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Joe's Crab Shack

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131 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202-1335
502-568-1171
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 55
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Girls night out

We have been here multiple of times and normally amazing. This past time we got there about 10 ( they close at 12). The staff was kind but you could tell was kinda mad we came. (was only table there.) and the food wasn't as good as I have had before going during lunch.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kelly N Chris T
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Evansville, Indiana
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Evansville, Indiana
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here multiple of times and normally amazing. This past time we got there about 10 ( they close at 12). The staff was kind but you could tell was kinda mad we came. (was only table there.) and the food wasn't as good as I have had before going during lunch.

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Thank Kelly N Chris T
Leitchfield, Kentucky
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I live in a very small town, and so we have to travel in order to eat anything other than McDonalds. I use to live in Louisville, but had never been to Joe's Crab Shack. We got there an hour or two because closing time. Even considering that, our waitress was kind, attentive and as down to... More 

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Thank DannieYellah
Tel Aviv
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch and ordered the Queen Crab. My partner ordered the Lobster Daddy Feast. Both were mediocre. My crab was over cooked. The restaurant is big and was almost empty so the service was fast. It looks to me that the place is run by students and is not tidy.

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Thank goticdan
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

very good food, friendly staff, right across from the KFC Yum Center. nice view of the river. definitley recommend this place

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Thank mala s
Evansville, Indiana
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We really enjoyed the food at this Crab Shack location. Our server was excellent and my son said he would love to return for his birthday, he liked it that much! The food is expensive but for a special trip it was worth it. We will be back.

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Thank Amanda T
Delafield, Wisconsin
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72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

We walked from our hotel to Joe's OK Cajun for dinner. The staff was very friendly and we were seated immediately on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It was not a busy night. Camden was our bartender and waiter. We had excellent strong Long Island Ice Teas, peel and eat shrimp which were good. I had crawfish étouffée in a bowl... More 

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Thank Worldtraveler6191
Louisville, Kentucky
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39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

If you're into chain joints like Hardrock and Rainforest cafe, then this place is for you. If you're looking for real seafood..........well, you're in the wrong city. ;)

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Thank wanderlust0506
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2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

We were recently in Louisville on an outing and wanted to eat at another restsurant on the River which we found was closed. We found Joes Crab Shack also on the River so we decided to dine there. We had been to another Joes and was not pleased with it but we thought we would try this one. First to... More 

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Thank Barbara K
Loogootee, Indiana
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

Joe's Crab Shack had always been one place that I wanted to try, but not had the chance. My family and I were Louisville for a family trip and we decided to give it a try for dinner. The restaurant itself is situated right along the river, I liked the way it was decorated and it has great views of... More 

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Thank Adam W
New York
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255 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We stopped here for lunch on the recommendations we read on Tripadvisor. The reviews are accurate in that all the food offered is fried, so we were prepared for that. We do not agree with other aspects, since our experience was not a great one. It was difficult to find our way to the restaurant from the highway, but once... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 131 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202-1335
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Louisville>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 502-568-1171

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?