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The Crab Claw

Route 33 West, St. Michaels, MD - (410) 745-2900
With its roots in a mid-century wholesale crab business by the water, The Crab Claw restaurant has evolved into one of the premier places to indulge in Maryland hot blue crabs and cold beer.
65% Approval Rating (26 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Smith Island Cake
spiced steamed crab feast
Crab Dog

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (2)
Roadfood.com Editor
" With its roots in a mid-century wholesale crab business by the water, The Crab Claw restaurant has evolved into one of the premier places to indulge in Maryland hot blue crabs and cold beer. Spiced crabs are the dish to eat along the eastern shore. At The ..."   [Read More]
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Tommy Saunders
June 07, 2008
"The Crab Claw is one of my favorite places, and has been for years. But, like anywhere else, you have to know what to order and when. I am a big fan of their steamed crabs but, like everywhere else, they have become pricey. If I want a quick meal, the fried shrimp ..."   [Read More]
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Mark Hacala
March 13, 2008
"A huge disappointment. The crab cakes are more boring, and have more filler, than any I have ever had in Maryland. And at $21 for two (8/07), they are horrifically overpriced for what they are. We have not had the steamed crabs, but nothing that we did have tasted ..."   [Read More]
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Val Budd
December 10, 2007
"Four of us ordered. The only palatable meal were the crab claws my son ordered. My other son said the fried clams were good but not great. I made the mistake of ordering the Fisherman Platter. That usually means fried food. The waitress guided me this way because I ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

Route 33 West, St. Michaels, MD
(410) 745-2900

http://www.thecrabclaw.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Summer, Fall, Spring
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
On the day of our visit, only medium-sized crabs were available.  According to the menu,
"On the day of our visit, only medium-sized crabs were available. According to the menu, "If he don't kick - we don't cook!""
Cliff Strutz





Smith Island Cake is Maryland's official state dessert and The Crab Claw serves an excellent version.
"Smith Island Cake is Maryland's official state dessert and The Crab Claw serves an excellent version."
Cliff Strutz


The crab dog is similar to a corn dog, but dipped in a spicy crab batter.  Although an interesting novelty item, this probably won't be sweeping the nation anytime soon.
"The crab dog is similar to a corn dog, but dipped in a spicy crab batter. Although an interesting novelty item, this probably won't be sweeping the nation anytime soon."
Cliff Strutz


This is a deep-fried hard-shelled crab.  An amazing sight, but basic steamed (unfried) crabs are what put The Crab Claw on the map.
"This is a deep-fried hard-shelled crab. An amazing sight, but basic steamed (unfried) crabs are what put The Crab Claw on the map."
Michael Stern


The placemat comes with instructions for novices on how to extract the sweet crab meat.
"The placemat comes with instructions for novices on how to extract the sweet crab meat."
Cliff Strutz


Although there is indoor seating, how could you not sit outside next to the water?
"Although there is indoor seating, how could you not sit outside next to the water?"
Cliff Strutz


A scenic dining destination (by car or boat) along the Eastern Shore
"A scenic dining destination (by car or boat) along the Eastern Shore "
Michael Stern



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