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“Amazing lobster bisque & Red Sangria drink”
Review of Joe's Crab Shack

Joe's Crab Shack
Ranked #31 of 388 Restaurants in Oceanside
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Been in business for several years at this location. Yelp has reviews going back to 2008.
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing lobster bisque & Red Sangria drink”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

The lobster bisque was creamy and not a strong "fishy" taste, also a new signature drink, with Red Sangria amazing! The waitress recommended the hush puppies as an appetizer, and they were fabulous with a spicy ruemalade dip. Also like the outdoor patio, great views of the harbor. The cajun crab cake salad was awesome, but unfortunately I wasn't a fan of the crab cake, it was stringy and nothing to hold it together. 3 of us shared a "big platter" item, and the rice was awesome, sweet with chunks of pineapple, and coconut shrimp yummy as well!

  • Visited March 2014
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Oceanside, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Frozen entrees at a high price”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

This is so not a good place. If you do not know what good food should taste like and like franchise restaurants...then this place is for you.

Visited March 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Tried to eat here but service was so bad we left”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

We came to eat but were instead ignored in the bar area for 20 minutes so we went elsewhere. A number of times waiters/waitresses said they would find our server but he/she never came.

Visited February 2014
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Vancouver, BC, CAD
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91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Truly a crab fest ...”
Reviewed January 27, 2014 via mobile

We were seated at our choice table out on the balcony. Steve served our table, knew the menu well, made informed suggestions and went the extra mile to make our experience a wonderful one. We had 'Joe's classic' for two, carribean platter and the lobster steam pot. I recommend this restaurant.

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Vancouver, WA
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108 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great location but little else to offer.”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

Joe's Crab Shack in Oceanside is in a good location on the harbor in a well designed facility. The employees were friendly and helpful but it ends there. We waited what seemed like forever to get our food so we flagged down a manager who then went back to the kitchen to crack the whip. To make up for it, he gave us a free dessert and a coupon for a free appetizer next time we came in. The food (we ordered a Caribbean platter) was just okay. The dessert, a smores concoction, even though it was complimentary, wasn't very good. What we really found annoying was the dancing waitresses. About every fifteen minutes, the music would get really loud and the servers would start dancing. It was really pathetic.

  • Visited January 2014
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