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Rube's Crab Shack

$$ - $$$
American, Seafood, Bar, Pub
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17308 N Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-9158
+1 301-447-4116
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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New Windsor, Maryland
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

What a great night we had at Rube's Crab Shack ... 4 people ... 2 dozen large steamed blue crabs ... great draft beer. Does it get any better??? I was surprised that we could get crabs this good this time of year in MD. I get it...they aren't Maryland Blue Crabs (prolly Louisiana) but they were damn good crabs!... More 

Thank Monique_Mehring
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

very causal atmosphere. they had crab soup not bisque which was a bit salty/spuicy but good. they also had soft crab and crab legs. the crab legs were big and good. the crab cake was very good, no big lumps of batter, the mac n cheese and applesauce was good. the the asparagus was fresh, the green beans had bacon... More 

Thank jennir70
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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82 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Bring the earplugs . Every bar seems to have a loud computerized MP3 distorted jukebox . That's the bad part . The good part is that the seafood is better than the old favorite of Emmitsburg, Dave and Janes Crab House . Rubes does a lot of business with local firemen and visitors to the nearby fire academy .

Thank phantomreviewer2015
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Brought friends who were visiting from Michigan to Rubes for some Maryland seafood. We were all very pleased. Steamed crabs were heavy and tasty! Soup & salad bar was fresh. Service was prompt and friendly. Only negative was the noise level. We found it very difficult if not impossible to hear the servers & others at the table. Would be... More 

Thank Karen C
Wintersville, Ohio
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4 reviews
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I take spontaneous trips on the motorcycle, after checking google to see where to get blue crabs, we drove from Ohio to emmitsburg, MD. We were greeted with hospitality. Service was excellent. Food was top of the line. I had all you can eat blue crabs, and my boyfriend had the blue crabs and crab legs. We... More 

Thank ambs14
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We visited Rube's on Wednesday 09-14-2016 with friends for dinner. Two of us had the seafood platter, one had the seafood basket and the other had soup and salad. The food was excellent. For starters two of us had the crab soup - to die for. I then had a broiled seafood platter with fish, scallops, shrimp, oysters, crab cake,... More 

Thank R J S
Westminster, Maryland
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

This is not the first time we have been to Rubes but the first time we have done carryout crabs. We were at a campground in Gettysurg, PA which was a 12 minute drive from Drummerboy Campground. Crabs were ready at the time we asked for them. Service was quick and friendly. Extra large dozen of crabs for $85 which... More 

Thank Michele D
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

We made reservation for 6 people for 7:00pm. When we got there (promptly at 7:00pm) we were told there are no tables available. The hostess and owner told us she saw we had reservations but we would have to wait. There was a big table open and we asked about that. She told us that was reserved for a table... More 

Thank ktmidg
Seattle, Washington
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

My experience at Rube's has been inconsistent food quality and generally mediocre to poor service. The seafood seems overpriced for the serving size and cooking quality. There are not many food option s in Emmitsburg and Rube's is one of them.

Thank RLPark
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Since I am from the south, whole crab is not a usual food item. They good though. Meat was sweet with great flavoring. Crab legs were cooked perfectly as was the shrimp.

Thank PCFD834

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Seafood, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17308 N Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-9158
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Emmitsburg
  • Phone Number: +1 301-447-4116
This place just opened about two or three weeks ago. There is also a Rube's restaurant with the same owners in Thurmont, MD.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?