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South Street Original Crab Shack & Authentic Dive Bar

907 20th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 320-5555
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Ranked #358 of 1,695 restaurants in Nashville
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Seafood
Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

It was great to get away from the madness of 2 & Broadway. The outdoor seating at the bar was what you would expect from a place locals hang out. I had the special of the day. Gator Sausage over pasta. It was excellent and my wife had the Shrimp and Grits. She said it was average. We really enjoyed... More

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rochester ny
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I really enjoyed this place. It was away from all of the noise on Broadway so we could eat dinner and actually hear each other. It had a nice area to sit outside and the prices were very reasonable. It is just a short walk from Vanderbilt college and came recommended from the gentleman at our hotel. Definitely would go... More

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Minneapolis
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I did the whole rooftop thing and the atmosphere was very cool! I sat at the bar and the bartender was awesome! Very personable and friendly. He also made suggestions, which I love. Tried the fried pickles and shrimp and grits and both were amazing!!! I wanted to go back, but time got away from me.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I would eat somewhere else since it wasnt special and have drinks on the rooftop with friends. One party in our group said the fried shrimp was good. Others said the pulled pork was dried out. Pump Chicken is good but not incredible or anything.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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40 reviews 40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is definitely a bar first and eatery second. Also, I have a problem with going to Nashville and eating at a crab shack so I guess I shouldn't have expected a lot from the fish/seafood side of the menu. Service was alright and they DID turn down the music for a while when our group asked. In general, the... More

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Bossier City, Louisiana
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96 reviews 96 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

We go here each time in Nashville on business, and I don't get it. Food is marginal. I had the enchiladas which were tasteless and microwaved. The smoked plate looked good. Beer selections were limited but at least tasty. If you gotta eat, try it bur I don't see it

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Fort Leonard Wood
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

The worst filet steaks we’ve ever had. If I had to guess – they micro waved to defrost and fried it without any spices. It was soooo bland, tasteless and cold in the middle. On the other hand, the shrimp and grits was fair – didn’t have much kick to it - but was alright. Snow crabs were ok –... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We found the Crab Shack when we were seeing a customer across the street at The Nashville Tippler before it opened. We went across the street to eat and have gone back there ever since. We both liked the food; I usually get some kind of oysters, and my husband likes the shrimp. The BBQ is nice also, and we've... More

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Crestwood, Kentucky
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Would try again and pick something different on menu; fish on fish sandwich had stayed in deep fryer a bit too long. Spouse tried seafood- shrimp good (pretty fresh for so far from coast) but very small portion; fried oysters pretty good. Staff very attentive and friendly. Location fun.

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Kentwood, Michigan, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Found the perfect spot for a dozen (or two) oysters on the half shell. Reasonably priced, friendly staff and good cold beer.

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