Blue Crab Grill

4.2
505 reviews
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Seafood

Blue Crab Grill in Newark, Delaware is known for offering a giant menu filled with seafood options. Though much of it is seasonal, you can always count on some items at Blue Crab Grill. For example, there is the steak and cake. You get a grilled beef tenderloin and jumbo lump crab cakes.

Another standby at Blue Crab Grill is the surf and turf. This includes a five-ounce beef tenderloin steak and a five-ounce lobster tail that is served stuffed with crab imperial. The crazy jambalaya is very popular as well. It comes with crab legs, crawfish, clams, mussels, scallops, chicken, shrimp and andouille sausage.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Had reservations for 7:15. Waited 20-30min for a table. Then waited a good 45 minutes for our soups and appetizer to come out. They said their kitchen was backed up. Soup was ok, needed more seasoning but wasn’t terrible. The bread was stale and chewy, like it was days old and warmed in the microwave. One of us ordered a chicken parmigiana dish, it had no mozzarella on it at all. When questioning the waitress she said “it’s mixed in”. It was chicken with sauce and noodles, I guess the cheese melted and evaporated. My wife and I got the brown butter scallops with risotto. It was soupy, and the scallops were gummy. My 4 year old ordered a cheese quesadilla and fries. It came out as a chicken quesadilla, and the fries didn’t come out until we were getting ready to leave. (They did comp us the fries). Would not return, seems like they are lacking a kitchen manager, or any manager for that matter.

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C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was GREAT. I had the drunken crab legs and creme brûlée for dessert and everything was delicious. Blue Crab Grill is quickly becoming my favorite restaurant.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was our 3rd visit to Blue Crab Grill at my wife’s request,for her birthday dinner. We will never return there. After waiting with our beverages to peruse the menu for 30 min, the waitress returned. We received our salads. In a few minutes, all three courses arrived 1 minute apart. The defining moment came when my wife’s crab cake, rice & veg were cold. The saving grace was her steak was hot & cooked to perfection. My soup & enter were cold also. Restaurant 101: serve the food hot!

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PE
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

While our server, Melissa, did an outstanding job, the food was almost entirely tasteless. As such, it was way overpriced. We were celebrating a special occasion and would have chosen a different dining spot had we known better.

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

For an upscale meal, we enjoy the Blue Crab Grill. The interior is lovely and belies the fact that the restaurant is in a strip mall. The food is high quality. On a recent visit, I enjoyed the Crab Imperial. I was a bit disappointed with the size of the meal - the few vegetables on my plate did not constitute a "vegetable medley." The accompanying rolls (one per) looked store bought. I left the $32 meal still hungry. My wife ordered a delicious Seafood Bouille served in a bread bowl and in a wonderful sauce. They do seafood beautifully, but the prices are relatively steep and the portions relatively small.

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PD
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dined here twice while traveling thru the area. Service very good; fish and sauces very tasty.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Not a good place at all.

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AJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here after enjoyable first visit. Delicious food, great specials, beer selection and mixed drinks. Quiet when we were there was a plus for conversation. So glad they were open on a holiday (Memorial Day) for our guests.

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MA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! The drunken crab legs and oysters rockefeller are the best!

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SO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food were outstanding. Our waitress was friendly and made good timing on bringing the food and drinks. She also comes by to check on us regularly.

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, as was the service. It was well worth the drive from Philly, and Magnolia, DE.

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GK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

1. For a restaurant in DE named "Blue Crab", it doesn't serve Blue Claw Crabs. What a disappointment.
2. My crab bisque was served to me at room temperature, not even warm. I couldn't get the servers attention to send it back to be heated. By the time my server finally came to my table, I had lost my appetite.
3. I ordered the Deep Fried Oysters as my entrée. The breading was so thick and tasteless, that the oyster remained cold.
Overall, I have a very poor experience with the food and the service. I won't go back.

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KC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was very good. The choices were extensive and there was something for everyone.

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TS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Table was ready but still made to wait 15 min. Sat at bar - bar tender was great. Waitress checked on us twice during the entire 90 min meal. Crab stuffed jalapeños were very bland no taste of crab. Wanted another drink since all’s weren’t good but no waitress. The other waitress there was always at the table next to us. Took our check to the front to pay so our waitress didn’t go MIA again. We may have just had a bad waitress but overall the food was just OK.

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h
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrated our Anniversary.
We were in the mood for sea food. I had Surf & Turf, my wife had Crab cakes. OMG! When it comes to sea food, Blue Crab Grill is one of the BEST.

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FR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Food was fresh and delicious. Authentic jambalaya. Crab cakes were excellent - no fillers, just crab. Homemade sweet tea. Large drink selection. Service was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was very laid back and clean. So many options we will go back to try again. Make reservations dinner time on a Saturday can get busy.

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and we were thoroughly pleased. Food was delicious and service very good. We will definitely return.

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D
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only reason I gave a 4 instead of 5, is because my husband and I were seated immediately (we had reservations) but it took 10 minutes for our server to come over. I had to literally speak to a manager for a server to come. All while 3 ladies were serving the table across from us. However, when Alex (a guy) did show up; he was phenomenal!!!! Good things truly do come to those who wait!

THE FOOD WAS BEYOND AMAZING!!! Everything was so fresh and delicious! I’ll be back and it’s a 2 hour drive from my house! ❤️

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CN
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

My experience could have been better. But waitress treated us like third class citizens. No menus to start, no welcome bread after placing order. never checked up on the table or our food. we had to ask a different waiter to do that. I don't like calling for peoples job, but this girl has to get with the program or lose it. Good food and atmosphere that's what i like about the experience.

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s
Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Better than expected shopping center seafood restaurant

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SF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and great food

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BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was average, had to ask for 2nd glass of wine. We were 3/4 through main course before waitress came to follow up to see how we were doing.

Food was bland. Filet was tender but not seasoned very well. Crab cakes were extremely bland, almost devoid of any flavor. Ribs were served dry, with sauce on the side, my personal preference. They were meaty and flavorful. Very odd that a seafood restaurants best dish was smoked ribs.

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RA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was well prepared and very tasty but we found that fish portions were quite small, particularly the average price for dinners. Friday night was very busy which may have contributed to the overall slow pacing of service, more likely a busy kitchen than problems with servers. Overall good experience but we hoped for better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great staff, food and highly recommend!

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O
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All was good, server disappeared at the end of the meal.

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OT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal. Amazing. Delicious. As a New Orleans native that travels the Country 5 days a week, it’s nearly impossible for a restaurant to impress me. Blue Crab Grill wins. Book now.

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B
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This was our first time to Blue Crab Grill. I will say that the soups (Cream of Crab & Chipotle Corn Chowder) were absolutely amazing. However, the remainder of the meal was lackluster. The cobb salad was good, but it was a salad, the crab deviled eggs were extremely fishy tasting, the duck / andouille sausage & shrimp jambalaya was very basic, extremely salty, shrimp was off tasting, the sausage seemed house made but textured like play-dough and the duck seemed more like shredded dark meat turkey. The rice was very wet and mushy. The Smith island cake for dessert was ok, but very dry. Waitstaff was non-existent at times and the place had two other occupied tables of diners. The restaurant did not even check us in with our Open Table reservation and Open Table emailed me about a no show reservation which I had to correct. We just found that Blue Crab Grill is extremely overpriced for the quality of food and service. Unfortunately, we will not be back.

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LG
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently fresh and delicious seafood. Innovative twists on classic seafood dishes. Highly recommend the Lobster mac n cheese and the crab cake and ribs combo.

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SF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious meal with great service. Alex is the best!!

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MI
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

For the cost of the meals there it was not worth it. The lobster was way over cooked. Couldn’t even get it out of the shell. That’s not all of it. We won’t be back.

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JC
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, food was excellent. Mussels were very good. Chef allowed herbal crusting on red snapper versus blackened -good. Clams and linguini also very good. Staff was attentive.

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T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place for lunch with friends and/or co-workers

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T
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Blue Crab Grill fills a void of good seafood restaurants in the Newark area, but it is getting beyond our means. I know crab is market price but $32 for crab imperial is a bit much. We will cut back our frequent visits to infrequent visits...like birthday and anniversary dinners only. For those who can afford it it is a great place to have a nice dinner.

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g
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding as usual and Nicole provided excellent service.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I had fried oysters- they were good, as usual with baked potato was hard and your good coleslaw. My husband had blackened ribeye- so,so- was grisly, baked potato was hard. Last time we went we had your prime rib, which was very good.

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K
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for a birthday - nothing special was done. Just got our food promptly. Food was great.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We really enjoyed our evening. The food and service were excellent.

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I am from Maryland and have to say the crab cakes are tops. Plenty of steamers beforehand and noise level was appropriate. Value place for sure...

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Jumbo lump crab cake are great.

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