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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
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children

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Visitor rating
  • 15
    Excellent
  • 14
    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
I went for my birthday

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
ndntelliott
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Clarksburg, Maryland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Clarksburg, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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 reviews 16 reviews
14 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
18 restaurant reviews
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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69 reviews 69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Bowie, Maryland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My family and I waited for about an hour before noticing that people who came after us were being seated before us. After confronting the hostess she apologized and said she "thought we left" despite us sitting down indoors within her line of sight. We sat down and were once again "forgotten" until another areas waitress noticed us not being... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We have eaten here a few times and it's just ok.....with all the dffefent food options in the area. This is my go to place when the other places I really want to eat at, thave too long a line

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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?