Crab Boss on H

4.5
117 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Crab Boss Crab Shack concept was birthed in June 2015 by Lenell Watson and his wife Ashleigh Watson. From their home kitchen in Bowie, Maryland they would cook up an array of different Florida style Cajun seafood dishes. They took pictures and videos of the dishes and posted them on Facebook and Instagram, advertising them for sale. What started as a means to supplement Lenell’s loss of income from being laid off, it quickly became the local talk of the town. Lenell would load up the platters him and his wife had cooked and drive around to different areas selling them. The Crab Boss became highly popular in the DMV area with its “Pull up’s” as he calls them. The pull up’s quickly went from ten to twenty people standing in parking lots waiting on his delivery to literally 200 to 300 customers waiting in line at various locations to purchase dishes.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 117 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service is typically amazing when the owner is there. He was not there last night and the service was poor.

It took us forever and multiple requests to get items we asked for and the server was not attentive.

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LaShawnT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time there and had a wonderful experience food was delicious service was great the only thing I can say is that the tall chairs at the top was a little uncomfortable with no leg bar to hold yourself up on chairs other than that everything's was great

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CalandraW
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it and I'm picky about seafood. Drinks are good also.

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RobynL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good and well prepared.
We had the Fried Catfish, Fried Shrimp and LobsterTail.

Service was Excellent!

The Drinks were ok and could be a little better.

The Owner walked through and Greeted tables.

I told him I had expected Oysters and they did not have any. I was my Birthday and I was expecting to have them.

He said Come by tomorrow and I will fix some for you no charge.
I went the next day and he was true to his word!!

Thanks CB!

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NatalieS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The fried rice seemed store bought. The broccoli, corn and sausage was good. The crabs were seasoned appropriately and the shrimp was as well.

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Suga
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Dumbo Gumbo I got a carryout order to go. It was absolutely delicious. Please consider adding that to the menu permanently. I ordered the Whiting fish platter. It was good,but I wish the fish woould have been fresh, hot like right out the fryer. Good strong drinks and the service was great.

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Evette0214
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall the experience was not to bad it could have been better we asked for sea food crackers and they did not have any the waitress found a pair after we were done with our food we also asked for hand wipes and they did not have any but she did give hand sanitizer (lol) My group thought the seafood boil tasted better the first time we visited and the portion was much more the first time as well.

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JeanetteM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My servicer was slow. Waited at least 20 minutes before server came to my table.

An additional 20 minutes to receive my drink.

Then Assistant to manager interviened service her service was excellent.

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DwayneJ
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buss down Blues were delicious best crabs I’ve ever had. Good size and seasoned perfectly

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EricaS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Pure crash, frozen drink machine was down. Save your money

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was flavorful, the rooftop was cool vibes, and the staff were personable. The food took forever to come out however the staff were communicative and it didn’t pose as a huge deal breaker.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and food was delicious. Really cool spot.

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ChareneJ
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend that the chairs on the upper level be more kid friendly. The high bar height tables are very challenging with a toddler. Or they should offer bar height hi chairs for kids.

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SunnyPineapple
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the location in NE DC. My friend and I were able to be seated on their rooftop which provided an amazing view of the city and heat lamps in case it got breezy. The music from the inside was able to be heard on the rooftop so we were jamming while we waited for our food. The drinks were strong enough and we ordered the crab fries fro the appetizer. My only gripe with the fries was there was more sauce then crab meat but it was still delicious.
We both order the shrimp and crab legs and they were so flavorful and plentiful. I couldn’t even finish all my legs. I would definitely come back, I throughly enjoyed myself more then I thought and would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

It was my birthday and I ordered the Blue Crab Buss Down.. my server told me it would be out in 7mins after my date received her meal. I was okay with waiting.. however several minutes later my food came out and it didn’t have any flavor. I came here because the business page on Instagram hyped it up like it was good and the sauce looked good on Instagram. When my Blue’s came out they were dry, no seasoning, no butter, none of the sauce that they promote. When I spoke to the owner and he suggested I try it with more sauce, I did. Even with the extra sauce the crabs did not have a flavor taste but just salty. My server said they would give us another drink. My drink was $14 I asked could I have the $10.99 Mac & cheese instead because I was hungry, she had to go ask. When she came back they said no, I could order it and pay for it but it cannot replace the free drink. I asked why not, she said because the owner already stopped by the table there’s nothing else that could be done. So I ended up paying $55 for crabs that I did not eat let alone eat a meal at all. They always want you to support “black owned” business and when you’re not satisfied with your meal.. this is what ends up happening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff were communicative and the food was tasty. Will return and patronize again. Oh and the rooftop heated outdoor was a vibe!

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Octavia
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I absolutely loved Crab Boss. If you’re looking for great service, great food, and great drinks. This is definitely a place to go. They made my birthday 🥳 amazing.

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Bree
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

enjoyed it a lot! food great, service quick & friendly.

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BrookeH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Geat vibes. Great service. Great Food! It's always a good time at Crab Boss!

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TakeishaP
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food came out cold to over price customer service was terrible. Hired to many young people that don’t know bout customer services. Attitudes not organize

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DGee
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

This is a cool spot to go to if you're in a large group. Their drink menu is lacking and their specialty drinks need a lot of work. I ordered the Queenie and it was NOT good at all. I believe my partner had a Boss Up and he did not like his beverage either. For $15 each you would expect the drinks to be much better.

The good did come out fast but it was not hot it was warm. The guy who brought our food to the table had his mask on around his chin and proceeded to talk over our food without his mask covering his mouth. Our waitress seemed to be paying attention to everything else besides us. We were sitting there with our food bagged up and we still had to summons her to bring us the check.

Also the main dish "the buss down blues" was not available. So basically we got a seafood boil which these days are readily availably everywhere. I wouldn't say it was a wasted trip though. We got out the house at least but I could have saved $130 had i gotten a seafood boil elsewhere and made my own margarita. This is a place to go to with a group of people....for sure.

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AngeloL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Happy workers and I enjoyed myself here!

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Views
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Food was good. Service was great. Loved the experience! Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food. Great service. Outdoor seating offered a great view. Had a wonderful time. Only docked a point b/c it took 20 mins and four asks to get a box and the waitress forgot to put in our appetizers when we ordered our drinks but that happens. Would highly recommend.

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Foodie82
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I will definitely go back and I already have recommended the restaurant to others. My only negative is that the restaurant is difficult for those with mobility issues.

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RosalindT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING WAS GOOD the food, ambiance, employees, service and even the owner was pleasant. I can’t name one thing that I did not like and my 3 lunch partners couldn’t either!!!!!!!
I suggested he needs an establishment where I live in Philly and he says he does the pop up shops there so I guess I’ll just have to make more trips to DC cause I love the rooftop. Please keep up the GREAT WORK!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The attire for your their workers is very lax, however as soon as it started raining they made accommodations to move us in. The food was very good and the frozen drinks were very delicious. The music selection was good. Over all good vibe.

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Nypeach4o4
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Can't wait to go back! Customer service was A+++, food was delicious as usual, and the drinks had me feeling like I was on beach somewhere. FYI, the space is small and can only accommodate so much "distancing" between folks. I did not mind since I was on the rooftop.

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ReShataM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Crab cakes were dry.
Disappointed that blue crabs were not available
Food was ready quickly, drinks were good
Server slow to respond, had to request plastic ware

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Nikki
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My waiter was great, but I must say the food at the other location is better.

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JessV
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location and overall vibe of this restaurant was excellent.
Staff were very friendly and eager to please patrons.
Food was delicious and the prices were amazing given the freshness and portions of the dishes.
Owner was on site and very approachable to greet and thank for such a good time.
I highly recommend this location

NM
NMarie
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Server forgot food and drink order. I ordered the lil boss combo and my lobster was missing. I ordered a frozen daiquiri with a tube shot and my tube shot was missing. I asked for extra butter and they forgot that too. The manager gave me a extra snow crab cluster and extra two lobster tails; however the rest of my food got cold by the time I tried to flag down our waiter to let them know part of my order was missing. I was not able to enjoy my whole order at once.

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Server was helpful. Outdoor seating with heaters.

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AntiguaP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing! Crab boss was there, staff was EXCELLENT! Food was great.
Music was a touch too loud for my parental units but I was chilling. Good vibes, good view too. :-)

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LaurenT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my 29th birthday this past weekend and I'm very glad I chose to celebrate at Crab Boss. The food was excellent. The ambiance and atmosphere were great. Because of our great experience our family members have already made reservations to experience the food and great vibes at Crab Boss. I was also glad to speak with Mr. Crab Boss himself!

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Fee2
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious!! We all had different things, so we could share.
Even met Mr. CrabBoss himself.

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QuentonB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a marvelous time 5 stars will be returning soon.

RB
ReneeB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was not as advertised, waitress was a hot mess and added drinks from another table on the bill. Drinks were horrible. First and Last time.

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Mona
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all great. The food, the service, and the waitress. The drinks were yummy too. No complaints, at all. Can’t wait to go again.

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SierraH
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Food is not good at all. Three of us got three different orders all of the food was disgusting one plate was sent back the other two just gave up and trashed it. DO NOT GO! Ohhh when we got to the door the “greeter” said “Can I help you?” We were like hmmm yes you can and hello to you too, should we welcome ourselves to Crab Boss. Then the servers were watching a football game on their phones and started screaming. The entire restaurant stopped and looked because we thought it was a fight. It’s a mess!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Crab Boss on H using the Order Online button. Crab Boss on H also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 813-3465.

Crab Boss on H is rated 4.5 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.