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“Good food, just had to shellout a few more clams than I thought.”
Review of Joe's Crab Shack

Joe's Crab Shack
Ranked #44 of 266 Restaurants in West Des Moines
Cuisines: Seafood
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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good food, just had to shellout a few more clams than I thought.”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Glad we gave Joe's another try. Our first experience was nothing to wite home about!
The food was good and the service was much better this time around. My only big concern was the price. I realize we are in the Midwest but $9-11.50 appetizers and & indivual meals ranging in the $20(plus). Glad we had a gift card. Crab shack name fool me. :)
Living in the Midwest it was definitely nice to have some good sea food.

  • Visited January 2013
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CRIowa
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Very Good Lunch Experience at Joe's Crab Shack in DSM!”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

I treated our 13 year old son there on his birthday as we were in Des Moines for a few days! Granted the restaurant was not very busy at this time of day, but the service was excellent, they walked us thru the menu and the gluten free options. The staff and chef was very knowledgeable with respect to food allergies. We shared the classic steam pot, an entree of mahi mahi, and two ice tea's. A bit pricey for just the two of us, $45 for lunch, but well worth it! Great service, very good seafood, all around very good experience!

  • Visited December 2012
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Lamoni, Iowa
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Was disappointed”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Thought there would be more of a variety of items on the menu. It is clearly tapered for Crab lovers. We frequent Red Lobster and have our favorites there. Tried Joe's for something different.

Visited October 2012
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Lincoln
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Not a place for a nice meal”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

If you want fishy tasting mussels, blaring noise, a waitress who sits down across from you in your booth and pesters you every minute to get your order this is the place for you. Combinations are limited and if the mussels were any indicator, I would not expect much from the rest of the menu. I left without ordering a main course.

Visited November 2012
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abie, ne
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Paying for the atmosphere!”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Haven't been to a Joe's in sometime--and was a little taken aback at the price. Used to love the "Steam Pots" but refuse to pay $25-$30 for them! Tables were so close together we were practically connected to the next table--in fact, waitress backed up from one table and about ended up on my lap. Crowded and quite noisy--not recommended for a quiet dinner. Service was adequate, but not outstanding!

Visited October 2012
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