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Joe's Crab Shack

Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
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7610 Hazard Ctr Dr Ste 703, San Diego, CA 92108-4536
(619) 260-1111
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious seafood

Had the garlicky mussels which were really good. Also the calamari and shrimp, finished it off with a Bahama mama. Would definitely recommend.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Matshediso K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had the garlicky mussels which were really good. Also the calamari and shrimp, finished it off with a Bahama mama. Would definitely recommend.

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Thank Matshediso K
San Marcos, Texas
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was terrible me and my wife sent our food back twice my daughter got served rotten potatoes. The service was great though and manager took care of check. Wish it could have been both great service and great food, I don't mind paying for a good meal

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Thank jasonbb1301
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a quick no wait experience tonight. A lady came to the table took our picture for a postcard,the up sold us for $10 on an additional photo. Our food was great! We had a strawberry mango freeze drink, non alcoholic drink. Very good choice. Our food was awesome,we had the East Cost Platter which was really good,and the... More 

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Poulsbo
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

The food was good as well as the service. I had the classic pot. I was not in the mood for the potatoes, but wanted to corn on the cob. Both ended up being very tasty.

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Thank k9andPchee
San Diego, California
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377 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

If you like eating at restaurants that offer something different in the way of ambience, you'll love Joe's Crab Shack! It's a place where you feel that you can "come as you are", and just let your hair down. Service is friendly and the food is good (not great). I do find their crab cakes a wee bit overcooked, but... More 

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Thank traveltoforeignlands
Bolton, Connecticut
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110 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Realizing this is a chain, we long ago learned that Joe's does not serve the type of crab Marylanders and those on the eastern shore would expect. Nevertheless, the seafood is usually pretty good. We were disappointed this trip. Ordering their fried seafood platter, the meal was really disappointing. The onion rings appeared to be little more than fried crumblies,... More 

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Thank Ted L
Fresno, California
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Located in the back area of shopping mall not too good at night because of location. The steam buckets are very good, my son had one of those. I had a variety plate and some of the fish and crab were dark almost as if reheated. I would order the steam bucket if I went again as they seem to... More 

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Thank Linda B
Spruce Grove
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Went to this location recently and based on the food and Service Quality, I will not be going back, Took 2 hrs the get our entree. Food was cold when it came out......

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Thank sfranco4223
Coventry, Connecticut
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

then this is the placed to eat. Indoors, outdoors...it is all good! Buckets can be a little pricey, but there is certainly ample portions. There are plenty of other options too...I especially like the mussels and the Bloody Mary with the shrimp.

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Thank Lynne D
Coronado, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I ate here today with my Mother and daughter, and it was a huge disappointment. Our waitress Tasha was rude, dismissive, and argumentative. Twice, I had to approach her to get a drink refill. I am giving two stars because the food wasn't cooked terrible. Here in beautiful San Diego there are so many other options, my advice to anyone... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7610 Hazard Ctr Dr Ste 703, San Diego, CA 92108-4536
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
  • Neighborhood: Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
  • Phone Number: (619) 260-1111

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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