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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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

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88% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (62)
Special Occasion (58)
Scenic View (52)
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Good for a Date (49)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
Romantic (43)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Pre/post Theatre (33)
Worth the Drive (29)
Business Meals (27)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Great for Brunch (21)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Cozy (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Casual (14)
Authentic (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Healthy (12)
Seasonal (11)
Fun (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Great for Lunch (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

Our reservation was for 6:45, seated at 7:10. Service was steady but slow (waited 10 minutes before being greeted, another 5 to take drink order, another 5 to place food order, ran out of water twice). Food was excellent. I would definitely eat here again but will make sure we have 2 plus hours available.

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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a good experience! Our food and drinks were good. Our waitress was GREAT. Will be going back and I would recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 3 days ago

Love this restaurant. Delicious food. Beautiful ambience. Five stars!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Healthy, Authentic
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was great, service was a bit lacking. The restaurant was not busy and we didn't have much attention paid us by our server. This dinner was for a special occasion - an elderly friend's belated birthday, and we had hoped to make it feel like a special evening for her.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Even though we had a reservation we had to wait about 20 minutes, very small inconvenience tho. Service was good, the food was good, not great, but good. Our table was nicely placed by the river which made for an enjoyable meal with our friends. Server did a very good job, was attentive without being bothersome. All staff were very courteous and friendly

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was a visit back to a restaurant that we enjoyed many years ago and for some reason fell off our radar. It’s back in our headlights and I suspect we’ll be dining their once a month going forward.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was the first time for my wife and I to visit Charley's Crab.
We had made reservations and when we arrived we were seated within 5 minutes.
Although my Blackberry Arnold Palmer tea was very bitter overall we had a wonderful experience very good food and our waiter was very friendly and did very well.
My wife and I do not go out to eat very often and we rarely spend over $100 for dinner, however my wife and I had a wonderful time and babies come see you again sometime in the future.

Thank you for the wonderful experience
Sincerely Stuart and Shannon Edwards

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Very disappointing. The food was nothing special; the same as you could get just about anywhere - good but again nothing special. For the price, we expected WOW. Very over priced.

Our waitress was exceptional.

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

The location and food was very good, this surprised me. I choose this location because it was close to the hospital. The last time I ate there I swore I would not return because the food was so awful. The great disappointment this time was the lack of cleanliness. We sat near the corner window. The blinds had thick fur dust, as well as the heat registers and the fake plants. Above our heads the ceiling was peeling away and some areas had tape securing the crumbing. As I was eating, all I could think about was what the kitchen looked like, where they were cooking and storing my food. I was unhappy to see my soup served in an old worn out white bowl, as I was eating the soup down I could see the gray rubbed out sides. I guess it would have been better to go in the evening when it is dark. Not so sure I would go again.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good service, always pretty consistent

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our server Teana was great. The setting was lovely, the food, however wasn’t quite up to par for the price.

Tags: Scenic View, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Years eve

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We sat at a table by the window with a great view of the river. We had a new server and he did awesome. Very attentive and very pleasant. The food was outstanding and we had the Malbec wine rcommended and it was very nice. Only one thing that ruined the ambience: about halfway through our meal, three couples were seated behind us and one of the guys talked extremely loud and nonstop. It seemed like he was standing right behind me because his voice was so loud. But we didn’t stay that long after they were seated. So our overall experience was very pleasant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Every year my husband and I go to Charles Crab. The service and experience this time was much different than years past. We waited a long time to even get water at our table. It was obvious that the waitress had way too many tables for NYE. I asked if I could get rice instead of potatoes and I was given a firm "no, we are allowing changes tonight". I was a bit disappointed by that since I was paying over $50 a meal. Then, I received my bill and that was incorrect as well. Something was definitely lacking this year. Food was OK. It was luke warm. I am not sure I will go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My Salmon was very dry.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was great as always! We were able to have a window seat with a view for our daughters first time eating there!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Despite restaurant being nearly empty and our previously submitted online reservation request for a window table for a special occasion we were shown to a crowded table next to the high traffic area busing and water stand. When we again requested a table w/window view and were asked to wait while hostess returned to stand for close study/scrutiny of their schedule. We've been through this drill many times at Charleys Crab and heard all the excuses about their reservations (we had one too) etc. This time, however, we were favored with at least 7 waitstaff (who had little to do as the restaurant was almost empty) huddle ~3-4 feet away around us listening! Finally, we obtained a decent table and finished eating and exited before any of the 4-5 nearby window tables showed up! Once again, it was poor performance and efficiency by the hostess station with the floor manager even giving us a snide "enjoy your meal" to top it off.

It's so much easier to be friendly and accommodating with guests, it's hard to know why they struggle with that. We've dined here for ~25 years, renting their private dining room etc. many times but such issues never fail to surprise me when showing up for a simple, quick meal with reservations...in a nearly empty restaurant no less.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This restaurant was my choice to usher in my husbad’s 40th birthday! We had such a great time and from the moment we were greeted we felt at home and valued. The food was amazing- definitely IG worthy! Quite the treat!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have eaten here often in the distant past. It has changed, but is still great. We will be back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Evan was our server and he did a fantastic job! The food was fabulous, we ate too much. So worth braving the cold for red snapper, lake perch, creme brulee, key lime pie and that huge chocolate dessert.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fiancé and I went out to celebrate some good news, her steak was ordered as medium well, came out as pretty rare, she sent it back, after our waitress noticed, and then came out again as medium rare...still a huge difference from medium well and not ok considering our bill was $150+, but only so much you can do before you let it ruin your night

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great tasting, perfectly cooked sea bass & veggies. Martha vineyard salad always a favorite.

Good service, great view—city lights over the Grand River.

Minor criticisms would be waiter’s strong aftershave that didn’t pair well with food! And, music was too loud; we were sitting close but not directly under a ceiling speaker.

In all, a great dinner.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went for Christmas Day dinner. Also had a 3-month old baby along, and they seated us perfectly in a corner by a window. Our food was delicious and we had a wonderful dinner including appetizers. We love it there.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Day snow kept us in Grand Rapids and Charley's Crab was open for business. The food was excellent and the service was very good. It made me wonder why I have not been to Charley's Crab in years.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Notable Wine List
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was outstanding. The service by the waitress Nicolette was horrible, slow and disappointing. The drinks from the bar were poorly made and they only gave you a 1/2” in bottom of the glass. There was more ice than liquid . The waitress and bar tender was inept, poorly trained and had no business serving Charley’s Crab patrons! Very Very disappointing!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Thank you, Angus - the service was great and you helped make our Christmas dinner a special visit!

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a reservation on Open Table at 7:15 but did not get a seat until 7:45. All other reservations on Open Table seat us as soon as we arrive. Then it took 10-15 min for our server to come by and ask what we wanted to drink. In the mean time one of the hostess gave us water but said nothing about our wait or when our server would be by. The food was great but they need to work on their service.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Entrees and desserts were excellent. Ordered the Brie for an appetizer but there was not enough bread to dip and what was on the plate was soggy. Bread for the table arrived eventually but too late to enjoy with the cheese. Waitress seemed a little flustered with the table next to us and unfortunately our service suffered from that experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was excellent. Did not have to wait to be seated. The waiter was very good too. Nice night out at Charlies Crab.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was a busy Christmas Eve, so I understand they were overwhelmed, but service was very slow . the food was good just not extraordinary. I expected better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was a Christmas Eve dinner. The restaurant was busy and it was clear the staff was overwhelmed. Our waitress was curt and rude. Took 15 mins to get a drink. Food was served cool.
Great atmosphere but that is all.
The king crab legs were equal to Red Lobster quality. In the past they served two large legs. Now you get scraps.
Sorry but have to cross this place off our list. Too many other awesome choices in Grand Rapids.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We've been going to the Crab for special occasions for many years. It was our first time for the Christmas Eve brunch. Our reservation was for 1:30 p.m. Even though we thoroughly checked the website and spoke to the restaurant specifically about the time of our reservation, we were told that brunch ends at 2:30, but no one told us last call for food was at 2:00 p.m. This was a holiday and we were there to enjoy our meal, not eat and run. The manager came over and was very unsympathetic and failed to understand that they have a responsibility to alert customers to such a policy. They did ultimately offer to let us get a plate from the buffet to tie us over until they started serving from their regular menu at 2:30. The buffet was already picked over by 1:40 and some items were not available. The food from the regular menu was delicious, but by that time, our mood was no longer quite as festive. It was a shame that the manager especially was not more concerned about our disappointment about our holiday meal. There's lots of competition in GR now for good places to eat. Charley's Crab is going to have to return to its once exemplary customer service in order to compete.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Went for Brunch and it was terrific! Great variety and they kept the food fresh. Always had a full cup of coffee too.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The service was horrible. Had to wait forty five minutes to get a drink and when the food arrived, it was cold. The server was very rude.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food was amazing as always. River view was nice. Wait staff was attentive. We'll be back.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had John as our server, and he was outstanding. John was kind, efficient, and quick witted. I look forward to returning for another special occasion in the future. My only wish is that you'd bring back the Charley's Bucket.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

NIce place, reasonable food for the price. Competently prepared fare but nothing special.

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Met with 3 co-workers for an afternoon lunch celebration. None of us had been here before. We all were impressed with the grandeur of the place. The view was excellent, our waitress friendly and attentive. The food was excellent and price was very reasonable for the value received.

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Was rather disappointed, hardly any Christmas Décor, had requested window when booked, they said not available, place was almost dead! Out of the 4 of us, 2 had different menus, service was definitely not great. Was a let down this time for the amount of money we spent.

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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Disappointed. Food was OK, steak sent back, service was poor.

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