We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great scallops!”

Folly Beach Crab Shack
Ranked #2 of 36 Restaurants in Folly Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bar
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Description: Relaxed laid back Island Restaurant. Featuring Local Grilled, Steamed & Fried Seafood! Outside Dining & Raw Bar. Voted # 1 by Folly Beach Local's & Voted Best Seafood Spot, Southern Living Magazine,2012. Live Steel Drums every Thursday night! Relax, Slow down, It's Folly Beach!
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
“Great scallops!”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We were looking for the best seafood restaurant within walking distance of our rental house and read a lot of reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor before choosing Folly Beach Crab Shack. It is so hard to tell the biasses behind different reviewers' opinions and know whether a one-star review is really deserved or just the complaint of an ornery person! We finally chose the Crab Shack because Southern Living had recommended it.

When we arrived there was no line, but when we left, it was fairly long, so I'm glad we dined early (arrived just before 6). There was a short wait for an indoor table but no wait for outdoors. Usually, I'm not into outdoor dining, but the patio here was awesome as it wasn't too hot and the fans and misters were blowing.

Our server Brian was very personable and attentive and answered our MANY questions, not just about the food and restaurant but about South Carolina in general. He kept our soft drinks refilled without being asked, which is always a plus!

I thought the wait for the food was quite reasonable and everything arrived hot.

As for the food, mine was delicious. I ordered the fried scallops and flounder. I am not a huge flounder fan but that was the way to get fried scallops, and it was tasty. Both fish and scallops were breaded just right and well-fried. I also liked the grilled vegetables, esp with a squeeze of lemon juice. My family members also liked their food. The only disappointment to me was the appetizer of hush puppies. They weren't as crisp as I like them. But I was the only one who was unimpressed with them--everybody else scarfed them down.

Overall, we enjoyed everything about this meal. It is not a fancy place, but it was just right for fried seafood at the beach!

  • Visited July 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Anne Marie P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LCH076, Owner at Folly Beach Crab Shack, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Thank you so much! I reall love hearing about people's experiences when they visit us, but I really love to hear when someone is also impressed with the person that took care of them. Brian is awesome! He is one of the best, and I have been in this business for 35 years. I will pass along all your kind words to him. I will also let my Chef & his Team know about how much everyone enjoyed the seafood. Sincerely, Ron Hill & Staff
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,161 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    596
    336
    144
    55
    30
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Knoxville, TN
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“wonderful server!”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

I had the stuffed flounder which was excellent with my amber ale. Others in our party of 6 tried buckets of everything. Lots of food so didn't want to waste stomach space with potatoes so boxed those up for a breakfast frittata for which our excellent server (sorry, forgot the name but he's been there 12 years!) gave us the recipe. I can take so so food if given great service. This place was tops in both.

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
Thank Garry-Appleseed
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LCH076, Owner at Folly Beach Crab Shack, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Thanks, That was Brian. He has been on my team almost from the very beginng. He shares my passion and has a servany's heart. I will let him and our team know about how you enjoyed both the seafood & service. Ron & Staff
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good Seafood”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Fairly typical seafood joint at the beach. Touristy. Lots of fried stuff, burgers, crab legs, fresh fish. And of course lots of cold beer. We were there with a group of 6 and had a very good time. Food was good. Will go back when in the area.

  • Visited June 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Doug M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Greenwood, South Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Just about average....but not quite...”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Not impressed with the food or the atmosphere...Cold fries and so-so shrimp..hushpuppies weren't great either. Won't be back for the prices paid.

Visited June 2013
Helpful?
Thank Nancy C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
LCH076, Owner at Folly Beach Crab Shack, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time yo let us know abut your experience. I feel as that we feel bwlow our standards, and i know we are better that what you and your guests experienced. Please feel free to call me on my cell number at 843-437-2546. I would love tthe opportunity to make things right. I also have and always will have a 100% money back garentee. Sincerely, Ron Hill (Owner) folly Beach Crab shack
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bluffton, South Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Go out of our way.”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

We live in Bluffton, SC and whenever we go to Charleston we go out of way on the way home to stop and eat at the Crab Shack.

  • Visited June 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank 22Deucey
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Folly Beach Crab Shack also viewed

Folly Beach, Coastal South Carolina
Folly Beach, Coastal South Carolina
 
Folly Beach, Coastal South Carolina
Folly Beach, Coastal South Carolina
 

Been to Folly Beach Crab Shack? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing