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Joe's Crab Shack

221 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
+1 301-947-4377
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good25%
  • Average33%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“crab legs” (13 reviews)
“seafood” (35 reviews)
“queen crab” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
221 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
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1 - 10 of 156 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Met some friends for lunch and enjoyed sitting outside, but the food was just mediocre, way too salty. We really should have sent it all back.

Thank Evan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ordered the bucket of seafood to sample multiple offerings. We were seated rather quickly, but waited for drink refills during the dinner. The food was good, but what made this special was sharing a family night in an atmosphere which was not too loud.

Thank Gary L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great, fun evening with seafood bakes and lots of other seafood items! Well prepared entrees and a bar that can't be beat!

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've gone to Happy Hour here on numerous occasions. The outside tables are great and the reduced price on happy hour drinks is generous. However you don't want to eat here. The food is heavily processed and often fried. I'm from Maryland and they serve...More

Thank chuckgeorgius
Reviewed 15 August 2017

The food is fine, We had the crab dish and fish and chips, the beat part however is the dessert. You must try the sampler

Thank HistoryExplorer166
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This was our second time eating here. Both times the food was very good. The crab dip is totally awesome, the atmosphere is pretty cool, and the service was great. It's your usual seafood place but we think it's better then Red Lobster. It's worth...More

Thank cmheff
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

This was my first time at a Joe's. It was the right price and the food was good for an after lacrosse tournament with family. The steam pots were great. The medium crabs though were VERY light, but the flavor was there. The desserts were...More

Thank dlafoot1
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Excellent food, excellent service! If you sit at the bar, ask for Ryan. He made sure we had a great night!

Thank 7,432
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

My family enjoys the kitsch of the decor. We have always had super friendly wait staff, and they have accommodated my elderly Mom's walker with no trouble. She also needs things cooked specially, sauces on the side, etc. They have always been great to deal...More

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Went to Joe's Crab Shack yesterday for dinner since it was such a nice evening out. As we entered we were told there would be a 20 minute wait by the young man behind the podium however he was immediately told by an older fellow...More

Thank D4379
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Questions & Answers
Amanda C
19 August 2016|
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Response from clarkvl59 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have all snow crab legs you can eat on Wednesday's nites
Clarence B
21 February 2016|
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Response from 0711cindys | Reviewed this property |
Go on line & opt the Contact Us button. Ask. Joes in Various locations may well offer different specials and perhaps on different days too depending on when their shipments are scheduled. Have a fun time there!!
Jamie C
18 September 2015|
Response from Cathy H | Reviewed this property |
I didn't notice the kid's menu, didn't have any with me. Though, I noticed that there were a lot of happy kids in the restaurant having a good time. There were all age groups of kids from high chair size to teenagers.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Montgomery County  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: +1 301-947-4377
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