Some people are surprised to hear that Delaware is home to some amazing crab houses, and you don’t have to travel all the way to Maryland to enjoy enormous, flavorful blue crabs. If you’re looking for all you can eat crabs in Delaware, head to any of these tasty crab shacks and dig in.
1. Kathy's Crab House, Delaware City
Kathy's Crab House is a longstanding Delaware City icon, where you can find delicious feasts featuring Delaware fried chicken, corn, and of course, enormous blue claw crabs. They don't always offer AYCE crabs, so keep an eye on their Facebook page or call ahead.
Phone Number: (302) 834-2279
Address: 107 5th Street, Delaware City, DE, 19706
2. Fenwick Crab House, Fenwick Island
Fenwick Crab House has been serving up bushels of crabs for more than 50 years. While they are most famous for their crab cakes, you can also find an amazing AYCE crab feast here most days.
Phone Number: (302) 539-2500
Address: 100 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, DE, 19944
3. Lazy Susan's Hot Fat Crabs, Lewes
Lazy Susan's Hot Fat Crabs has been one of the top crab houses around for as long as I can remember. Locals flock to this place to avoid the crowds, and their crab feasts are absolutely amazing.
Phone Number: (302) 645-5115
Address: 18289 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 19971
4. Old Mill Crab House, Delmar
The Old Mill is one of the most iconic crab houses in Delaware. The giant crab out front is probably our most recognizable landmark! Stop in for their enormous crab feast that includes hush puppies, corn, chicken, and more.
Phone Number: (302) 846-9000
Address: 8829 Waller Road, Delmar, DE 19940
5. The Blue Crab, Bethany Beach
The Blue Crab is an underrated crab shack hidden in a strip mall in Bethany Beach. They track down some of the biggest and tastiest crabs around and present them for an all-you-can-eat feast. You can enjoy endless steamed blue crabs, corn on the cob, Delaware fried chicken and hush puppies - and you can even add shrimp for just a few bucks more.
Phone Number: (302) 537-4700
Address: 210 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE, 19930
6. The Surfing Crab, Lewes
When the Surfing Crab offers AYCE crabs, you better get there quick! This place is legendary, thanks to their commitment to finding the biggest crabs around. They're fresh and subject to market availability, so call ahead before making the trek.
Phone Number: (302) 644-4448
Address: 16723 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE, 19958
7. Boondocks, Smyrna
If you've never been to the Boondocks, you're in for a treat. Head out to this middle-of-nowhere seafood shack to enjoy a lively crowd and an old-school crab feast experience. Be sure to bring a designated driver, because you'll want to wash down their seasoned crabs with a whole lot of their signature Swamp Water drink.
Phone Number: (302) 653-6962
Address: 825 Lighthouse Road, Smyrna, DE, 19977
8. Claws Seafood House, Rehoboth Beach
Claws Seafood House is the crabbiest of the Fins Group restaurants, so if you're looking to pick crabs, head here. They don't have AYCE crabs every night, so call ahead to make sure they can accommodate. When they do, though, bring a huge appetite and go to work on these tasty steamed delights.
Phone Number: (302) 227-2529
Address: 167 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 19971
I would highly recommend calling ahead to confirm crab availability at any of these spots, and to find out more about when all you can eat crabs are offered! No matter when you go, though, you’re sure to have a great meal at any of these tasty crab shacks in Delaware.