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The Crab Shack

146 Headen Ln, Salter Path, NC 28575
+1 252-247-3444
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“hush puppies” (152 reviews)
“seafood” (129 reviews)
“shrimp” (96 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
146 Headen Ln, Salter Path, NC 28575
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very casual place to grab really good seafood. The bonus was hush puppies are complimentary before they serve your meal. Our wait was long but worth it.

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Liked this little spot a lot. Started with hush puppies, waitress just brought to table. Ordered fried fried and more fried food. But it was good, hospitable and sweet tea was delish. View of sound lovely. The gift store next to it however had different...More

Thank Jessica K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the variety of food available to choose from and the simple, yet friendly atmosphere Crab cakes weren't a favorite but the butter panned crab was amazing

Thank hermandree
Reviewed 2 days ago

I had the spicy steamed shrimp. As another reviewer mentioned, they were a bit bland; needed a something something, maybe old bay? Seemed over cooked to me. My husband had a combo of fried shrimp and scallops. The coating was nice and light and the...More

Thank KAT_9941
Reviewed 1 week ago

The best thing about the crab shack is the hush puppies. They bring you large servings before your meal. You can fill up on them. Seafood is not as good. I had spiced steamed shrimp which was bland. My wife had a crab cake which...More

1  Thank stevendale
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go here for lunch as often as you can. I only know the seafood and it was great. I am sure non-seafood lovers would be happy also. Sides of Okra and Green Beans were very good.

Thank smith45766
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped, not that hungry because we had a big breakfast. I decided just to get a cup of clam chowder. It was more like watered down potato soup. My husband and son also had a small lunch and were not impressed. The hush puppies...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with a crowd and it was raining at the beach so everybody was eating early! Despite the crowd we were taken care so promptly. There were 8 adults and 9 kids (poor restaurant!) All of the food was extremely good, fresh seafood, and...More

Thank damondowneastnc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly service backed up by great food. We had the senior plates of grilled scallops and fried oysters. The portions could have been shared! According to the waitress the regular portions are twice that size. The large portions were nice but the food was delicious!...More

Thank Don C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Crab Shack is a great place to eat seafood. The servers are always friendly and attentive. Sometimes the wait can be long, so be prepared to wait if you are going during the summer but the view while waiting is amazing and the view...More

Thank williamhB8311SQ
Patrick G, Manager at The Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the review. Looking forward to having you back soon.

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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
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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