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Serving Maryland's Best Blue Crabs For Over 50 Years!

General Info

Welcome to the Bethesda Crab House. Bethesda Crab House restaurant is the best place in the Washington area to enjoy one of the Chesapeake Bay area's, blue crabs steamed with Old Bay seasoning. Order as many crabs as you want; when they're ready, they'll be dumped on your paper-covered table. That's your cue to pick up a mallet and knife and attack the crustaceans. (The waiters gladly give instructions.) Then settle back with a beer for some serious crab pickin'. The price varies with the time of year. It's a good idea to call in advance to reserve your crabs, the restaurant sometimes runs out.

Regular Hours
Mon - Sun:
Extra Phones

Fax: (301) 652-4669

  • Carry Out
  • Dine In
Delicious Jumbo Spiced Shrimp, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Platter, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sandwich/Cole Slaw, Large Crabs, Lump Crab Cakes, Special Events, Xlarge Crabs, for Reservation & Advanced Orders Phone
Payment method
visa, master card, debit
Price Range
Fish & Seafood Markets, Caterers, Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: Parties

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes


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Dc L.



We ordered crab cakes that turned out to be smaller than palm sized cold crab on a cold smashed potato bun. No lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle ... nothing. The bland cole slaw and corn on the cob did not help. Not to mention the flies indoors and dirty everything. Yuck. Never again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Amazing crab house!

Best fresh Maryland crabs in the area and a great place to spend an evening with friends and family!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Incredible crabs, definitely make a reservation on weekend nights, great customer service

We stepped out of our cab onto a dark street in the middle of Hurricane Ernesto's driving rains and ran across the street to the Bethesda Crab House. My dining partner had never been to a crab house and when we were greeted with 8 outside picnic tables scattered with tough-looking cigar-smoking beer-swilling men, well, we got a little nervous. Once we stepped inside the restaurant, that changed. The joint was hopping with customers packed into little booths and the spicy sweet smell of Old Bay Seasoning perked up our nostrils. This was getting better. We had called ahead and ordered a dozen large crabs for $52. We were escorted to a back booth, which was covered in newspapers. We ordered some steamed shrimp and corn-on-the-cob to accompany the crabs and help us drain our beers. The shrimp were good and hot with a light coat of Old Bay. Very tasty and not rubbery at all. After we devoured the shrimp, a half-dozen scorching crabs arrived at our table. As we dug into the succulent claw meat and relearned the art of pulling the meat from the bodies, we began to feel more at home. The cold beer, hot crabs and loud chatter from the surrounding tables seemed to blend us in and we felt like locals enjoying a weekly tradition. The staff was very attentive and made sure we had plenty of butter, beer and napkins. As our meal ended, we called a cab and began a long wait. Instead of making us wait, our waiter offered to drive us to the nearby Hiatt to catch a cab directly and we accepted. While we waited for our waiter (!) to bring his car around, the owner's son stood outside and chatted with us. The great food, fun atmosphere and being treated like we were old friends rather than just another pair of customers...well, this added up to a memorable experience. Bring a healthy appetite and plan to get good and messy. Just leave your jewels at home.