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Joe's Crab Shack

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3191 US Route One, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 896-0360
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good Seafood dishes

I liked the place, it has many selections of seafood dishes, I have tried quite a few, my favorites are crab cake, stuffed red snapper with dirty rice and their coconut shrimp. Although, I do like their New Orleans restaurant better taste wise but this is a good choice for New Jersey. Prices are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bonnie M
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New Jersey
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New Jersey
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I liked the place, it has many selections of seafood dishes, I have tried quite a few, my favorites are crab cake, stuffed red snapper with dirty rice and their coconut shrimp. Although, I do like their New Orleans restaurant better taste wise but this is a good choice for New Jersey. Prices are little high, they do have another... More 

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Thank Bonnie M
Princeton, New Jersey
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145 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They have been at this location for a long long time. Way before Bone Fish and other seafood chains came into town. We like the place. It is right before the 295 entrance. The crowd is friendly. The staff are cheerful. There is just the playfulness of a eatery that distinguish itself from other chain restaurants. They update the menu... More 

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Thank sunjoe075
Martinsville, NJ, United States
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105 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Visited this location as we were shopping in the mall across the highway.Reception great .Ordered Classic Steam pot crab meal and crab cake sandwich .Tasty food at reasonable price.good experience.

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Thank Janeen M
Bensalem, United States
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

When my son attended Rider University we always liked to eat at this restaurant. Last night was a rude awakening. We ordered STEAMBOATS and they were awful. Not only was our WHOLE LOBSTER OVERCOOKED AND MUSHY, but the portion size was smaller than I remembered and much smaller than the picture on their menu. The frazzled manager who remained in... More 

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2 Thank Debra S
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

When I want crab legs, I go to Joe's Crab Shack. You cannot go wrong. The steam pots and buckets of crab give you so much food for a great price. The menu has a variety of option, even some non seafood. Be sure to start with the Double Dip appetizer and order plenty of hush puppies. Service is always... More 

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Thank John O
Medford, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

first time there, waiter started off good with suggestions ,main course came 2 minutes after the appetizer. took order for drinks, served them and never saw him again. Ate our dinner without anything to drink not even water. place was not crowded or busy he just disappeared. dropped off bill for meal and disappeared again. had to go to hostess... More 

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1 Thank johnfromnj2015
PA
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Well..used to love this place for their steam pots. However, the last several times I have visited the quality had gone down. And it has gone down enough in quality to take a star away.

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1 Thank livinginPA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

The tacos taste like water service is awful!!!! No taste management awful never again!!!! I don't have more words to describe this place...

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1 Thank Cesar L
Dayton, New Jersey
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102 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The food at this restaurant seems to be consistent only if you order the higher-priced steam pots. They are full of seafood goodies, plus corn and hush puppies, and are generally around $25. Every time I go here that's what I have,, and I'm generally satisfied. However, my wife usually picks something off the entrée menu and is disappointed at... More 

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1 Thank JerryCucamonga
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The seafood pots are delicious and we always get them because they are well seasoned. Pricey but good. The location of this restaurant is just weird and we always seem to miss the turn and getting back is not simple. The service could certainly be better because they take too long to come out to you and then back out... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3191 US Route One, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Lawrenceville
  • Phone Number: (609) 896-0360

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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