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Charley's Crab - Grand Rapids

1479 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, American
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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
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Phone number
(616) 459-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brandan Penland
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Cross street
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Parking details
Charley"s Crab offers valet parking on Friday & Saturday evenings & Sunday Brunch.
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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

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.

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What 1479 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Vandy (Detroit)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Saturday night family dinner. Restaurant was half full, under-staffed and dirty. Our evening was around 2 hours which doesn’t bother me. What did bother me was the service. 2 of our 4 options were not available. All the tables around us were empty and never cleared and clean. Not happy, considering this used to be a staple restaurant in GR.

3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Everything was delicious at Charley’s Crab but when we arrived with a reservation, we had to wait 45 minutes to be seated. When we were finally seated, we noticed that over half the dining room was empty. This tells me they were either under staffed, or they just like 20 ppl waiting for tables.
Once seated, we had to wait 20 minutes for a glass of wine we ordered. Lol our waitress brought an empty glass and said the bar was backed up too. The rest of the dinner was lovely. Appetizers and Meal very good and came very quickly.

1.0  Dined 6 days ago

Unfortunately, our most recent experience this past Saturday evening, at Charle's Crab wasn't good. We were seated 50 minutes after our reservation time. Wait/service interaction at our table was an additional 15-20 min. Apparently our planned waitress had become ill. The manager came by to suggest they were working on the problem...but apparently wasn't able to take a drink order himself.

Needless to say...dinner took a bit longer than we planned. The food was ok...not very warm when it arrived at the table. The table adjacent to us (4) people...seated well before we were, took even longer to be served.

As we all discussed (and laughed) this was the worst thing that happened to us that day...well, it was still a good day. Even comping a drink might have been appropriate. Anyway....hard to get excited to return any time soon, or recommend to a friend.

2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Had reservations for 7:00pm didn't get seated until 8:00pm.. Didn't even have the energy to say anything to management because i was so hungry!

3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food was great. Service not so great. Sat and waited for drinks several times. Waited with empty coffee cup and water glass for more than 10 minutes. When paying $172.00 for 3 people service should be exemplary.

OpenTable Diner (Grand Rapids)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We had a Friends 'reward for a birthday. When we paid for our meal we noticed that the $25.00 was not deducted from our bill. We had paid with a gift card and were told that since we had enough on the gift card to pay for our bill, the $25.00 reward would not be deducted, but would remain on our account. This is the first time we have encountered such a situation, and we feel that the $25.00 should have been deducted even though there was enough on the gift card.

Our food and service were excellent, however.

OpenTable Diner (Grand Rapids)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was good and pretty decent. The building however looks like it is not being taken care of. Wallpaper falling off and cracked wooden beams

5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was Valentine's Day and we had decided NOT to fight the dinner crowd so we had an early dinner about 3:30 PM. We were surrounded by about a three-quarters house. The food was amazing, right off the menu. Shrimp cocktails were as good as we've ever eaten. My Salmon was excellent and her Caribbean Combo left her swooning. Our only argument was over who had the best entre. Truly it was a memorable experience. Rolls and crackers were also outstanding. Desserts were the perfect ending to an absolutely beautiful dining experience. The beautiful Grand River just outside was the perfect backdrop for our Valentine's perfect date. We've eaten there many times before but this one topped them all. The food and ambiance is always noteworthy which is why it is one of Grand Rapids' favorite places to eat. Anyone who's ever been there will always recommend it to friends! Oh, and our waiter, Blaze, was a good as the food, always anticipating our every need! Try Charlie's Crab and you will love it ...... We do, often!
Dave and Jan from Lowell, Michigan

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Ordered a medium rare filet. Came out rare. Sent it back. Took 15 minutes and came back medium on edges and rare in the center. Ate half brought the rest home to finish cooking the rest. Guess you don't order steak at a fish restaurant.

TS1732 (Grand Rapids)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Hadn't been there in awhile and decided to go for valentines. Server had too many tables and we were largely ignored. Prices have gone way up and everything is ala cart which I Dont have a problem with but if you charge that much service should be impeccable. Asked for water three times, got an apology for forgetting, but never got the water.

OpenTable Diner (Greece)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Went there 2/14/18 for anniversary dinner. The locale was great. The frozen river was a great sight to take in. The food would have been a lot better had it arrived to our table HOT. M yfillet was warm at best. But even at that the food did tast good!

Ajgp (Grand Rapids)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

2nd time in a row that we’ve been disappointed. Food quality not up to a top dining level. Charley’s Crab is more of a specialty restaurant ( seafood) than a top notch restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Grand Rapids)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

First time there and loved everything!! Highly recommend.

OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Service lacked a bit but overall experience was OK. Traditional fine dining

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was excellent as they were running some Valentine's specials which we selected. Our server was very attentive to our needs and questions about the menu. We ordered a Tuscan shrimp & scallop dish which had sundried tomato relish on it (excellent) and a crab stuffed salmon (also excellent). Our appetizer were deep fried lobster bites along with the always excellent rolls. Completed the meal with a shared strawberry shortcake dessert. Overall an excellent experience. I will say though that the restaurant needs some minor repairs or overall updating as we noticed from our table several water cracks/leaks. These should be addressed immediately as some of these cracks/leaks were over tables. The restaurant is looking a little aged and needs a facelift but I don't know if they get the volume needed to support a facelift. Charley's Crab used to be the only good seafood restaurant in town but no longer is. As a result their business has appeared to have dropped off. Too bad as the location is right on the river. Need to freshen up the space a bit.