Blue Crab Grill

4.2
524 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
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful time!

T
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal find in Newark DE. Wonderful, friendly service. Great food. Gluten free crab cakes! A real keeper.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious ! Our waitress was wonderful!

TH
Greensboro
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Mussels had

TI
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Had not been for a while, joined the club got a birthday free meal and it was fantastic! there were 4 of us and we all enjoyed different meals, no complaints, I got the 5 oz tenderloin, and crab cake $32, we had a scallops and risotto $32 with a a salad, shrimp and grits, salmon, all very good. Can't wait to go back.

BF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, prompt and friendly service, and a very pleasant atmosphere!

M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with some friends for lunch . I have been there before but they haven’t. Everyone liked their lunch .
Food and service was excellent. We’ll be back.

RW
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a girl's night out with my nieces. The hostesses were pleasant and courteous. Our server didn't rush us. He gave us great suggestions for the food. The Crab/Lobster Nachos were superb! The entrees were delicious. The server made us feel welcome and appreciated. We were there until close. We apologize. Time got away from us.

K
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

36th Wedding Anniversary

JC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Four people ate dinner at Blue Crab Grill. Everyone ordered something different and everything was good.

RO
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Under staffed made for lengthy dining experience. Will return, however.

RP
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent oysters, fresh salads, delicious crab nachos and an unbeatable smith island cake. Summer dining at its finest in Newark.

JC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was friendly and excellent. Our waitress was attentive, but she didn’t rush us.

SM
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were nice. Our food was well prepared and plentiful. We definitely would like to return

AC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Onion soup and bisque good
Rock fish and crab imperial tasted fishy
Ribs were small minimal meat charred and dry
Crab cake was more like a fish cake and small
All in all appetizers were good
Meals were mediocre
Company saved the meal

JN
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Slow service, didn’t have menus so looked at their website to find an offer. Was told with a major attitude from the server that the item I wanted to order was not an item on their menu even though I was looking at their menu online. Ribs we horrible. Crab legs were pretty good. Pasta had so much butter and oil. Ugh, just not a good experience at all.

NS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Impromptu date night dinner, have never been here before. Wide variety of menu options, food was great, server could've checked in a little more frequently, but he was nice and pleasant. Overall nice dining experience.

JH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 4

Fried oysters beneath the fried exterior, very small.
Mary the waitress, great.
Told you discounted veterans, yet no discount. I paid and left
Not as great as previous visit!

DP
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great from the greeting at the door to the service at the table. The menu choices for lunch were tremendous and the food was excellent. I would come back here again.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

Not a good place at all.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

h
Philadelphia
11 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.

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.

M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
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.

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! ❤️

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.

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

Better than expected shopping center seafood restaurant

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

Always great service and great food

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