Captain Mas Seafood and Crab House

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Seafood
Captain Mas welcomes you to our fabulous Dining Room. It's the only place where you can enjoy eating steamed hard shell crabs and the finest, freshest seafood in Sterling's most beautiful restaurant setting. We offer a menu full of classic seafood dishes, live crabs, steak and vegetarian options. In addition, we will offer daily specials depending on what is in season. Four Star Chef, Frank Imbarlina, together with our Executive Chef, have combined forces to bring together a most exciting menu. Their skills and cooking techniques are the reasons that we know we will have the best seafood in the Washington Metropolitan area.
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3.7
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3.5
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

I was expecting more flavor from the steam pot. They use a tomato based sauce.

RH
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was really good. The venue was primarily a bar atmosphere, and it happened to be a “borrowed” venue for a Russian trivia game in Russian. Looked like the Russian speaking customers had fun.

MS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I got a half dozen jumbo steamed blue crabs. They were perfectly cooked and seasoned. There was not a light crab in the lot. We also ordered crab cakes and hush puppies. The crab cakes were wonderful as were the hush puppies. You can not go wrong with this restaurant. I know we will be going back very soon.

Thank you Captain Mas!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We made a reservation for 930 because the restaurant says it closes at 11. We got there 5 minutes early and the place was empty. We were told that the kitchen was closed, very rudely. I strongly recommend staying away from this place

A
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Went to Captain Mas Seafood on 3 August 2019 and the food was not great. My friends and I ordered the Seafood Boil for One- Cajun style. It didnt taste like cajun at all. The sauce tasted like they use a tomato sauce with water. So, it was tomato sauce watered down with no flavor on the seafood. Also, the shrimp and crab legs were overcooked, the potatoes no seasoning, the list goes on. Our overall experience with Captain Mas was not good. We will not go back to Captain Mas.

GM
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is great but the all you can eat prices are the highest I’ve ever seen. Even with the quality of food, $80 for a 13 year old little girl is just too much.

NJ
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was awesome! Waiter was Great! Overall experience was niceeee

AA
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

All you can get for an overpriced amount? Then they never bring more so it's really just a scam.

AB
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We went on Father's Day. We got a seat quickly and the server was at the table right away. We placed our order which was for one meal plus two all you could eat. The meal was served quickly; however, the crab legs took longer. With each remaining request for legs, it took longer and longer. As we left, the manager apologized indicating that he had not expected such a large crowd on Father's Day. The crab cake dinner was excellent as were the legs when we could get them.

D
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was good as always. We had the seafood boil, enjoyed it and had more than enough clam, mussels, crawfish, crab and shrimp. My only desire is that they use larger clams. Our waitress was very good and attended to us faithfully. I will be returning.

CH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience2

They were short staffed but the food was worth the wait. I will visit again

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Relaxing nice out w my husband.

v
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great service. My husband ordered seafood and loved it. He said is was extremely fresh. My pasta was disappointing but the shrimp was fresh and delicious. Appetizers were delicious.

MJ
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful evening with good food, good service and great ambiance.

BD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great crabs.

Why 50 characters. Seems silly????????

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Scallops were perfectly done. Had nice flavor and balance.

Also had oysters on the half shell. Fresh, salty and good.

BF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience1

There was a private party starting as we arrived. The party was so loud they hurt our ears, and we left taking our food to go. The owner/manager was very apologetic, and gave us a discount on the food. I think it would have been nice otherwise.

TE
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great service when ever we visit. The food and service is impeccable.

m
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We met some fine people that made our experience even more enjoyable. Food and service was exceptional as usual.

N
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family and I had another amazing experience at Captain Mas Seafood and Crab House. The food was excellent and everything was very fresh and cooked to perfection. The staff members were all very nice and helpful with the menu. They have also helped us celebrate a wedding anniversary in an unforgettable way ! We will definitely be back soon.

N
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I absolutely loved it! This was my first time at Captain Mas Seafood and it definitely won’t be my last !

The food was cooked perfectly. The chef himself came out to us which was a very nice touch. We ordered the seafood boil for two, gator tots and crab Mac and cheese which were all amazing. I could have not made it better myself.

Our waiter, Steven, was great! He made sure my husband and I have a nice Sunday date. He took wonderful care of us , made recommendations and funny jokes which made our dining experience unforgettable.

Lastly, the decor was perfect as well. It had lots of cool stuff to look at while waiting for the food. The lake overlook made us feel like we were on vacation.

Thank you so much, Captain Mas Seafood! We will be back really soon for more of your amazing food.

MS
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

I've driven past this restaurant many times and have heard great things about it, so I decided to stop in for dinner. I'm not sure why this place always seems empty -- I found the service and the food to be excellent. It's a bit pricey, and the ambience doesn't seem to match its pricing -- its open seating dining boths and tables aren't very intimate, and the decor seems underdone for a place that is this expensive, but those are minor things compared to the importance of great food, and my item was well prepared and delicious. A nice destination for great seafood!

MG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My only comment is that they need to dust. It was a slow night and the sill was very dirty and dusty with spider webs. When people come in to sit that is not what they want at eye level. This is something that should be tended to daily. It was rather gross.

But the food and staff were great!!

EH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The clam chowder soup appetizer was very good. The Crab Mac & Cheese was excellent. The 1lb king crab legs main entree was excellent. I highly recommend Captain Mas Seafood. Live Jazz music was playing during my meal. Very nice! The service was spot on, very attentive.

The only small issue I had was with the Hostess that greeted me when entering the establishment. I told the Hostess that I was here for the OpenTable Reservation, but the Hostess did not know what to do to find my reservation and was directing me to sit at the bar. Very strange. Another owner person walked up to the Hostess stand and corrected the misunderstanding. There must be a lack of Hostess training for the summer help.

2
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

The service was friendly, our server did his best despite having 5+ tables. The food was good: The 1lb crab leg entree was tasty, the crab cakes were acceptable (a little too brown after obviously sitting in the window for a bit). The food took a bit long, approximately 45 minutes; apparently the "circuit breaker" or something wasn't working properly. Overall, it was acceptable, friendly staff, and edible food. If you don't go in expecting much, you should be ok.

VE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience1

We've been to Captain Mas before, but I have to say this experience was the worst due to the fact that we didn't even get to eat there. Typically the food is great, but service is slow. If you know that going in and are prepared to wait, it's not too bad. For this particularly occasion, we wanted to go for Father's Day. We made a reservation and before we even entered the restaurant, other patrons were telling us to find another place to eat. After waiting about 15min to speak to someone (host, waiter, or otherwise), we were told that even though we had a reservation and there were open tables, we should find somewhere else to eat. We were advised that the wait for food was over 2 hours at that point. Apparently there had been some events earlier in the day that precipitated this issue. Either way, I could only see one waiter serving the entire restaurant, and I imagine the kitchen was understaffed given the long wait for food. It's disappointing because the food itself is great, I just think this place is poorly managed and understaffed. If you choose to go there, be prepared to wait (even on a "good" day) and have a backup plan.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

The host was rude to our party and the other guests who were waiting to be seated at our reserved times. Apparently there was a 20 minute delay to be seated, which was expressed in a very rude nonchalant manner. Then, the manager came and told us all that it would be 2 hours to wait for any food to be prepared. Strange that would happen on a holiday. This restaurant seemed more like "Captain No Mas". I won't be visiting this one again. The parking lot was fairly empty too which means this may not have been a very reputable restaurant to begin with.

LG
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

This was a horrendous experience! We didn't even stay for the food the service was so bad!!

FM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Food was decent. They seem to be understaffed. Manager not engaged. Arrived 5 minutes early prior to our reservation. Waited to be seated more than 10 minutes because no one greeted us. Staff moved right at us but didn't approach. Finally shown to a table in the corner that had a coat rack beside it. The coat rack was left there and we had to move it every time we needed to get out from the table. Food didn't come out for more than an hour!!! And when it did it wasn't hot. Items were missing ( which then took even longer to come back out). I had to ask several times for my check. We order all you could eat but didn't get to experience it because a fire broke out in the kitchen and smoke came through the vent causing us to cough and my daughter's asthma to flare up. No apology from manager. No nothing. I probably will not visit this establishment again.

B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I waited at the door for 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged we had arrived. When we were finally seated it was 30 mins before anyone came to get our drink order. During this time I watched 3 other tables walk out. I asked the waitress how long it would take us to get our food. She informed me that a table ordered their food at noon and was not served until 1:50 PM. After being told this I thanked her and we walked out.

EW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Mother’s Day early dinner. Was not crowded but took over 50 minutes to get food after ordering.
Food was okay but not nearly as good as the very high price tag.
Nothing special. Go elsewhere.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was great and our server Jason was awesome.

DC
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Stephen was a great waiter. He has a jovial demeanour and made sure we were taken care of without being intrusive.

The food was very good. We’ve tried lots of seafood places of a similar level, like Ford’s. In our opinion, Mas quality is much better.

Keep up the good work. We’ll be back!

l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Went on a Sunday evening and they had live karaoke, which would’ve been ok had it not been for the extremely SLOW service. Went for dinner at 6pm and didn’t get our food until close to 8pm because the servers were busy carrying on with the singers and the crowd. They blamed it on the dinner rush but when I can clearly see you by the bar giving hugs to everyone, that definitely put me in a fowl mood. Overall, the food was ok, definitely not worth waiting close to 2 hours. Will most likely get my seafood fix somewhere else, either Joe’s Crabshack or Red Lobster.

E
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service. Very friendly. Delicious seafood. A little pricey, but blue crabs are expensive so not unexpected. Would definitely return if in the area.

KL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I was in the city for a business and a friend of mine decided to have dinner. I checked Open Table to determine a good local restaurant. Captain Mas had a great rating so I decided we would eat there. It was a Tuesday and there was not a lot of folks there, but the food was wonderful, the service was great, and the atmosphere was on point. I would highly recommend this restaurant to any who would want a good meal

d
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service! Owner came out to say hello, brought candy for the kids. Even had a nice boat to take pictures in!

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food and service.

HC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Captain Mas’ is a hidden gem. The crab cakes are the best I’ve had. The gator bites are meaty and tasty. The oysters are delicious. The food in not over breaded and cooked perfectly. This is a place you will want to return to.

OD
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The seafood and pasta at Captain Ma's is excellent and at a reasonable price. The service is always top notch. This is a great find.

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