River Crab - St. Clair

4.7
1214 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Phone number
(810) 329-2261
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Schneider
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Yankee & Davis
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet / Free self-parking also available in our private lot.
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Entertainment
Live Piano Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings.
Live Bands on our beautiful deck every Wednesday night during the summer.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We can accommodate private gathering up to 120 guests, working with your style and budget. Our fresh seafood, tender steaks, delicious pastas and decadent desserts are the perfect complement to any private event.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Thanksgiving dinner! We'll be serving up a special holiday buffet starting at 11am Thanksgiving day.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 1214 People Are Saying
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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kevin was a great waiter for us! We never had to want anything, he was there but not seen and always polite

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S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service from Regina and David! Nice diverse buffet menu.

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k
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I really enjoyed Sunday brunch with my friends last week. We had an excellent view of the river and a good variety of food on the buffet. My only complaint is the lack of local fish. I don't like farmed talapia. There is such an abundance of fish locally it is a crime it isn't served. I can say that the mussels were the best I've ever had and the smoked salmon was lovely.

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KH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the oysters, chowder, salads and fish! Add a nice bottle of wine and you have a tasty and delightful evening!

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AO
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place around!! Service, Food, are excellent!! I would go there every week if I could afford it!!

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DB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We were there for a wedding anniversary dinner. Service was a bit rushed. We had not quite finished our soup when the main course arrived unexpectedly.

We ordered desserts and enjoyed them, then when the assistant manager arrived to congratulate us he asked if we had received our complimentary creme brûlée dessert. The server had neglected to mention this.

Apart from these two hiccups, we enjoyed the food and the ambiance.

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DL
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to brunch for our 30th wedding anniversary, we've been there several times but the most memorable time was the morning after our wedding. Was nice to go back, reminisce, enjoy the view and have a great meal.

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OT
Detroit
68 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Since it's on the water, the view is spectacular! Food was good. Service was a little slow.

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SF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent server, who from the time he took our order until he served dessert, was very attentive in every way. We were served quickly and efficiently. The entrees we chose were very good. We made a reservation through Open Table. Since we were staying at the adjacent motel, we got a complimentary dessert.

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DP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food; great view, service was a bit slow and the room was too cold.

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KC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall we had a pretty good experience. Our drink orders were not all correct and the bar was a little slow but they were pretty busy that night.

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JL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate my Birthday date night. The menu with my personal Birthday wishes made it extra special. Thanks again

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LK
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had great service a super view parking is a challenge for seniors food was warm when served (not hot)-slow to refill drinks a little pricey but we enjoyed johns bday dinner there.

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H
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was splendid. Such a lovely place to celebrate our anniversary. Great service, soft music, beautiful view. I enjoy everything about The River Crab.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been to the RC in quite a while. Food was absolutely fantastic - as usual. I told my wife I could eat there every day. She said - yeah and you'll weigh 500 lbs. I had the Snapper Hemingway - one of the best dishes I've ever had! Wish it was closer to home but we have a couple of fun cars to enjoy the ride so it isn't so bad. Wish them good business.

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JW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and the presentation was great and I felt that the prices were fair. Our service was spectacular. I ordered surf and turf and the filet was incredible, but the lobster was a little rubbery. I would try it again though as maybe this was an off night. Loved the piano bar. We had a drink there before and after dinner.

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CG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our 30th Anniversary to this restaurant. We had never been there before but decided to take a chance. The food and service were excellent and we even got a free dessert!!! We highly recommend this restaurant as a great place to celebrate your special occasion!!!

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JT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moms birthday

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RP
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We would definitely recommend the River Crab and would like to return for another outstanding meal.

Service was perfect!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The only restaurant I have been to that I do not have to scream over annoying music.

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S
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner! Great service and wonderful menu!

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H
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been a regular visitor to the River Crab since the early ‘70’s. Always a great experience with excellent food. Wonderful dinner this week as well.

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t
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was good as usual. Ambiance was also special. This is not the first time we were there, it is our go to spot for fine dining.

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GH
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I would not recommend this restaurant for anything but the view! The food is less than mediocre, service is questionable, it is NOT fine dining by any stretch of the imagination....when will they up their game?

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SR
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent dinner how do wait a little for table waiting watched boats go up and down the river excellent View

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, the view of the St. Clair River was great, the food was fantastic. Highly recommended.

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LA
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere and great service! And did I mention a great view!

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M
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my wife to The River Crab for brunch on the recommendation of a friend. I was told the place can get really busy and was advised to make a reservation. He was spot on. The place was very busy but not overcrowded. The noise was moderate considering just how many patrons there were. The food choices were excellent. Everything I chose was tasty and fresh, though I did not try all that was offered. My wife and I were left very pleased with the service and experience as a whole. While we live more than an hour away, we will certainly return.

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JO
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. The River Crab never fails us - always a special treat!

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S
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great summer concerts and always great food and service. We especially enjoy the seasonal specials like sangria and fresh veggies. New specials each season.

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JB
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The River Crab has always been an outstanding restaurant. My wife and I were always at the river crab for dinner when we lived in the st clair area. We have moved out of town and we always visit when we come to town.

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LW
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prior to my birthday celebration, it has been a couple of decades that I last experienced the River Crab. I made the decision to celebrate my 67th birthday from a friend that had most recently experienced a great dinner. Bottom-line I was not disappointed. Have already mentioned my experience with friends and family.

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DS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view on the St. Clair river is wonderful. We sat outside on a beautiful summer afternoon. We both had seafood, and it was prepared wonderfully. Our Sicilian Calamari was flavorful and tender. We shared pan-sautéed perch and a Crab topped Snapper was wonderful.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view! Excellent friendly staff. Spicy bloody’s yum! Met up with family Sunday...Brunch at 1:25 was all that was offered & closed at 2. However, they kept it open longer for us and my grandson actually ate a couple bites. Food would have been Much better if we’d arrived earlier. We’ve been there before and it was excellent! Definitely a lovely place to meet for brunch, lunch or dinner! Will definitely return!

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GP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very disappointed that outdoor seating was not available until after brunch.

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LW
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, atmosphere and service was outstanding as usual. Always a favorite of ours.

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KN
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall one of the best places we have gone!
Started with the valet parking and finished with an amazing cheesecake!
Waited to get on the patio riverside and was not disappointed, was early and the hostess was extremely accommodating. Getting us a table 15 mins before the reservation
Right from the scallop app, and the bread. Just went up from there. Fish was fresh and tasty, to my steak cooked perfectly with the Oscar side.
Thank you river crab. Knocked it out of the park.

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F
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun Sunday brunch. This Sunday brunch had very good food options. Shrimp, fish, salmon, beef, chicken, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, cheese, eggs, and bread were some of the options. There was also a large selection of desserts. All food was good.

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DK
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a great meal here for our 29th anniversary. Food and service was as expected... outstanding! Thank you Thomas for the exceptional service!!!

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RP
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting on the river. Great service and marvelous menu items.

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