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Loch Bar serves up true Maryland-style crab cakes.
Kirsten Gilliam

Where to Find Crab Cakes in Houston

These restaurants are serving up hard to resist lump crab-filled mounds

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Loch Bar serves up true Maryland-style crab cakes.
| Kirsten Gilliam

Perfectly molded to pack in clean, honest lump crab meat, and presented simply with lemon or a saucy accompaniment, few dishes offer decadence like that of a well-built crab cake. Top-notch portions ought not to be too bready nor too soft, but rather rich and textured with layer after layer of fresh crab meat. The savory sometimes-starter, sometimes-entree, is a treat, to say the least.

But it can be a rare find on restaurant menus at times. So who’s got ‘em, and are they worth the splurge? From casual cafes to upscale destinations sourcing seafood from around the globe, consider our breakdown of restaurants touting the top cakes in all the land.

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Rainbow Lodge

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If there’s anything better than a crab cake, it’s a crab cake with bacon. At Rainbow Lodge, the classic dish is amped up with chunky bits of bacon and green onion. It’s all served atop saucy creole mustard butter.

Single crab cake is served on a white rectangular plate with green garnish and orange sauce.
Crab cakes are better with bacon.
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State Fare Kitchen & Bar

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Make a meal out of the crab cakes at State Fare, where a double portion of pan-fried cakes arrive atop a creamy remoulade and are served alongside Hoppin’ John rice. Give them a try at State Fare’s water-front location in the Woodlands.

Two crab cakes with a side of rice.
Bet you can’t have just one.
Lisa Gochman PR

B&B Butchers & Restaurant

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At B&B Butchers and Restaurant, the crab cake boasts a hefty price tag of $36 for a single portion, but it’s well worth the splurge. Made with jumbo lump crab meat and presented with a whole grain mustard cream sauce, this savory cake packs a punch of tangy flavor.

Single crab cake on a white plate cloaked in a yellow sauce.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant doesn’t skimp on the crab in their crab cake.
Kirsten Gilliam

Backstreet Cafe

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Try the roasted corn crab cakes at Backstreet Cafe for a non-traditional take on the seafood dish. Presented with remoulade and slaw, they serve as a satisfying and easily shareable starter to your meal.

Gatsby's Prime Seafood

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This impressive followup to Gatsby’s Steakhouse in Montrose offers all of the seafood gems one could want, including crab cakes. The 6-ounce mounds will set you back $24 each, or a pair for $47.

A crab cake with remoulade and a lemon on a black plate.
The 6-ounce crab cake at Gatsby’s Seafood.
Michael Anthony

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

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When diners discuss Vic & Anthony’s, the jumbo lump crabcake is almost always a topic of conversation. A delightful way to start the meal, this standout dish is packed with crab and served with a chive beurre blanc, and pairs well with a glass of white and a steakhouse salad.

Willie G's Seafood

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It’s no surprise that this swanky hangout, known for extravagant seafood offerings at its locations in Houston and in Galveston, has one of the best crab cake dishes in town. Here, the cake boasts a double dose of crab, served with tart remoulade and kimchi marinated crab claws.

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab

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This Uptown stalwart is a haven for seafood lovers. There are no shortage of crab-loaded dishes, but the jumbo lump crab cake, served with a tangy dilled tartar sauce is a standout among them.

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

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This popular seafood haunt may be synonymous with fabulous oysters, but it has a killer menu of heartier seafood plates, including the 10-ounce butter-fried Chesapeake crab cake. A puncture of the crisp, golden exterior reveals a buttery crab filling. Meanwhile, the Brussels slaw, remoulade, and fries serve as worthy accompaniments.

Crab cake with slaw and fries are present on the right side of the photo’s frame on a white plate as a hand uses a silver fork at an angle to touch the food.
Liberty Kitchen’s Chesapeake crab cake is served with brussel slaw and fries.
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Loch Bar

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This posh seafood tavern in River Oaks District has plenty of crab-inspired dishes to choose from, including Maryland crab cakes. An order of two will set you back $60, but you won’t likely regret it — these babies are the real deal, tightly packed with creamy lump crab meat, and served with mixed baby greens with a side of Old Bay remoulade.

Ouisie's Table

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At this iconic River Oaks restaurant, there are plenty of ways to get your crab cake fix. Kick off your meal with a crab cake starter, served with house-made jalapeno tartar sauce — Ousie’s offers a mini at lunch, and a full-size portion at dinner. And during Sunday brunch, the crab cake eggs Benedict, served with a jalapeno hollandaise, is a standout.

Crab cake eggs benedict.
Ousie’s crab cake egg benedict is a true indulgence.
Gracie DiAnne Henley

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine

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Nestled among the homes in a residential neighborhood, Eugene’s is a cozy alternative to some of the more high profile seafood restaurants in town. Find a large menu of Cajun seafood dishes on the menu, including crab cakes. Here, an order of two patties, made with blue crab claw meat, roasted corn, red bell peppers, and fresh bread crumbs, is served with garlic rémoulade sauce, and is a fair price at under $20.

Acme Oyster House

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Don’t let the name mislead you — this New Orleans transplant offers far more than oysters. In addition to fried shrimp platters, seafood gumbo, and po-boys of all types, Acme Oyster House offers a crab cake, served with remoulade sauce, atop of sweet corn maque choux.

Brennan's of Houston

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Like many of the menu offerings, the crab cakes at Brennan’s are pure decadence. Presented on a bed of creamy melted leek and roasted corn sauce, and topped with a petite herb salad, the cakes offer multiple layers of flavor.

Ragin' Cajun

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Ragin’ Cajun is a Houston institution, famous for its spicy Cajun eats, and its pan-seared South Louisiana crab cake is not to be missed. Seasoned with the restaurant’s own spice blend and served with a signature remoulade sauce, a sampling of this crab cake will set you back $18.

Single crab cake is presented with a shadow on a white plate with two green chive garnish strands.
Ragin Cajun’s crab cake is rich in spices.
Ragin’ Cajun

Goode Company Seafood

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This time-honored restaurant operated by the Goode family is a fool-proof destination to satisfy seafood cravings, big and small. Among worthy starters like smoked redfish dip and shrimp empanadas, is the oven-baked jumbo lump crab cake, served with lemon garlic cream sauce.

Navy Blue

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The crab cake is not to be missed at this upscale seafood restaurant, newly opened from the team behind Bludorn in Rice Village. The dish packs in a substantial amount of crab, and is enhanced with celery root, remoulade, and bottarga.

Navy Blue’s crab cake with celery root, remoulade, and bottarga.
Navy Blue’s crab cake is enhanced with celery root, remoulade, and bottarga.
Caroline Fontenot

Rainbow Lodge

If there’s anything better than a crab cake, it’s a crab cake with bacon. At Rainbow Lodge, the classic dish is amped up with chunky bits of bacon and green onion. It’s all served atop saucy creole mustard butter.

Single crab cake is served on a white rectangular plate with green garnish and orange sauce.
Crab cakes are better with bacon.
Patterson Murphy PR

State Fare Kitchen & Bar

Make a meal out of the crab cakes at State Fare, where a double portion of pan-fried cakes arrive atop a creamy remoulade and are served alongside Hoppin’ John rice. Give them a try at State Fare’s water-front location in the Woodlands.

Two crab cakes with a side of rice.
Bet you can’t have just one.
Lisa Gochman PR

B&B Butchers & Restaurant

At B&B Butchers and Restaurant, the crab cake boasts a hefty price tag of $36 for a single portion, but it’s well worth the splurge. Made with jumbo lump crab meat and presented with a whole grain mustard cream sauce, this savory cake packs a punch of tangy flavor.

Single crab cake on a white plate cloaked in a yellow sauce.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant doesn’t skimp on the crab in their crab cake.
Kirsten Gilliam

Backstreet Cafe

Try the roasted corn crab cakes at Backstreet Cafe for a non-traditional take on the seafood dish. Presented with remoulade and slaw, they serve as a satisfying and easily shareable starter to your meal.

Gatsby's Prime Seafood

This impressive followup to Gatsby’s Steakhouse in Montrose offers all of the seafood gems one could want, including crab cakes. The 6-ounce mounds will set you back $24 each, or a pair for $47.

A crab cake with remoulade and a lemon on a black plate.
The 6-ounce crab cake at Gatsby’s Seafood.
Michael Anthony

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

When diners discuss Vic & Anthony’s, the jumbo lump crabcake is almost always a topic of conversation. A delightful way to start the meal, this standout dish is packed with crab and served with a chive beurre blanc, and pairs well with a glass of white and a steakhouse salad.

Willie G's Seafood

It’s no surprise that this swanky hangout, known for extravagant seafood offerings at its locations in Houston and in Galveston, has one of the best crab cake dishes in town. Here, the cake boasts a double dose of crab, served with tart remoulade and kimchi marinated crab claws.

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab

This Uptown stalwart is a haven for seafood lovers. There are no shortage of crab-loaded dishes, but the jumbo lump crab cake, served with a tangy dilled tartar sauce is a standout among them.

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

This popular seafood haunt may be synonymous with fabulous oysters, but it has a killer menu of heartier seafood plates, including the 10-ounce butter-fried Chesapeake crab cake. A puncture of the crisp, golden exterior reveals a buttery crab filling. Meanwhile, the Brussels slaw, remoulade, and fries serve as worthy accompaniments.

Crab cake with slaw and fries are present on the right side of the photo’s frame on a white plate as a hand uses a silver fork at an angle to touch the food.
Liberty Kitchen’s Chesapeake crab cake is served with brussel slaw and fries.
Lisa Gochman PR

Loch Bar

This posh seafood tavern in River Oaks District has plenty of crab-inspired dishes to choose from, including Maryland crab cakes. An order of two will set you back $60, but you won’t likely regret it — these babies are the real deal, tightly packed with creamy lump crab meat, and served with mixed baby greens with a side of Old Bay remoulade.

Ouisie's Table

At this iconic River Oaks restaurant, there are plenty of ways to get your crab cake fix. Kick off your meal with a crab cake starter, served with house-made jalapeno tartar sauce — Ousie’s offers a mini at lunch, and a full-size portion at dinner. And during Sunday brunch, the crab cake eggs Benedict, served with a jalapeno hollandaise, is a standout.

Crab cake eggs benedict.
Ousie’s crab cake egg benedict is a true indulgence.
Gracie DiAnne Henley

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine

Nestled among the homes in a residential neighborhood, Eugene’s is a cozy alternative to some of the more high profile seafood restaurants in town. Find a large menu of Cajun seafood dishes on the menu, including crab cakes. Here, an order of two patties, made with blue crab claw meat, roasted corn, red bell peppers, and fresh bread crumbs, is served with garlic rémoulade sauce, and is a fair price at under $20.

Acme Oyster House

Don’t let the name mislead you — this New Orleans transplant offers far more than oysters. In addition to fried shrimp platters, seafood gumbo, and po-boys of all types, Acme Oyster House offers a crab cake, served with remoulade sauce, atop of sweet corn maque choux.

Brennan's of Houston

Like many of the menu offerings, the crab cakes at Brennan’s are pure decadence. Presented on a bed of creamy melted leek and roasted corn sauce, and topped with a petite herb salad, the cakes offer multiple layers of flavor.

Ragin' Cajun

Ragin’ Cajun is a Houston institution, famous for its spicy Cajun eats, and its pan-seared South Louisiana crab cake is not to be missed. Seasoned with the restaurant’s own spice blend and served with a signature remoulade sauce, a sampling of this crab cake will set you back $18.

Single crab cake is presented with a shadow on a white plate with two green chive garnish strands.
Ragin Cajun’s crab cake is rich in spices.
Ragin’ Cajun

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Goode Company Seafood

This time-honored restaurant operated by the Goode family is a fool-proof destination to satisfy seafood cravings, big and small. Among worthy starters like smoked redfish dip and shrimp empanadas, is the oven-baked jumbo lump crab cake, served with lemon garlic cream sauce.

Navy Blue

The crab cake is not to be missed at this upscale seafood restaurant, newly opened from the team behind Bludorn in Rice Village. The dish packs in a substantial amount of crab, and is enhanced with celery root, remoulade, and bottarga.

Navy Blue’s crab cake with celery root, remoulade, and bottarga.
Navy Blue’s crab cake is enhanced with celery root, remoulade, and bottarga.
Caroline Fontenot

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