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“Good Seafood - Too Loud”
Review of Joe's Crab Shack

Joe's Crab Shack
Ranked #32 of 389 Restaurants in Oceanside
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Been in business for several years at this location. Yelp has reviews going back to 2008.
Redmond, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good Seafood - Too Loud”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

I understand the Joe's Crab Shack theme and it's appeal to the tourist crowd, but it can make for an unenjoyable meal. It is so loud due to blaring background music, packed tables, birthday party singing, etc. I guess people like the dancing wait staff but it all seemed geared towards a really young crowd (only kids seemed amused). It didn't help that we were seated right next to a table of really drunk people who were extremely loud. This all takes away from the fact that the seafood was quite good. I had the classic steamer bucket and everything in it was great, especially the crab and shrimp. Skip the calamari appetizer though. It was so thickly breaded that you couldn't really taste the calamari, but if you enjoy that deep fried goodness you might like it.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Christina M
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California, United States
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great Local Sea Food - Fun Place to Eat”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

Great Local Sea Food - Fun Place to Eat, I have been here several times and enjoy it every time.
Great View of Harbor, very friendly People, very attentive service. I will be back I am sure many times. Love to bring friends. Love the atmosphere.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank DG1205
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Tecumseh, Michigan
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“excellent”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

everything was great, food as well as service, the atmosphere was absolutely wonderful, and I definetly plan on returning when I visit again!!!

Visited September 2013
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Thank Tim W
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Acton, California, United States
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Noisy bar atmosphere, waiters dance.”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Food was so so. Daughter enjoyed dancing to music with wait staff. Can't talk to with your party, music too loud/party atmosphere. Salmon over-cooked, vegetables under-cooked.

Visited August 2013
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Thank iluvslo
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent view, just ok food”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

I have been to several Joe's throughout the country, this is probably one of my least favorite for the food but by far the best for the ambiance & view. The crab legs were a little oversteamed (dry) and the corn was a bit wilted looking. I think the view of the harbor made up for the minor issues with the food though. My sister & nephew also had overcooked crab legs, but were otherwise happy with their lunch. Our waitress was very nice & attentive.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Christie P
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