Crab Du Jour Cajun Seafood Boil & Bar is thrilled to announce its long-awaited grand opening at the Shoppes at Buckland Hills Mall in Manchester, CT. The restaurant, whose lease was signed pre-COVID, marks the 70th location for the burgeoning hospitality and restaurant group. Manchester is the third restaurant in the Connecticut area, with two other locations at Connecticut Post Mall at 1201 Boston Post Road in Milford and a Crab Du Jour Xpress at 4086 Main Street in Bridgeport. In addition, two Crab Du Jour locations will be coming to Hartford and Hamden in the coming months.


The menu features a variety of seafood sold by the half-pound ($7.50-$14.50) or pound ($13.99-$28.99), then steamed via bags and presented tableside with seasonings of choice in three heat intensities with corn and potatoes. The seasoning options include Cajun, garlic butter, Old Bay, lemon pepper, and the ‘Du Jour,’ which incorporates all the options. Supplemental add-ins include broccoli ($3.99), sausage by the half-pound ($5.99 or $9.99). In addition to the popular Cajun boils, the menu also boasts a variety of Po’Boys ($12.99-$14.99); burgers and sliders ($10.99-$13.99); soups ($6.99-$8.99) and salads ($5.99-$8.99). There are also appetizer options ranging from cheesesteak eggrolls ($8.99) to fried pickles ($5.99) and chicken wings ($10.99-$19.99) available in BBQ, Cajun, Buffalo, or lemon pepper. Kid’s menu offerings include chicken tenders, fried shrimp, chicken sliders, or fried flounder (all $6.99).


The 5,500 SQ. FT. restaurant has a seating capacity for about 160 diners with hours of operation Sunday through Thursday 11:30am to 10:00pm, and Friday and Saturday 11:30am to 11:00pm. Crab Du Jour features a selection of fun maritime-inspired cocktails ($10). Crab Claws is made with Tito’s Vodka, tequila, orange juice, and Grenadine; Mermaid’s Lemonade uses Rumhaven, Pink Lemonade, Blue Curacao; and the Blue Lagoon is made with Captain Morgan, Coconut Rum, Blue Curacao, pineapple, and orange juice. In addition, a variety of red and white wines are available by the glass and bottle, along with a selection of craft beer on draft, cans, and bottles.


“We are so thrilled to be a part of the community and bring delicious fare in a fun and casual setting to the Manchester area,” said Alisha Barton, General Manager of Crab Du Jour Cajun Boil & Bar.  “Connecticut has such a rich culinary history with seafood it makes perfect sense for us to grow here.”


About Crab Du Jour

Founded in 2019, the multi-concept, multi-unit North Carolina-based Crab Du Jour Restaurant Group has 72 dine-in Crab Du Jour and Crab Du Jour Xpress establishments throughout the country and a high-end surf and turf concept, The Fin, in Philadelphia, PA.