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221 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
301-947-4377
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
I was scared when I read all the reviews

We had a respectable meal at Joe's crabshack but the reviews indicated for concern. The service was slow but we were there very late at night. The restaurant didn't have any air-conditioning which I did find a bit strange but we ate outside. The dinner was enjoyable and the outside dining was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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pittsburgh pa
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pittsburgh pa
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We had a respectable meal at Joe's crabshack but the reviews indicated for concern. The service was slow but we were there very late at night. The restaurant didn't have any air-conditioning which I did find a bit strange but we ate outside. The dinner was enjoyable and the outside dining was a plus.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

If you like a lively environment with staff interaction and have your seafood with steam/broil style execution than this place fits. I like my seafood treated different ways, not just steamed/broiled so JCB doesnt; work for me.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere is good and the food is great! Not exactly like fresh caught seafood but still really great tasting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I was quite pleased with the service. Staff was extremely attentive & helpful. I ordered a shrimp bucket and Caesar salad and both were excellent and served in a timely fashion. I will definely be going back and maybe next time get the opelio crabs.

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Doha
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This was our 1st time eating crabs so decided to go for the hot crab dip to start and then a mixed seafood platter which included crab, lobster, shrimp, mussels and clams. Our waitress was great and she gave us some good tips on what to order, the difference between the crabs (they have 6 or 7 varieties) and told... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I took my son to Joe's for his birthday last night because he loves seafood. I was unsure if I wanted to return to this location due to horrible service our last trip. This visit was much worse. I asked for sweet tea, we were served unsweet...twice, plates that we we received were dirty and most of the silverware on... More 

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Pennsylvania
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95 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We visited Joe's Crab shack for the very 1st time. Having always seen the commercials - it had our interest peaked. So we decided to visit for one of our family members' birthday. GREAT DECISION. Our waitress was fantastic. Very nice. Fun. The service - maybe a tad slow - but, nothing that bugged us. This was a Saturday night... More 

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Germantown Maryland
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210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We went to Joe's Crab Shack for an early dinner yesterday at Rio. Entering in we were greeted by a pleasant young woman who seated us at a booth at our request. It took some time because they were a bit behind on cleaning up, short staffed I guess. Our waitress was also pleasant and provided us with good service.... More 

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Clarksburg, Maryland
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41 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I enjoy going to joe's crab shack for the crab buckets. I have visited many times but this time the food seemed different. The quality and taste did not taste the same.

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Laconia, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I was in the area on business, got in around 9 pm and wandered around looking to a place to eat. I stumbled upon Joe's and decided to give it a try. Very quite at that time of night mid week, The server was attentive and provided advice on what to try. Went with the shrimp boil as an app,... More 

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Additional Information about Joe's Crab Shack

Address: 221 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
Phone Number: 301-947-4377
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 221 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: 301-947-4377

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?