From Boat To Buffet

At Captain George's, we get a lot of questions. What's the correct way to eat a crab? What's the story on those stained glass domes at your Virginia Beach location? How much seafood does the Captain serve each year? Well, we've taken the most-asked questions, compiled them, put them through our fact-checking machine, and have answered them here for all you inquisitive types!

You may also visit our FAQ page to see if we can answer any other questions you may have.

How To Eat
Crab Legs

Cracking crab legs is a snap!
Check out the video to learn how to dig in!

Seafood Statistics

  • We steam 1.5 million pounds of crab legs per year.
  • We are the largest independent purchaser of Alaskan snow crab legs in the world.
  • We steam 125,000 pounds of shrimp per year.
  • We fry 140,000 pounds of fried shrimp per year.
  • We serve 250,000 pounds of scallops per year.
  • We cook 200,000 pounds of fish every year.
  • We use 200,000 pounds of fryer oil per year.
  • We serve 1 million oysters every year.
  • We have served over 40 million pounds of crab legs over the past 40 years.

Stained Glass Domes

Captain George's Virginia Beach location houses two of the largest stained glass domes under one roof. These one-of-a-kind domes were custom created for Captain George's by Art Glass in 1984. Each dome weighs over 5 tons and is 34 feet in diameter. They took one full year to complete and each cost $125,000.

Snow Crab Facts

  • The habitat of the snow crab includes the Bering Sea, the Sea of Japan, the Chuckchi, Beaufort and Bering Seas and Arctic Ocean at depths less than about 650 feet and on silt and mud habitats.
  • In 2005, the Discovery Channel premiered "The Deadliest Catch," a documentary/reality show that revolves around Snow Crab harvesting. True to the show's title, the series reveals how truly hazardous life can be for those who venture into Alaska's Bering Sea to catch this wildly popular crab.
  • In 2010, almost 22,000 tons of snow crab were harvested in U.S. fisheries in the Bering Sea. U.S.-caught snow crab makes up about a third of the snow crab for sale in the United States.
  • Male snow crabs can live up to 20 years.
  • The male snow crab is much larger than the female with a leg span of around 35 inches versus the female's 15.
  • A female can produce 1,200 to 160,000 eggs, depending on her size.
  • To grow, crabs must shed their shells to produce a new one. This process is called molting. A crab does this around 15 to 20 times during its lifetime.