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Joe's Crab Shack

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130 S Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266-8271
+1 515-226-9966
11:00 - 00:00
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Ankeny, Iowa
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212 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Every time my brother comes to visit, he wants to go to Joe's Crab Shack and order shrimp. He likes the way Joe's prepares the shrimp. He usually comes for the Good Guys Classic Car Show at the Iowa State Fairgrounds over the 4th of July. It is usually hot and humid. We always sit outside on the patio and... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Love that they don't have tipping here anymore. They pay their employees good and then there's no awkwardness with tipping and how much. Food is always good and staff is great!

Thank Megan M
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

I never get full here. One time I received crab legs with no meat in them. Waitress was nice and made it right. The boiled food just seems to lack flavour to me. Seems more of a place for entertainment than good choice for food. Staff is always nice and pleasant but that is only one thing I look for.... More 

Thank Terry1GO
Des Moines, Iowa
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60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

I'm not impressed with this place. It's like the KFC of seafood. Nearly everything is fried. And not well. Service was lackluster and my peel and eat shrimp wasn't deveined!!! Are you kidding me?!? Barf! The crab legs weren't terrible but it's pretty hard to mess those up. High prices and not a great selection of entrees. I won't be... More 

Thank clbosco
Worthington, Minnesota, United States
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We have always enjoyed eating at Joe's in various cities and it was nice to know they took reservations for small parties on New Year's Eve! My wife, 9 year old daughter, and I all ordered crab: queen crab, snow crab and king crab respectively. All of meals tasted great and the portions were generous. The queen and snow crab... More 

Thank Randy S
Des Moines, Iowa
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343 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

My family picked this over my objections. Please know that I do not like seafood but they assured me there would be other things to choose from on the menu. I think I had 3 options. A chicken salad, a chicken sandwich, or a big alcoholic drink. I should have chosen the latter. The chicken sandwich was dry and the... More 

Thank Guitarjess
New York City, New York
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Had a family outing. The relaxed atmosphere was wonderful for the kids! (ages 3-12) Having a play area was such a PLUS! Waitress was great fun and very helpful concerning meal choices. So nice to find a place where all could enjoy the evening with a pleasant cuisine.

Thank huffrx
Rochester, Minnesota
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed our lunch on the back patio. It was a beautiful fall day, great scenery overlooking the pond/waterfront by the Jordan Creek Mall. Service was good, food was delicious. Would definitely go back again.

Thank Carissa M
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Food was so greasy..don't know if they use old grease or different kind. Food took awhile. Wait staff was not very pleasing.Will not be going back.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

If you like steamed shellfish and their traditional accompaniments (hushpuppies, fries, corn on the cob, etc.) -- and if you have the appetite of about three very corpulent people -- then Joe's Crab Shack is the place for you. It's not easy to find seafood of any quality in landlocked Iowa. And there are people who love this place. I'm... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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: 130 S Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266-8271
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-226-9966

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