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dined on Fri, 24 May 2019

This place is really cool, a little confusing to get to as you need to walk through the pub and up the salaries but is totally worth it!! Has a great atmosphere with a cozy, relaxed setting. Great food, great service, what more can you want..

dined on Sun, 31 Mar 2019

This place has seriously gone downhill. They got rid of the Crab in A Bag experience and replaced it with a boring experience downgrade. The fun has gone now. Service was slow cardboard and inflexible. They have a whole or of alcoholic Sosa’s and floats, I asked for one of them without the alcohol, and was told I can’t have it because she won’t be able to ring it up on the computer. All round, I am very sad I took my guests there for their last night in Sydney.
Hi Richard, We are very sorry to hear about your bad experience with us this week. I apologize that you did not receive top notch service, as that is very important to us- and I will be looking into this complaint immediately. We have stopped serving our boils in bags as we have taken time to consider the environmental impact of single-use plastic bags, and found that it is not a practice we believe it sustainable. We understand it takes away some of the interactivity in the dining experience, however we do believe it was the right decision to make. If you would like to discuss your experience any further, I would be more than happy to hopefully help reach a satisfying conclusion. You can contact us at getmessy@houseofcrabs.com.au
Admin, House of Crabs responded on Mon, 1 Apr 2019

dined on Thu, 28 Mar 2019

Staff were fab! LOVED the crispy eggplant and skinny chips with lobster sauce on top. We got the blue swimmer crab Thu night special - not recommended for novices! The waitress did warn us, but we ordered anyhow - yeah, hard to get out the succulent flesh! Also realised not a fan of the digging into the crabs thing - prefer that hard work having done for me! BUT yeah - I can see the attraction, and I will recommend to others for sure.
Thanks for the lovely review, Sonya! We're glad you got in and had a go at the blue swimmer- they sure can be a little tricky. We hope to see you again soon.
Admin, House of Crabs responded on Mon, 1 Apr 2019

dined on Sat, 23 Mar 2019

The food was delicious, however we were hoping for more than two crab legs for a $68 serving. We ordered Butter (fried chicken) on the way home as we left very hungry.

dined on Thu, 21 Mar 2019

This is the second time I've been and would be great if they have slightly more sauce for the Singapore chili sauce blue swimmer crab - the first time i went, the sauce was more than enough.
Hi Joanne, Thank you for your review. Sorry to hear you did not receive enough sauce on your crab. This has been passed on, and we hope to do better for you next time.
Admin, House of Crabs responded on Mon, 25 Mar 2019

dined on Wed, 20 Mar 2019

The food isn't great - the Singapore Chilli Crab had a really weird, tangy and tomato-y flavour to it and it tasted like it had been watered down. The fried chicken sandwich was so incredibly oily, it was a mission to get through just half because it was super greasy. The atmosphere is lively and nice but the food is pretty bad.
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a detailed review. We will look into the issues you mentioned, and hope to do better on your next visit.
Admin, House of Crabs responded on Mon, 25 Mar 2019

dined on Sun, 10 Mar 2019

Yummy Crab as always. BLUE SWIMMER CRAB was not available however we ordered the ALASKAN SNOW CRAB instead! Just as tasty. The only downside is the added CORN we had on the side which cost $7 and it was literally ONE Small corn! This is a massive rip off!

dined on Sat, 17 Aug 2019

Fun place for gathering Interesting menus Pipis were good but lots of broken shells

dined on Sat, 3 Aug 2019

Crabs were a bit small. Bread was stale
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Join us for Chilli Crab Thursday! $35pp gets you 650g of Blue swimmer crab with Singapore sauce.
30 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2021
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About House of Crabs

A night of cracking crabs... On the first floor of The Norfolk Hotel in Redfern you’ll find a quirky space of red and white booths, blackboard menus, fairy lights and seaside paraphernalia: canoes, beach umbrellas, crab net chandeliers, gas lamps, nets and heavy ropes. - the whole works. Designer Mike Delany has gone all out to set the seafood shack scene at The House of Crabs, allowing diners to demolish an array of crustaceans in a funky coastal setting. Even the bar has been remodelled to look like a boat. Sounds cool huh? It really is! Get ready to throw all traditional dining manners out the window because at this laid back seafood eatery anything goes. All crabs come boiled in 500g sharing bags (chose from blue swimmer, snow or king), each one as cracking and tasty as the next. Other noteworthy dishes are without a doubt the chubby Redfern prawn roll ($9) and barbecue octopus taco ($6)...if you can fit them in. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to get down and dirty while enjoying a serious seafood spread. Oh and you’ll definitely want to wear a bib, it’s nothing but messy crowd-pleasing fun at the House of Crab. Get excited!! Georgia's top dish pick: Crabs boiled in Old Bay seasoning with extra cayenne - it’s a no brainer really.

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