Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House

Crabs, Seafood
$$$$ ($15-$24)

Editorial Review

The Food section rated this restaurant's crab cake for a July 2009 story about the area's best.

Nearly every table at this bare-bones joint is occupied by folks pounding and picking their way through heaps of steamed crabs, so you immediately suspect that crab cakes are an afterthought here. Suspicion confirmed: The bland, smallish pieces of local crab are rendered even more flavorless by the onslaught of too much breading, overpowering spice and the hot oil in which they're deep-fried. The sides are equally unremarkable.

Two 4-ounce lump crab cakes, $18.95

(July 29, 2009)

Reader Reviews

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I should have listened to the other reviews.

The attitude of what appeared to be a hung over waiter was almost unbelievable and I would probably not believed it if I wasn't there. Terribly dirty from the entrance, to the table top to the menu to the shirt and pants the server was wearing, really scary. I would guess the health department is afraid of this place. We had to leave immediately. Crab house almost empty on Memorial Day should have told me something. Only gets one Star because I can't give it none, should get minus four Stars.