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Joe's Crab Shack

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333 Waterside Dr Ste 101, Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 625-0655
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  • 30
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Location but isolated

In the heart of downtown and it is one of two businesses in what used to be a busy waterfront mall. Feels strange to walk though an empty mall to get to Joe's but it was worth the trip. Friendly staff, lively Friday night entertainment. Good seafood. Waterside table was great at sunset.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Harold J
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Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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128 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Although the menu options were limited, it was on the river and a short walk from our hotel. Food was average but consistently good. We wondered how this restaurant could survive when everything around it was closing. Apparently, the business didn't generate the revenue needed to survive. My wife's comment was that there seemed to be more staff than customers.... More 

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virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Joe's Crab Shack is gone along with every other shop and restaurant in Waterside, except Hooter's. Waterside was very popular with tourists over 20 years ago, but time marches on. Waterside is going to be renovated by new management.

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Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

In the heart of downtown and it is one of two businesses in what used to be a busy waterfront mall. Feels strange to walk though an empty mall to get to Joe's but it was worth the trip. Friendly staff, lively Friday night entertainment. Good seafood. Waterside table was great at sunset.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

We decided to dine at Joe's Crab Shack as we were traveling though Norfolk. When we arrived the restaurant was very cold. Our waiter let us know that the heater had been repaired at least a few times and it still wasn't working. There weren't very many people there but we decided to stay anyway. Our waiter was great and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Ate lunch here yesterday. Should have expected something when I saw there were hardly any diners. Restaurant was very cold (winter). Coke was flat. Had to specifically request a napkin. Salad was just some lettuce with processed cheese and a tiny portion of dressing. Ordered the $19 broiled oysters. Not very good, and I've eaten a lot of oysters over... More 

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I have never had a bad meal at any of the crab shacks locations. The atmosphere is great and service always spot on.

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Dublin, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We ate here mainly because of the convenient location next door to our hotel. Although it's located in an abandoned mall (which I still have yet to figure out why this place is abandoned, given the location), the waterfront location is excellent and we and we enjoy looking at the gorgeous view while we eat. It's not a bad place... More 

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Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I went and had a seat and waited for 10 minutes. Then I left. No crabs for me :( maybe next time. Oh well.

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Dracut, Massachusetts
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We had trouble finding good food at a decent price in Norfolk. Luckily, we found Joe's right near our hotel. My husband had clam strips and fries. (He's not too adventurous.) I had the coconut shrimp, because I wasn't that hungry. His clas were very good. My shrimp - there were TEN - did I saw I wasn't very hungry?!?!... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

If you love sea food, you'll love Joe's. Also items for folks not into sea food. Great food at reasonable prices. Have had great service too. recommend it .

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 333 Waterside Dr Ste 101, Norfolk, VA 23510
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
  • Phone Number: (757) 625-0655

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 to 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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