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Joe's Crab Shack

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221 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
+1 301-947-4377
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Felt like fast food even though service was painfully slow. Pretty much everything on the menu is fried.

Thank Rtwodogs
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

I had the steak I know you go to a crab place and get steak but the steak was really good really good and twice baked potato wow excellent food can't wait to come back.

Thank Larry M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Large servings of food in this lively seafood restaurant. Quick service. Food quality average. Lakeside location nice.

Thank Simon O
Germantown, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

The food is typical of a seafood restaurant chain, however, the prices are considerably higher than similar quality cuisine. Nice drink selection. Recommend the Tropical Punch.

Thank Doc J
Alexandria, Virginia
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253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

We just wanted a couple of snacks/appetizers as we weren't hungry and we settled on the steamed shrimp with Old Bay and the calamari. I have to say everything tasted fresh and the shrimp was moist, tender, and seasoned just right. The calamari was a pretty nice sized serving and the waiter was very polite. We plan to go back... More 

Thank corkscrewd
Crisfield, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Grabbed dinner here while visiting the area for a soccer tournament. Had no reservations on a Saturday evening, and got seated within 15 minutes! Good service and a great atmosphere for the kids. Drinks were okay, not enough alcohol for my pallet, but decent. The food was good, our kids love snow crab legs!

Thank Keith T
Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

went there on a friday evening and the place was busy. The crab cakes were excellent and so were the french fries and cole slaw but the margarita was horrrible. There was no alcohol in it. My dining partner also got a stawberry daqcori with no flavor and no alcohol. Very disappointing.

Thank connie c
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Having dinner with family at Joe's Crab Shack. I order Joe's Classic Steampot that come with dungeness crab leg, snow crab leg, boiled shrimp and sausage. The crab leg are good, but the shrimp was little overcooked. Price are average. the service are great and very friendly. I'm very pleased !

Thank nwklee62
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

When I hear the word "crab" as an offer, I never refuse. And this time my friends brought me to Joe's Crab Shack. They cooked the snow crab so good, the herbs in the crabs made me forget all the sauces.

Thank Irwan S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Stopped here on are way back into town. They always have good seafood & drinks. If your looking for good seafood this in a good spot. We have a 6 year old and there is a lot of other things to do around Joe's. Carlisle, feeding the fish, they have a train ride ( not a real train ) but... More 

Thank arthur b

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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, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Kids
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: +1 301-947-4377

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5 months ago
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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?