River Crab - St. Clair

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Upscale casual dining on the beautiful St. Clair River. Enjoy fresh fish, mouthwatering seafood, choice steaks and local/seasonal favorites as you watch the boats and freighters drift right by.
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Detroit
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place has always been magical. Great food and drink. Best view in the world of the ST. Clair river between Canada and US.
Super ambience and a place we'll go back to.

DO
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Apple Jack Sea Bass was spectacular. Service and ambiance is always great. Our favorite sea food restaurant

DH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh, delicious and plentiful. There was a great variety of both breakfast foods and lunch items, not to mention the delicious desserts too! I like the fact that juice and coffee are included in the reasonable price.

VD
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to the River Crab for Sunday brunch.

DM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were beyond outstanding. Handled our party of 7 well. Highly recommend.

JN
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service. Very cool place with a great history

AS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The River Crab has been a family favorite for many years, so this is why we chose to go for our Anniversary celebration. Everything was great with the exception of our servicer. She seems rushed, rough, and bothered...but other than that, the food, rest of the staff and ambiance was wonderful.

LS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was very slow, we sat at our table for 2 1/2 hours, a lot of the time we spent waiting on drinks! They took surf and turf off the menu and replaced it with a flat iron steak and lobster. The firecracker shrimp is now popcorn shrimp and my husbands clam chowder was not very good. Very disappointed with the whole experience.

PL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, nice prix fixed menu. Server very pleasant and great views

OT
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner in a beautiful setting! We had a corner table on covered porch with experienced delightful server. Rhonda.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary fri eve. Meal is always fabulous, view amazing.

J
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The autumn squash bisque alone is worth the trip there. It's sooo good I'd have it for dessert, too, if it were available. We both ordered the snapper Hemmingway topped with lump crab, and it arrived hot, delicately seasoned and wonderful, just the way we like it. It's a new favorite. Matt was our server and did an excellent job of seeing to our wishes and timing everything well. He makes a spectacular hot fudge sundae, too. Your rewards program is appreciated and leads us back to the River Crab often. Keep up the good work! We'll be back.

CS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sent a review yesterday. Check your mail.
Rhonda was our waitress and she was wonderful.

TJ
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service, nice atmosphere and scenic views.

JB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food is always fabulous on the buffet. It's always restocked and fresh. I love to call ahead a reserve a table by the water. I've brought many family and friends to share in my love of Sunday Brunch at the River Crab!!!! Keep up the great job!!!!🤗

JO
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great night at a fantastic restaurant. Everyone was pleased from the dedicated fish-eaters to the vegetarians!
It doesn’t get better than River Crab!

MC
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal with gorgeous river views. Fun cocktail menu. Attentive service. Really a nice experience and well worth the drive from metro Detroit.

MB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful view! The drinks and food were very good. Our waiter was awesome! We had reservations and still had to wait for over 30 minutes. Overall...I’d still return.

AW
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

The service was slow, waiter came to our table every 20min or more, couldn’t make my drink because they were “to busy.” Then my meal was terrible and looked terrible, but they did take it off the bill and gave me a free dessert but my husbands meal wasn’t good either. Views were incredible, and ambiance was very nice. Would next time come for just drinks and to sit outside. Food I would rate a 1.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Our reservation was at 6:30 and was not seated until 7:15 AFTER we went and asked. We have eaten there for 20+ years and the food was very low quality.

JW
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Rivercrab always keeps us coming back. It is like stepping back in time a bit to an era of relaxed elegance that is hard to find anywhere else. It feels like country club dining without the snooty factor. The food and cocktail selection is always fresh and modern. We come often and never get bored with the selections. But far and away it is the service at Rivercrab that is its crowning jewel. Our most recent server answered each of our requests with a friendly 'Absolutely!' and was a pleasure. There is not much I could recommend to improve the RiverCrab- from the valet to outdoor dining, to interesting cocktails, to the seafood mousse served with the bread basket, they've done everything to always make an evening at the Rivercrab feel special, even if its just a casual night out.

BD
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great time st the River Crab!! We brought s friend from Birmingham who also loves the Crab!! Good food, service!!!!

RK
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, drinks, and food was outstanding! Alan was the greatest!!

KK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an awesome dining experience. The new cocktail theatre cocktails and fall menu items are amazing.

D
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary - have been going to the River Crab just about every year to celebrate our anniversary- table by the window and great food

JB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always amazing and the wait staff professional and wonderful personalities!! Would be great to have more variety for desserts. 🤗

TZ
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, everything was delicious! Pricey but with it. Get the octopus for a appetizer! Highly recommend it

B
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is always excellent. Server seemed inexperienced but was a nice young man and I wish him well. However, my wife and friend both ordered the tortellini Cajun. My wife ordered it with little spice and her friend ordered it normal. The food was different colors due to spice. The orders got reversed and were half eaten before it was realized. My wife ate the spicy dish and did not realize it because it is not too hot to begin with. Her friend ate the less spicy and, never having it before, thought it was bland. The server was told but simply apologized. It left the women unhappy. I think the meal should have at least been discounted. I ate all of my dish. The server should not comment on how much I ate. He thought it was humorous but he should not have commented at all. Other than that all was well.

RM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

GREAT fish and chips. The fish had wonderful flavor, the fries were crisp.

RA
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am not a big buffet person. This is the best brunch buffet out there!

KD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and delicious food! Great service.
We loved looking out at the water and watching the freighters go by.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional. Our server, Pim, was wonderful.

BD
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Cynthia, was great!! The food was delicious! Everything was so nice for celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary!!

F
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The River Crab is our go to place for special occasions and when we want a good meal with good service and a fantastic view. Located on the American side of the St Clair River, there is always something to see, from Great Lakes Freighters to jumping fish and everything in between.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We celebrated a retirement! Lots of fun!!

RY
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything about the place. I liked everything that I had from the buffet, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was relaxing.

BV
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A classic Sunday brunch. Really great variety of main dishes, sides and dessert. Excellent service, beautiful view of the river. Restaurant is very well maintained. Getting a little pricey for multiple visits per year but really nice for when you are in the area or for a special Sunday.

JT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food at brunch is worth the drive. get there early and get a seat at the window by the river, great view, just the right level of music to talk.

A
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall always a great experience. Arrived by boat at the local city marina which provided a shuttle to and from the restaurant.

L
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant. We came here to celebrate my husband's birthday. It was 40 minutes away from home but worth it. You can eat outside on a beautiful day or inside if it's cold or windy. We came early to sit outside, have a drink and watch the freighters go by on the St Clair River. We checked in at the reception desk and asked if we could sit outside and have a drink. This is the only negative, as we sat outside and waited for someone to come by. Finally, my husband flagged down a waitress and she said he could take our drink order. It seems that on one was assigned to the outside lounge area even though we had checked with the front desk. For dinner, we were sat at a window seat and watched the fish go crazy jumping out of the water. I had Maine lobster and my husband had the salmon. Both were excellent. Overall, a wonderful dinner.

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