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Joe's Crab Shack

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130 S Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266-8271
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was ok. I got a crab pot and it reads as a lot of food but it's not really. There were 3 small potatoes but one was crunchy (not cooked fully). The crab was ok. Not super warm. I was a bit disappointed.

Thank Amy K
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My dh, ds, and I went there for lunch on a Saturday. The guys shared a crab bucket (or whatever it's called) and they both thought it was fantastic. I had a fish and shrimp combo plate. The fish was pretty good, but I've had better shrimp. I also had the watermelon sangria, which was very good. The waiter we... More 

Thank Dreamer72
Fort Dodge, Iowa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I don't have any seafood restaurants near me so this was amazing! I had the full lobster and crab legs it was to die for!

Thank 5huskerfans
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anytime we are in Des Moines, we make a stop at Joe's Crab Shack! We have 3 kids and they all love it too. The steampots are a family favorite.

Thank Kristin M
Parkland, Florida
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

just had dinner here not the cleanest place for the area service was good food was ok bad news I ordered a draft beer it was room temperature yes warm I sent it back it was funny our waiter told the manager we didn't drink piss warm beer in America I got a bottle next it was chilled but not... More 

Thank Joe W
San Bernardino, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Went to have a good time and relax with the wife. Crab was fresh and cooked perfectly and drinks were very delicious.

Thank BobSwanson34
Fort Dodge, Iowa
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Enjoyed a wonderful mid-afternoon meal with family. Several had fish and chips, one had the shrimp alfredo and pasta, while I had the Crab Cakes. Last had crab cakes in Maryland and this offering was nearly as good. Can't get to the East Coast often, so this is a Great Midwestern opportunity for Excellent Seafood. My crab cakes and everyone... More 

Thank Scott M
Columbus, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

My two teenage boys did not want to wear the big paper bib but my husband insisted which made the boys a little mad, but they knew they had to comply. Thank goodness we all had bibs on or our shirts would have been stained or ruined. The food was very good.

Thank trw16
Sully, Iowa
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74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We like to eat here with the boys. They have good seafood with lots of flavor, large portion sizes, and a rustic presentation. They also have non-seafood dish options for those that don't like fish.

Thank Jeff P
Columbus, Ohio
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86 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Had a great night here. Really enjoyed the Cajun Crab Boil. Server was friendly and service was quick. Will be eating here when I come back to town.

Thank PLM2534

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 130 S Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266-8271
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 5152269966

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?