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Joe's Crab Shack

$$ - $$$
South Austin
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600 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704-1326
+1 512-441-1010
11:00 - 00:00
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Austin, Texas
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76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After the view, all else is just fair. When comparing Joe's Crab Shack to a Red Lobster or Pappadeaux, it makes you feel sorry for Joe's. The food is moderately priced and the service is OK, but the food is really in need of an updated menu. I ate there twice during the month of December 2016. Both times I... More 

Thank MrPig
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197 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

I rarely ever give a 1, but this place absolutely earned a 1. The food was the worst seafood I have ever purchased cooked fresh at a restaurant! In one meal, I had over cooked, under cooked, and unbelievably bland. Not sure if this is the normal quality, but I did speak with a manager. She said, I will check... More 

Thank Lonnell D
Laredo, Texas
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We decided to take advantage of the nice weather and ate outside on the patio. The view was awesome! We didn't have to wait long for our food after we got our table. Service was great and food yummy.

Thank pacmanfan2
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142 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

On the plus side, we arrived at 11pm and they were willing to seat us. The view is stunning, would love to see it in daylight. My friend enjoyed her pasta dish. Servers were friendly. On the down side, the lady who seated us told us they served catfish, (which is really what we wanted and got us all excited),... More 

Thank petraAbuDhabi_Uae
Missouri City, Texas
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

I've been to Joes crab shacks before but this one seemed to have worse quality food and very slow service. I ordered the salmon and it tasted old and had a weird seasoning . My son ordered the fried fish and it was very greasy and mostly batter .

Thank tmach41
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Great food. ..very tasty and friendly staff. Couldn't ask for a better location right off the Austin boardwalk. Definitely recommend the shark bite drink.

Thank Manny F
Plano, Tx
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179 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Had dinner at Joe's this June and the food was very good. I don't go to Joe's much because the menu is heavy on fried entrees. I had the fried shrimp and cat fish which was very good. Not as heavy as this can be. Service was also very good. The location was very nice overlooking the river.

Thank jimandbevh
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381 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

In Austin for 10 days visiting my son. He took us to Joe's Crab Shack for the spectacular view. You have to go and sit on the Patio which is right near the river and watch Austin come to life as it gets dark. Yes, Joe's Crab Shack is a chain and some are better than others, but it is... More 

Thank PITTparent
Lyford, Texas
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

4th of July dinner with family. We pulled into the first place we saw open and not crowded. We have a Joe's Crab Shack in our area but we've never visited one. We opted to eat in the outdoor patio where we enjoyed a beautiful night view of downtown and the board walk. I also didn't feel so guilty about... More 

Thank CarolinaKiaraOctavio
Nashville, Tennessee
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

We waited for 30 minutes for appetizers. The food came out less than five minutes later so they virtually went to waste. The fried food was soggy and service was slow.

Thank travelingtennessean

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 600 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704-1326
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin>  > South Austin
  • Neighbourhood: South Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-441-1010

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?