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Joe's Crab Shack

2757 E 80th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5762
219-942-4554
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Ranked #53 of 138 restaurants in Merrillville
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children
Most recent review
- Mar 7, 2014
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Good for: Families with children
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I grew up catching Red Fish on the Texas Gulf Coast. I may not of caught it, but I got to eat it again for the first time in years. I had the Red Fish Orleans which is blackened and full of spices, and it was cooked to perfection. My wife had the Pasta-laya and she thought it was a... More

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Liberty, Kentucky
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Battered shrimp and onion straws are to die for! Battered fish was less than spectacular. Fun atmosphere. Would be a good date but pricey for a large party. Conveniently located near all the hotels on the I-65 exit in Merrillville.

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Hammond, Indiana
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is a cool, fun place, but alittle expensive for what you get. I've tried their food that comes in a bucket (crab legs, potatoes and corn) and was not impressed. My food was cold. I tried it again another time and it was cold again. It is a fun place though. I like to eat outside at this restuarant... More

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Anniston, Alabama
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58 reviews 58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Eat here anytime we are in the Merrillville area and enjoy the atmosphere, the service and, or course, the food. It's convenient to I 65 and close to several motels. Generally get one of the "steamer" specials and have never been disappointed. Will be back next year.

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Portage, Indiana
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46 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

My wife and I tried Joe's Crab Shack for the first time tonight and it was pretty good. My wife had crab legs and enjoyed them. "As good as Red Lobster's or better". I was directed to the BBQ Ribs with Whiskey Sauce Glaze when I told our server I was considering the Popcorn Shrimp or the Ribs. "More Food"... More

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Crown Point, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We hadn't been to Joe's crab shack since the first weeks it had opened. Back then it was so crowded and crazy, we never went back. It has settled down a bit now and we were able to get in at 7p.m. on a Saturday evening, so that was great. The service was prompt, efficient and friendly. Reviews on the... More

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crown point
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Celebrated birthday there.Waitress was great. Food was ok. Lobster was kind of tough. Husbands chicken ceasar salad was ok. Music was way too loud in the restaurant. Too many other places to go to return.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Our food was great. The atmosphere is always upbeat and fun. I enjoyed my crab cake salad, my husband enjoyed his mixed platter and my granddaughter liked her childs mixed plate she ordered. We highly recommend this place if you are in the mood for seafood.

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Channahon, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Went to Joes around 1:30 on a Sunday afternoon. Not terribly busy inside, still plenty of empty tables, yet waited about 10 minutes to be seated. After we were seated and ordered our food, we waited another 45 minutes for our food to be served. When I brought this up to our waitress she said they were really busy and... More

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Anniston, Alabama
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58 reviews 58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I realize this is Northern Indiana . so it is not going to be as good as on the Gulf, but it is still a fun place to eat. The crab pots are hot and tasty and the service was friendly. It is a little pricey. I could do with out the disco dancing though. Eat here about once a... More

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