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River Crab - St. Clair, Saint Clair, MI

River Crab - St. Clair

4.7
4.7
2745 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Visit the River Crab seafood restaurant and experience first-hand the finest in Riverfront dining. Our picturesque and idyllic location on the St. Clair River allows patrons to enjoy fine dining in a casual atmosphere right on the water’s edge, offering once-in-a-lifetime views of the river and landscape surrounding us. After a relaxing day on the water, guests of the River Crab can dock their boat right at the restaurant or at the St. Clair Boat Harbor and climb aboard our complementary shuttle. If spur of the moment decisions aren’t your style, you can easily make a reservation online. No matter how you arrive, the end result is the same—fresh seafood and unmatched views in a casual, fine dining atmosphere. Also be on the lookout for any private events and promotions we may be offering!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, American
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Tue–Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (810) 329-2261
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Scott Schneider
  • Private party facilities
    We can accommodate private gathering up to 120 guests, working with your style and budget. Our fresh seafood, tender steaks, delicious pastas and decadent desserts are the perfect complement to any private event.
  • Private party contact
    Ilyssa Berkowitz: (609) 216-3221
  • Neighbourhood
    St. Clair
  • Cross Street
    Between Yankee & Davis
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,745 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for scenic views

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Seafood

2,745 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal. Server Savannah was very attentive. Ambiance was perfect! Thank you for an awesome dining experience!😃

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is truly classy, cool, vintage and iconic restaurant right on the St. Clair River. The food is top notch as well as the cocktails, the ambiance and the view. As we dined, an enormous freighter came by and it was decorated with Christmas lights! We highly recommend The River Crab! Also, the service is always beyond great, our server was Eric and he made absolutely sure we were taken care of.

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  3. CherieW

    Louisville

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent, including the server, David. I highly recommend!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The River Crab is my absolute favorite place to dine. It the best kept secret on the east-side.

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  5. Iffer9

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome!! Can’t praise this place enough! We will be back!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Debbie (our server) was sensational. We had a mishap with wine and she acted as if it was her fault. (It wasn’t.) Food was very good. Ambience remains dark despite rehab. Two suggestions on busy holiday buffet days: Bring in valet service. When you’re busy with an older clientele, the hill is too much. And providing one “to go” box for dessert would be a good service.

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  7. JaniceC

    Detroit

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner with family. The River Crab is one of our very favorite restaurants and we so enjoyed sharing it with our family on this holiday. The food was fabulous--best dark-meat turkey I've had. Everyone at our table enjoyed the food and went back to the buffet for a little more. You can't beat the view. We saw four freighters pass by while we were there--always a treat. Debbie was the best server, always taking care of our needs without rushing us. We'll be back again and again and again.

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  8. GeorgeH

    Northern MI

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance, swrvice and food were great. The server Marissa was exceptional. She is very courteous. friendly and professional.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Food was ok ish.... nothing over the top like I remember years ago . My son had the duck which was good. I had the sole which was ok but parts tasted fishy. There was a party there with toddlers so the noise was pretty loud as the kids were running around and a baby was screaming. Chad our waiter was excellent even though he had a lot of tables he still did a great job.

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  10. LauraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent seafood prepared perfectly and the service was outstanding.

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  11. gdpe

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As Usual Our Server Debbie Is Great as Always,Never without a Smile and Great Attitude, Can’t Ask For Anyone Better 👍👍👍

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  12. Reggie

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the Crispy Duck entree, Maryland Crabcake, and Calamari. Outstanding flavor and presentation. Our server Ashley, was top notch. Very friendly and answered all of our questions.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food did not live up to expectations. We went for the perch , they had none. Disappointing. Overall the food was bland.

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  14. elleeatsdetroit

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Debbie continues to be the best server we’ve ever had in the food industry! Thank you for the wonderful time

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  15. Janey

    Detroit

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wait staff. Food and drinks excellent. One of my favorite places

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  16. Janey

    Detroit

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saw a freighter go by, also jumping fish 🐠. Great service, outstanding dishes

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  17. Annie

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere and food was delicious and perfectly presented and prepared. Angie our server was superior and paid attention to all the details. Great birthday celebration!

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  18. dennisl

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was very good. I would recommend this location.

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  19. DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was great. Server was knowledgeable and able to answer questions. Mussels were delicious. Seafood was fantastic and presentation pleasing. Loved the view. Quite enough to enjoy conversation.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, the ambience, the food and the location are top notch! We have been celebrating special occasions at the River Crab for 30 years and they never disappoint.

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  21. PatT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took a little road trip with friends, just fun. Ate at your place very good. Then went over to the bridge for ice cream. Fun day . Thank you.

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  22. JennL

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place seems to never disappoint!! Return customers to see how the new kitchen panned out. We went for our Anniversary, it was a Tuesday night so can't fully commit to noise level in review, but for us, it was perfect! Tyler our server was very attentive! We were lucky enough to get a table with a view at the window inside since it was a chilly September evening. Ordered Dynamite scallops for an appetizer, had New England Clam Chowder with Parmesan Snapper & Shrimp and Dynamite Mahi Mahi for dinner and finished with the Colossal Carrot Cake for dessert! Hands down, best food in the area! We will definitely be back :)

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is fresh and worth every bite! Caleb our server is very pleasant, polite and we loved his recommended dishes and drinksz Totally recommended

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  24. MicheleR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Savannah, was excellent and it was only her 3rd day on the job! She was personable and attentive, along with the amazing food, our anniversary celebration was perfect! Key Lime Pie was delicious. Look forward to our next visit.

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  25. cathyc

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jared was an excellent server!! Would love to have him again . Our meals were awesome

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  26. Susan

    Detroit

    71 reviews

    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I didn't catch the name of our server, however, she was attentive and professional. She knows the menu well. Blackened snapper was excellent. My husband's perch could have been a tad more crispy, but he said the flavor was good. Gazpacho got excellent reviews.

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  27. SusanM

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Angie, was so attentive to our table. Our whole dining experience was fabulous

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  28. Kare

    Naples

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience for 10 at lunch Superior service Everyone enjoyed their entrees and desserts Beautiful view Always a special treat to dine here!

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  29. partyof5

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was excellent! It was a few days ago but I think his name was Christopher. He was knowledgeable and personable and very attentive. The food was fabulous and the view of the water was spectacular!

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  30. Markb

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service and quick hot food. Nice job all around.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the River Crab and the special way that Martha goes out of her way to make sure we are always taken care of ! Great food, great service, great scenery on the outside patio! Love it and will always be back for our special occasions!

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  32. CaroleG

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside watching the freighters cruise by. Chad our server was delightful and our meal was delicious. This is a destination place for us and well worth the drive.

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  33. LionMikr

    Detroit

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating a retirement. When our waitress, Angie, came to our table and introduced herself. She asked if we were celebrating anything special or just there for dinner. We told her we were celebrating a retirement. She was so kind and asked if she could take our picture for us either inside or outside so that we would have the memory. When we finished our dinner, she led us outside and took our phone to capture the special moment. This restaurant never disappoints. Angie was a great waitress and the food was excellent as always.

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  34. Annie

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eric was a phenomenal waiter and the food was as usual PERFECTLY PREPARED!!! Great every time no matter what you get.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good location but a bit over-rated and over-priced. But go on a great day and the views will make up for any discrepancies.

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  36. TerryP

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time visiting River Crab. The food was excellent as well as the service. I highly recommend if you're in the area and looking for a great seafood restaurant.

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  37. SusieQ

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We keep going back here every summer because we love the river and the view. And…each year the food is so disappointing. Ugh!!! The food was mediocre. The food wasn’t even warm when we received it. This is such a beautiful place on the river!! Please improve your food.

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  38. PaulG

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice relaxing meal... Waitress didn't rush us at all. Everything was very good. From cocktails to starters to our main meal and my goodness the desserts!!!!! Watching the freighters go by was awesome to witness and just added to the beautiful evening experience.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    1st thing you need to know is that they don’t read any special requests you enter through open table. I reserved well in advance, told them this was a special anniversary dinner and requested a table by the water as shown in the pictures. When we arrived and were to be seated not by the water the hostess told us the tables by the water are reserved for members of their club that pay extra for the privilege of the view. Had someone had told me in advance I would have canceled. However we could sit outside in the bugs for no extra cost. The food wasn’t bad but it wasn’t special. Despite mentioning to the hostess this was an anniversary dinner and putting it in the comments they made no special effort to even say congratulations. Our server was wonderful and attentive and very apologetic about being out of the fish we wanted to order. 5 stars to our server but honestly we drove 3 hours to be in this area for our 41st anniversary celebration and what was supposed to be a highlight turned into a big fat dud.

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  40. MAMABEAR

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Ordered the surf & turf and the lobster was overcooked. The filet was not tender. Shrimp appetizer was baby size with Frank's hot sauce....I can make that at home. The food was very disappointing. Our server (Heather) was excellent!!! Their outdoor dining has the best view though!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from River Crab - St. Clair using the Order Online button. River Crab - St. Clair also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (810) 329-2261.

River Crab - St. Clair is rated 4.7 stars by 2745 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for River Crab - St. Clair

1337 River Road (M-29), Saint Clair, MI 48079

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Between Yankee & Davis
  • Neighbourhood
    St. Clair
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Tue–Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Scott Schneider
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (810) 329-2261
  • Private party facilities
    We can accommodate private gathering up to 120 guests, working with your style and budget. Our fresh seafood, tender steaks, delicious pastas and decadent desserts are the perfect complement to any private event.
  • Private party contact
    Ilyssa Berkowitz: (609) 216-3221
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