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Joe's Crab Shack

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

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 4
    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
Excellent Food Excellent Service

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
KadenFamily
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Pennsylvania
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  • Families with children
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Pennsylvania
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94 reviews 94 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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217 reviews 217 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I was disappointed with Joe's Crab Shack. The restaurant was crowded, but not packed, but the service was slow, and that is being kind. The food was average and it is an average price for the fare. I would look elsewhere for a good meal, as this is an average establishment.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I have been there 3 times in the past because wifey loves seafood. Joe's has great seafood platters and the cost is very reasonable. the throwback to the sixties atmosphere is a turn-off to me. Peace signs, tie-died t-shirts are history and should stay that way, (personal opinion). I am certain that if it wasn't for the atmosphere i would... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Service was very good- to excellent.... Very nice folks. Deep fried crab legs not so good. I think that deep frying the crab legs made the delicate leg meat stick like glue to the shell. But the corn on the cob and the boiled potatoes were very good.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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37 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I didn't eat because the place looked dirty and the smell was appalling. I sat outside for fresh air and enjoyed a superb cocktail called a shark attack. Friends had other, similarly tasty cocktails which were impressively presented. I can only recommend this venue for drinks alone.

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Toledo, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Upon arriving to the hotel our first choice was Joe's. Seating outside was perfect. Band stand steps away for FREE entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. Jazz, Blues, Top 40 music. Meals sensational. Had to walk it off......all the way to TARGET and Kohl's....for a retail workout!

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Clarksburg, Maryland, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Unless you're eating crabs I would avoid this place. It's not terrible it's just not very good. The building also stinks (of Crabs) which is fine if you like them but personally I don't! If you do end up here then try the cocktails they are fun and once you are drunk you wont care about the food anyway!

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