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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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Columbus, Ohio
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53 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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118 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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147 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

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

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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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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?