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Joe's Crab Shack

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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good seafood on the waterfront

We met some friends here for dinner and drinks and were very satisfied. Very good seafood! Indoor and outdoor seating in nicer weather. Will be going again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Wilmington, Delaware
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  • Families with children
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English first
Wilmington, Delaware
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We met some friends here for dinner and drinks and were very satisfied. Very good seafood! Indoor and outdoor seating in nicer weather. Will be going again.

Thank Randy327
Wilmington, Delaware
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87 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So we tried the restaurant again after our original visit a few years ago. Either the food got better or our taste has change because we actually enjoyed it. I had the Baradi crab and it was delicious. They were no overcooked and the flavor was not at all bland. We are not ones to eat at chain restaurants but... More 

Thank Charlene C
Buffalo NY
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171 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've had several excellent experiences at the Joe's Crab Shack in Redondo Beach and so was looking forward to a nice lunch in Wilmington. We arrived early and there were only a few people in the restaurant. Lunch took a little time, no problem, but the crab (king, queen and snow) all had the toughest shells (exoskeletons) I've ever had... More 

Thank Hewitty15
Summerville, South Carolina
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After seeing commercial's for Joe's Crab Shack my husband were excited to finally be able to eat here. Our waitress was Erica and she was extremely nice - great attitude, wonderful customer service, and a very upbeat personality. My husband ordered the Classic Steampot with Queen Crab. He kept making "Mmmm" noises while eating the crab, and when I asked... More 

Thank SixtyishMom
Wilmington, Delaware
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271 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I went there with my daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren who love the playground there. The kids were hungry and we asked for their dishes to come out first. The order was for 1 cheeseburger, 2 mac and cheese, 1 ear of corn, french fries and milk. She and I had caesar salads. It was easily 30 minutes before any food... More 

Thank eclairewl
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

was there last night with the family and had a great time. The meal was served fast and hot, our waiter, Chris, was an excellent example of a man who does his job with pride. Only complaint I had is that they are in Delaware and I live in North Carolina....

Thank Gilberto D
Wilmington, Delaware
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Dinner was okay. I thought the crab legs over priced. We had a coupon which had no expiration date and was just received in the mail which they refused to honor at "their location". No location on the coupon. Server was lovely, manager poor

Thank m d
Newark, Delaware
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Brought my kids to Joe's for lunch in between the children's museum and golf, for the first time in a long time, they both cleared their plates!!!! The portions were perfect for kids, my portion was great too, it's refreshing to not eat at a restaurant with oversized portions!!! Thank you Joe's for keeping it reasonable!!!!!!

Thank Kristine412
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Typical greasy chain restaurant with lack of love in the food. My waitress was nice but did not have the best personality or people skills. You could tell she was just trying to get through her shift. Ordered the appetizer sampler and it was a huge let down. Nothing but a fried greasy mess and the crab dip looked like... More 

Thank legs38nc
Charlottesville, VA
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

If you like overcooked, tasteless seafood this is the place for you. If you are Downtown looking for a great meal, walk next door to Iron Hill.

Thank Jason B

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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
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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