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The Crab Shack

146 Headen Ln, Salter Path, NC 28575
+1 252-247-3444
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (156 reviews)
“seafood” (134 reviews)
“shrimp” (98 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
146 Headen Ln, Salter Path, NC 28575
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Always go to The Crab Shack when on vacation. Good Food and service and the people are friendly. Nice view of the Sound. Food is served quickly with a smile. Feel like family. And for the people who do not want a BAR and the...More

Thank K2749EWcountry
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was our second visit to Crab Shack for our Anniversary (we came here in 2016 when staying in Emerald Isle) and despite some of the negative reviews, it did not disappoint us at all! My husband and I were seated right away and I...More

Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Immediately upon arrival we were not greeted with hospitality. We asked for seating for 7 although one of our guest was not present yet. Greeting guy at the counter tells us he can't seat us unless the entire party was present. Wow, not exactly a...More

Thank 1tdriver
Reviewed 5 days ago

Broiled shrimp and scallops were terrific, as were the hushpuppies. This is a casual restaurant with great views of the Sound. Solid service and definitely worth the trip.

Thank Beth A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not sur I will eat here again. The service was excellent, that is the best point ! Parking lot too small for the size of the restaurant. Now to the disappointing food, the Flounder was very fishy tasting and bones, the Clam Chowder was bland,...More

Thank grandmathreet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit to the crab shack was unplanned. We were pleasantly surprised with quick and polite service. We sat down and were immediately welcomed with hush puppies. We ordered two grilled grouper filets and chicken tenders for the babe. Everything was well cooked and portions...More

Thank VCorningstone
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for dinner because of a friends recommendation and trip advisor ranking. We both ordered the fried pick 3 seafood. Lets start off with the good points. There is adequate seating for large and small parties. There isn't any outside seating, that is purely...More

Thank susieQ192
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First off, parking lot needs work - many holes and puddles. My husband had crab cakes - they were over cooked, dry, and bland. I had senior shrimp, my son had regular portion. My portion was larger! My sweet potato,was way over cooked as well....More

Thank Kathy6554
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So we went to the Crab Shack for lunch, I had heard good things and we wanted something different. Wasn't too crowded, but busy. Service was slow, food was ok but nothing close to the quality I would have expected for the price. I had...More

Thank margaretdotyh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here for my birthday this week and I was pleasantly surprised with the food. We ordered a variety of things , but I was mainly there for the crab legs and shrimp. The crab legs were very good and I was impressed with...More

Thank Eric M
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Bert M
6 August 2017|
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26 September 2016|
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Response from Crab S | Property representative |
We do. We open St. Patrick's Day weekend and close around Halloween usually.
Alicr S
22 July 2016|
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Response from Crab S | Property representative |
Yes. We offer Chicken Tenders, BBQ, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, Grilled Cheese, Steak and some more. Check us out.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wine and Beer
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, View, 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: 146 Headen Ln, Salter Path, NC 28575
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Salter Path
  • Phone Number: +1 252-247-3444
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! 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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