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Joe's Crab Shack

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221 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

When I want a fresh seafood experience I go here. Always love the lobster bake reminds me of Maine. My family always traveled there

Thank msanto139
Hagerstown, Maryland
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been seeing the Joe's Crab Shack commercials for years showing their "steampots" that always look so appealing. We finally got the opportunity to visit one. We will never go back. The quality of food is average at best and the value is horrible. The classic steampot was $28 and came with 1 small cluster of snow crab, 1... More 

Thank mpdbill
Wolcott, Connecticut
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145 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate here 1 nite of our stay but will be back. Terrific Bloody Mary with crab legs. Food was excellent. Bar-b-q shrimp were delicious. Service was very quick. Sat outside and watched people, listened to the band playing out front and just enjoyed the whole atmosphere. The servers are such hard workers. Tables are cleared quickly. Everybody works as a... More 

Thank mrsomes
San Francisco, California
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75 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Joe's was not crowded when we arrived, but filled up fairly quickly. My friend ordered a Bahamas Mama that seemed like a virgin drink - not good. Shrimp was ok, salad was good, although I expected the crab cake to be warm on the salad, not cold. Ok, but not great. however, Server Shay was personable and friendly!

Thank Mthebaker
Frederick, Maryland
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Went to dinner here on Mother's day. It was great! Food was good atmosphere was calm and our waitress ROCKED! :) Always asking us if we needed anything. My first time there, I would definitely go back.

Thank sjemu1
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98 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Well to be honest I don't eat seafood so I get the steak but my wife loves the crab pots they offer she is leaves there full and happy so if your not a seafood fan they have good steak and chicken tenders. The service is great the place is aways clean no complaints.

Thank Larry M
Orlando, Florida
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68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful sevice, super friendly waiter food was hot and fresh and exactly the way we ordered it which is allways a plus. We go there 2 to 3 times a year and love it every time.

Thank kathryn m
Rochester, New York
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91 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

I visited as a solo diner the evening of March 9, 2016. Walked here from a nearby hotel where I was staying for business in the area. Arrived about 5:45pm to a mostly empty restaurant. Sat at the bar. There were two bartenders on duty at the smallish, maybe 12 seat bar. Service pace started efficiently and then went into... More 

Thank SRCFan
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

Went to All You Can Eat Wednesday. In 3 1/2 hours got 3 buckets even though the second was ordered when the first was finally served. The waiter blamed the kitchen. The service was atrocious. It took an hour and multiple requests to get a coke. The crab legs were tasteless. Two of three sets tasted as if they were... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016 via mobile

To be fair it's the only crab shack I've ever been to. I dropped in on my own and didn't know what to expect but the staff were great recommending something for me. I had a delicious bucket of Cajun crab and prawns.

Thank CheshireHigs2013

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: 301-947-4377

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Mount Airy, Maryland, United States

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