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“Every Bite A Delight!”
Review of Joe's Crab Shack

Joe's Crab Shack
Ranked #762 of 3,727 Restaurants in Austin
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: South Austin
Austin, Texas
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115 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Every Bite A Delight!”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

Love seafood? This is some of the best off-ocean seafood we've ever had. Our second visit in 12 months; great then, awesome now! Beautiful night view of downtown's towering buildings on the river, "quaint shack" decor, excellent drinks (margaritas!!) very good beer selection, extensive seafood menu. On our first visit we had buckets (literally) of different crabs. This time we had crab nachos, 3 kinds of shrimp, crab-meat stuffed snapper, green beans, grits (try em, pardner!) cole slaw and some of the best dirty rice to be found outside of New Orleans. This is not an exaggeration: one of the best meals we have had in 5 years. Service excellent.Manager came over to say hello. Seating at bar, dining room,patio or quiet corner (that's us). Staying downtown? Its an easy cab ride. A new lakeside boardwalk is going up on the edge of the water right out front - ready in March '14 (?). Happy hour snacks & drinks 4-7, 9-11 (call to check). We can't wait to go back.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank David M
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Cold Spring, NY
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great seafood in a great city”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Austin, Tx likes to consider itself "weird". The variety of restaurants is a real treat, and Joe's is one of the best. We really enjoyed not only the food, but the view of downtown Austin from the outdoor dining area was great, The staff and the manager were also very friendly, which always makes a meal especially pleasant. Very nice variety of dishes makes us look forward to our next visit.

Visited February 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Usual great place”
Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

We ate here because every Joe's we have eaten at had great service and food. This one did not disappoint. We got there late and enjoyed all the attention that we got for a group of 9 adults!

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Spiritoftexas6
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86 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“service and food not so good”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

its a great location right on the lake, very touristy, but i didnt get very good service. My server took a while and didnt come to check on me, the bread never arrived, the food was just average. If you dont mind taking the time to crack crablegs and wait on your server to show up, then i guess its okay, but i expected more,

Visited September 2013
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Lexington, Ky.
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68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Very good and will return again.”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

First time eating at Joe's Crab Shack. I had some great clam strips, the best I have ever tasted and the meal was good as well. Many families were there and people of all ages. Patio area with view of the water available. I will return if I am ever in the area again.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank KentuckyWanders
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