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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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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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  • Families with children
  • Lunch
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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99 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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92 reviews 92 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Hawthorne, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

good job on the crab buckets. its in a really empty mall, but nice staff and good views. beer was ice cold and they supplied all the tools and bibs needed! lol

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Warsaw, Virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Honestly? Don't waste your time or money going there.First of ALL- it is in an ABANDONED MALL..All the stores are empty and the place is pretty much closed now..The Parking situation is hideous..and once you fineally FIND this place- the staff is friendly, but the food was NOT all that! While you eat, the view of the water and watching... More 

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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 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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