520 St. Mary's St., Raleigh.
Prices: entrees $11 to $16.
Atmosphere: crab shack casual.
Recommended: crab balls, oysters in Down East red sauce, pan-seared scallops, fried okra.
Open: Lunch Monday- Saturday, dinner nightly.
Reservations: accepted for large parties.
Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express; full bar; kid-friendly.
The N&O's critic dines anonymously; the newspaper pays for all meals. We rank restaurants in four categories:
**** Among the Triangle's very best.
*** Rewarding experience.
** Generally acceptable.
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