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Since 1976, Family-owned DiNardo's serves Philly's best hard-shell "hot and dirty" steamed crabs and garlic style crabs flown in daily from the gulf coast. Award-winning traditional seafood, juicy steaks, chicken, pasta, and delicious salads also featured. DiNardo's friendly atmosphere will leave you feeling like one of the family.
Hours

Regular Hours

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Phone: (215) 592-1112

Primary Phone: (215) 238-9595

Phone: (215) 238-9595

Fax: (215) 592-1112

Services/Products
Restaurants
Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, master card, visa, cash, diners club
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhoods
Center City, Center City East
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Categories
Seafood Restaurants, Fish & Seafood Markets, Take Out Restaurants, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, American, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Seafood

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

COUPONS & DEALS (1)

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fredastair1

10/03/2011

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Overall
Expensive and That's It

Nice and clean, we had good service. And all four of us agreed the food was nothing to write home about. I had crab soup which was bland and large crabs in oil and garlic. I never had this before. It was not flavored in oil and garlic it was soaked in oil with little garlic flavor, little of any flavor.

If you like bland food this is the place to go.

oc food diva

05/29/2011

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Overall
DiNardo’s has the best crustaceans in Philadelphia

There’s just something different about the seafood here. Located a short cab ride from Downtown Philly, is DiNardo’s. A non-descript, red brick building with a wooden sign swaying in the breeze points to the front entrance of this establishment. The huge crab on their sign hints that maybe you should try the crab. The Blue Claw crabs are flown in everyday from the Gulf Coast. Unlike their cousins in the Chesapeake, these Gulf Coast crabs are “free swimmers”, which means bigger crabs and more meat.

Let’s look at their raw bar. Clams on the Half Shell are half dozen freshly shucked ice-cold beauties served atop ice accompanied by cocktail sauce and lemon. These clams are sweet with a scent of the sea. These are the best clams on the half shell I have ever had. The cocktail sauce is the best cocktail sauce I’ve ever had, sweet with just the right amount of horseradish. Thumbs up with 5 stars!

Oysters on the Half Shell are five plump, freshly shucked mollusks also served atop ice with cocktail sauce and lemon. These bi-valves have a clean, fresh taste. The cocktail sauce is a perfect compliment to these delicious babies. Thumbs up with 5 stars!

Okay, I know you’ve been waiting for it. Let’s talk crab! The Steamed Crabs come in 4 different sizes – regular, large, jumbo, and extra jumbo. Take into consideration the amount of time it will take you to crack these open. It’s not like eating Dungeness or King Crab legs. DiNardo’s has paper placemats showing the technique on how to crack and get the meat out or ask your server. They are always happy to help. Being from Hawaii, I know how to eat a crab – all of the crab. It's in my blood. The crabs are steamed to perfection with lots of DiNardo’s propriety blend of herb and spices, very reminiscent of Old Bay seasoning, but a little different. The meat is sweet but when the seasoning from your fingers mixes, it takes to a whole other level – salty, spicy, and just down right delicious. Thumbs up with 5 stars!

If you have the craving for seafood, crabs in particular, stop by DiNardo’s. It’s definitely famous for crabs in my book.

Savings Tips: DiNardo’s is a new member of idine. Check out idine’s website for discount information.

JamesLK

03/31/2011

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Overall
Tourist Trap!!

Would not go back - this is a tourist trap - and that is how we were treated by our waiter - $100 for two people who had one beer each with dinner - WAY over priced, Fabric on seat in booth was ripped; water glasses are plastic; silverware right out of Waffle House. Most entrees at $25-plus. Will never, ever go back!

JKaye

02/27/2011

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Overall
Not what I expected

We went there for our first date night in almost a year (after baby). The staff was nice (the inside definately doesn't match the outside as another reviewer put it), but the food didn't sit right with us for the rest of the night. The crab cakes aren't firm with any lump meat, but mushy and stringy. I had 2 mussels out of 4 that had grit when I bit down. The calamari was good. We'd like to try just getting the crabs there (since they seem to be ordered frequently), but it's going to be a while before we feel comfortable going back to try it. I don't usually write negative reviews, but my husband has an iron stomach and feels the worst out of both of us.

LoveMyFood

04/26/2010

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Overall
DiNardo's- the crabs were delicious

What a great place. I started going to DiNardo's about 6 months ago. My girlfriend took me their because she knew how much I enjoyed crabs(I am born and raised from Baltimore). Although I LOVE my Chesepeake Bay crabs, I have never had a better crab. I am not sure where they get them, but I would kill for that recipe. My girlfriend usually winds up getting steak, which she claims is as good as any where (I go for the crabs). I love everything about this place. I would suggest this place to anyone. Awesome place!

SHAWN324

02/27/2010

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Overall
AMAZING FOOD FAR ABOVE EXPECTATIONS

I had low expectations for this restaurant after reading some of the reviews on this site, but was completely impressed! The food is just so good in comparison to other comparable restaurants in Center City. Our appetizer was big delight. Exactly as our waitress described it:The waitress was very attentive and punctual. The food was amazing we don't know what we enjoyed more the appetizers or the meal. Dinardo's crabs are amazingly delicious and the mussels are to die for .I look forward to taking many more trips to Dinardo's in the near future

debbie1234

02/27/2010

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Overall
GREAT PLACE FOR GREAT FOOD

WHILE TAKING IN THE SITES OF THE CITY I CAME ARCOSSED DINARDOS AND DECIDED TO GIVE IT A TRY. AN I AM VERY HAPPY THAT I DID. I WAS DELIGHTED TO RECIEVE A WARM WELCOME FROM THE STAFF A SOON AS I ENTER THE BULIDING. THE STAFF WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE SURE I ENJOYED MY VIST TO THERE RESTAURANT. I HAVE NOT BEEN A BIG FAN OF SEAFOOD IN THE PAST BUT DINARDO'S HAS CHANGED THAT THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING FROM THE APPERTIZERS TO MY MEAL.I AM LOOKING FORWARS TO MY NEXT VIST AND PLAN ON TELLING EVERYONE ONE HOW GREAT THE FOOD AND SERVICE WAS.

Eww

02/17/2010

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Overall
Unbelievably Gross

My husband and I went on our first date approx. ten years ago at Dinardo's and we had a pleasant dining experience, just never really went back because we now have three kids and not as much time or money to wine and dine. So to celebrate Valentine's Day my husband decided that it would be nice to go there so he made the reservation and we got there and the place was wide open. The place looked a lot dingier then what we had remembered and our waitress reeked of cigarettes. So we were trying to roll with the punches and then our food comes out. The appetizers were okay. Not great but not as terrible as our entrees. I ordered the snow crab legs which were served partially warmed and cold in some spots and my husband ordered the blackened scallops which looked and tasted like little miniature hockey pucks. Awful. I wouldn't feed my dog the food that they serve there. Not to mention they goes us for $120.00 with a $20.00 tip. Called after the fact and spoke to the owner who wanted to rectify the situation by giving me a gift card to come back instead refunding a fair portion of my money since we paid and left half of our platters. I told her thanks but no thanks. Places like this really need to be shut down.

sgoldwin

09/24/2009

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Overall
Disgusting Food, Bad Service, Dirty Restaurant

Went there for restaurant week and was surprised to see that the inside DID NOT fit the outside at all! We still decided to give it a try. Then the Crab Bisque soup came out....eww...I had to practically beg the waitress to take it back so that I could try something new. Then the Clam Chowder came out....eww...it didn't look or taste fresh...almost like it was old. The buffalo shrimp were fried frozen shrimp drizzled with chicken buffalo sauce that was so spicy and salty my taste buds went numb. To top it all off, when we told the manager that the food quality wasn't good and that we wanted to leave, they charged us for our UNEATEN food...then yelled at us because they alread ""started cookin"" (microwaving) our entrees. Overall it was terrible. One of those places that puts a lot of lemons and lettuce on the plates as garnish...If you want better seafood...Trust the Gordon's Fisherman's...or go to Red Lobster!

eesh

11/05/2008

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Overall
Not worth it!!

asked a group of friends to go here to celebrate my birthday with the hopes of getting some succulent crab legs.. We all decided we would never dine here again. First of all the place is as big as a city row house. The tables are all jam packed together. Its just a little too close. The lighting is very dim and the light over our table flickered the whole time. There is no background noise, no elevator music.. nothing. That in addition to the dim lights gave the restaurant an eerie feeling. Our waitress spilled drinks on us as she was setting them down. She did not know from which side to serve. The crab soup was nothing but canned veg soup with crab meat and added salt. Our entrees were tasty but 2 people ordered the crab cake and they both had shells in them. The food is overpriced (I ordered the king crab legs for $35 and received 2 {two} crab legs and a baked potato. One slice of boxed pumpkin cheesecake was $6.75) and the quality is extremely lacking. NOT fine dining in the least. I would never recommend this hole in the wall.

PC126

07/23/2008

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Overall
Didn't really meet expectations

I have always heard this was a Philly hotspot- one of those places you have to try. I went here a few months back for restaurant week and i thought it was ok. I wasn't expecting it to be as laidback and casual as it was. The interior kind of reminded me of a diner. The food wasn't horrible but it also wasn't the best seafood I have had.

curlygb

05/29/2008

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Overall
Terrible!

I have eaten there twice and completely regretted it both times. Service is fine, but the food is just pathetic.

mm57553

05/01/2008

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Overall
It's OK

I am a native Philadelphian living out of the area now. We go to Dinardo's when we are in town mostly because of the location and because it's very kid-friendly. We have never had a bad experience with service there, but we usually go on a weeknight when it's not too busy. The food is good - I really enjoy their stuffed flounder, but it is really overpriced. Dinner for 2 (plus a 3 year old) costs us over $100 - without appetizers.

My other major complaint is that they get their crabs from Louisiana. Why? Drive 2 hours south to the Chesapeake and you can find the best blue crabs in the world.

craber1234

02/26/2008

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Overall
great everything

Everytime I come to Philly, I come to Dinardo's. It is my favorite place to go. The service is great, the food is great. I usually go for the hot crabs. When my husband orders his Surf and Turf, it is always cooked to perfection. We also order 2 baskets of their unbelievable fries ever time We just went over the weekend I felt like a came home to a family. Someone is always greeting you at the door with a smile. They remember your face. Dinardo's is a great dining experience and I recomend everyone go there when in Philly.

BritLove

02/24/2008

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Overall
A must go!!

I went to Dinardos with my boyfriend and another couple and it was loved by all!! Service was excellent and everyone was extremely friendly! The guys had the crabs and said they were the best they ever had! My friend had the shrimp platter and I had the tilapia special and we would be back in a second! The fries are certainly famous for a reason! This place is a definate must when in the city!

Cindypa618

02/23/2008

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Overall
Fun had by all best crabs ever.The food was great The service was the best way to go

My friends and i went to Dinardo's Tonight there was 8 of use. What a great time we had. Our server told us the speicals and they all sounded great. But we was looking for fun food.We told her what we wanted and she took over from there.She started us out with Crab soup it was great .from there she brought us out 2 dozen crabs. she told us they had med all the way up to triple jumbos.She thought jumbos would be perfect and they was so much that we ordered 12 more. we order 4 baskets of fries she brought out 2 at a time so they would stay hot.And of course with crabs we needed beer The picthers of Stella was ice cold.What a fun night had by all Thanks Dinador's we will be back.

sweetie100

02/05/2008

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Overall
Undercover Seafood Diner

I went to Dinardo's during Center City's restaurant week. I made reservations and was promptly seated. That is the only positive moment of my dining experience at Dinardo's. The food was horrible!! I've tasted better seafood out of the frozen food section at the local grocery store. As a resident of Philadelphia, I feel bad that tourists will go to this place and taste this food due to its location. This place is not a representation of the good food that you can find in Philadelphia. One would definitely expect better food and ambiance from a place that charges more than casual dining restaurants and for a place in that area of the city. Do not go to this restaurant!

dymonnprl

12/09/2007

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Overall
Disappointment on a Saturday night

I wish I had read the current reviews here before I made our reservations. My hubby ordered the special (blackened tilapia) and it was overcooked. I ordered the seafood imperial and it was supposed to be in a cream sauce, but it was rather dry. The ""famous"" fries weren't as good as the ones I make at home...from a bag! Next time I'll pass on DiNardo's!

mcm1202

08/22/2007

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Overall
Maybe OK for tourists??

I can't say the food was bad, but the service was horrible. Our waitress took half our table's drink order, then we had to ask her to return to take the other half. She acted like she could care less and never came back to ask how our meals were - -and it was not busy. The prices were very expensive and not as the online menu advertised. Looking back, I guess maybe it's so close to the historic district that maybe it relies on tourist traffic. I would not go back again.

buffalo66

04/24/2007

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Overall
Avoid at all costs !!!

This was one of the worst restaurants I have ever been to. All the food we ordered seemed like it came out of a Mrs. Paul's fish box or Vandecamps from the supermarket. The service was bad, the food took forever, and the food was such low quality that I would have chosen Red Lobster over it any day. Who would have thought that a Red Lobster was superior to a center city crab restaurant noted for crabs? Yuck, I would never go back.

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