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Sambo's Tavern

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283 Front St
Leipsic, DE 19901 (Map & Directions)
Phone: (302) 674-9724
86% say Yum
298 people voted

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$$ $ - Cheap Eats (Under $10)
$$ - Moderate ($11-$25)
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Reviews of Sambo's Tavern

Ozzy posted on 05/19/2014

Really great crab cakes ! Also homely atmosphere and great service !

Linda from Virginville, PA posted on 07/17/2013

My husband & I try to get to Sambo's @ least 3 or 4 times during the summer. It takes us nearly 3 hrs to get there but it's well worth it. We wouldn't eat crab cakes anywhere else & the steamed crabs are excellent. The staff has always been courteous & check back with us frequently during our meal to make sure we have everything we need. We've been to many crab restaurants but Sambo's is by far the best!

James O'Brien posted on 10/05/2012

Being from the Boston area, I am use to good seafood and generous portions. Sambo's food was good, but not enough of it for the price. The sides come in ketchup cups and I counted 18 fries on my plate with 3 small pieces of rock fish. My wife's crab cake sandwich didn't even come with potato chips. I'm going back to Shucker's when we go to Dover.

Billl from wilmington posted on 04/26/2012

Was really disappointed! Didn't have reservations but was seated anyway. Crabs were just off the boat,big,juicy and seasoned perfectly.Beer was cold staff was not. Gone back 5 times. waiting for number 6.

Scott Hicks posted on 03/23/2012

Went to Sambo during race weekend a year ago.I live on the shore of jersey,and when I took 6 of my buddys from here they were VERY pleased of the crabBALLS and crabs price when you go out for a good time and food that dose not matter!!!! Can't wait to get back this year!!!!!

tim bohmer posted on 02/17/2012

Judging from the comments, I would say the nay-sayers are the ones who were rude and unfriendly. The owner probably let you know it and now your wittle feelings are hurt. I used to live near the place and went there ALL the time! Never, EVER treated with anything other than respect! Food is AWESOME, too!

debbie parks posted on 07/31/2011

Definately BEST crabs. My husband and I live in Baltiimore and Sambos crabs are the best!!great view and service. Also love the shrimp jammers!!

Dug posted on 07/14/2011

Best crabs around! The owner is actually the Mayor, and does not in fact hate the locals. And people shouldn't gossip on web reviews, it's low class.<br /> <br /> It is pricey but this isn't a buffet. Despite it's humble appearances, being a water-front restaurant in the small town of Leipsic, it's a higher class joint with higher class food: fresh crabs from Delaware or Maryland, depending on what time of the season you go, but seasoned perfectly. <br /> <br /> Food is 10/10. Occasionally they get a bad review from a first timer who showed up expecting it to be a cheap mom and pop restaurant that should graciously accept their patronage, but the fact they could care less about such reviews tells the tale. The place is packed every night, and they don't even need to advertise to keep the crowds coming back.

Mark posted on 03/01/2011

Best seafood place. PERIOD!! Yum!

terry scherer posted on 07/07/2010

best crab cakes i ever had. crabs are awesome too.

Elaine posted on 06/02/2010

THE BEST CRAB CAKES EVER...and I've eaten a ton of crab cakes. Now I never order them anywhere except Sambo's because I know I'll be disappointed by comparison. Jumbo lump---always!

P B posted on 05/21/2010

Decent at best. Tried the steamed clams, crabcake, crab, fish filet, and boiled shrimp....the best was the hush puppies. Service was not outstanding but was friendly. The price was kind of ridiculous but not overwhelming. Would go again...but not right away

brian medley posted on 04/30/2010

the price is outrageous!! my wife and i spent $90.00 and left not only hungry, but insulted by the owners wife! the food is average at best. the owner and his wife hate the towns locals, and jack up prices every year beyond the norm. if Mr. Sambo were alive he'd chase his own son out of town!!!! to top it off, the place is nasty! save your money, your time, and your grief!

Lynne posted on 08/22/2009

I order crab cakes or shrimp whenever we go out. I have dined up and down the east coast and without a doubt this is the absolute best!!! The staff is great. My only complaint is the noise, but that's what you get when people are enjoying themselves with great food!! You can spend more but you can't get better food or service!

Holly posted on 08/18/2009

Don't judge this restaurant by its cover! They sell the best crab cakes and soup I've ever had. Crabs are as fresh as they come, right off the boat. Plan to eat here when the tide is high and the view is beautiful.

james posted on 08/10/2009

Little hole in the wall kinda place...What a HUGE surprise!! Wow!! The seafood was great!! I had the crabs..($35/doz) is about the going rate, but these were worth it...My girl had the clams and shrimp and they were very good. Had some live music in the place on a Monday evening. He did very well. The staff was friendly. I will be back again soon......I think I found a great summertime seafood spot!!

Jackie posted on 07/06/2009

Amazing crab cakes and steamed shrimp! The prices are a little high so we won't be able to do it often but we will definitely visit for a special treat. We haven't tried the crabs as we are new at this but willing to give it a shot next visit. Very friendly staff and fantastic nautical view.

leonard entel posted on 07/01/2009

Great fun, best crab cakes.

ryukyu posted on 06/22/2009

Crabs were sweet and tasty. Bought half dozen, got 7. Don't know if it's like that all the time, but it made me happy. Wife had crabcakes and she said they were one of the best she ever had. A little disappointed with the fries and the fact that they close on Sundays. All in all, I'll be back again and again.

seafood lover posted on 02/07/2009

Great food, service, and wait staff. Loved the atmosphere and can't wait until they open again this year!

Best Broiled crabcakes anywhere posted on 01/20/2009

Though Sambo's may be just a bit expensive, they make the best broiled crabcakes anywhere.<br /> Their waterfront/fishing port location adds to the ambiance.<br /> I've moved away to Baltimore from the Dover area, and they still stand as the best crabcakes. I always stop in for a crabcake sandwich when i'm in town. They serve a very light roll with the crabcake, which accentuates the flavor of the crabcake.<br /> I absolutely love the place. One must remember that crabs size and fullness is generally uncontrollable, so at ti mes the crabs may be small or light. But the crabcakes never disappoint.<br /> John M

posted on 10/24/2008

I would go back everyday if I could.

Seafood lover posted on 08/02/2008

Terrible crab cakes. Light crabs. Bad service. Way over priced.

mike austin posted on 07/24/2008

Discovered Sambo's during my last month stationed at Dover AFB in 1972. Have returned many times. Best steamed crab and shrimp. The<br /> atmosphere, owners and waitresses make it a great place to have a fun time.<br /> <br /> Can't wait to go back again !<br /> A rating of 10 is not high enough !!!<br /> <br />

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