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Joe's Crab Shack

$$ - $$$
American, Seafood, Bar, Pub
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2757 E 80th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5762
+1 219-942-4554
11:00 - 00:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is by far my favorite Joe's Crab Shack. The best people work here. They are fun, outgoing, professional and very helpful. The food is equally great. Hot and delicious every time. I have never had a bad experience here, ever!

Thank geminim0m
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The bucket of King crab legs was excellent, after the crab - stuffed mushroons, and then the two whole lobsters, with corn, clams, shrimp, and sausage...delish!! our waitress Lindsey was very attentive..

Thank Debra E
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Had southern stuffed shrimp on dirty rice. I have been to Joe's a number of times over the years but never tried this dish. All there is say is fantastic! They r bacon wrapped and there is about a dozen. Very filling entree. I was suprised to find out at this location it's $2 dollar draft miller lite and Bub... More 

Thank Scott P
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

With all of the hype about this place, I feel it was just a big disappointment. By serving seafood I realized it was going to be pricey, but for the portions and quality I believe it was a waste of time and money. I'd have preferred Long John Silvers over this place.

Thank jamesfrazier1985
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

If you like seafood especially crab. This is the place for you. They have all types of seafood. There was a basket of three different type of crabs and large salad,plus two drink was 6 degree hurricane, and dessert. excellent food and great service.

Thank Blanche510
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

this used to be a very nice place to eat until a few years it went through some management changes. The place is very cold,(you better bring your coat) and the strong smell of bleach destroys your taste buds. some of the favorite dishes are no longer available, This is not the place to go unless you are getting your... More 

Thank Charles G
Manteno, Illinois
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

First and last time dining there. The food was poor quality and had no flavor. The dirty rice had too much sage in it, the steam boil had no seasoning on it. There is no salt, ketchup or pepper on the table. The service was slow and had to ask for refills, the bill, ketchup. Our server checked on us... More 

Thank worldtraveler1040
Stoney Lake
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the visit and will be back again. You have to love crab but one of our group loved the stuffed shrimp. The crab cake was great, the king crab was really good but expensive and the snow crab was perhaps a bit too old frozen but better than some I've had but not the best. I thought the bloodies... More 

Thank Charles W
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

We have not been to the Crab Shack for a long time and used to be a fun place with adequate food. When it was not busy at 6 pm on a Saturday should have been our tip-off but the food was adequate at best, pricey and the staff did not seem to enjoy working there. A man that appeared... More 

Thank Dianne F
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Good food. Way too expensive if you don't want fried food. The buckets of seafood are way too expensive, however awesome, the fried food is horrible. Good service though.

Thank 311jamieh

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Seafood, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
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: 2757 E 80th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5762
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Merrillville
  • Phone Number: +1 219-942-4554

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