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Joe's Crab Shack

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221 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
11:00 am - 11:00 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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Germantown, Maryland
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94 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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272 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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211 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars 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
Surabaya, Indonesia
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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
Tokyo, Japan
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

I am visiting from Tokyo with my family and figured we'd stop by here for seafood. We went just in time for supper and the place was very busy but we didn't have to wait so it's great. We ordered the Arctic Bay Steampot and The Orleans, and finished everything. It was delicious. Oh and I got a shirt as... More 

Thank lvdane
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

I surely enjoy able seafood meal.The crab legs were delicious and yummy. It came with alot crab I did get my money worth. Plus the atmosphere is comfortable. If you enjoy the outside they have seating outside too.

Thank clarkvl59
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016 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

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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, Large groups
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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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?