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Chevy Chase’s New Crab House Rolls Out Its Full Menu Tomorrow

The seafood-centric replacement to Arucola Osteria is now running on all cylinders

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A crab cake and cole slaw at Capital Crab.
Tim Walsh/Capital Crab
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Chevy Chase’s anticipated seafood restaurant is ready to unveil its completed coastal look and a summer menu that celebrates more than local crabs.

Capital Crab & Seafood, the first standalone extension of restaurateur Tim Walsh’s truck-based catering company, opened with limited items and hours last month inside Arucola Osteria, his former Italian restaurant at 5534 Connecticut Avenue NW. The aging restaurant closed in March to flip into Capital Crab.

The reinvented, two-level space sports a beach-themed refresh that includes a salmon pink accents, murals of oysters and lighthouses, and sand-colored booths.

Capital Crab’s newly unveiled interior in Chevy Chase.
Tim Walsh/Capital Crab

Here’s a look at the full summer menu, which goes live tomorrow:

A two-hour crab feast ($44) includes corn, cole slaw, and hush puppies. Medium crabs by the dozen are $75, and the price rises to $125 for extra-large crustaceans. Despite this being a productive season for blue crabs, prices have still been high.

A “Fish Your Wish” section of the menu features salmon, trout, branzino, and swordfish prepared various ways (grilled, pan seared) over linguini, whole grain rice, or veggies. The fish comes slathered with sauces like lemon butter or pineapple teriyaki ($23). There’s also soft shell crab, oven roasted chicken, and Caesar salad that can be topped with seafood.

Starters include jumbo shrimp by the pound ($24.95) or a dozen oysters ($24). The majority of the seafood comes from the Chesapeake Bay or the Gulf of Mexico.

Walsh’s wife helped with the redesign, with artwork created by Annapolis artist Kim Hovell.

Capital Crab’s signature spice blend of mustard seed and salt is designed to be sprinkled on everything from shrimp to mac and cheese.
Tim Walsh/Capital Crab
Crab mac and cheese at Capital Crab.
Tim Walsh/Capital Crab
Catering services for delivery and private events are still available from the Capital Crab food Truck that’s parked behind the Avenue, Walsh’s bar and events space in Upper Northwest.
Tim Walsh/Capital Crab

Hours are Monday to Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and weekends from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Capital Crab & Seafood

5534 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, , DC 20015 (202) 244-1555 Visit Website