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Joe's Crab Shack

2757 E 80th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5762
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Ranked #45 of 139 Restaurants in Merrillville
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children
Most recent review
- Aug 19, 2014
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Good for: Families with children
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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We visited this restaurant on a Sunday at about 4:30pm. There was already a pretty good crowd while other places around it were fairly empty. We don't frequent Joe's Crab Shack and were looking for a change of pace. The servers were friendly, the food was good, and the prices were great compared to most seafood places around here. We... More

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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Ordered a steam bucket of lobster and shrimp and corn and potatoes. I split this with my girlfriend and got about 6 halfs of a very small potatoes. Oh yeah I forgot the sausage, only got 3 crab legs and I was truly disappointed because I asked our waitress if it was enough for two. We had a free appetizer... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We were hesitant to come here based on some of the reviews, but were pleased overall with our dining experience. It was not crowded and our waitress was very good at keeping drinks filled and attending us and our 3 children. The serving sizes for our food were large and filled all of us. We ordered dessert and the portions... More

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Williams, Arizona
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

First off, I have to commend Raul for doing a fantastic job!! He is exactly what I wish for in a server - polite, friendly and on top of drinks and food without being annoying.(A note to Joe's - you need to keep him around!! He is the reason I'll be back... not the food) I was here on a... More

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South Bend, Indiana
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53 reviews 53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We have gone here a few times over the years but since our last visit the place has really become dated. There use to be lots of wall decoration hanging all over the place but most have been removed. We only had the peel and eat shrimp which certainly lived up to their name. Our bartender Raul was great and... More

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Novi, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Nice seaside shanty atmosphere but we've had lots better seafood. The Dungeness crab was okay but the rest of our food was average at best, OK for what it is, I guess--a chain restaraunt. Service was a little slow but waitress was attentive. Nothing to recommend here---place was average at best. Nothing terrrible, but nothing great!!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Our server Lisa was great. She seemed excited that it was my first time dining with Joe's. She explained the menu and paid attention to detail, our experience was excellent. The crab was very good, the sides were okay.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I'm a regular here and tonight the service was horrible the waiter west messed up our order all the way around the crab was robbery the service was unacceptable I'm very shocked I normally have an amazing meal

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Schererville, Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We went for dinner. The Lobster Nacho's are a "MUST HAVE". The Queen crab are perfect, love the spices. I ordered a Margarita, it was the best I have had. And, I got to keep the glass! Even if you do not have enough room for desert.....take a to-go box with the "KeyLime Cheesecake" it is indescribable, it is so... More

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Calumet City, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014 I surprised my husband with dinner at Joe's Crab Shack in Merrillville, IN. My husband is in school working on his Master's in Theology and his midterm grades were all A's. He have never been and this was a great way to celebrate my husband grades. The atmosphere was great from the time we walked in.... More

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