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Joe's Crab Shack

221 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
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Ranked #105 of 271 restaurants in Gaithersburg
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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65 reviews from our community

34% Recommend
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English first
Warner Robins, GA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We held an event here recently, so we had a few dozen people converge on the patio outside. The manager Kay was extremely friendly and worked with us to meet our needs. The servers were all pleasant and the bartenders were cool, all smiles, and quick to refill our glasses and make the experience pleasant. Drinks reasonably priced for that... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We were in town visiting family when we decided to stop at JCS in Gaithersburg, MD. The establishment was not busy and were seated inside right away. Unfortunately that's where the good news ends. We ordered and promptly watched other couples and families be seated well after us receive their meals before us. When we inquired our server kept telling... More

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Washington, DC
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214 reviews 214 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
1,418 helpful votes 1,418 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This place reminds me of a substandard Red Lobster. The night we were there started with a long wait that definitely wasn't worth it. The place was loud, as we walked to our table the floor was sticky and the food was nothing special. I don't recommend anyplace that I won't be going back to.

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Have been seeing late night TV commercials for over a year now, but with no Joe's in a neighborhood, it wasn't until yesterday that my wife and I happened to be in the neighborhood of one so we tried it. The decor was pretty cool, very beachy, and what I would expect, and the food was very, very good. We... More

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Germantown Maryland
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160 reviews 160 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Went to crab shack last night for quick bite. Sat outside, great view and people watching. The sever was great and the two appetizers we had were good. Try the crab tacos.

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Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I had the steak, my wife had a steam pot. The service was good and the meal was solid, it just wasn't a 5. Place could use an update on the outside tables.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Had eatten here years ago for dinner and I didn't care for the place. We ate inside where the music was loud and the noise seemily unbearable. I thought the service was alright, but felt the prices a tad on the high side. Then last summer we had a weekday lunch there outside under the umbrellas by the lake. Our... More

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Hendersonville, NC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Because we arrived at 3:30 p.m., did not expect service to be this slow. Place was packed though so to be expected, I guess. Turns out it was worth the wait as food was wonderful! Will definitely be back

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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283 reviews 283 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Wanting to avoid the arrival of the predicted snow storm last night (2.12.2014), we decided to have our early dinner at this restaurant at 4:30 p.m. My companion and I both agreed that this restaurant would be added to our list of Favorite Restaurants. Here are our reasons: 1. FOODS: They were very delicious, nicely presented and were offered in... More

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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This was our first visit ...group of 6 ...I had the salmon with a pineapple pico gallo topping, roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli and , a house salad. My husband got a steampot that had crab, mussels, scallops, corn on cob and potatoes. My daughter had steamed shrimp and salad, my son had a chipolte burger, my son in law had... More

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