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Joe's Crab Shack

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3502 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-8846
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Brandon, Mississippi
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was ok but our server was awesome! We did not have to wait to be seated and the appetizers / food all came out in a reasonable time.

Thank calewis601
North Ridgeville, Ohio
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Typical Joe's anywhere you go, not bad but nothing different than anywhere else. Food was good, my son was the only one who got crab legs, and he struggled to Crack them, mainly because our waiter forgot to give him a nut cracker ,we found out at the end. He gave us another tool we thought was in place of,... More 

Thank mcrixx
Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Service was super slow. We actually had to find out waitress to pay her. We waited over 15 minutes after she delivered the check and she was inside chatting with friends. The crab nachos were gross and the salad was eh. Definitely overrated.

Thank commonsensemommy
Houston, Texas
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We had lunch here and the staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. Awesome atmosphere and fun for all.

Thank cspurlock299
College Station, Texas
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Some people may thirst for a calm place to eat, while others look for swanky--but we could not wait to finish our day trip to Galveston Island's Crab Shack. Joe's was a beach bum's delight with it's somewhat smaller portions for the price and energetic if not in your face service style of our waitress. She apologized several times for... More 

Thank actex
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Super slow service!!!! I found a bug in my crab nachos. I told my server she apologized and said sometimes that happens. Didn't even offer to bring a new one. With all the local places find one. Run from this one.

Thank Britney B
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a late family dinner after a day at the beach. Waitress was friendly. Lots of families eating. Food was fast and delicious. Overall a good time

Thank kels157
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Why would a hostess seat a party with a four year old at the table right next to their playground without asking the parents first? The restaurant was nearly empty at the time, so it wasn't necessary. Even tho we asked to be moved, it ruined the dining experience because the child was upset that we would not let him... More 

Thank Karie J
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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192 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Took my mother-in-law to Galveston for lunch since she hadn't been to the ocean (okay, the Gulf) in many years. We were able to treat her to a wonderful lunch while sitting on the patio/porch facing the waterfront. She was delighted! Once we remembered to tell the server to hold the seasoning, the shrimp, crab, corn and potatoes were all... More 

Thank JMLMississippi
Angleton, Texas
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We went for lunch since we were on the Island just for the day and had a craving for seafood. After eating previously at Joe's in Houston, we thought it would be a good choice. We were wrong. The only good thing about this place is the location. Other than that it was a disaster! The food was over-priced. For... More 

Thank Dina D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3502 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-8846
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Galveston Island  >  Galveston
  • Phone Number: 409-766-1515

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?