Captain Bob’s celebrates 38 years of serving the best-steamed crabs in the Southern Pennsylvania area! Jerry Price and his wife Karen, originally from the Maryland area, took a chance, and brought to the area, fresh steamed crabs, done the old fashioned ‘Maryland’ way. Even to this day, you can watch the live crabs being placed in the pot and the steamed crabs unloaded into bags as they are still cooked to order! 

Family Photo

Jerry and his wife started selling crabs in June of 1984, out of a converted school bus located next to the Farmer’s Daughter Garden Center. Many of you will remember Captain Bob’s being known as the blue crab bus. As the business grew and became more successful, it was time to retire the bus and move into a barn type of building. So Captain Bob’s became known as the crab barn. The years of establishing a business were filled with hard work, commitment to quality, and service to our customers. It was with much joy, and a wonderful following of great customers, that Captain Bob’s eventually purchased the property in Railroad and became finally Captain Bob’s Crab House.

Growing to become the best known crab house; serving the best steamed crabs around was truly a blessing to Jerry and Karen, and it was with sadness that Jerry became ill in March, 2000, and passed away in August of that year. Many friends, business acquaintances and customers shared that time of sorrow with the family of Captain Bob’s Crabs. It was with a bittersweet joy that Captain Bob’s was voted the Number One Crab House in York County in March, 2001; but it was a great honor and tribute to Jerry who committed so much of his life and himself to make this business what it is today.


Knowing Jerry’s wishes, his son Jason soon sold Captain Bob’s Stewartstown location and came to Railroad to buy his father’s business.Jason had been working in the crab business since age seven and was more than capable to carry on. Now, years later, Captain Bob’s Crabs is still the Number One Crab House in the area. This family-owned business still holds to the family values and the commitment to quality and service for which Captain Bob’s is famous. Jason and his family are dedicated and committed to the continuing success of Captain Bob’s Crabs.

A picture of his father, the founder of Captain Bob’s Crabs, and his mother graces the customer area as an honor and tribute to the man whose desire, hard work and dedication, brought Captain Bob’s Crabs to the area and in whose footsteps he will follow!