Love the food here.. Always so tasty!
The atmosphere of the restaurant was very nice and the waiter was very pleasant.
Overall it's a good place for a relaxing night out that's casual and easy.
Expensive and That's It.
Nice and clean, we had good service. And all four of us agreed the food was nothing to write home about. I had crab soup which was bland and large crabs in oil and garlic. I never had this before. It was not flavored in oil and garlic it was soaked in oil with little garlic flavor, little of any flavor.
If you like bland food this is the place to go.
DiNardo’s has the best crustaceans in Philadelphia.
There’s just something different about the seafood here. Located a short cab ride from Downtown Philly, is DiNardo’s. A non-descript, red brick building with a wooden sign swaying in the breeze points to the front entrance of this establishment. The huge crab on their sign hints that maybe you should try the crab. The Blue Claw crabs are flown in everyday from the Gulf Coast. Unlike their cousins in the Chesapeake, these Gulf Coast crabs are “free swimmers”, which means bigger crabs and more meat.
Let’s look at their raw bar. Clams on the Half Shell are half dozen freshly shucked ice-cold beauties served atop ice accompanied by cocktail sauce and lemon. These clams are sweet with a scent of the sea. These are the best clams on the half shell I have ever had. The cocktail sauce is the best cocktail sauce I’ve ever had, sweet with just the right amount of horseradish. Thumbs up with 5 stars!
Oysters on the Half Shell are five plump, freshly shucked mollusks also served atop ice with cocktail sauce and lemon. These bi-valves have a clean, fresh taste. The cocktail sauce is a perfect compliment to these delicious babies. Thumbs up with 5 stars!
Okay, I know you’ve been waiting for it. Let’s talk crab! The Steamed Crabs come in 4 different sizes – regular, large, jumbo, and extra jumbo. Take into consideration the amount of time it will take you to crack these open. It’s not like eating Dungeness or King Crab legs. DiNardo’s has paper placemats showing the technique on how to crack and get the meat out or ask your server. They are always happy to help. Being from Hawaii, I know how to eat a crab – all of the crab. It's in my blood. The crabs are steamed to perfection with lots of DiNardo’s propriety blend of herb and spices, very reminiscent of Old Bay seasoning, but a little different. The meat is sweet but when the seasoning from your fingers mixes, it takes to a whole other level – salty, spicy, and just down right delicious. Thumbs up with 5 stars!
If you have the craving for seafood, crabs in particular, stop by DiNardo’s. It’s definitely famous for crabs in my book.
Savings Tips: DiNardo’s is a new member of idine. Check out idine’s website for discount information.
Tourist Trap!!. Would not go back - this is a tourist trap - and that is how we were treated by our waiter - $100 for two people who had one beer each with dinner - WAY over priced, Fabric on seat in booth was ripped; water glasses are plastic; silverware right out of Waffle House. Most entrees at $25-plus. Will never, ever go back!
Not what I expected. We went there for our first date night in almost a year (after baby). The staff was nice (the inside definately doesn't match the outside as another reviewer put it), but the food didn't sit right with us for the rest of the night. The crab cakes aren't firm with any lump meat, but mushy and stringy. I had 2 mussels out of 4 that had grit when I bit down. The calamari was good. We'd like to try just getting the crabs there (since they seem to be ordered frequently), but it's going to be a while before we feel comfortable going back to try it. I don't usually write negative reviews, but my husband has an iron stomach and feels the worst out of both of us.
DiNardo's- the crabs were delicious. What a great place. I started going to DiNardo's about 6 months ago. My girlfriend took me their because she knew how much I enjoyed crabs(I am born and raised from Baltimore). Although I LOVE my Chesepeake Bay crabs, I have never had a better crab. I am not sure where they get them, but I would kill for that recipe. My girlfriend usually winds up getting steak, which she claims is as good as any where (I go for the crabs). I love everything about this place. I would suggest this place to anyone. Awesome place!
AMAZING FOOD FAR ABOVE EXPECTATIONS. I had low expectations for this restaurant after reading some of the reviews on this site, but was completely impressed! The food is just so good in comparison to other comparable restaurants in Center City. Our appetizer was big delight. Exactly as our waitress described it:The waitress was very attentive and punctual. The food was amazing we don't know what we enjoyed more the appetizers or the meal. Dinardo's crabs are amazingly delicious and the mussels are to die for .I look forward to taking many more trips to Dinardo's in the near future
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