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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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (61)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Special Occasion (46)
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Good for a Date (44)
Scenic View (43)
Romantic (41)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Business Meals (24)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Great for Brunch (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Cozy (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Casual (9)
Fun (9)
Healthy (9)
Authentic (7)
Seasonal (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Comfort Food (3)
People Watching (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Edmonton)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

"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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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Crispy duck and salmon entres were excellent! Staff was friendly and accommodating to all our needs.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Charlies Crab has been pretty hit or miss for the last 15yrs my wife and i have visited. This last time was a total flop. I keep rooting for them as i enjoy the ambiance and when when they are good they are great. But they tend to dissapoint about half the time with very boring menu and downright bad food, and speakers overhead that are way too loud depending on table location.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I had been to Grand Rapids many times on business and bragged to my wife about Charley's Crab. Now that I am retired I fulfilled my promise to take her their for a meal. We drove from Detroit to Grand Rapids just to go to Charley's Crab. Now I can buy that new Nikon camera and not feel guilty.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food , great location on the river , and superb service . Outstanding experience !

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

My meal, the crab cakes, was terrible. My husbands scallops were delicious. Our waitress was terrible and the restaurant was dirty. Even the hostess was less than friendly which shouldn't have mattered as we had a reservation but we did still wait for our table for 15 minutes. It was a half hour into our visit before my husband or I had anything to drink or eat besides water.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Went for early birthday after seeing Wicked. We had a reservation and were seated promptly in window seat over-looking water. Our waitress Kelcey was friendly and helpful. Our meals were prepared as ordered and plated nicely. All were delicious - Surf and Turf, Pepper encrusted medallions, and Snapper Hemingway with rissotto instead of rice. It was a perfect spot for special occasion!

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server, Alberto, was fantastic! He was very attentive and the food was great.

Tags: Romantic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Service was okay the waiter wasn't very friendly. View was pretty, but for the price of the food it wasn't all that great.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Business promotion. Service was slow, order was wrong.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Everything was Absolutely wonderful for our 47th Anniversary dinner celebration

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Good Food, Good service and a great place. We come to Charlie's Crab on special occasions and when friends visit from out of town.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fun
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Took a small group of 6 for a birthday. food was great, service was awesome, and they placed us at a requested table overlooking the rive by the windows. Love their perch, and of course their bread!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Very enjoyable dining experience. Service was excellent. Our waitress was very attentive without hovering. Would enjoy a return visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Whenever my family visits Grand Rapids, we always make reservations to eat at Charley's Crab. The beautiful setting, delicious and fresh food, outstanding service, and the peaceful atmosphere make this our favorite restaurant in Grand Rapids.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Outstanding menu selections, excellent food and service!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Overall enjoyable experience. However, was served a salad with wilted lettuce which was replaced by another with wilted lettuce. Everything else was great.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

The evening was great and the service was outstanding. Food was delicious and cooked to perfection.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 3, 2017

So so experience. Soup and appetizers warm but not hot. Noise level was high due to several large parties. Server did not know the menu well or cover features we overheard other servers discuss. This is our second so-so dinner for 2 for over $100. We are not likely to return.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great service Great food

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

For being a crab restaurant, there was only one option of Alaskan king crab which was the highest price item on the menu. If it's a true seafood place there should be more crab options. The wine list was good and service was good but it took a while to get our food and that was at 1030 at night..not very satisfied for the price we paid.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Very happy with everything from service to food. Enjoyed recommended wine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We always have a wonderful experience at Charlys Crab.

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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Food was dead. No seasoning and tasteless. Wicked expensive for what it is.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were seated immediately with our reservation. Our waiter was very good, friendly and knowledgeable. Knew what to recommend when we asked for a substitution. Our dinners came in a very short time. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Disabled Access, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Amazing food and wine! We celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. Crab legs were amazing and so was the surf and turf. It was so nice to get a complimentary dessert for our anniversary.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Really great night. Started with happy hour at the bar and moved to a nice window table. Food and drinks superb!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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