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Fat Crabs Rib Co.

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1159 Austin St, Corolla, NC 27927
(252) 453-9931
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
It's about the food!

We stopped for lunch not knowing anything about the place. The BBQ pork sandwiches were exactly what we were looking for. My adult son had the ribs and raved about the flavor. Sides were very tasty also. Don't be fooled by the laid back atmosphere. Having to retrieve your own drink from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Salem, Virginia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Salem, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We stopped for lunch not knowing anything about the place. The BBQ pork sandwiches were exactly what we were looking for. My adult son had the ribs and raved about the flavor. Sides were very tasty also. Don't be fooled by the laid back atmosphere. Having to retrieve your own drink from the cooler and using paper napkins apparently turns... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We ducked in here for lunch to get out of a shower. While it is a little rustic the food is great. We both had the King Crab Platter. The corn on the cob was delicious. It is fresh and is a larger portion than we expected. Certainly a place to revisit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Worst meal and service we had since we've been down here. Blue crab "chowda" barely had a crab swim through it. Miniscule pieces to say the least. Service was slow and they missed part of our meal totally and all we ordered was clams, chowda, 4 crab fritters. They forgot to write down the fritters. When you go to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Wasn't sure what to expect when we first went in. Was very busy and a bit small and dark. Servers were friendly and the food was great. Really enjoyed crab cake sandwich, chowder, and hush puppies.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Fat Crab's was by far the best seafood that i have EVER experienced in NC! This place is a real gem and the service was great. Stop by and order the steamed shrimp! (Lg Please..;-).

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We really enjoyed eating here. It's not fancy, just a little local spot with self serve drinks. But, the seafood was incredible. We tried the jumbo steamed shrimp which were so good, especially with their spicy cocktail sauce. We also tried the Alaskan steamer pot and a broiled crab cake. Both of these items were a great choices as well.... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Our family group neither felt like going out nor cooking, so we opted for take-out. Called to order, needed an hour to prepare a few BBQ sandwiches, soft shell crab, oyster po-boy plus sides. Glad we called for take-out, as the wait for sit-down dining was 90 minutes (for a very small dining room). Seems to be an honor system... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Both of us were hungry and the heavens were about to open so we opted for convenience not wanting to drive from our hotel. This is no frills which was just fine. The crab dip to start was good as were the hand cooked chips it was served with, crab cakes to follow were not the best but not the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Very fresh food! They were fast and friendly! Brought out a blue crab and let my boys get there picture with it...

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Export, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The food here was barely edible. We had heard good things and were very disappointed. The crab cakes were mealy and had very little crab in them. Mostly fill. The ribs were ok but a bit dry. This establishment is a hole in the wall and kind of dumpy; you have to get up and get your own drinks....kind of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1159 Austin St, Corolla, NC 27927
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Corolla
  • Phone Number: (252) 453-9931

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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