The Top 100 List: #67 Oceanaire’s “Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes”

Crab Cake

Oceanaire’s “Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes”

Location: Downtown

Rating: 7 (out of 10)

Price: $16 (appetizer)

The Skinny: Lots of hype around this dish.  When talking to other foodies, a few pointed to these crab cakes as their favorite on the whole must-eat list.  And certainly a $31 price tag for the dinner portion (2 cakes) makes that promise.  But for me, it didn’t match up to the hype.

Don’t get me wrong – it was good.  Probably even very good.  The best bites were silky and tender, the soft pearls of crab barely held together by fillings.  It was almost a naked crab mound, except for the tiny bit of mayo, egg and bread.  But it’s this simplicity that some love about the dish that I didn’t.  I like my crab cakes to have a crunch and a “bite” to the seared outside.  It’s the blending of the soft and crispy textures that hooks me.  This was more one-note.  My apologies to Denver’s crab connoisseurs.


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14 Responses to “The Top 100 List: #67 Oceanaire’s “Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes””

  • Jen Says:

    Agree with this one 100%, it reminded me more of a crab salad, than crab cake…growing up with a Grandma from Georgia, cake cakes are always fried.

  • jko Says:

    Absolutely, Jen. Where do you go in Denver for the best fried crab cakes?


  • Jen Says:

    Honestly, there are none in Colorado, I’d write home about. Being from the coast, makes me picky about seafood, as I used to walk to the marina daily and pick my seafood out live. That said, in the Springs, is pretty good, not great, but worth ordering, I’d say a 6, a bit heavy on the celery in my opinion, but a good balance of mayo and a nice crust. I have ordered from and been surprised at the Quality, I still think it loses a bit in transportation, but what flash frozen food doesn’t.

  • Ian Says:

    Del Friscos hands down for the best crab cakes in Denver.

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  • ChesapeakeSMS Says:

    The Oceanaire calls these “Chesapeake Style Crab Cakes”, which is exactly what they serve: mostly crab, a little egg and mayo to hold it together. That’s it. There is nothing wrong with this simple, perfect combination. Growing up on the Chesapeake I can guarantee you this would be considered a topnotch crab cake in Annapolis.

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