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The Crab Shack

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Queens Wharf | Queens Wharf, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
649164250
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

After our 1st night went back a 2nd time, service was good, but I think could get chaotic. The Sashimi was very good, and fresh. On one night I had the calamari, which was as soft as you could get, not chewy. The clams were excellent, as was the soft shelled crab. Very reasonably priced.

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Thank Joethetraveller58
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The food and service here were great! My husband had the welly burger and I had the Cajun fish of the day. We also enjoyed the muscles and bread to start! We would recommend everything as the food was fresh and tasty. The server, was also friendly and very attentive. We also enjoyed the corona bucket which worked out at... More 

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Thank Tanya F
shed5crabshack, Manager at The Crab Shack, responded to this review

Hey hey! Great to heat from ya' buddy, cheers for the great feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed both the welly and cajun fish (my fave') as well as the service from our floor team. Hopefully you'll be back again soon for more top value bevvies and tasty treats. All the best from the Shack team ;) More 

California
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135 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Even on a Sunday night, this busy place required a half hour wait. After that, we were whisked to our table. Drinks came promptly, followed by the Shrimp Cocktail, which would have been better if not for excessive dressing. Trish ordered a salad and Tempura Soft Shell Crab, both of which worked out quite well. I went with the Shack... More 

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Thank JDinNapa
shed5crabshack, Manager at The Crab Shack, responded to this review

Hi there, Cheers for the great feedback, I'm glad you were seated promptly after your wait. Great to hear you enjoyed the majority of your food and service too. I have asked all wait staff to make the wait time on Paella clear to our guests in future, the kitchen have also been made aware of your feedback. Hopefully you'll... More 

Fountain Hills, Arizona
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77 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

this is a fun place. food is casual. Belongs to Shed 5 and lower scale but the quality is still outstanding

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Thank dieteraz
shed5crabshack, Manager at The Crab Shack, responded to this review

Hi there, I'm glad to hear you had fun soaking up the vibes at the Shack. Casual we may be, but we try hard to provide a service every bit as good as our classy cousin Shed 5. We reckon it's pretty sweet, just a little different :) Cheers for the great feedback, hopefully we'll have the pleasure of hosting... More 

Melbourne
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

After jumping off a cruise ship here at Wellington , the last thing that you would want to do is eat! Well then we found the crab shack ,and we just had to eat again! Fantastic fresh fish and crab, with great friendly service, what a great find, but then we found out that everyone in Wellington knows about this... More 

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Thank Steve H
shed5crabshack, Manager at The Crab Shack, responded to this review

Hey there, Great to hear you were able to find a top quality feed straight off the boat, thanks so much for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed both the fresh sea fare and the friendly service, hopefully wellington's worst kept secret will be high on your to-do list next time you pass this way. All the best from... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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101 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading the menu several times making up your mind and then changing it time after time as everything that was coming out of that kitchen smelt divine and looking at people's empty plate was a great sign that it was worth waiting for. I finally decided on the fish burger trevally crumbed and what a great choice and presentation... More 

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Thank Cam P
shed5crabshack, Manager at The Crab Shack, responded to this review

Hi there, Don't fret about the dilly-dallying, our friendly front of house team are always happy to help with these tough decisions :) Good choice on the welly burger, such a great burger, and the fish is always fresh. There's still plenty more for you to try though so you'd better pop back soon for more top quality grub. A... More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us enjoyed our meals - two fish,two steak. Good atmosphere. Attentive, friendly staff. Just the right time to wait for meals. Good prices (considering the poor exchange rate!).

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Thank helen s
shed5crabshack, Manager at The Crab Shack, responded to this review

Hi there, Great to hear from you, I'm glad the carnivores among you found something on the menu to satisfy. Cheers for the praise for the service staff too, I'm glad you were well looked after. Hopefully you'll be back for another top quality feed soon. All the best from team Crab More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We got a number of dishes to share - the soft shelled crab was wonderful, had sharing dips - the fish one was particularly good, and some king prawns. Looking at others tables all the crab looked excellent - but we didn't have space. Enjoyed the food and the service.

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Thank Cassie2808
shed5crabshack, Manager at The Crab Shack, responded to this review

Hi there, Sharing is what we're all about. I'm glad you enjoyed everything, in particular the soft shell crab which is a real fan favorite. Glad to hear the service was up to scratch too. All the best from the Crab Shack. More 

Romford, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a busy place, both lunch and dinner time. Weekend dinner. Booking would be essential to avoid a wait, even mid-week a wait for a table is to be expected. The Crab Shack motto is 'Have you got crabs? We have!' The menu. while crab and green lipped mussels are the main feature, has steak, lamb and burgers also. ... More 

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Thank Clive_C54
shed5crabshack, Manager at The Crab Shack, responded to this review

Hi there, Great to hear you enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere as well as the NZ green lipped mussels. Larger that their European cousins for sure! We should change out motto to "have you got good times? WE HAVE!" Cheers from the Crab team. More 

Level Contributor
33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s noisy, busy and serves fab food – it’s great! Set on Wellington waterfront the Shack is a hugely popular local restaurant. Get there early or book – otherwise you could end up waiting a bit. Thereafter, you are part of the theatre of a restaurant as the servers rush to and fro and the chefs shake the pans in... More 

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Thank Colin H
shed5crabshack, Manager at The Crab Shack, responded to this review

Hi there, I'm glad you enjoyed the theatricality and the atmosphere as well as the great food and service. thanks so much for the stellar feedback. Hopefully you'll be paying us another visit soon. All the best from the Shack team More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
Cuisine
Bar, Seafood, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Queens Wharf | Queens Wharf, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 649164250

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