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Joe's Crab Shack

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2757 E 80th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5762
+1 219-942-4554
11:00 - 00:00
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37 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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41 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

I thought it was a fairly nice restaurant. The food was good but I think it belongs down by the lake or by water - beach! Doesn't seem appropriate where it is.

Thank bronxgirl2016
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

Stopped on our way through town. We had the crab cake sandwich and grilled shrimp. Both were very good. Our server took very good care of us. Glad we stopped

Thank GBgal1
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

The food was really great. There was a long wait, but we were there at 6pm on a Saturday. The staff was great and very friendly. I would very much recommend this place to anyone wanting seafood!

Thank catsandguitars

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol
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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?