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American, Bar, Seafood
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there while in Vista for granddaughters wedding. A group of us went to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner and it was excellent.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at 2 in the afternoon on a Monday. There were maybe 5 tables with people eating. It took over 30 minutes to get a table but once seated our waitress was very helpful and made us feel welcome. The food was another story....The Calamari was Rubery and had way to much breading. The steamed pots were not the best either. The lobster was not cooked properly and the crab legs were like they were old or something. All in all a very expensive lunch and the food was not even so so. I gave it a 3 star only because of the waitress who was very good.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Loved the ambiance and beach style decor. There were plenty of tables with a great harbor view, but we weren't allowed to sit there because the waiter told us that section was closed... not enough servers. Disappointing! They could attract more customers if they tried...to cater to their clients. (Maybe try bending the rules a little?) Fish and chips: $17.99. Very blah. not worth that much money. I've paid much less and gotten better fish and service. The waitors did the bare minimum. My friend had a big pot of fish with crab, lobster, etc. It lacked in flavor because it was frozen fish, just heated up. We will not be returning.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed July 26, 2020

I bring my parents here for early lunch often and we also celebrated my daughter's 16th birthday there. The food never fails and is always perfectly cooked. I don't know if there's anything on the menu that isn't good. Every dish is delicious.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed June 21, 2020

Our server Peyton (female) was AWESOME. The price for 1-lb peel-n-eat shrimp was reasonable as was the cedar plank salmon. Restaurant was really good about Social Distancing. Parking can be difficult, and beware the handmade 15-minute parking signs taped over the actual 2-hour parking signs.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 11, 2020 via mobile

My hubby's choice and what a good choice. Staying in Carlsbad a few days celebrating, the staff was accommodating, the drinks were strong,the food was good hot and cane quickly. the atmosphere was fun. they put on a song and we dance. a good choice...for a reasonable priced mealMore

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 11, 2020

The menu is lame, the options are few. I ordered Oysters and they don't even have saltines. Service sucks too.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

Food, atmosphere and staff, all A+!! It was a short walk from Days Inn Oceanside and we ate here several times in our 3 day stay. Everything we tried was delicious!! Loved the friendly staff which always adds to our experience ♥️

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 18, 2020 via mobile

Service was super quick and good. Good delicious. Recommend the crab legs, clam chowder, and coconut shrimp. The drinks are great too. Fantastic view of the harbor and really awesome atmosphere inside the restaurant.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 8, 2020

Food was good. Service was great! We had two waitresses. One was in training. Both were friendly and kind. One of my sons had the Alfredo and was quite happy. I shared my generous portion of steak with my sons, which they enjoyed. It was...a bit too dry for me but tasty. My sons enjoyed the great white shark hanging from the ceiling. It was nice.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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March 20, 2019|
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Response from Bookworms2010 | Reviewed this property |
THere are lots on both sides of the restaurant and another one nearby... very handy and we never paid or were charged
August 12, 2017|
Response from drlegner |
I did not have either, but the twin lobster tails are probably rock lobsters. Maine lobsters have claw meat as well as tail meat. Because they are more expensive than rock lobsters, and because their tails are smaller... More
August 12, 2017|
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