun when planning a visit, especially with the phenomenal lunch and dinner Specials prepared by Our Famed Executive Chef, Michele Lisi...Enjoy live music on Fridays and Saturdays, incredible Happy Hour Specials Monday-Friday that includes Tuesday's 1/2 bottle wine nights. This upscale hole in the wall, is sure to bring joy to you and your guests. We pride ourselves in serving the freshest seafood. Once we sell out of our fresh seafood on any given night, our Kitchen closes until the next day delivery.

Come dance, drink, and indulge yourselves!

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The Dancing Crab reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Crabs were tasty! Waitress
    Welovecrabs
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Crabs were tasty! Waitress exceptional! Live music appropriate!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect for my birthday dinner
    detailist
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Admittedly this is not a fancy, expensive, special occasion restaurant -- but it was just what I wanted. Unfussy, simply-prepared whole delicious lobster. So good I nearly ordered a second one; but finished my daughter's instead. Other items: crab cakes - crispy & tasty, tho not large; mussels - also tasty; corn (broiled) - a bit dry; asparagus (broiled) - a welcomed surprise item. Nice selection of beers. Service was friendly, accommodating, entirely a pleasure. Had it been warmer, we would've definitely sat outside on the front porch!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and experience
    DonnieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    New location has a slightly different feel, but the good is great and service was fantastic. New owner has kept the spirit I remember from years ago.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ANNA
    CCtt
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    ANNA was a wonderful servicer. She was very polite and professional. The Lobster was great!! I would go back .
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fun
    Eats
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Go planning to get messy if you want the crabs - always delicious and fun with a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well Done!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    We started with crab/artichoke dip that was rich, creamy and delicious paired with the grilled bread. Perfectly cooked crabs that slid out of the shell effortlessly more than compensated for the well-cooked but under-seasoned filet mignon. Attentive staff, prompt service, great meal and a half-price bottle of Cakebread ($34.50) made this a fantastic dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Informal atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    The place to go for crabs. Relaxed and informal atmosphere. The restaurant is investing in very good bands, so it is also worth going for drinks and to listen to very good local bands that appeal to all ages. I go regularly with friends to see DC Choro Circle performing for great Brazilian music and dancing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DC Visitors looked forward to it -
    Special
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Visiting the DC area one just has to include crabs for a dinner. Friends told us about the Dancing Crab and we thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and overall experience. Next trip to the area, we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome crabs!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We wanted some crabs and didn't want to go to Maryland. This place was great and was located in the district!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Crab Feast
    new2MD
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Went with out-of-town friends for blue crab. Really enjoyed the food and the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying Hard
    happy
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    This restaurant has been a staple in the D.C. area for many years. The new owner is clearly trying hard to bring more variety to the menu, and for the most part is succeeding. Our waitress although helpful, seemed like she was automatic pilot. The thrill was gone. The good was good but not fantastic for the prices. There was a musician playing a guitar and singing that seemed to overpower the size of the room. All in all I think if what you are looking for are crabs and fresh seafood, the Dancing Crab is still an experience you will enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Food, Odd Pricing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    Food was decent but very expensive for what you actually got. $21 for a crab cake salad that came with 1 crab cake? Our server recommended the kids crab cake for $7 which was the same size, don't understand the costing. Also our calamari appetizer was good however not $18 worth, maybe only about 5-6 ounces. Crabs were good and reasonably priced maybe this should be reflected on the rest of the menu.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Crabs!
    nile
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    I had learned that this restaurant had changed hands after nearly 40 yrs and I was concerned it might have changed in quality, but it is still a great place with great servers and wonderful seafood. Steamed crabs done properly, get the mussels for an appetizer, in their shells and a sauce, they are served with bread for dipping, ask for more bread, the sauce is fabulous. There's a closed circuit wide screen tv showing the kitchen action, and more screens for sports. sit inside or out.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blue Crab Heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    Treated our grand daughters to their first blue crab cracking contest in grand style! Met our expectations fully and deliciously!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    There were eight of us. The service was abysmal for the first hour or so. Food and drink orders weren't filled, and those that were filled took too long. Once management realized we were being neglected, they stepped up and things improved considerably, and the rest of the evening went fine.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't have 2 of the 4 beers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Didn't have 2 of the 4 beers on tap. Also charged full price rather than giving the special price which was 3 times as expensive
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Same Great Place 30 Years Later!
    1040Union
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    I spent way to much time at the Dancing Crab in the mid 70s to mid 80s -- something about the allure if delicious crabs and pitchers if beer. Ate here again 30 years later on a trip to DC with my family. Crabs were still delicious, service still friendly, and beer still cold. We all gad a great time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, relaxed, reasonably priced!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    The Dancing Crab reminded me of a seafood restaurant that you would find down on the Jersey Shore. Not pretentious, great, fresh seafood, reasonable pricing, and no need to fear getting elbows deep in crustaceans. We started with the New England Clam Chowder which was a great choice and shared a seafood platter for two. The crabs were meaty and sweet, all three kinds, the lobster was the biggest "2 pounder" we had ever seen (had to have been a good 3 to 4 pounds...the claws alone were the size of a steak) and so tasty, the oysters were spot on. You just can't beat the amount of food that you get for $55. The wine prices are extremely reasonable as well. We will definitely be back. Simply put, delicious and simple seafood!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • feeling crabby!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    If you are in the mood for DMV-specialty blue crab, this is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dancing Crab Fest
    Ballet007VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Dancing Crab always has the best Maryland crabs. Now they have remodeled and gone more upscale with the menu and the prices. Because they removed the booths and can now seat large parties the noise level is extremely high. Plus they play loud music. Talking is difficult. On the good side there are nice choices for those who don't want to bother with hammering the crabs -- like a tasty sounding risotto and sautéed soft shell crabs. I'll definitely be going back for more but probably at an early hour before the noise level rises.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so bad
    Seattle
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    Seems to be popular with locals. The medium crabs turned out to be very small (overpriced) and over-seasoned (salty.) We figured steamed lobster would be safe, but the gigantic creatures they served us were old and tough. The fish stew broth was good, but the fish in the stew was over-cooked instead of being thrown in at the last minute. They got our orders wrong, so the person who ordered the soup was finished before the lobsters arrived. Wine was served warm.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    The menu is well balanced even though this is a crab place. Friendly and attentive staff and the chef put together a lovely list of Mothers day Specials. No one in our party even ate crabs and all the food was excellent! We'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Bwolf
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Crab and lobster was good. The filet mignon was surprisingly good for a seafood place. Live band was loud and made it tough for conversation in the restaurant. They do have a small outside eating area which would be great on a nice day. Service was very good. They had 40th anniversary specials which reduced the costliness of the meals. Good overall experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have gone to Dancing Crab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    Have gone to Dancing Crab many times for Maryland blue crabs. Took a large group (10 people) for a special occasion. Crabs were okay, but this seems to be a tough season so far for good crabs and the DC can only serve what they get. Service was very good. Main downside of visit was what our group considered price gouging on the pitchers of beer. A pitcher of Bud Light was $16.00 and a pitcher of Pale Ale (premium beer) was $22.00. Adding the mandatory 20% tip for the large party, pitchers were $19.20 for Bud Light and $26.40 for Pale Ale. These prices are steep by any measurement, especially when you get less than 4 glasses of beer from each pitcher. Getting the bill with these prices was a downer to an otherwise nice afternoon.
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  • Just what was expected...no
    HPHTVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Just what was expected...no more, no less. A good place for crabs and beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They were out of crabs, crab
    jillntVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    They were out of crabs, crab legs, branzino, and it took one hour and 15 minutes to get our dinner. They need to work out a lot of kinks here.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We could not get clam shell
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    We could not get clam shell at 7:00. I should have written a special comments when I ordered.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved that there was live
    jillntVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Loved that there was live music. Disappointed they ran out of crabs by 8:00 on a Sat night but the food was surprisingly good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant met all of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    This restaurant met all of my expectations. The food and service were both excellent! Great place to have local seafood. They do it just right. Plus it is easy to get to via metro. I would certainly go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we have enjoyed the dancing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    we have enjoyed the dancing crab for many years and are so glad it's still in the neighborhood. the staff is pleasant and make you feel welcome. the menu has really changed over the years and now offers so much more than just crabs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went to see the Sean Fleming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    We went to see the Sean Fleming Band. The space was great. We only ordered a couple appetizers, but they were solid. The hush puppies were very good. The beer selection wasn't large, but they had Bell's Two Hearted, so we were set.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were told that the Dancing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    We were told that the Dancing Crab recently changed management/ownership and has been refurbished and there is a new menu. Food is well and simply prepared. Crab cakes and oysters were delicious. Fellow diners praised the clam chowder and lobster; lots of bones in the fish but good flavor. Coffee (at least the decaf) was not very good. Local crabs are not in season and the only ones available were small so we did not try those. Homey neighborhood atmosphere. Large TVs showed the football playoff games but without sound. Attentive, helpful, prompt service. The website is way out of date (referred to Hechingers as a nearby store) and is still owned by by prior owners/ management but changes are reportedly in the works.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An absolute must-visit place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/2/2013
    An absolute must-visit place for everyone who come to DC and who loves seafood! Even though it's a bit far away from the city center, but definetely worth taking a cab just to enjoy tons of crabs, lobsters, oysters and other crawling stuff. Thanks to the grils who taught us how to crack crabs and lobsters and for creating the atmosphere of fun and friendliness! Dancing Crab Platter was truly awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seriously? A crab restaurant
    TampopoVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    Seriously? A crab restaurant that has run out of crabs? We got the last dozen small and a couple mediums. Good crabs, but seriously, how can you run out of crabs?!?!?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time visiting and had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    first time visiting and had my two teenagers...abundant amount of food for the cost...i enjoyed the live band...size of the restaurant was a bit small so the echo of the music was sometimes loud...waitress was friendly. will go back next visit to dc
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