Crab Cellar

4.8
59 reviews
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$50 and over
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Seafood
Welcome to Chicago's only unlimited Alaskan King Crab & Prime Burger Experience! Located down the stairs at Oyster Bah in Lincoln Park, Crab Cellar is serving up the highest quality crab and prime burgers until you say, "when!"

Crab Cellar is open for dinner Wednesday – Sunday, and for just $59.95 plus tax (gratuity not included) enjoy endless King Crab and Prime Burgers. Add on your choice of sides like Mac & Cheese, Boardwalk Fries, and Jalapeño Hush Puppies. Wash it all down with bottomless seasonal Slushies and frosted Schooners of craft beer!

Please note, the price of the endless King Crab and Prime Burgers will increase to $69.95 per person plus tax (gratuity not included) on January 1, 2019.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Wednesday - Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Friday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
Saturday: 5pm-10pm
Sunday: 4pm-8pm
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Phone number
(773) 248-1737
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Donny Farrell
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Private party facilities
Looking for a party of 7 or more? Please contact oysterbahparties@leye.com!
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Cross street
Armitage
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Parking details
Street parking is available on Halsted and Armitage. Valet is available for $14.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Wrap up 2018 with a feast of endless Alaskan King Crab & Prime Filet for $99.95 plus tax (excludes gratuity) and includes a glass of sparkling wine for guests of age. Experience Crab Cellar down the stairs at Oyster Bah for a cozy, romantic, and fun way to celebrate your year.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 59 People Are Saying
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LL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, food was great, service was on point. They kept the crab legs coming, glasses full and removed opened crab shells. I highly recommend. I made another reservation for this Friday night, less than a week from my first visit.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and staff. Rafael is the best. Everytime is a wonderful experience.

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LI
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was great except that we had to ask for a drink every time we needed a drink. Maybe not a huge issue except that we were sitting at the bar!!!! Seriously sat there for 15 minutes. He took our order and then never returned to get us drinks. Then when my drink was empty I once again had to ask for a drink.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter birthday. Great. Will be back.

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E
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I came here on a recommendation and I'm not sure it was worth it. The crab legs were overcooked, I guess that's expected when it's all you can eat. I didn't like the fact that it was per person all you could eat but we could only get one burger at a time to be shared. The problem with that is we don't like our meat the same temperature. That was a huge disappointment to the both of us. We had broccoli for our sides and they were cold and "over" roasted.
The legs kept coming but we got less and less servings as time went on. They started with 4 at a time and then it went down to 2 at third go round. That meant a longer wait for the refill. The servers were awesome but I probably won't go back.

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RB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I had a great time. There were a couple of times when we had to wait for crab legs so I judged service a 4 instead of 5..wanted to do a 4.5 but that wasn't available. I would totally recommend the place. Also they had a cute way of engaging the crowd for birthdays you should check out.

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RH
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good ambiance - food formula is different and enjoyable. Good dry Chablis goes excellently with crab claws.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing, the staff went above and beyond to cater to the guests

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JP
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quaint experience. All you can eat crab legs and prime burgers, plus bottomless draft beer for an extra $18 in big goblet style glasses...... You can't go wrong.

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MH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was great at first but then began to become extremely slow! We had to wait at least 25 minutes for a refill of crab. If you want to wait forever for your food, this place is for you! If you don’t, I would go elsewhere!

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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

The crab legs was good I just wish they had more flavor! Garlic butter or a Cajun season something to give the legs some pop. Burger was off the chain good.

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RN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! Worth the all you can eat price and service was too notch all the wait staff are like friends.

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose crab cellar to celebrate my boyfriend’s 30th. It was such a fun experience. The staff went above and beyond to make it special, and we look forward to coming back with friends. Thank you so much!

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ML
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Highly recommend. Love the atmosphere and the service!

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j
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

After second round of all you can eat, the quality went down across the board. I’m sure they are grade levels of seafood and meat. The grade levels went down. First it was so sweet and firm. After second round it was obvious they started serving subpar quality. Would not return

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AD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place, small but super cute vibe and great food. Bottomless burgers and crab. Everything was terrific.

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DW
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I am a huge lover of Alaskan king crab
Legs and discovered The Crab Cellar which offers all you can eat Alaskan King Crab legs for $60! The key is to eat a light lunch, order wine ( less filling than beer) , skip the sides and the only eat 1/4 of the delicious burger that comes with your order. The crab legs were easy to open and the staff kept replenishing them. The manager celebrated the birthdays and special occasions and gave away prizes such as $5 off, free slice of pie and I won a bottle of hot sauce. The space is cozy and intimate. My only complaint is that the waitress did not refill our wine or water. She left the bottle of wine at our table in a chiller. Otherwise I would definitely recommend The Crab Cellar!

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CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a blast here! The food was amazing and plentiful! The wine slushees were delish. The crab legs were so huge! The rolls and coleslaw were amazing

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T
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great crabs,great drinks ,and great burgers my only complaint is that they didnt get the crab legs to you fast enough

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TJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Manager was very courteous, servers were excellent, crab was not very fresh (they would bend but not break) or hot (warm, about room temperarure) but was good. We had all you can eat crab legs, they brought out 2 at a time, one for each of us, but they kept 'em coming, we didn't have to wait long in between. Servers kept our bowls of crab shells empty and our supply of lemon on hand. Overall, very happy with our experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was even better!

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TM
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab Cellar was really a pleasant surprise! Going in, I was concerned about the freshness/quality of the crab (given the low price point) and the fact that the space was small. The space was definitely small but we didn't feel like we were crowded at all (we sat at the bar in the corner). I probably would not come with a large group though - the space is best for parties of two or four in my opinion.

The crab was excellent & plentiful (but be prepared to shell all of it yourself!) The burgers were outstanding with a rich bleu cheese topping & fried onions. The garlic rolls were amazing too (though I tried not to eat too many of them).

True to Lettuce Entertain You, the service was approachable, attentive & friendly. Small touches like serving the drawn butter over a flame were appreciated.

My only critique is that the unlimited beer choices were not particularly compelling, and they only had one slush offering. We opted to order our drinks a la carte from the Oyster Bah bar menu.

We don't need to make a habit of eating this much food, so we won't be returning to Crab Cellar regularly but it's definitely worth an occasional visit and we look forward to coming back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere were incredible. All you care to indulge in beer, burgers, crab, and lobster is hard to beat. I can’t wait to get back

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Cody was very attentive and kept the crab legs coming. Highly recommend. Will definitely be back.

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L
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!! Burgers and crab legs were great!!! Gin slushy was delicious!!! Cant wait to come back and have the lobster!!!

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KW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Timely service-
Awesome, small space-
Great slushies-
All you can eat- need I say more???
Great service-
Fantastic staff!
Thanks for a great night out! Will be back!

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MK
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place interesting how they came up with the space and concept Server and wait staff very attentive. We go back in a heart beat

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DD
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and straightforward menu, with both an ala carte or all you can eat menu options. The crab and lobster were well prepared and fresh, and burgers were cooked to order; it’s a crab and lobster lovers menu, with great sides. Most impressive was a serving and hosting team that worked well together to deliver on a great dining experience. It’s a small space and tables are scarce but the bar seating made for a fun experience.

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RS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Loved the ambiance in the 7 table cellar. Server very polite. Size of legs are more like large dungeonous than king crab. What should have been a 90 minute or 2 hour experience was stretched to 3 hours since we only received 2 crab legs (1 each) and it took 15-20 minutes each time to get 2 more. Told numerous people we would like more and were told the order was in. So we sat....and sat....waiting for our little bowl to be replenished by someone......anyone. If you do go, request at least 2 per person right off the bat and request they keep on coming. If not, plan on bring there for hours.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was good and seemed like a good value but the service was less than desirable. The manager was super friendly but once we were seated it was about 15 minutes till a server came by and always took a few tries to flag him down through the night.

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NV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice experience, celebrated two birthdays with a twist! Wait staff and management was super friendly, kept the service experience awesome. Food was awesome. This place definitely will not disappoint. Booked our reservation on open table over a month ago. Heard if you had a guest with you and sat at the bar, you can do alcart if you didn’t want all you can eat but table seating requires it! Added the lobster to our all you can eat crab for $10. Sides were good too but crab was the best. Peppermint ice cream was surprisingly delicious. Street parking available at $2 an hour; max 3 hours meter parking or valet for $14 was another option. Highly recommend, defiantly going back.

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my daughter for 28th birthday. Limited menu known upfront-executed flawlessly. Luis the manager does a cute birthday thing bringing the whole house together. Will definitely be back

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing!

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DO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The seafood is plenty, but unfortunately it is all frozen so doesn't taste as good as fresh. The Crab Claws are not King Crab Claws, more like large dungeness crab claws, smaller and more difficult to cut in to and eat. Burgers are great. They need to offer fries that are not covered in Bay Seasonings.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding and they play cool music while you enjoy dinner.

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JZ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am hesitant to write a good review here because it might become impossible to get reservations in future. The place is tiny, so seating is already limited. Great value and lots of fun.

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CV
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and service was amazing ! Super clean and by far the best king crab legs we have ever had. This place is just plain awesome and the manager was the best I’ve ever seen ! Will for sure come back.

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PC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Rafael the manager a d team did a great job. Have scheduled a return in Jan with the rest of the family.

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TQ
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All you can eat king crab is amazing, $10 extra for a whole lobster. All of the side dishes are amazing as well. I love this hidden gem 💎

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CK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place- AYCE crab legs and burgers was more than enough ! Tiny inside so good for groups of 4 or less

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