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Joe's Crab Shack

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25 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY 41073-1036
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars

I really like the frozen alcoholic drinks and the outdoor river view seating. The crab legs are pretty good.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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225 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really like the frozen alcoholic drinks and the outdoor river view seating. The crab legs are pretty good.

Thank explorepossibilities
Cincinnati Area
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We sat at an almost-empty Joe's Crab Shack while service personnel ignored us. After 15 minutes, without any interaction except the guy who seated us, we left. They don't allow tipping anymore... result: they don't give service anymore. So I guess that experiment failed miserably.

Thank A_Fair_Reviewer
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176 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

We were on a weekend visit to Cincinnati and spent the night in Newport, KY. Joe's was a short walk from our hotel and with the parking situation there, we did not want to lose our good space(addressed in another review). We were promptly seated with a window view of the Ohio River and Cincinnati. Our server was very attentive... More 

Thank 732MPD
Hamilton, OH
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

We had a birthday celebration and had a wonderful meal. From a bucket of everything imaginable, fish and shrimp, and even a salad our group had a great meal. Waitress Erin was on top of our every need. She was prompt and saw the experience through even with to-go cups for the little guys.

Thank OhioJoeOhio
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Let me start by saying our server was really good. He worked hard and was very prompt. However, they ran out of clam strips so I missed out on that. And there seemed to be a bit of overcooking done to the calamari. Not enough that I would waste them and send back though. Again quick service, great view that... More 

Thank Matthew L
Columbus, Ohio, United States
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197 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Eight of us came for dinner on a Sunday night. Our server was prompt, the food was well prepared and served hot, although the two people who ordered clam chowder had to ask twice before it came.

Thank Brent B
Huntersville, North Carolina
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223 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The most special thing about this restaurant is the outside seating on the Ohio River with great views of Cincinnati. After that it's average. We had good service and this is a non-tipping restaurant, stating on the bill that any tip left at the table would be donated to charity! The crab dip was a tasty appetizer. I had fried... More 

Thank niteowljune
West Chester, Ohio
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

First of all, I must say the food was fine. This restaurant has a "no tipping" policy. We were there for Lunch on Saturday. It was not busy. Every other table had wait staff that was attentive an visable. Our waitress simply disappeared after taking our order. Someone else brought our food and drinks, but they could not seem to... More 

1 Thank ifionlyhada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

Awesome food and service but can no longer show my bartender and waiter/ress that bc Corporate has taken away tipping! So the crappy ones get paid same as the the rock stars! Last time I checked that was Socialism! #boycottjoescrabshack or bring back tipping! PS no I don't want my tip to go to some Aflac fund! Provide benefits!

1 Thank Brandy P
Ft Wright, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Atmosphere is fun but food is pricey. My husband and I ate there for lunch last and it was $40+ for lunch with no alcohol or appetizers.

Thank Clara E

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 25 Fairfield Ave, Bellevue, KY 41073-1036
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Bellevue
  • Phone Number: 859-581-6333

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • 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 - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?