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“Food was BAD & SMALL”
Review of Joe's Crab Shack

Joe's Crab Shack
Ranked #108 of 315 Restaurants in Galveston
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Food was BAD & SMALL”
Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

The service was great and the restaurant was clean and neat. The only down fall was everything was WAY overpriced and the portions were little. The pots of boiled food would have been fine if they hadn't been $45 a piece and with like 2 crabs and 5 shrimp it was ridiculous. Then the crab cakes are bad an like $10.

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  • English first
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  • German first
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English first
Galveston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
247 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 457 helpful votes
“A franchise with a good attitude”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Ok, Joe's is a chain. But we were surprised by the positive, even cheery attitude of the waitstaff. Every time we go in, at least half of the staff are new (to us), but they're always upbeat. The food is reliably very good. It's not Gaidos, but it's not supposed to be. When there's a good crowd, the dancing in the aisles is fun. Obviously, we go back.

  • Visited October 2012
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Dallas, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
2,371 reviews
1,726 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 981 helpful votes
“Not the best on the island”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Joe’s Crab Shack is located next door to the Brick House Tavern and when you enter you will swear the two buildings are almost identical. Both sport bare concrete floors. We entered at roughly 2PM on a Sunday and almost had the entire place to ourselves as there were very few customers. Prices are rather high and we looked for something on the inexpensive side as we were eating a late lunch or early dinner. Ordered the shrimp and fries for $13.19 each. The shrimp are a little less than medium size however they were fresh and tasty. The batter could have contained a little more spices. Fries were good. Served with cold slaw which was excellent however only a spoon full in a small paper cup. Never saw such a small serving and in a paper cup---give me a break. Service was very good however it should have been considering the number of customers in the establishment.This is definitely a chain operation and it shows as meals are mass produced without any personal care. No doubt the kitchen personnel are just cooking whatever has been purchased for them. In our case the shrimp should have been large and really really fresh

  • Visited October 2012
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Rochester, New York
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“just an ok meal”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

I ordered salmon which was good but not great. Overall I think the experience is exactly what you would expect from this type of restaurant.

Visited March 2012
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Austin, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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“GREAT FOOD for a chain”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

Went on a Friday night around 6:30 and a table of 5 was seated within 15 minutes. Our orders were taken quickly, food was great & all accurate, and I will say - for a chain restaurant, the food was delicious. They did try HARD to sell us on appetizers & drinks, but we were simply not interested. Ate our dinner, kids played outside on NICE playscape, and we tipped well & walked back to hotel. Will certainly dine here again !

Visited August 2012
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