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600 S Madison St, Wilmington, DE 19801-5118
(302) 777-1803
Today
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
I Don't recommend sitting at the bar.

As I was alone, I chose to sit at the bar. It was sticky, noisy, and although the servers were polite, I felt like a second-class customer. Also, the pound of clams are the variety I can buy frozen for $4. For the price of the 'pot,' I was expecting Little Neck's.

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
John R
,
Lehman, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Families with children
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Middletown, Delaware
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Unfortunately the hype surrounding Joe's Crab Shack is severely overblown. If You are looking for a meal that is barely average with an above average price tag and the poorest service I have ever been given, than this is the place for You! I will grant You we had a large party, there was 14 of us, and we were... More 

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Lehman, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

As I was alone, I chose to sit at the bar. It was sticky, noisy, and although the servers were polite, I felt like a second-class customer. Also, the pound of clams are the variety I can buy frozen for $4. For the price of the 'pot,' I was expecting Little Neck's.

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Delaware City, Delaware, United States
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We go to Joe's Crab Shack several times a year. They always have great food, a great atmosphere and wait staff. The only problem that I ever have is the wait time. I love how they incorporate fun into their work day. Certain songs come on and all the wait staff get up and line dance. One of the BEST... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

In between lunch and dinner the place was empty on Thursday, so we did not have to deal with loud crowd (as I've read later in the reviews), I, as a bacon lover in seafood place, ordered Southern Stuffed Shrimp (wrapped in bacon), served with some super spicy sauce, but it was all delicious! Besides, the crab dip as really... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Big, laudy and messy but with great food and great cocktails for a fair price. Recommend the shrimps with sausage sauce, delicious. Large parking space outside.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Great place for dinner or lunch. The location is fantastic especially if the weather is nice and you can sit outside. Always great ambiance and transports you to a tropical state of mind.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Excellent steam pots with crab, lobster, clams , mussels. Lobster bisque is very good. Other entrees like fried shrimp or fish are good. Restaurant can be very noisy and often there is a wait for a table on weekends. Fun place for large groups and families to get to get together.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This heavily-decorated (think tricycles and everything else hanging from the ceiling) place is loud and friendly. It's perfect for eating before and after going to the Delaware Children's Museum. The food is not trendy, but reliable. The kids will not embarrass you, as it's that kind of place. There is a small playground if you need to let them run... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great place to take your family although it can get a little noisy. The servers dance on the hour. The ceiling is loaded with fishing and nautical items. I take my dad here for shrimp and beer. We love it.

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Providence, Rhode Island
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Crab cakes were good. Very casual, family oriented place. Awesome staff, very attentive. Touristy decor, wooden slat booths. Probably better atmosphere in summer when garage door walls are open onto the Deleware River.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 600 S Madison St, Wilmington, DE 19801-5118
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: (302) 777-1803

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: 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 - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?