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“okay” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Crab Shack

The Crab Shack
40 Estill Hammock Road, Tybee Island, Tybee Island, GA 31328-9702
912-786-9857
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Ranked #10 of 46 Restaurants in Tybee Island
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
peoria, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We chose this restaurant after we looked at the menus for many online, as I have very picky children. When we got there the menu was different. No nachos, no wings which is what we had chosen. Kids were disappointed. It was hot and all seating is outside. The scenery was nice but the only "wildlife" we saw were stray cats wandering around. There was a garbage can under our table so basically the only thing the server did was bring the food. The food was okay, but we were a bit disappointed in the misleading menu online.

Visited July 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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64 reviews 64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Unbelievable... shacks in the woods....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We went to this restaurant for two nights in a row for dinner - I think that says it all!!! It was recommended to us by a local and it is without a doubt, some of the best tasting seafood (especially the crab legs) that I have ever had! Get the seafood platter that you share with however many people you have in your party - it has everything on it and is the best value! The service was outstanding both nights and the kids working there are on top of their game! Very family friendly - baby gators to look at if you have to wait for a table! Fun and really great - if you can find it in the woods, go there!

Visited July 2013
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Boiling Springs, Pa.
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“It's called a shack for a reason”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

OK, first things first: This is not four-star dining. What the Crab Shack is is a fun place to sit along the water, drink a few cold beers, and enjoy some seafood. And, yes, it is served on paper plates, and yes, you will see cats milling around, which I think adds to the place's charm. Keep in mind, too, that options are limited, especially for meat lovers. If, however, you're craving seafood, give this place a chance. I would recommend going for the seafood sampler, which comes with crab legs, boiled shrimp, crawfish, mussels, sausage, potatoes, and the best corn on the cob ever. (Skip the potatoes and ask for extra corn -- you'll be glad you did.) The two-person sampler runs around $40 and is enough to feed four. This is the best deal on the menu. Also, the service here is friendly and fast -- not what you would expect at your typical tourist attraction.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Where's the health dept?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

We have been here several times over the last 15 years and it has expanded into a major roadside attraction. But with that being said, this place is disgusting. There are cats running around everywhere. The bathrooms are disgusting. The menus are covered in shmootz. The food is not very good, and way over priced. Everything on the table has a nasty coating if stuff on them from other people's dirty hands. They have a pickup truck right in front full of garbage always. It stinks. And the gift shop smells like cat pee. Overall a place we will not be revisiting which is a shame. Because it used to be a great place. The only positive are the servers. They are friendly and always on top of it.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Unique restaurant tucked in residential neighborhood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

I had read about the Crab Shack on Tybee Island outside of Savannah, GA but did not see it when driving around popular area of the island. On the way off the island we spotted their sign and decided to check it out. It is a large shack-like place with several smaller buildings around including the cat shack and a parrot/macaw rescue inside the gift shop.

It was a little confusing trying to find out where to go to get a table- it was outside in an area where there are probably a lot of people waiting during peak season.
It is very casual with mostly large round tables that have napkins and a trash container in the middle of them to dispose of shrimp tails, corn cobs, etc.

My young teen son and I shared a shrimp boil plate. He had never eaten shrimp with legs and tail intact so it was a new experience for him. Outside the seating area visitors can view numerous 3-5 foot alligators in an enclosure.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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