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Joe's Crab Shack

221 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
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Ranked #97 of 273 restaurants in Gaithersburg
Price range: $21 - $30
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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68 reviews from our community

35% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Gaithersburg, Maryland
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Quality and size of servings and seafood has decrease significantly but prices are going up. I like the atmosphere.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This Joe's is right on the small body of water in Gaithersburg so it feels more authentic. The food was great and fun atmosphere. The outdoor seating even has some cover in case of rain

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Great food and great servers,,,,food was also served quickly and the atmosphere is very enjoyable. Everyone seems to enjoy being there.

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Warner Robins, GA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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

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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239 reviews 239 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
1,868 helpful votes 1,868 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
37 helpful votes 37 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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