Shady Lane Crab House
119 Hawthorn Street
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays: 11 AM- 7 PM
Fridays & Saturdays, 11 AM – 8PM
Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
I LOVE SHADY LANE!!! Whenever the hubs and I go down to CB, we always make it our goal to stop by Shady Lane when the crabs are in season! They originally started out as a carry-out only place, but with such high demands, they set up a restaurant by the river. The menu offers appetizers (such as crab dip, oysters, shrimp cocktail, etc.), steamed seafood (crabs, shrimp, crawfish, etc.), sandwiches (crab cake, po’ boy, etc.), fried seafood, grilled seafooed, soups, as well as homemade desserts and beer/wine.
We started off with the crab dip (this came with perfectly-toasted pita triangles and a bowl of hot dip, filled with luscious juicy crab meat and cheese – this was literally one of the best crab dip I’ve ever had! It was so creamy, and the amount was just perfect with the pita!); a basket of hush puppies (perfectly golden-fried, these were so crispy, and was sooo delicious with their housemade cinnamon honey butter!); an oyster po’ boy (perfectly battered, well-seasoned, with a great drizzle of a mayo-based sauce, lettuce, tomato, and red onion; this was crispy, crunchy, and tasty; served with fries); crab cake sandwich (comes in a hamburger bun with also lettuce, tomato, and red onion; you can opt for another side, and we chose potato salad; this crab cake was fresh and with a very small amount of filler; great with the Texas Pete hot sauce!); and, the soft shell sandwich (when in season and at market price; this soft shell crab was also perfectly battered, well-seasoned, filled with juicy meat, and great with the hot sauce; I opted for the coleslaw, which was creamy and refreshing).
We couldn’t say ‘No’ to the homemade desserts – we tried the banana cream pie (so creamy and delicious, with perfectly-ripened banana slices and a light whipped top, this was absolutely scrumptious and one of the best pies I’ve had!) and the key lime pie (not too overly sweet, but with a little tang, this was quite tasty as well!).
Our server was Ms. Teressa, and she was such a sweetheart and so kind; she checked up on us often and made sure that everything was tasty. The place was definitely packed, with large parties chowing down on the steamed crabs and peel-your-own shrimp. There is also outside picnic tables to dine al fresco on a nice day. Definitely check this local gem out – you will not be disappointed! It is literally one of my favorite places with its fresh fresh fresh seafood
+hush puppies with cinnamon honey butter
+soft shell crab sandwich
+oyster po’ boy
+steamed Old Bay (their special seasoning) crabs
+banana cream pie
+key lime pie
+ask for Ms. Teressa
+al fresco dining available
+carry-out location available
+plenty of parking