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Joes Crab Shack

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20 Meadowview Drive, Hoover, AL 35242
(205) 981-2999
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
It's a Joe's, not much more to be said.

Not bad, but not great. It was close to the hotel for take out, so that helped, but when one orders the Caesar side salad, one expects Caesar dressing, NOT RANCH!!! Like I said, it's a Joe's, and as all chains go, it's hit or miss. This time they missed more than hit.

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
Greg A
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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to Joe's on lunch one day and there was a family emergency for one waiter that did not show up. I was very patient. 1 1/2 hours later my food still was not on the table so I went in to hunt my waitress and get my ticket (another 15-20 min) and got it to go. And with... More 

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Thank maggie y
Birmingham
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

One word to describe the food I was served here is TERRIBLE. Some of the absolute worst seafood I have had in years. Crab cake cold and flavorless, fish filet underwhelming, crab legs small and bland, shrimp, mushy and barely warm, the list goes on and on. Service was decent, thank god. Manager never came over to apologize for the... More 

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Thank pianoeight
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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108 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Not bad, but not great. It was close to the hotel for take out, so that helped, but when one orders the Caesar side salad, one expects Caesar dressing, NOT RANCH!!! Like I said, it's a Joe's, and as all chains go, it's hit or miss. This time they missed more than hit.

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Thank Greg A
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Our kids enjoy going and so do we, whether it's going with the whole family or just a night out with the two of us. In this case it was the whole family. The seafood was cooked properly. Tasted great! Atmosphere was fun. Waitress was very attentive and yet not bothersome.

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Thank Amy H
Hoover, Alabama
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Don't waste your time. The food is frozen seafood. Too many other choices. Spend your money elsewhere.

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Thank WayneS30615
Alabama
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83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

Our waitress, Holly, was the best. She has the best personality and is very attentive to your needs. The food was good too. We had a huge sampler platter with shrimp, chicken, onion strings, fish, fries and hush puppies. Great atmosphere with a good mixture of people. Love the Crab Shack t shirts the staff wears and bought one for... More 

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Thank Teeroe1
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Ok so I know the Alaskan fisherman work hard to catch the crab, but $26.99 for 1# of queen crab, an ear of corn, and a couple of potatoes! Come on! I know you gotta make some money Joe but really? I can get it at the grocery for $8/# (2 full clusters). I only got a cluster an a... More 

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Thank DJ82184
Brooksville, Florida
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I visit this Joe's every time I visit the area. It is in the Hoover/Chelsea area. The service is good, food is good and the atmosphere is good.

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Thank mrstacy2u
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The buckets are a great choice if you like crab legs. The staff was ok when we went in July 2015. Normally they are more friendly, and they dance and interact with the crowd. Some upgrades inside and outside would not hurt this place.

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Thank Tina O
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Of course the crabs, but the crab cakes were also divine. There's also a play area so little ones can entertain themselves while waiting on the food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 Meadowview Drive, Hoover, AL 35242
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Hoover
  • Phone Number: (205) 981-2999

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?