We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book a Stay + Win a Getaway Book your hotel on TripAdvisor and you could win a great trip!

Joe's Crab Shack

$$ - $$$
Central Business District
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
131 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202-1335
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

248 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 242: English reviews
Owatonna, Minnesota
Level Contributor
46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service! Lobster and shrimp were a bit overdone but the crab was succulent! We sat outside and had a nice night view of the river.

Thank ladygilormini
Level Contributor
31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a friend took me to Joe's crab Shack for my birthday, the view of the river from the outdoor deck is amazing, the bridges are lit up and watching the river go by was really a great atmosphere while eating dinner, our waitress was very attentive and had many suggestions on favorites on the menu, It truly was a Birthday... More 

Thank mrdr1961
Bloomington, Indiana
Level Contributor
35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great meal and a fantastic server. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and offered good advice...she even offered to take a picture for us ! I recommend eating outside on the deck if the weather's nice. You'll be right on the Ohio River with gorgeous scenery and also will get to watch the jets fly overhead... More 

Thank MissPersonality
Pinellas Park, Florida
Level Contributor
44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For a change, I ordered shrimp. Jumbo shrimp was tasteless, french fries were limp, coleslaw was pretty mediocre. The hush puppies, however, were good. Our service was good and the view was nice. I wouldn't discourage people from going here if they want crabs because those who were eating them seemed to be enjoying them.

Thank JGW33782
Level Contributor
143 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

We've dined here several times. It's a nice place to enjoy a river view while feasting on crab legs, one of my favorite foods. It tends to be rather busy and loud most of the time and service can be a bit slow, but we still go and leave content. Prices are what you'd expect for having a nice view... More 

Thank LeanneBizTraveler
Clinton, Kentucky, United States
Level Contributor
45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Always enjoy coming here when in Louisville, service was great, food excellent, waitress knew the menu, and kept drinks full and accommodated any special request.

Thank LDodson484
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Very good crab legs. Good variety on the menu. Try the garlic mussel appetizer.👍🏻 Prices were ok. Good food isn't cheap, cheap food usually isn't good. Lunch on the deck overlooking the river was fantastic in the late August sun.

Thank Bart A
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Fun place to eat with excellent food. Impressed with the size of the lobster and overall presentation of our food. We happened to be there to catch fireworks over the river while we were eating. Good times.

Thank mamabear00000
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

A great place to go for seafood and just have a little fun. The server's are awesome, and the food is great! Would have given a better grade, but they recently downsized the menu. I brought this up with one of the servers, and she said that NOBODY was happy about it. She believed is was an effort to save... More 

Thank Niteriders
Nelson, New Zealand
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

The meals were great. The service was excellent . Pleasant outlook over the river. Great selection of cocktails and great beer .

Thank camaro1626

Travelers who viewed Joe's Crab Shack also viewed


Been to Joe's Crab Shack? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene
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 - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202-1335
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Louisville>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 502-568-1171

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Joe's Crab Shack and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
campbellsville, ky
Detroit, Michigan
5 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Joe's Crab Shack staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?