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City Crab & Seafood Co.
Posted by anyonymous on 04/20/2010
city crab is on my walk home from work, so we eat here about once a month. last night...ugh, not good. i got the peppercorn ahi tuna and it was luke warm. it came with potatoes and they were cold. not even a bit warm. the string beans were dried out and soggy. the best part was the chopped salad and the cheesecake. sad they cant get the rest right. i dont think ill be returning.
Posted by lunch club on 04/16/2010
ordered prix fixe lunch, decent new england clam chowder. mediocre seafood pasta. on the bland side. not really worth the money-
Posted by Bronzetree on 03/22/2010
My husband and I visited this restaurant on a whim as I am a big seafood lover and was anxious to see what the hype was all about. We were seated quickly and served some cold bread. We placed our order immediately, and after waiting for what seemed like an hour our food finally arrived. To our surprise, the crablegs sauteed in garlic sauce and butter that I ordered were tasteless, bland, and severely over priced. He ordered a steak very well done, only to receive it medium rare. We sent it back to the kitchen and instead of them sending out a new steak cooked the way he originally asked for it, they sent out the same steak. He was angry and did not want to make a scene so he just ate it. His sweet potatoe fries did not taste like sweet potatoes at all, and the rest of our food was just bland and tasteless. I had to request some Old Bay seasoning and cocktail sauce (which had some kind of weird spicy horseradish taste) just to be able to finish those overpriced crab legs. We ordered a bottle of Pelligrino sparkling water that was served to us in glasses that smelled like seafood. Although our waitress was really good, I would never recommend this place to anyone. Tourists may enjoy this spot but we locals were just not impressed.
Posted by anonymous on 12/20/2009
Well worth going there for Happy Hour! Drinks are great; happy hour menu had a good selection including $1 oysters and crabcakes. The service was great; they did want us to reorder drinks eagerly of course, but we didn't mind as the atmosphere and food were worth staying for.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/03/2009
I'm really surprised at the negative reviews. I ate here last week and it was great. Granted, it was an off time and the restaurant wasn't that full, but the food came very, very quickly and the waitress was also incredibly friendly and helpful. Most importantly, our food was delicious. In particular, we loved our appetizers, which were the lobster macaroni & cheese and crab, spinach, and artichoke dip. I would definitely recommend this place.
Posted by MC on 09/12/2009
We went this Friday at 7pm. Restaurant was about 3/4 full. We were seated promptly in a booth. Bread came right away. The very polite and friendly waiter came over promptly and was able to make reccomendations. We both had soup (gumbo, clam chowder) which was brought out quickly and very good. My sauteed scallops were tasty and a decent portion; my companion's crabcakes were as well (although they were a bit on the small side). Only real complaint was that the mojitos were too much ice and not enough booze. After reading all the negative reviews, we went here w/trepidation, but I'd go back. It was a pleasant experience. Also, if you go to their website, you can get a 15% off coupon, which is a nice bonus.
Posted by anonymous on 08/31/2009
I ate at City Crab 6 months ago and the food and service were excellent, but on my most recent visit (8/22/09) the standards had dropped so low that it was a shell (pun intended) of its former self. We brought out of town guests with us, and it was a total embarrassment. I, personally, will never return of my own free will. Here are the details: 1. Our server didn't mention any specials, and when we asked he quickly mumbled something unintelligible. 2. Five minutes after ordering, our server returned and told me they had run out of crab legs. Yes, out of CRAB legs at City CRAB! This was at 7:30, and not the end of the night. 3. We waited an hour and a ten minutes for our entrees, our server ignored us the entire time and never ONCE stopped by to explain the delay. In fact, we were seated on the 2nd floor and he was nowhere to be seen on the entire floor. An apology and explanation would have gone a long way to alleiving our annoyance (several of us having worked/working in the restaurant business) but instead, we were left in the lurch getting hungrier and more irritated. 4. When our food finally arrived after the hour and ten minute wait, it was uniformly cold. I was stuck with cold crab claws, and the rest of the table was served cold swordfish or cod with cold mashed potatoes. We managed to get our server's attention, and without apologizing, he took the plates back to be warmed up (microwaved). After waiting so long, we were pretty livid. He returned with the manager (who had been lounging in a booth by the door watching TV the ENTIRE time ) who didn't really seem to care about our complaints. He agreed that, yes, the service was indeed subpar, and quickly scampered back to his booth after assuring us he would fix the situation. 5. After such an experience, we expected a good chunk of our meal to be comped, but we merely received a random $38 credit toward our $270 bill! Our food was worth nowhere near that amount, but we just wanted to get out of there as soon as possible. My advice: There are MANY great seafood places in the city all competing for your business in this economy, and there is NO reason to settle for a place this awful when you're spending that much money. City Crab does not care about its customers or its food and it shows. From our party alone, they lost 3 repeat customers and 2 potential new ones.