Try the Best Crab Cakes in Arlington

crispy crab cakes with pickles and tartar sauce

A mid-Atlantic favorite, crab cakes gained popularity in Virginia in the 1920s when the state became one of the country’s leading sources of crab meat. Today, they’re the signature dish of many restaurants in the region. You don’t have to eat out to enjoy the best crab cakes in Arlington. These eateries near our Clarendon apartments offer pickup and delivery, so you can bring those savory cakes home.


An Arlington fixture since 1979, Quarterdeck serves delicious seafood fare year-round. The restaurant hosts a seasonal blue crab feast and often makes the lists of the best seafood restaurants in the DC area. In the kitchen, the chefs only use the finest ingredients. Their recipes are time-honored, and they create something for everyone. Sample the crab cakes (made with mayo and jumbo lump crab) served with three mesquite shrimp, and don’t forget the onion rings! You can order online for easy pickup. 

Essy’s Carriage House

A neighborhood favorite, Essy’s Carriage House is an American-style restaurant with an innovative menu. Owner Essy knows everyone by name. He studied under a renowned chef and creates recipes you might not find anywhere else. Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to the broiled miniature crab cakes. Made from Essy’s famous recipe, they’re best with the French fries and coleslaw. Call ahead for pickup. 

Tony and Joe’s 

Serving the freshest seafood since 1983, Tony & Joe’s is the epitome of culinary excellence. Chef David Stein grew up on the eastern shore of Maryland. Living and cooking on the water helped him create a style that allows the ingredients to shine. He makes every dish to order and keeps the menu new and exciting. For dinner, try the crab cake sandwich. It’s served with coleslaw, tartar sauce, and a generous helping of fries. Order online for pickup, or use GrubHub or Uber Eats for delivery. 

Now you can chow down on the best crab cakes in Arlington at home. If you would like to enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, these local wine shops will deliver your favorite bottle straight to your door. To become a resident of 2001 Clarendon Blvd, then please contact us. We would love for you to discover all that our apartments near Courthouse Metro have to offer.

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