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The Crab Shack

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144 Shore Drive, Salter Path, NC 28575
+1 252-247-3444
11:00 - 21:00
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love The Crab Shack! They just re-opened for the season and they have been missed! The food is always great and their $9.99 lunch special, including your drink, is the best deal on the beach. Beautiful view of the sound and the surrounding docks. Don't miss out on the best local "shack"! You won't be disappointed.

Thank atlanticbeachgrl
Walkertown, North Carolina, United States
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited the Emerald Isle, NC on several occasions. We always look forward to visiting The Crab Shack. This time was no exception. We selected to order takeout because if having our two-year old grandchild. We ordered, were told it would be 20 minutes, and when we arrived, our food was hot and ready. All the dishes were delicious.... More 

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Crab S, Owner at The Crab Shack, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! Hope to see you again soon! More 

Covington, Kentucky
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The host was rude off the bat. We had a large party & he had a bit of an attitude. Granted, they were pretty busy-but still. Horrible customer service on his part. Our waitresses were great, but the food was terrible. The rib eye was all fat, and of the 3 ordered in our group of 13, none were cooked... More 

Thank MsBostuckian
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Went to another restaurant looking for a friend who worked there and was told she was working at The Crab Shack. Drove there and found a great place to eat at very reasonable prices!!! Ask for Lisa for your waitress. The food is great and servings are huge! If you have to wait, they give out fresh hush puppies!

2 Thank K9condo
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Have a difficult time finding authentic Hattaras chowder. The Crab Shack offers it. To be honest that is all I ate, but my husband was happy with his fish and shrimp.

Thank Therese M
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We are here for lunch and they close for season today. We have been here many times and always enjoy the food and great staff. Crab Shack is the place to go while at Emerald Isle.

Thank lovinbloom
Asheville, NC, United States
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Went there based on rave reviews from folks renting the duplex next to ours at the beach. Cost of the meal, with one domestic beer, was about $35.00. For this we got flounder that was dry and over-cooked (fried) and soft shell crabs that were as tough as leather and so bad tasting we could not even swallow the tiny... More 

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Sandston, Virginia
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50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This past year, we spent four weeks vacationing at Atlantic Beach. The Crab Shack has always been one of our favorite restaurants. We visited this time just after Hurricane Matthew when we had been without power for 2 days at our vacation condo. We were hungry and so looking forward to a delicious hot seafood meal. My entree was a... More 

Thank Claudia L
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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98 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This has been, honestly, one of our favorite haunts in Salter Path for years. However, our last visit (and a couple before it) have left us feeling like we need to try some new places that value customers a bit more. The food will not disappoint, but the service seems to be slightly declining. Case in point: off-season, only a... More 

Thank Chris E
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We go with a group on Sunday. Great food,love the hush puppies, baby flounder ,shrimp. Friends love the soft she'll crabs. Great price on lunch specials

1 Thank Howard P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$18
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wine and Beer
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 144 Shore Drive, Salter Path, NC 28575
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Salter Path
  • Phone Number: +1 252-247-3444
GREAT GRILLED, STEAMED & FRIED SEAFOOD. FAMILY FRIENDLY. SOUNDFRONT DINING OVER LOOKING BOGUE SOUND The Crab Shack Restaurant is a family owned business serving patrons for the past 40 years. Our menu consists of all types of seafood including fish, shrimp, homemade crab cakes and of course.....CRABS! (You'd be surprised how many phone calls we get asking if serve crabs! LOL!) We also have the best steaks on the island! Sandwiches include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, shrimp burgers, etc. and our "just like mama's" grilled cheese sandwich. We offer daily lunch specials, including your choice of an entree, 2 veggies and sweet or unsweet tea, available 7 days a week. We pride ourselves on fast, courteous service where you're treated like one of the family. Our kid-friendly atmosphere keeps our annual vacationers coming back year after year. The main dining room overlooks beautiful Bogue Sound. (We don't even charge extra for the view!) Our shrimp boats parked out back, add a beautiful back drop to your dining experience. So if you're looking for fresh seafood, land-lubbers delights and a fun time for you and the family, give us a try...you won't be sorry!

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