Shaking Crab - Upper West Side

4.6
330 Reviews
$30 and under
Cajun
Shaking Crab - Upper West Side was established in April 2017. Located right down the street from Columbia University, this location includes lunch on weekends and dinner every day.

We have are open for full capacity indoor dining. Due to limited space reservations can only be held for 15 minutes so please show up on time. Parties of 5+ please call the restaurant to inquire about making a reservation. Book now reservations go fast, we look forward to Shakin' with yall!
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Olga
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was great. Service and food were excellent. Looking forward to next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast service, friendly service. Accommodates all needs

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vipAwesome
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Sea food abundance. The Cajun sauce killed me.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best seafood i have had. always fresh. great service as well. we y’all soon

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vipPhillipR
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cajun corn and shrimp basket was amazing. All the sangrias hit the spot.

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GabU
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had my reservations about the place, but as soon as we stepped in the door the customer service and hospitality was top tier. It’s a little pricey but completely worth it. I will recommend the shaking crab to everyone. Thanks for the great experience.

PR
vipPhillipR
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing. Definitely going back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late for our reservation and the staff was very accommodating! Will definitely be visiting again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The seafood taste fresh but the sauce. But the servers were overall nice and had amazing energy

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JazzmineA
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was expecting a little better portions for some of the pricing. Enjoyed the music and staff more than food.

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Meme
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food excellent. Alcohol drink was weak.
Customer service very nice. Once brought to attention regarding the drink! I was ask did I want a shot on the house! That was awesome. I would most definitely referred my friends to eat at shaking Crab.

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RobinS
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my 1st time here, I wanted seafood so bad and it’s like the universe knew cause this restaurant popped up… and it was amazing;-) the drinks, food and the price (a lil pricey) but ohhh so good

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PorschaF
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I loved it food was good service was excellent 👌😋 this was not my first time going and everytime I go I love it. Drinks are amazing as well. The different sauces are also Amazon. Furthermore everything is clean

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VanessaG
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and the service was great. Would recommend to everyone. Food and drinks are awesome

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good the waiter made sure my husband and I had everything we needed. We can’t wait to go back.

JB
JaniceB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Great service. Great food. My husband and I go every time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Mothers say

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JoyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It would be nice if the music is not too loud so that we can have a better conversation with our friends on the table ,

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great birthday dinner for a friend

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MariaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing and I didn't have to wait hours for the food , it was a 10 mins wait🥰🥰🥰 Loved it , Loved it. Will go back soon 💖

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I ordered for me and my daughter and the waitress put our food together. Not sure why. When I told her she quickly fixed it but then charge me for the mistake that they made. I gladly paid and even tipped 20 dollars but it would’ve been nice to have them take their mistake off of the bill.

JB
JodyBreeze
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good music, straight r&b. good food. good prices and portions.

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Yummy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Loved being able to sample flavor options ...it’s a quaint space perfect for first date too.

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LizetteB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVEEEE THIS PLACE! The service, food REAL GOOD and Price NICEEE! MUST HAVE the crab legs! Will be back again and again :)

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was tasty

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SaiB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect service. Will visit again soon. The food was delicious 😋

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was great but service was lacking. Once food was bought to the table the waiter, although he was obviously busy, didn’t come around anymore. My cup sat empty without water for more than 20 minutes and that’s pretty crazy when one considers that I was eating salty foods. They would do much better with some additional hands.

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Queen
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This eatery had turned out to be a favorite lunch spot. I love the food and servers are friendly. The music is just what I like not too loud so you can talk and loud enough to pat your feet.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Just enjoyed our friendship lunch.

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Shema
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great and the service was even better. Our server gave excellent customer service. I was very pleased and will return again.

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JanelleH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The boil and lobster cheesy fries were so good! Really enjoyed the drinks as well. Rum punch and Hennessy punch were delicious. Our server was on point.

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Halo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i loved it. the workers carried such good energy and handled the food with love. i ordered the cajun king crabs and they were *chefs kiss*. definitely going back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to the same location on Broadway. The servers are friendly & engaging. The food takes about twenty minutes to half an hour. The food is consistent, fresh, & made to perfection. The drinks are blended well. I usually get a fishbowl.

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JayC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were very good. It was very loud on our floor but I wouldn’t blame the restaurant for that more on the customers

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IdaR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a friend after work. It was a first for the both of us and we both enjoyed it. We shared one of their special combos and couldn’t even finish it. Very filling. And the drinks were good as well. I had a Long Island and she had some kind of punch bowl with candy in it. The staff was very friendly and their Covid precautions were top notch. Great time.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

This place have the worst service ..the owners and management should be ashamed of themselves at this establishment..the bathroom toilets were completely clogged and over flowing ...my teenage daughters weren’t able to use the bathrooms at all and when I tried to tell management the ignored the sewer water tracking it through the kitchen and dining area...I will never again go to this place ..the food was really cold and they serve hotdogs and pass them off as sausage ...horrible horrible

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Young
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

The service was decent, greeting by the manager/hostess was prompt. Waitress was kind and all covid measures were in place.

The problem was the food and the bathroom area downstairs.

The food, portions were extremely small compared to other crab boil spots throughout the city and out of state. We ordered the king crab and snow crab. The King crab, two legs that were no where near the size to be called "King Crab". It looked like one of the hind legs of a baby King Crab. That was $58 for two miniature legs. Then the Snow Crab, this also looked like baby snow crab legs... We also ordered garlic noodles at the end, there was literally no seasoning, just hint of garlic. The noodles looked like a cross between lomain and linguine noodles.

Now to the bathroom downstairs, the floor was completely wet and it did not look clean. The women's bathroom was out of order so everyone had to use the men's room... While we were down there one of the kitchen staff cooks used the bathroom with their gloves on. Didn't wash their hands and went right back to the kitchen... This means he used the bathroom with he same gloves he had on to cook in the kitchen! Seeing this after we ate our meal was absolutely appalling.

The place has a B rating from City inspection, not sure of that rating alone is up to par. Will not be going there again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my son’s birthday , the experience and ambiance was all good .

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a seat right by the door and it was quiet. Great date, great food!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly and welcoming. Waiters was attentive and accommodating.

FAQs

Shaking Crab - Upper West Side does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Shaking Crab - Upper West Side is rated 4.6 stars by 330 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.