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Joe's Crab Shack

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

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  • Food
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  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
As Good as Any Joe's Crab Shack

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. ;)

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Louisville, Kentucky
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
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Delafield, Wisconsin
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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 2 weeks ago

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. ;)

Thank wanderlust0506
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2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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

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 

Thank Adam W
New York
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248 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 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 

Thank PokeyPaddler
Houston, Texas
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42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Great food and drinks. However, if you get there at night on a weekend, be prepared to wait. But once you get in and get a table it will all be worth it. The food was great and the drinks were awesome. For it being as crowded as it was, the service was pretty quick. This is definitely a must... More 

Thank mike6969692015
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We have a tough time getting our son to eat a variety of food. Crab legs here are something that he loves. We try to go to Joe's when we can. This restaurant was like other Joe's we have visited in the past.

Thank BigDaveBo
Bryantsville, Kentucky
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Good margheritas to kick off the evening. My companions both decided to have the fish tacos - and both bemoaned the fact that there was very little fish in the taco. I had one of the "steaming pots" which included clams, crab, lobster, sausage & potatoes. Everything was fine - but I think this had been cooking too long, since... More 

Henderson, Kentucky
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

My daughter requested going here for her 16th birthday lunch while we were visiting Louisville. She wanted to find a popular geocache (which we did not find) and get a t-shirt. We did not get the crab legs or steam pot because of the cost, but I would probably not go back unless I was going to get them. Most... More 

Thank Lori O
Norwich, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

I find myself in Louisville Kentucky once a year for a trade show for a few days. It has become a bit of a tradition to visit Joe's every year and we are never disappointed. Great crabs, great service. We love a few of the Margaritas that come with a bottle of Corona upturned in it. Cant remember what they... 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: Cajun & Creole, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene


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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?