Permanently Closed - DiNardo's Famous Seafood

3.8
1321 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Good for a Date

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This restaurant is permanently closed. DiNardo’s is the place to have your shell-cracking, claw-sucking, crab-eating feast. Steamed Louisiana crabs are served “hot and dirty” (known as Baltimore style), and other seafood specialties such as jumbo shrimp, fresh stuffed flounder, steamed mussels, and clams. Chicken, steaks, and pasta also are served.
Enjoy soft shelled crabs, sautéed scallops, and more, featuring the DiNardo family’s secret, succulent sauce recipes at prices that won’t leave you hysterical.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 8:30pm;
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Phone number
(215) 925-5115
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Fares Amal
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Cross street
3rd & 4th Streets
Additional
Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.8
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3.7
service
3.2
ambience
3.1
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Unfortunately, this was the last night that DiNardo's was serving dinner. My late husband brought me here in 1987 on one of our first dates. I passed the eating hard shell crabs and getting messy test!
So many wonderful meal so and memories of meals with friends and family. We will miss our friends who took care of us graciously for years.

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1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I'm with the late and great Anthony Bourdain when he says he says he doesn't like yelp reviews. That being said this is warranted. Dinardo's is an institution in Philadelphia, at least it was. This meal from start to finish from the staff to overall execution was a total mess. There were several people complaining, and they did not seem to care one bit. No apology, no concessions, no follow up. My one-year-old daughter waited over an hour to get her broiled dry flounder that never showed up. We got the check and left. Unfortunately, this place needs a complete overhaul or a new owner.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Took my dad here for Father’s Day and it was a wonderful experience. Food was delicious and the service was excellent but found out that the next day was there last day of operation after 40 something years. Our waitress has been working there for 17 years and she’s so sad to see them close. I also met Blue from The Intruders who was very nice. I should’ve took an picture with him now thinking about it. So sad to see them go because the food and service was excellent!

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1.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Good thing the restaurant is closing, awful. I have never had an awful dining experience. Shame.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I had the jumbo lump crab cake...you get one cake for 28.99 and it is hardly jumbo lump...I received my baked potato w/ no butter...also wanted to order crab imperial that was on the menu but it is discontinued. ...I go to Bethany Beach Delaware almost every weekend and the crab dinners blow this place away...I was disappointed...

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This was our first time and we really enjoyed every thing servers were helpful in giving us directions as to were we had to go. Would recommend your restaurant to anyone

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Food was OK but not great. But the service was not to good staff lacked customer service. First time there . will not return. There are a lot better places where customer service comes first. Disappointed.

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3.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Years ago this was one of my favorite Philly restaurants. On my recent visit I was totally disappointed. They "ran out" of crab fingers. While the service was good the alcoholic drinks were small and overpriced (even with a groupon. Portions were small and also well overpriced. I could not, in good faith, recommend DiNardo's to anyone.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The crab cakes were good, as were the fries. The crab cakes had a lot of meat, very little filler. Other than that, there is nothing special about this restaurant. The draft beer tasted like they hadn't cleaned the taps recently. The crab soup had a strong fishy taste. More than what should be normal. The restaurant needed to be cleaned or at least replace/update the carpets chairs and tables.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Very rustic and quaint quiet place to eat drink and talk

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

the food is always great; the atmosphere and surrounding decor needs an update: a drastic and immediate one. it looks like it's out of the 60's.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Granted, it was the day of the March but we were the only ones there. The seafood salad was overdressed, the cucumbers were soggy and the seafood, 2 shrimp, 2 small scallops and about 2 Tablespoons of crabmeat was terrible!
The crab soup was too thick but tasty.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food was okay. Interior could use a redo. Service was exceptional! Haven't been to a restaurant where the wait staff was so pleasant and went out of their way to get everything you needed.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food and great service

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The French fries were awesome!

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We hadn't been there in years and decided to go for their famous crabs. When I called to confirm the reservation earlier in the day, no one told us they did NOT get a shipment of crabs that morning...#disappointment

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The service is great. The French fries with the seasoning and the meaty crabs are the reason I keep going back.

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This restaurant is apparently a Philadelphia institution being in business for allegedly 40+ years? I have no idea how they have lasted that long. The ambiance is non-existent. It was almost completely empty when we arrived (at peak dinner hours). The food was absolutely terrible. The wait staff nonexistent when you needed something. For the price they charge, a better meal could be had for substantially less at Red Lobster, Bonefish or other chain seafood restaurants. The bill was approximately $180 for 5 people, and that was with one kid returning his appetizer and only eating $7 soup!! The rating scale of 1-5 was not low enough.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

If you like crabs this is the place to eat. Nothing fancy, down and dirty. Dig in, crack your own and enjoy. DiNardo’s never disappoints. We love coming here for crabs, been eating here for 30 years.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was below average especially for such an iconic place. Staff was super friendly especially “blue” one of the waiters. He deserves a serious raise. I would go back to give the food a second chance just because of him. I will say the Crab soup was excellent and the fried calamari was good. My fish entree was a little limp and too much butter grilled shrimp were very over cooked. Love the old school ambiance.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The food was good, the prices are ridiculous $11/$12 per crab, means I Wont be returning. You can get better ambiance and a higher quality of food elsewhere for those type of prices. Dinardos has lost touch with what made it great, great food and reasonable prices are no longer their forte.

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1.0Dined on February 16, 2018

This restaurant was over by far the worst dining experience I’ve ever had. The service was slow and couldn’t remember drink orders. The food was small portions for a “family style size”. Fed closer to one person. Example the stuffed mushrooms came out as 4 tiny mushroom maybe the size of a quarter. The crabs legs were priced at $60 a lb for that price I was appalled. Even so I would expect at that price they would be delicious but they were dry and bland. The beer was flat when it finally came out after our meals. Overall this was the worst dinning experience I ever had. I would recommend Red Lobster over dinning here. Terrible. For 5 people the bill was well over $300 for a normal meal. A few appetizers and an entree each. Not a $30 under entree place.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Food was very good. We had the Crab Balls appetizer, sautéed Crab dinner and Broiled Shrimp Stuffed with Crab. However, they don’t offer you bread with the meal.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Go cats. I love jay Wright

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Without a doubt DiNardos is one the best for seafood in Center City.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The server barely checked on us. Within an hour and half of being here we saw our server, 4 times and that was all prior to getting food

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The overall service was great. Very friendly and customer service devoted staff. I ordered the clam, clams, shrimp and scallops over linguine, ever thing taste good, only thing was some of the she'll mussels were not hot, but appeared fresh. Appetizers were abit pricey given the serving size portions. Given the location i dressed accordingly, but when i got there I felt over dressed giving the atmosphere, but yet comfortable. I would certainly visit again in the near future.

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1.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Me and my use to go to Dinardo’s Long time ago, and it was a nice dining place, but on this past Saturday it was not a good experience , will not be going back

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2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was ok. I was not impressed. I have been to other seafood establishments and I can honestly say this place was nothing to write home about! I advised my server that I had anything allergy and I asked her to make sure plz nothing was prepared with nuts. The cheesecake came & I asked her is this nut crust & she didn't know! I asked for the manager & the manager didn't know the cheesecake was not prepared in-house so needless to say... I will NOT be visiting DiNardo's again!

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Linda made out experience awesome! She is the best.

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1.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The service was very slow. It took well over 20 mins for my party to be recognized after being seated. My entree was horrible. The baked potato was hard as if it was over cooked in the microwave and the salmon was very dry looking. I attempted to eat some of the potato but I did not touch the salmon at all. My date said it was dry. Furthermore, the desert was didn’t taste fresh. The only thing that I enjoyed was my cocktails from the bar. My experience was horrible and I would never choose DiNardos again. The server didn’t try to accommodate me at all when I complained about my food. She said “take it home to your dog” as if it was dog food.

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1.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Wanted to try a different place for Restayrant week and was disappointed the Mussels were empty shells the entree was small In size (kids meals are bigger elsewhere)and not attractive and not appetizing. I should have went to Chima’s. The bartender though was very pleasant.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was good, the service wasn’t so good. It seemed like the kitchen couldn’t keep up with the orders coming in so it was a bit of a wait and it seemed like there was only 1 server and a bartender filling in as a server on a Friday night. It was restaurant week so I expected it to be a little busy but it seemed like they just weren’t prepared for it.

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1.0Dined on January 26, 2018

It took a hour for my food to come out. My chicken was over cooked, I sent it back and they returned the same piece of chicken to me. The pasta was very nasty also.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

I thought that the food would take a dip in quality because of Restaurant Week. I was wrong in my thought. The food wasn't rushed and was as delicious as expected. The service and environment we're top notch. Well done.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

I ordered the stuffed flonder it was good but the Fry's were sooooo salty other than that I will be returning. I have to tell them no salt please.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Food menu was okay parents enjoyed the seafood feast! Host was great waiter annoying and not friendly

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Ed everything was good, my crab filled salmon was delicious. The only issue I had was I ordered large garlic grabs and they sent me out the smallest crabs I ever seen. The owner saw them and said they were way too small and took then back and off my check.

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1.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was horrible! I would not go back again unless it is the Summer time when crabs are in season.

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2.0Dined on January 24, 2018

The environment was not what you'd expect from a CC Restaurant Week location -- it reminded me of your great aunt's shore house.. not in a good way. Our server was fine aside from the fact that he didn't acknowledge me waiting for my other party. I didn't even receive water or a greeting until my partner arrived.

I understand that many restaurants do not allow modifications to menu items/entrees during restaurant week but my server was apprehensive to even allow me to add on a side of veggies in place of the default baked potato. After he allowed me to and we received our food, I wasn't given the potato which was meant to be included in the meal.

Dessert was very good though. We shared cheesecake and pineapple pie. Defitnely weren't homemade but we didn't care. Still very good.

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