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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 5
    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
Great for crab legs

When I want crab legs this is where I go. It looks just like a shack its a cute place. I like the queen basket .... a step up from red lobster.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
crystal h
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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  • Families with children
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Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

the steampots we got tasted pretty decent, (really light on the seasoning though) and once we got our sides they were ok but nothing to write home about. for the cost the steampot really seemed to be lacking. that wasn't the only thing lacking, our server most of the time was no where to be found, (the manager who was... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

When I want crab legs this is where I go. It looks just like a shack its a cute place. I like the queen basket .... a step up from red lobster.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We have been to many Joe's Crab Shacks and there was little to make us remember this dinner. We had been to the Orioles baseball game and were headed back to Virginia when we stopped at Rio. The overall complex is very nice with many memorable people. The staff was energetic and memorable like many of the staff at other... More 

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Central Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We've been once and will never return. The service was short-staffed (two servers for the entire restaurant while we were there), the food came out cold, the quality was abysmal, and the cost was too high for what we received. I expect that things would have been a lot better if there had been sufficient wait-staff, but our visit was... More 

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pittsburgh pa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

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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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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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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?