Seattle >The Crab Pot
Great spot!. Has a great atmosphere and great seafood. I went with my wife and we had a great time and enjoyed the food. Casual feeling and over looking the sound.
Fun, Not Fresh. The waterfront ambiance, on a sunny day, is the best way to enjoy the seafood which is dumped on your table. The "sea feasts" cost roughly $25 to $35 per person, with a minimum of two people per feast. If you have a party of four, you might be able to get away with just adding some extra crab legs. The unique dining style is the Crab Pots competitive advantage. Wacking crab with a wooden hammer, while wearing a bib, can be an interesting experience with friends. But the big question is, "is the seafood good?" The clams and muscles are tiny, and the crab is not fresh and meaty. You do get plenty of potatoes, and the sourdough bread is tasty when fresh. Overall, it's just OK at best. Do you get your $60 worth of seafood? No! So you don't get quality seafood, and even though it's cheap -- you don't get your money's worth. The service is very casual. It can be a fun experience, but the low quality seafood isn't worth returning to. If you've never tried "table dining" like this, I recommend giving it a try. Just keep in mind, you won't find quality seafood at the waterfront, just overpriced seafood.
Good messy fun. I went to the branch in downtown Seattle and did not find the seafood (we got the classic crabpot) overcooked. We make a lot of seafood at home and love seafood so we know what overcooked seafood tastes like and CrabPot did a pretty nice job of preparing it just right. The bread is also warm and delicious and we love the little corn on the cob that is also included in the meal. Service for two of us at about 9:30pm (summer hours, they close earlier in the Fall), was quick and friendly. We had a really fun time and can't wait to go back.
Beer, bibs and seafood feasts draw locals and tourists to this waterfront cafe..
The Crab Pot is a sloppy, communal way to enjoy seafood in Seattle--think family style, sans utensils or plates. Customers tie on bibs, order beers and crack into crabs and shrimp. The menu offers burgers and fish and chips, as well as four "seafeasts" which include Dungeness crab, lobster, oysters and clams, baby red potatoes, corn and spicy andouille sausage. The ingredients are tossed in spices, then piled onto paper-lined tables.
More like the "Crab Dump" - I cannot believe this place is still in business!. I have not been to the location in Seattle but have been to the one in Belleve a few times over the past few years for group dinners and lunches. Every time I went there it was the same - I knew what I was getting with the experience itself. Like someone else who reviewed said, when you're there, you should be ordering what their supposedly known for, which of course if crab. But considering how many incredibly great crab/seafood restaurants there are in Seattle, I cannot see how a place like this stays in business. I can only guess that it is the experience that keeps certain types of people coming back. The food has always been over-cooked and not even close to what I would consider fresh. The staff is almost always rude and very slow (we had to wait over 25 minutes to get our water - and that was before we ever got menus the last time we went - we would have left but we couldn't believe it was taking so long we just had to wait to see how long it would take). The prices are totally unreasonable for what you get and again, the quality of the food is so bad that words cannot describe it. I will just say that there are many other group-style restaurants with quality food, good service and that are priced appropriately for what you get. Don't waste your valuable time or money on this place - you'll regret it...and so will your stomach and wallet!
Best Seafood around.... The first time that I was there was in the summer of 05. There were 11 of us including two 9-year-olds. EVERYONE(including my little sibblings) loved it. Where else can you go eat with a bib, wooden mallet, butchers paper, and a big pile of FRESH seafood?! My personal favorite was the Alaskan. Everyone had a bit of everyone's food, but man was it good. I am actually coming home from Iraq on my R&R in a week, and thats the first place I am going for dinner. I love it that much. Anyone who doesnt like this restaurant is CRAZY!!! Good for all ages. They have tanks, pics of fishing, crayons for the kids to draw, and the best tapped BEER!:) Cant wait to come home!
Best low country boil outside of Louisiana!. My husband and I ate here last year, and are flying back for the night to eat there again!! It's THAT good! Get one of the seafood buckets. This is not a romantic, fussy place- they dump your food out on your table- remember that going in and just enjoy how awesome the food is! I haven't had low country boil like this since my uncle turnedver his boats in the backyard and coversthem in newpaper and seafood Lousisana backyard style as a child! Yummy!
You can just let it go!!. The Crabpot was such an experience!!! Service was fast and food was delicious!! Perfect location and felt very comfortable, although I waited for a while to be seated, because it was very busy, I will definetly return and can't wait till I do!!
MMM MMM Good, and a Lil cramped.... Eatting seafood with a bib on in public was an experience everyone should try. The food was good, but I questioned the quality of the seafod, and I was very cramped for space. It was really pricey but overall the experince was worth the money!
Messy, Tasty, Fun. This is a great way to enjoy good seafood in a very relaxed atmosphere. It's all messy and hands on with excellent quality seafood. If you don't mind eating off of butcher block paper, this is a great choice.