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Charley's Crab - Grand Rapids

4.1
1523 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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
Fulton
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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 1523 People Are Saying
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4.2
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Very nice location, overlooking Grand River. The quality and appearance of food is mediocre at best for the rank of the restaurant and the prices

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Service was very good. The food was just okay, some hits, some misses.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We were there for brunch. Food was good...although it has been better on previous visits. A few of the entrees had sat too long and were over done, but on the whole, we enjoyed. Had a great server...and a fun experience!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

I always enjoy going to Charley's Crab. The current chef is very good. Our server was responsive and funny. The reservation seating is hit or miss on location.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food and service were very good. Prices are a little high but definitely worth an occasional visit. We will definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

My fiance and I went to Charley's Crab to celebrate his law school admission. We were seated promptly and had rapid service. The lobster tail I had was possibly the best thing I've ever eaten. There were very few patrons when we went so it was very quiet and an overall pleasant evening. The food is a touch bit pricey, but if you're going out for a special occasion then it's worth it.

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Very disappointing. Many of the food dishes were either cold or dried out(the Belgian waffles and bread items). The selection of desserts was laughable -- no pies or cakes -- merely brownies and puddings.

We were there @ 12:30, yet many of the serving dishes were 3/4 empty, discouraging taking any servings. It was not very appealing.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great service but my fiance and I left rather disappointed with our dishes. Although this restaurant is "known" for seafood, we didn't think the quality was a good as other establishments in Grand Rapids. My ahi tuna was not the freshest and our calamari appetizer was quite chewy and greasy. Ambiance was nice and our server was knowledgeable but we will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had our wedding celebration Bruce there. Awesome variety for Sunday brunch and the food is excellent. We return every year for our anniversary date for sundayour brunch. We also go other times during the year as well. I would highly recommend this restaurant, especially Sunday brunch.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My husband forgot to order his salad and when mine came he wanted to order his and he was told it would take 10 minutes (for a salad?). The lobster on the surf and turf was not very good, kind of over cooked. Service was slow.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

A fine dining experience for any occasion Great food, excellent service, and comfortable (almost elegant) surroundings.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Upon arrival, hostess area seemed clueless as to what menu we needed & confused us with other reservation. Our server was friendly and great. Food was wonderful as usual for the most part. Our favorite is the firecracker shrimp. We actually get 2 orders because we love it so much! Husband had pomegranate lamb chops which he said were good. I had peppercrusted tenderloin medallions, they were good but quite overcooked from what I asked for.
Mango mojito was delicious.
We will likely return again.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary here. Food was amazing!! Best we’ve ever had! Definitely planning return visits.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch, very nice, but no crab legs!😫

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was good, brunch selection great. Our server was very good. The restaurant needs renovation. Wallpaper peeling, vent leaking water into booth behind us, dust on picture frames. Tight booths.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

most food on the Easter brunch buffet was cold. service was good.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great family place with quality food. We usually come for Easter, Mother's day or birthdays.
The staff is always professional!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were seated with only a short wait (and we had arrived earlier than our reservation time), the brunch selections were as delicious as always, and the service was wonderful. We are always happy with Chuck Muir restaurants and recommend them without hesitation.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Their Brunch was wonderful. The variety and quality of food beyond our expectations. All the help were attentive to our needs, including not only our waiter, but also the front desk and the staff replenishing the brunch tables. We will be back.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This place has definitely gone down hill. The brunch buffet did not have many food options and many of the stations that they did have were bare-boned or empty entirely. We won't be back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fantastic service and great view (we had a window seat)

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Good food. The service was a little slow and the music was not fit for fine dining. The food was great though.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great spot for an enjoyable dinner, food and service are both outstanding. Best Key Lime Pie north of the Florida Keys!

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Out table was overlooking the Grand River. Our server seemed a little busy, but she was as attentive as she could be. Our food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The usual superb food quality and service. Both are rated consistently high.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I had a wonderful time. The service was excellent and I would like to give a special thanks to our waitress...she was awesome and i will be coming back to visit and want her to serve me!!! She is such a great young women. She is working so hard going to school at Grand Valley State and working and has a great personality that will totally get far in life!!! Thank you for making my visit from Chicago a great experience. Food was excellent and so was the atmosphere

We shall be back in 2 weeks :-)

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very lovely evening. A couple comments regarding cleanliness. Table setting was perfect - love the white tablecloths and traditional place setting. Lobby could bea little cleaner. Rug in lobby needed vacuuming and wavy glass could use a little windex. Graham, our server, was knowledgeable, attentive, and pleasant. Server Abided by our timeline for the evening.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Charley's is a perfect place for a business lunch. Not only is the food fresh and unique, the free & convenient parking is a big plus with easy access to the two major expressways. Our server, Kelsy, was a very professional and made the lunch that more enjoyable.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We made a reservation at 6:30pm and were sat promptly. Our server, Blaze, apparently hadn't noticed his new table. The server from the other section adjacent checked on us 3 times, the third time taking our drink order prior to our server coming to the table. After being at the table for 20 minutes we finally placed our order.

My dinner guest and I both ordered an app, soup, and salad. Food was placed on a tray stand near our table and the server, Blaze, then stated, oh your apps are here. This is after almost 30 mins since placing our order. He then picked the tray up and walk away. I noticed he then delivered the incorrect food to a table across from us. I had no stop Blaze and ask what happened to our apps. He explained that he was wrong and those weren't our apps. After being in the restaurant 52 minutes we were finally eating our appetizers. Which were delicious, I got the dynamite scallops and my guest ordered the crab cake.

At this point I asked to speak to the manager. From that point on the service was seamless, she delivered our salads and soups at the perfect moment and we were done with our meal in 21 mins. She also comped our apps which was appricated due to the delay in service.

Will come back, hoping for better service.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Very slow service (took 40 minutes after ordering to get bread, and 50 minutes to get our food), bland food, and tired decor. This place was great in 2000, but needs a complete overhaul (both the building and the menu) to be brought up to date. Totally overpriced for the quality of food and service received.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Typical brunch options. Pleasant variety of dishes.

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This food was incredibly sub par and disappointing for the hefty $30 Sunday brunch price. All of it was very disappointing, from the sour-tasting creme brûlée, to the powdered tasting eggs and flavorless catfish. The only thing that really tasted good was the dessert spread, and even that was a health code violation since they placed the tongs (which people have their hands all over) DIRECTLY on top of the desserts on the tray - a bit disgusting and unacceptable. The service was okay except for the hostess saying “My adderall and coffee haven’t kicked in yet” to the server directly in front of us as she was handing him the menus. The decor is alright but the walls next to the booths had food splatter and were not well cleaned.

All in all I would avoid here, and definitely won’t be back. For $15 I got a much better brunch experience at a restaurant in the market downtown, both food and ambiance wise.

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2.0Dined on March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018. Made reservations at 6:00 before a local concert. When we arrived, it was obvious that the restaurant was somewhat busy because of the event. We were greeted by the server immediately, but It took forever to get our drinks. Three of us ordered 6 oz. fillets and one had the salmon. The fillets were ordered medium rare and when delivered looked like a well done hamburger. Terrible cuts of meat and way overdone. However, the person that had the salmon found theirs to be done appropriately. It was brought up nicely to the server how poorly prepared the fillets were and she basically shrugged it off. No flavor piece of shoe leather. We left very disappointed. This is unusual for this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Charley's Crab has a great selection and priced competitively for the area. It's a great place to have dinner before an event at Van Andel Arena and leave your car until after the show. Service was great and view we had was breathtaking.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We enjoyed an early evening dinner with a water view. The meal was fantastic and great service was provided. The free parking before attending the Eagles concert because we were dining at Charleys was a great + bonus and we plan to do that again for the next concert.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We have never had a bad meal. The food is always delicious. Staff is very attentive and personable. Food may be a little on the pricey side, but for excellent sea food it is well worth the price.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I have been to the other locations and was not impressed with this location. They were under staffed at the bar area,this resulting in long wait time on service and food & drinks. Bringing wrong drinks and food items. I had dinner in the dinning area and they made other mistakes (warm crab cakes) resulting in them taking off 10.00. This did not make up for all the issues. The manager on duty was flip about bring it to his atttention. He smelled like cig. and just walked away and didn't make an attemted. The assist manager ( I dont have her name) was great!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Loved everything about Charlie's Crab. Food was delicious. One suggestion, the table at was very dark, so much so that it was hard to even read the menu

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

It's a nice place. The brunch is very good....but certainly not great.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Always good. Love this place!

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