River Crab - St. Clair

4.6
1276 reviews
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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
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dinner and service! All four of us had a fantastic meal with a view!

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J
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious every time we eat at Rivercrab. Our last visit was exceptionally outstanding - scallops and shrimp over risotto was divine. Seared filet cooked rare was amazing.

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s
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic!! Great knowledgeable servers. Can't wait to go back!!!

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T
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going for years. It has always been consistently good!

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JK
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. The staff is amazing, food cooked to perfection - always an amazing experience.

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RO
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Were there on New Year's Day at 5 so it was not very busy and we had seats by the window which adds much to the ambiance. Food is very good with limited non-fish options.
Service was attentive and professional.

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d
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

consistent good food. service is usually very good as well. atmosphere is a little old school with lots of wood and nautical themes.

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LW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visted the River Crab on New Years Eve. Dinner was outstanding. I highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was great, food was great. This was my first time coming here and it definitely won’t be my last

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J
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere. This is our favorite place to eat in St Clair.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been a long time favorite of ours. It’s so cozy and service is always top notch as well as the food.
It’s high end but you expect it when you dine here. We’ve been dining here for years. There was a very big wait to get our car from valet over 40 minutes waiting so we retrieved our keys and got our vehicle ourselves. However, it was very busy being New Years Eve and a nonstop rain so that may have contributed as this hasn’t been the case in the past. We will always return....

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything New Year's Eve was great, except valet service - - what a mess

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p
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Meal was good but not exceptional! Could not make any substitutions on dinner plates.

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! Service was great and the food was great!

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JK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quickly seated. Hostess was very pleasant. Manager was attentive and not intrusive.
We celebrated my sweetheart’s birthday at RC with my family. Sweet it is!

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LY
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Al was superb and should be employee of the month. Parking attendants were efficient and thankful.

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ES
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The restaurant was great, but the parking was something to be desired. They were having a wedding there and all of the parking spaces were taken up by the guest. In order to park you had to park on the other side of the street, which was uphill from the restaurant. If you were handicapped there was very limited parking. They had valet parking cars but when we arrived there was no one there. It was dark out when we arrived but because of the wedding we were unable to view the river, but rather the festivities of the wedding. This was not something that we anticipated nor were we forewarned of this. The view that we might have had was blocked by the party.

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SM
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best brunch and desserts! Gotta love those mussels too.

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HR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful brunch! Celebrated a late-bday for my bestie. Good food. Beautiful, sunny view of the river!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great brunch & great service.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Disappointed only in that tilapia would be on the buffet after paying $25 per person. That should not ever be an option for such a nice buffet.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We made a reservation a week ago and requested a table overlooking the water to celebrate our daughter's engagement. We had relatives from out of state joining us and thought the River Crab would be the perfect setting. After being told there was not a window table available we were directed to a table that was right across from where we wanted to sit. The table was not big enough to seat 7 people and it was cramped for the whole time we were there which was approximately two hours. During this time we noticed that there were two empty tables overlooking the water that remained empty for the whole time we were there. I don't know why we couldn't have pushed those two tables together to accommodate us. This has happened to us before so it is doubtful that we will return to the River Crab. The food was okay but nothing to brag about. The next day we made a reservation at Freighter's with only two hours notice and got a window seat which we asked for. Once again there were 7 people and the bill was less than half the amount I paid at River Crab.

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JL
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, River Crab was a good dining experience. Even though it is winter, dark out and the boat traffic is down, the lit up freighter with Christmas decorations was a nice pleasure as it sailed by.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Debbie was so lovey and attentive! Food was amazing and ambiance was amazing!!

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LA
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A seafood lovers destination! A birthday dinner to talk about. Cream brûlée was outstanding. Sam was a great, friendly waiter. We will be back👍

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AM
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING DINING EXPERIENCE!! This restaurant is the best! The service, Clair was a superb as a server, is great, food quality is the BEST and the setting is just wonderful.
Thank you for a great meal and dining experience.
Andy

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MO
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had Christmas Dinner at the River Crab. It was wonderful! The service is always excellent! We always enjoy coming here and travel an hour and 15 min. To come here. We are never disappointed.

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KA
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The main disappointments were, I ordered the special elk chop and was told you were out. Now this could have been expected if it was late into service, but my husband and I had reservations at 1:00 p.m. when the restaurant opened. By the time our order was taken I was informed they were out. Seems poor planning for a special. Also, the lobster that I had in the "surf and turf" was mildly rubbery. Tasted like it was either over cooked or frozen and quick thawed. Lastly, the steak was rare when I ordered medium (waitress was great and asked about doneness when served and took back to be fixed immediately).

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VK
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful way to spend Christmas Eve. Delicious food, nice wine selection and always a beautiful setting

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HR
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to celebrate Christmas Eve. Can’t wait to come back!

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CQ
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our 4th time at this restaurant and least satisfying. It was Christmas Eve and the place was not too busy at 6pm. We were told the menu was as is and no substitutions were allowed, nothing was allowed to be upgraded even though initially we were said they could. The sea bass was overloaded with so much butter you couldn't even taste the fish.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, great food and service.

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s
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Crab Legs and they were fantastic! I love the service, they make you feel like family! My husband had the Ocean Cobb and loved it; lobster, crab, shrimp, eggs, bacon, red onion, over a fresh bed of lettuce!

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit, which was in celebration of our parents’ anniversary. Elizabeth provided excellent service with a smile.

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RO
Detroit
39 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

River Crab is one of our favorite restaurants and it did not disappoint. Great once again! The waiter was very accommodating and the food, as usual, was excellent. It's basically a seafood restaurant but there is no problem if you prefer non-seafood items, steaks etc.. An excellent and varied menu. It is quite a drive for us coming from the Ann Arbor area so we don't go too often but it's worth an occasional trip. I recommend it for fine dining!

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DR
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had the shrimp caesar. Shrimp was huge and looked fantastic but lacked flavor. Extremely bland. Charleys Chowder was reminiscent of seafood gumbo and was delicious. Alexa was very attentive during our midweek birthday lunch. Highly recommended but the shrimp was blase.

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WB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance on the river with great food and service. Parking can be a bit of a challenge, so be sure to use the attendant at the bottom of the hill.

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was fabulous. Loved the live piano. Can’t wait to go back, definitely worth the drive.

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KG
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Becky, our server, was excellent! We had great service and our food was outstanding !

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S
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our luncheon was a very enjoyable experience in all regards. The food, service by Nicole, and ambiance on the water was exceptional. We look for eww and to returning soon. Thank you.

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