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Joe's Crab Shack

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12011 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840-4001
+1 714-703-0505
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Special occasions
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Takeout
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 156
    Excellent
  • 111
    Very good
  • 54
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
So good we went back twice!

This Joes location had THE BEST service, food & atmosphere! The fact that they have a fenced in playground where the kids can play while we ate on the patio was AMAZING! They had so much fun and it felt like we got a little break after long disney days. The food & service was so good we literally... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
DawnElise
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National City, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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361 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
National City, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This Joes location had THE BEST service, food & atmosphere! The fact that they have a fenced in playground where the kids can play while we ate on the patio was AMAZING! They had so much fun and it felt like we got a little break after long disney days. The food & service was so good we literally ate... More 

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Canmore, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I stayed nearby to his restaurant whilst on holidays and I was very happy with the service, the food/drinks and the value for money. I dined in alone but my server (I have forgotten his name as it was in June 2014 when I ate) made sure I was look after all night and chatted to me lots. My meal... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Very busy and noisy in the early evening. It's something to experience. Be sure to do it once. Staff are great

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San DIego
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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The food at Joe's is average--typical seafood fare with some selections for "landlubbers." The atmosphere can be rather jarring, as it features lots of sea-based decor (like a huge shark hanging from the ceiling) and loud music. At various times, the wait staff performs a choreographed routine. It's not a great place to go if you want to converse easily... More 

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We love sea food, period! This is not an upscale restaurant, we were not there for that. We took our 8 year grand son for his birthday dinner. It could not have been better for him. The staff were great and the shark out of the water could not have been funnier! It is loud there, so what, it is... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
310 reviews 310 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Was a great place for a large business dinner, food quality was top notch providing a wide range of choices at reasonable prices. Handled a very large party very well. Recommend!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Always a good place to eat. Fun servers. Parking is hard to find since the lot is shared with neighboring hotels.

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Hemet, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We had dinner here while staying at the Wyndham. I had the Mahi Mahi fish tacos. They were made with flour tortillas, which I have a personal distaste for and prefer corn tortillas, but beyond that, they had very little fish. They were accompanied by Tortilla chips that were just not up to snuff. My wife had a bowl of... More 

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Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I had their shrimp in butter and garlic and I only ate a few shrimp. They DID NOT clean their shrimp, the garlic was in slices and the butter was either watered down or the shrimp had been frozen. It was very noisy and you had to yell at your wait staff to place your order but the people seemed... More 

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Wisconsin
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We have been to this chain before, so we knew what to expect. The place is noisy, but it was a fun family atmosphere. Our server was friendly and prompt. The food is kind of typical chain seafood restaurant stuff, but we enjoyed it. There was nothing to dislike on the evening of our visit.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12011 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840-4001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Garden Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 714-703-0505

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?