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About River Crab - St. Clair

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.

1337 River Road (M-29)
St. Clair, MI 48079
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

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

Cross Street:
Between Yankee & Davis

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(810) 329-2261

Website:
http://www.rivercrabbluewaterinn.com/

Entertainment:
Live Piano Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings.
Live Bands on our beautiful deck every Wednesday night during the summer.

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet / Free self-parking also available in our private lot.

Executive Chef:
Scott Schneider

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

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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.

River Crab - St. Clair Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (55)
Scenic View (43)
Worth the Drive (42)
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Special Occasion (40)
Good for a Date (34)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Quiet Conversation (29)
Romantic (29)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Great for Brunch (18)
Great for Lunch (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Cozy (16)
Fun (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Casual (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Business Meals (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Healthy (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Live Music (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Seasonal (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Authentic (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Vegan (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food, beautiful view, quiet setting. I have always enjoyed dining at the River Crab, however, I would not recommend a Saturday night. Our server was very nice but was not always available when needed - had to ask another server for assistance which should not happen. Too often the servers were gathered talking and most notably, too busy setting up for Sunday morning brunch. Got the impression we got forgot about and were in the way - no one should feel rushed especially when spending this kind of money.

Tags: Cozy, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 4 days ago

It was our anniversary and we enjoyed the River Crab. Our server was very polite, attentive, and knowledgeable of the menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

We were recommended to this restaurant, it is right on the St Clair River. We asked for and got a table right next to the water, not thinking with the time change it would be dark by the time we go there. No matter, we both had seafood and it was fresh and excellent. Service very good, it is a nice place. When we get back to Michigan, we plan to go in the daylight!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Really enjoyed our dinner. Alison was our very attentive server.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Waterfront
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My parents, boyfriend and I took my grandparents here to celebrate their anniversary, and everyone had a great experience. The food was fantastic and we had great service. My grandparents even had special menus printed for them with a happy anniversary message printed at the top.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We decided to go here for our anniversary because my wife used to be a regular up until 5 years ago. The restaurant is right on the water and has gorgeous views during the day. I'd recommend going then because the food has definately taken a downturn. We ordered soup, salad and two entrees, along with dessert. The salad was excellent. The soup was not and was barely warm. The entrees....and before I say this, I'd like to point out this is a pricey place up here. 25+$ entrees should be at least hot. My potatoes and vegs were cold, ice cold. The fish was good. The pasta dish was also mediocre in taste and overall. The cheesecake is excellent. The tiramisu was melty and not very well presented. Lastly, the restrooms were deplorable. I don't usually comment on that aspect of dinner but I was astonished at how dirty and poorly maintained it was. I saw some renovation signs and hopefully the bathrooms are what's getting done first. I must say that our waitress (Pim?) Offered impeccable service and made the whole dinner worthwhile. Go during daylight hours, I hear the brunch is top notch, so there's that. Marine City has some new fish restaurants that are probably better otherwise.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Live Music
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Quintessential white tablecloth dining with excellent service

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (South Dakota)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The atmosphere on St Clair River is exceptional. The service was excellent! We have been coming to River Crab for years the food was good, but needs to update the menu. The salads are serve are cold plates, probably prepared days ahead then served with heavy salad dressing even though it was mentioned "light on the dressing". The seafood continues to be excellent. The Key Lime pie was served on a cold plate. (Even though this was prepared days ago it was still good!) And again as mentioned sitting by the window viewing the river was excellent!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

I haven't taken my wife here in several years. I took her for her birthday and per usual it was great! Love the food and the staff is so hospitable. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Superior in every respects. I have nothing else to add.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We went here for our anniversary. Food was amazing. The view is awesome. Service was great but not over bearing. We can’t wait to come back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The River Crab is in a great location on the St. Clair River. This place has been there for a long time but it is great. The scenery is fantastic, freighters, river, perfect. The food and service were outstanding.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent experience for Sunday brunch. Gorgeous view and courteous service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice time! Little dates as the room goes......... part of the charm I guesss:)

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was a very nice way of celebrating our 28th Anniversary. Watching the freighters go by as we enjoyed dinner and drink was very nice.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Good food, great service, and nice ambiance. View of St. Clair River and passing freighters was great !

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 16, 2017

River Crab consistently has great food and great service. The butternut squash soup and fish tacos with a nice crisp white wine was perfect as we watched the ships move down the St. Clair River. Service was attentive without being overbearing the the server was knowledgeable about food and wine.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Had our annual anniversary meal at the River Crab. Glass of wine, soup/salad and Snapper Hemingway and a shared Creme Brulee to finished. Mid-afternoon on a sunny Sunday after a pleasant drive was ideal - not crowded, nice window table, some river traffic made the meal an absolute delight - let alone celebrating our 37 wedding anniversary with my sweetie ! Really enjoy the seafood and the location. Need to plan to go more often !

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had Sunday brunch. The variety of food was amazing and everything was delicious. The view of the river from our table was just beautiful. Our server was so friendly and quick. It was a very enjoyable experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

My favorite place to bring a friend or family. Love the food best Filet Mignon ever and the staff
are execellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We celebrated 45th Wedding Annivesary with our family. The staff made or evening extra special with a commemorative menu marking our anniversary.
Service was excellent, food was delicious and presentation of food was top drawer. The atmosphere was pleasing beside the water.
We have been frequenting River Crab fir more than 20 yrs and felt the last visit was the best.

Tags: Scenic View, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Happy Hour
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food, service and water view were great!

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Very nice view of the river from a table by the large pane windows. Food was served hot & in a timely manner. Expensive as the day is long. Best to impress kinda place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was excellent for the whole group. the service was good and the waitress very helpful.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food is always excellent Large selection of entrees on hot buffet at brunch. Beautiful view of St. Clair river. Our waiter provided outstanding service. Wait staff have always provided above average service every time we have dined at the River Crab.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 19, 2017

The river views along with the great food and service made our evening a special one.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Our first time here. We had a beautiful view! We will definitely be back .

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Server was stretched too thin. Green beans and rice served as side dish with meal were boring.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

I visited with my wife for our first anniversary. But unfortunately we were a burden to our waitress. "The impression she gave us" I ordered a steak rare and my wife ordered the salmon. Her salmon came out a little overdone. "No big deal" but my steak was medium well to well done. If I'm paying $40 for a steak I would like it cooked how I want it. Long story short I was unable to eat with my wife on our anniversary because it took another 30 minutes to cook another steak. I would not recommend the river crab to anyone. The manager came out to apologize to us. But too little too late.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We love this restaurant! Excellent food and beautiful water view!!!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 3, 2017

OUTSTANDING service, food quality, location, valet, setting, ambiance, you name it is was GREAT!

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Fun, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent food, atmosphere and service.
A lot of seafood choices. I requested a certain way to prepare my meal and they accommodated. Also had excellent desert menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Cozy, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Visit would have been great except they sat us at a table next to the wait staff staging area (the restaurant was not crowded and other tables were available). The noise level kept getting increasingly as the staff restocked and were setting up for the dinner crowd.

The nice view and good food was spoiled by the noise and staff activity next to us.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Selected this restaurant for an Anniversary dinner. Venue is tired and in need of a major update. Food and service was marginal. For a special occasion, this did not turn out as I expected. My return is doubtful.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

This is the best place to dine in the local area. It rivals any Detroit restaurant I visit - and I'm picky! They have topnotch Cosmos, fresh seafood - and I LOVE their bread, which they haven't changed in all these years, thank God. Their soup is delicious, too.

And the little dark chocolate fishes at the end? To die for. (I always want to buy a box to take home with me.)

You can't beat the view, and the wait staff is wonderful. St. Clair County used to have classy places like this all over. Not anymore. I'm so glad we still have The River Crab - St. Clair. It was great back then, and it's still great now.

Thank you, management and owners.

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 27, 2017

A great view of the St. Clair River makes this a timeless place. Excellent brunch with good company and a soothing view of the river activity always makes for a worthwhile time.

It's been years since I have been by this area, but I will be returning regularly, and this place is one of the primary reasons.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The waiter, Tony, was attentive and very thorough about the menu. His recommendation for the topping was right on. I had halibut and my husband had the Trio -- no complaints at all. We definitely will be back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great meal. Service was outstanding

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Upon arrival hostess stated on reservation was inside, but we showed our printed copy that did indicate the outside deck with 2 for our anniversary. Last time that happened Martha was able to accommodate us with a table assignment. When I explained how Martha handled it before, the hostess was able to provide us with the table for 2 as requested. We were certain to make suitable reward for her consideration as I did for Martha last time. More than happy with the great food selections and the live entertainment as desired. Will plan to return again soon, and on occasion, we do invite friends to join us as needed. Thanks for the professional services.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

We invited a couple to a small birthday celebration. Most of us had been here before. This visit was very nice. The food was scrumptious, the view fantastic and the easy reservation through Open Seating worked like a charm. We arrived 20 minutes early, but they seated us immediately. Great experience - will come back.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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