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The Crab Shack

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Certificate of Excellence2017 Winner

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Local cuisine, American, Seafood
The Crab Shack Restaurant is a family owned business serving patrons for the past 40 years. Our menu consists of all types of seafood including fish, shrimp, homemade crab cakes and of course... CRABS! We also have the best steaks on the island! Sandwiches include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, shrimp burgers, etc. and our "just like mama's" grilled cheese sandwich. We offer daily lunch specials, including your choice of an entree, 2 veggies and sweet or unsweet tea, available 7 days a week. We pride ourselves on fast, courteous service where you're treated like one of the family. Our kid-friendly atmosphere keeps our annual vacationers coming back year after year. The main dining room overlooks
$2 - $49
Lunch, Dinner
American, Seafood
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

I've been eating at The Crab Shack for many years and choose it over other popular seafood restaurants in Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle... the reason? The food is delicious, the staff is friendly and they do an awesome job, plus it's on the water....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank sherrync
Reviewed December 4, 2018

The food was good but the wait was extremely long. The only advantage was you could sit on the deck and have drinks while you waited. Pick a time when it isn't crowded and it would be worth it.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank rimfire2018
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

We always order take out when our whole family comes down to emerald isle every summer. The food is always cooked perfectly and quick and easy take out. No hassle and friendly service. It’s a must every time we’re visiting

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank lindsbobbitt
Reviewed September 14, 2018

My husband and I arrived about 5:00 on Monday night, no wait, taken to our table and not asked if our table was ok. We sat for 10-15 min with no one acknowledging us. Waitress's moved around us, owner or manger stood in corner but...More

Date of visit: September 2018
3  Thank Sheila C
Reviewed September 13, 2018

Sometimes I think the only reason we go to Atlantic Beach is to eat at the Crab Shack! I had lightly fried oysters. Superb! My wife had the oyster/scallop combo. Ditto! Sister-in-law had catfish/shrimp. Double ditto! Oh, and the hush puppies may not have been...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Clark G
Reviewed September 7, 2018

Liked the ambiance and local flavor of this restaurant. I had the steamed spicy shrimp, which was excellent. Dinner came with two sides. You can order a $5 pitcher of light beer, which has about 4 beers, great value.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Gertper
Reviewed September 2, 2018

Crab Shack reminds me of seafood restaurants we went to on the NC coast growing up. Family owned and you get a lot of food. We eat here at least 1x every weekend we come down. Locals eat here and it's so popular there is...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Soosun3916
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

My family and I stopped here to eat by chance as we were exploring the area during our weekend stay. We were pleasantly surprised to say the least. Growing up on the coast near the Chesapeake Bay you could say I'm kind of a "crab...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank amandaott45
Reviewed August 30, 2018

Meal and service was very good. We were not rushed even though the restaurant was very busy. Food was up to par and just as good as in previous dining experiences at this restaurant. We eat here every time we are on the island. Mahi...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank googanheimer
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

We chose to go here based on the good reviews, but I guess it depends on what you are wanting. First the good: the hush puppies were great, the tuna had great flavor and the crab cakes tasty (although not lump crab). The not so...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank 944amityh
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May 10, 2018|
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Response from hungrytraveler0 | Reviewed this property |
It was brown shredded crab. Not lump meat. Not worth the money.
Bert M
August 6, 2017|
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Response from Crab S | Property representative |
We do. We open St. Patrick's Day weekend and close around Halloween usually.
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