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Fat Crabs Rib Co.

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1159 Austin St, Corolla, NC 27927-9680
+1 252-453-9931
11:00 - 21:00
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

One our third trip we wandered off the beaten path and found Fat Crabs! After grabbing three pots to go and the fixings and heading home we were blown away by how good their food is! Our only regret is we waited so long to try this place! Do not let the location deter you! They are amazing!

Thank Bill D
Cairo WV
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

this is a combination barbecue and seafood place we tried both on different days and both sides of the menu are just excellent. the food arrived piping hot and you can actually see it being prepared behind the counter. the barbecue on the first trip was excellent and on another day the seafood was just as good. had several different... More 

Thank SteveCairoWV
Chesapeake, Virginia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this place. Very laid back and friendly. Moderate prices for the area. Meal was above average. Not fancy at all. Perfect way to end the day.

Howland, Maine
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687 reviews
542 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stoped in for lunch after sightseeing . Calamari chewy ribs were ok beans tasted like the came out of a can . The brisket just ok at best . Rest room out side and a good walk away from the restaurant . Would not recommend .

Thank thedipman
Walkertown, North Carolina
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointed, we had to wait 1 hour and 15 minutes for our food when we came during lunch (12:30). Only four tables seated, no one had food which should have been our first clue! They said they had only one cook that day BUT the guy who came around to smooth things over seemed he did it often. Thankfully the... More 

Thank Tanwilltravel
Massanutten, Virginia
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There doesn't seem to be too many options for seafood in the Corolla end of the Outer Banks. The food at Fat Crabs was very tasty. There were 10 of us eating in our group. The crab legs were delicious. No one in our group had the BBQ so I cant speak about that, but everyone enjoyed dinner. The cook... More 

Thank Jason C
Clearwater, Florida
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65 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

We went for take out and a large order. Placing the order at the counter took a long while as the person kept chatting with other staff and checking a cell phone. Seating inside is available, but pretty nondescript. What everyone wanted were ribs, and while they looked ok, they lacked flavor and were tough. We also got some desserts,... More 

1 Thank rlinvill
Merritt, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

A dozen oysters, half lb of steamed shrimp. So good. Wife enjoyed the BBQ and potato salad. Enjoyed the at home quality. Service was good, highly personable, not overbearing.

Thank johndA9302MG
New York City, New York
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223 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Took my two son-in-laws for dinner, as none of our spouses are seafood fans. Unknowningly, this place had been closed for a month and we were there the first night of reopening. (now remember, this is very off season). Hard to locate. GPS took us to strip mall, but his place is in back, so keep driving around to the... More 

Thank billq-newburgh
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visited Oct. 13 at around 630. I had the pork plate and my wife had the large pork sandwich. I also had potatoes salad and slaw. The barbecue was good not great. Sauces really made the BBQ. Portage salad was excellent and slaw was OK. For the price, I felt there should have been a little... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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: 1159 Austin St, Corolla, NC 27927-9680
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Corolla
  • Phone Number: +1 252-453-9931

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?