About Charley's Crab - Grand Rapids

Situated in downtown Grand Rapids overlooking the Grand River, Charley’s Crab offers the freshest fish & seafood in an incredible setting. Whether it’s cracking open crab legs or lobster at the table, or finding the perfect wine to match your entrée, Charley’s Crab provides professional, comfortable tableside service, while the chef & kitchen staff combine culinary talents behind the scenes to prepare & present the day’s freshest catches. From Dungeness crab, shrimp & mussels to beef, poultry & mouthwatering appetizers, the dining experience at Charley’s is unforgettable. Charley’s Crab offers a superb Sunday Brunch as well as Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm in the Lounge.

63 Market Avenue S.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:30pm - 9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Fulton

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(616) 459-2500

Website:
http://www.muer.com/

Parking Details:
Charley"s Crab offers valet parking on Friday & Saturday evenings & Sunday Brunch.

Executive Chef:
Brandan Penland

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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Private Dining

Whether celebrating with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, we offer several different arrangements for group functions. Semi-private accommodations can be made for group luncheons or evening events for 10 to 60 guests.

Charley's Crab - Grand Rapids Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.4

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4.5

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4.0

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90% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (63)
Good for a Date (51)
Special Occasion (51)
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Good for Anniversaries (48)
Scenic View (46)
Romantic (42)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Business Meals (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Great for Brunch (19)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Cozy (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Authentic (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Seasonal (9)
Casual (8)
Fun (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Healthy (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Birthday Dinner

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 3 days ago

Living downtown Grand Rapids, we sometimes forget about Charlies Crab. We went there this summer and for the 1st time sat out on the deck area which was fantastic. This time we just went there for an evening out, the food, drinks , service and ambiance were all wonderful. We will definitely be back

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

The potato crusted white fish entree that 3 of us ordered was not good. The potatoes weren’t cooked well enough & the flavor of the dish was bland.
I along with another person in our party was up all night sick from the meal.
I’m sorry but this wasn’t the first time I have had bad food there.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a lovely table along the Grand River. Beautiful with the snow falling and the Christmas decorations . The Sea Bass entree was absolutely delicious (and so were the Lobster and Scallops Entrees). All of the seafood is fresh and the presentation and preparation so well executed

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Brunch on Sunday at Charley's Crab should have been a little more well organized. The omelet station and prime rib cutting station were manned by the same person so the wait was very long. Many items on the buffet were cold (the cheesy potatoes) but the selection was great. Servers may have been understaffed - we had to ask for more coffee, water was never refilled, a drink order was never filled. The venue is beautiful and we loved the view of the river. Please fix these items and we would love to come in again.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Service and food were excellent. The only downside is that we had a party of 10 and the tables they pushed together were up against a half wall, and one side of us sat in a long booth, while the other side was at chairs. Because the tables were pushed up to a halfwall, those that were on the booth side, had to ask all the adults on the booth side to scoot off the booth and stand up so they could get access to the brunch buffet. This was the only downside to our visit. Food, atmosphere and service were all great! For dinner this option would've been fine as we all would've been served, not needing to get up and down to make another trip to the brunch buffet.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Fantastic experience as always! And the lobster bisque is a MUST HAVE!

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I'm really shocked on the number of good reviews about this restaurant. We know a good meal when we see one and this was definitely not it. My Chilean sea bass was over cooked and dry. My date's and my smashed potatoes were very dry. Our appetizer, dynamite scallops, was the best thing we tasted that night. The ambience is nice. The views are lovely if you're lucky enough to sit near a window. Our waiter was a bit obnoxious and very slow for us being his only table which he told us we were. We went later in the evening. Maybe food is better earlier in the day when it's more fresh. Ours definitely was not fresh. Overall, disappointing for one appetizer, two drinks, and two entries for 105 bucks plus tip.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We enjoyed the meal very much. Service was superb. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was great. Service was a little off. Table was right be the kitchen so it was a little loud.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Charley's is my favorite in Southwest Michigan. It's a romantic place to go and beautifully decorated for the holiday's.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Scenic View, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great meal. Great service. Had an amazing evening. Definitely will be going back.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had an absolutely wonderful time. Our waiter DJ was spectacular.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We look forward to Charlie's Crab every year before the TSO concert. We are never disappointed. Great food and great service!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Went for the Sunday brunch and it was total waste of time & money. Tasteless and uninspired food - very surprised that this place is still open if this is the food they serve. Overpriced with some of the items available on every Holiday Inn breakfast buffet menu. The omelet station was a disaster - ran out of egg whites within 1 hour of opening, made the omelet and was dripping with oil and when told about it used his towel to absorb the oil. Main courses included a fish with salsa on top, prime rib was rare, ham was dry - with the money they charge was expecting much better quality of food. Avoid at all costs.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was very nice. Only issue was at check in. We had reservations but were made to wait while walk up people were seated first. They later explained our table wasn't ready but the wait would be worth it, nicer table more room.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food is consistently excellent. Service has been spotty of late and this visit was no exception. Poor pacing, cork in wine, poor knowledge of menu, and failure to deliver additional flatware even after two requests. Server was new, nervous and below average.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was fair, nothing terribly impressive but the riverfront location is awesome and will bring me back.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I had a great birthday dinner!😁

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We were there at 4:15 on Sunday, there were only 2 tables with guests. We were seated, then a party of 3 were seated right next to us and not 5 minutes later another party of 3 was seated on the other side of us. The noise level escalated to where we could hear the other tables conversation. The whole restaurant was empty, it would have been nice to have had some space!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was my first experience there for my special anniversary. Overall it was a great service, food , and seating couldn't have been better! I will be back very soon..

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet was delicious, everything was beautiful in their separate chafing dishes . Turkey with all the trimmings, and a carving station with prime rib and ham. Sushi, shrimp cocktail, mussels, and stuffed market cat fish. The dessert table was a thing of beauty- creme brulee, brownies, pies, cupcakes and all of them were tasty. Service was very pleasant and attentive, and the atmosphere was just the right blend of cozy and luxurious. It was the perfect place to eat before going to the Devos Place for a broadway show and to celebrate our daughter's 16th birthday.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The diverse offering was excellent and meat at the carving stations exceptional.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The best Thanksgiving meal I have had. Wonderful corner view table for family. Would highly recommend this place to anyone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there for Thanksgiving brunch, as we have been for many years.

Everything was perfect. The service and food were excellent.

My only complaint is the long walk from the valet drop off to the front door. It wasn’t designed with regard to the disabled. You can’t drop someone with a walker off at the door.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 21, 2017

A forgotten gem. Some of the best sea food I have had.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Happy Hour
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The service was fantastic and the view by the river was quite pretty but everything else about the restaurant and the meals were forgettable. When the bill arrived, we were disappointed to learn that the restaurant did not have debit capabilities.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful evening dining experience at Charley's Crab. Will definitely return.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I had asked for a table by the window/river, and that didn't happen, although there were empty tables there.

Also, my sweet potato mash was cold.

But everything else was delicious and enjoyable!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The chowder soup and Ceasar salad was amazing and refreshing. The crab cakes were outstanding, as was the potato crusted whitefish. Everyone loved the vegetables, bread, rice.The desserts, hot fudge sunday and creme brûlée, was the Best! Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable. The view was awesome!"

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Healthy, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

I am unfamiliar with the "new" Grand Rapids area so had a little trouble trying to enter your parking area at 5:00 pm from the Grandville Street area which was my fault for not using the internet location guide.

I was very satisfied with the entire eating experience and would recommend Charles Crab to anyone.

Our group of three wanted a quiet area to visit and was given one. Good seating.

The server was excellent. She was personable, knew the menu well and was very attentive without being overly so. C. Crab is fortunate to have her.

My selection was the snapper and I must say it was perfect. Happy with the sides - very tasty.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Charley's Crab has been around for a long time, and for good reasons. The setting is fantastic along the riverfront. It's especially nice at night when the bridges are lit up. The food is consistently good if not great. The service, which in the past has been hit or miss, was exceptional during our last visit. It's a warm welcoming place - suitable for a romantic dinner or a casual get-together with friends. The Landry group knows what they're doing when it comes to managing a restaurant!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We had a table for four. We had timely service and quick delivery of each course. The fish was excellent and the oysters delicious. We'll be back.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Had dinner with friends last week. On a Monday it was not busy. The service was impeccable without being overbearing. The drinks were perfect. Food was wonderful. Have eaten here many times and everything is always great!

Tags: Disabled Access, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Waterfront, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had 6 ladies for our girls night out and the whole thing was perfect for all of us! Thank you for a wonderful meal, exceptional service and amazing ambience!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Horrible food. Been to many other Landry restaruants and had great food. Would highly NOT recommend this place. Too many other phenomenal restaurants in the area for half the price.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Went for early dinner on a Sunday. Quiet. Nice table overlooking river. Service was very good. Didn't go crazy on ordering...family had steaks and I had a spicy shrimp and pasta meal. It was good but not the greatest. I still love this restaurant though. The high ceilings, lighting, attentive staff, decent food...makes for a nice evening out.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food and service was very good. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent location. Excellent continental upscale menu. Good balance of popular selections as well as new foodie items. Excellent interior design, giving great privacy and excellent views. The food was all prepared properly, excellent flavoring, and tasty sauces. Don't miss the Lobster Bisque.

Tags: Waterfront, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I had the perch and it was cold. Tartar sauce was blain. The waitress was excellent and I didn't mention anything to her about it because I was with family and they were happy with theirs.
Michael May

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