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Reviewed April 14, 2024

Arrived around 5:30 PM,a little crowded, but we were able to get a table. Was greeted by the owner who thanked my 93 year old father-in-law for his service. A Korean and Vietnam vet who proudly wears his Marine Corps hat whenever we go out....Thank you sir for acknowledging him. Made his night.Standard seafood restaurant with grilled, fried,steamed and panned in butter options. Good size portions. You will not leave hungry. Elizabeth, our server was outstanding.Great views as the restaurant sits on the water.If you are in the area, definitely worth a visit.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed October 8, 2023

We had stopped at a couple of other places and either weren't inspired by the menu or didn't want to have to wait as long as it seemed like it was going to take. Ended up at Crab Shack. Parking was a bit difficult, but...since the fish marked was closed could park there. Seated immediately. The restaurant is a lot bigger inside than it looks from the outside. Nice views of the water, but it was getting dark so we didn't see much. Started off with piping hot hush puppies. Very good, sweet. Food came out quickly. Husband ordered the grilled red snapper, flavor was good and had 2 decent sized filets. Also ordered baked sweet potato and cole slaw. Sweet potato was good, and the cole slaw was very good and sweeter than most slaws. I ordered fried flounder. Nice breading but the skin was on so it was a bit tough to try to cut. Didn't have a knife, so separated the skin from the meat, which came off nicely. 3 filets; should have ordered the senior size! Ordered a baked potato and cole slaw. Both were good. Service was quick and responsive, kept an eye on beverages. A lot of people were taking doggy bags home or eating the protein and leaving the sides. Good find!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 6, 2023 via mobile

Excellent service, very accommodating. My husband had clam strips and I had the captains salad. Both were excellent. Would definitely come back if we were in the area.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 6, 2023

The Crab Shack has become an annual tradition for our family. Hushpuppies are the best. Unfortunately, we tend to fill up on them before our main meal arrives. We had 7 in our party, including 3 children. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals. We all...got something different. I got the fried shrimp which was very good. Green beans were excellent,More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 29, 2023 via mobile

The meal was OK. It's pricey for what it is. Hush puppies were good, and we had the Grouper which was ok. Very thin and small piece that was way overcooked. Staff was friendly and attentive.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 25, 2023

The hostess was quite rude. She wasn’t able to seat me while I was with a baby in my arms even though there were a lot of tables available. I had to insist to be seated. The waiter confused two out of the three main...meals and didn’t offer reimbursement/exchange/discount. Salads barely had any seasoning.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 23, 2023 via mobile

I don’t like to wait over a hour. I’m a snob in that way. The food was excellent & so was the service. I recommend going at lunch & maybe missing the crowds. The have beer while you wait.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed July 7, 2023 via mobile

We went early, 4:45 pm to the Crab Shack & still has to wait 20 minutes for a table for 4. Once we were seated it took a pretty long time for a waitress to come but when she came, she brought a basket of...delicious hush puppies. The children ordered child’s meals and we order the spiced shrimp dinner. We received a 1/2 lb. of delicious shrimp, & Cole slaw along with a loaded baked potato. The servings were so large we were able to boxed our leftovers & enjoyed them for lunch the next day. They also have delicious tarter sauce. We had a table with a view of the water. The only negative was it was very hot inside like the air conditioner couldn’t handle the big crowd on a moderately hot day. Karen gave us very good service even leaving pitchers of tea & lemonade on our table. They also serve hard crabs which I wanted but they take a while to eat so I went with the peel & eat shrimp.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 4, 2023 via mobile

Food was very good! We especially loved the hush puppies & crab dip. We didn’t give it five stars because of the service. Our server took a long time to greet us, then when she did, she took our beverage order and we never saw...her again. We found out later that she forgot about us. HOW DO YOU FORGET ABOUT A TABLE OF GUESTS, especially when you walked right by them to help other people & collect tips from tables right next to them??? Thankfully, someone noticed it and ended up taking care of us but once we got our food, service was pretty scarce.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 26, 2023 via mobile

You had me at hush puppies .... we had a Family dinner for 6, while vacationing in Atlantic Beach. We had a small wait but they have a nice sitting area with a small outside bar serving drinks ;) Hush puppies, appetizers, and Dinner were...great. Service was excellent. Prices were good for the area. Crab Shack is a staple in the Atlantic Beach/Salter Path area.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 24, 2023 via mobile

Very good food. The fried flounder was awesome. My wife loved the crab. We came to this spot a few years earlier and it was good then.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed June 22, 2023 via mobile

My wife and I, daughter, son-in-law, two grandsons (3&5) and other daughter and her partner, for Thursday lunch. My wife chose the Crab Shack specifically for steamed hard shell crabs. A half dozen were good but very small (I’m not sure they were legal size)....Probably not 3oz of crab meat. My crab cakes were AWFUL. No discernible crab meat, all filler - for $28.00! The other dishes were just OK. We took NO leftovers home. We’ll not return nor recommend the Crab Shack.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed April 26, 2023 via mobile

We enjoyed a Friday night dinner with fried oysters and fried shrimp. The food was excellent as well as the service. Great views while you were dining

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed October 29, 2022

The Crab Shack deserves my highest recommendation. We made our first visit yesterday and returned today. Their lunch specials ($12.95) included shrimp of course, baby founder (your choice of fried or broiled), crab cakes, jumping mullet with two vegetables, hush puppies and iced tea, I...chose broiled flounder (delicious with your choice of seasoning). The pasta salad and field peas (and hushpuppies) were delicious. The service was excellent: efficient and friendly. I asked for iced tea to be "half and half" (sweet and unsweetened) and it was perfect. (I knew in advance that I would have to wait a few minutes for my broiled flounder and it was worth the wait.) And I should mention that all of the tables have at least a view of the waterfront. And don't forget to walk next door to visit Willis' Seafood Market. A good 'ole fish market that you wish were where you live.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 14, 2022

This restaurant was highly recommended and I have no idea why anyone would consider this food good. It was the worst seafood I have had. Everyone I was with for this meal was disappointed in their food. No flavor, crab with the shells mixed in,...green beans seemed to be canned. This seemed liked cafeteria food. Don’t waste your money.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
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