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Thread: Joe's Crab Shack -- Anyone been there?

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    Joe's Crab Shack -- Anyone been there?

    We'll be heading to the Portland, Oregon area on Monday --- have a chance to go to Joe's Crab Shack. Their ads on TV have been driving me crazy!!!! Has anyone been to one --- and what are the price ranges?? I looked online but they don't say the prices.

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    My girls took me to the one in Branson last year for my birthday and I can honestly say that it was the most fun place to eat!!! But, I did not see the bill and cannot remember what mine cost on the menu. About the same as Red Lobster, I would think - but not nearly as "fancy". They bring you your order in a bucket and you throw your "bones" (shells, corn cobs, etc.) in another bucket/hole in the table. The waitress brings paper/plastic bibs and she writes things on them with a magic marker - Queen Crab - and the like. The waitresses all get together and sing little cute songs. Nothing fancy about it at all - but so much fun.
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    OMG - at the top of this page is now an ad from Joe's Crab Shack - says to click on it and receive coupons. What a smart computer.
    Nikki in MO

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    I've been there once and vowed never to go again. The noise level was beyond control. And those waiters that ran around singing happy birthday all the time.

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    It's my DH's favorite place to go...was so full on Father's Day we couldn't get in. The one near us, sandwiches/salads approx. $7-$9 range. Seafood meals are more, lobster of course is much higher.

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    Don't go because allergic to shellfish and don't trust that a shellfish has not touched other stuff! Have fun in Portland, one of my favorite cities!
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    Thank, everyone! We're going to stay Monday nite in Pdx, then I'm flying out to Colorado to see son and his family. Can't wait -- haven't seen them in 1 1/2 yrs!!!! WAY too long. I'm wondering if I'm going to be able to get hubby into the Fabric Depot.....
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    its not expensive but pricier than most.. Its hubbys favorite place and for the three of us our bill is in the $75 range... Including tip.. i dont like seafood but they have a nice non fish section too..

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    I have only been to the one in San Diego. The prices were fair. The atmosphere is extremely casual. We haven't been there for a while. I did prefer to go for dinner instead of lunch.

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    The food has always been tasty and plentiful. We enjoy going there. It an be a bit noisy, but it is a fun place. You cannot miss their HUGE chocolate cake ... seriously, even if you share it among the table. It is the best chocolate cake we've ever had out. I can only eat two or three bites because it's so rich. When we got married, DH had a whole one ordered as his groom's cake. It was gone so fast that he never evengot a piece. Enjoy your trip!
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    They are building the restaurant right now in a city nearby. My adult children can't wait to go. I know my dh and I will try it out since we love all kinds of seafood and serve it often at our house. The loud noise may be a factor since my dh wears hearing aids..so I know he won't like the noise but I'm sure he'll give it a try.
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    We have been a couple of times, but last time we left as no one waited on us. My husband likes the food and we do not have many sea food options. I do not like it as it is too noisy. It is for a younger crowd.
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    We had them in OK and I loved going to them you do get a pretty large portion of food I think it averages to that of Red Lobster. Yes they do tend to be noisy but the atmosphere is always that of happy people it's worth it I think. I love their shrimp platters and also the food was always nice and hot not warm like some other restaurants.

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    I've been to the one near where I live and I will never go back. Extremely loud, uncomfortably so, and then they turned on this strobe type of light right above our table. They seemed truly bewildered when we asked them to turn it off because these type of lights trigger migraines for my mom and me. Eventually they did turn it off. The food was overpriced and not good. My DH mussels were filled with grit because they were not properly prepped. My rice was hard and chewy as was the supposedly fresh batch that they brought me when I complained.

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    We go once every several months, love the view, right on the water, great food, maybe pricey, depending on what you order, I personally love the dancing. Here, when a birthday is announced, the birthday person is rigged up like a seagull and walks around flapping their wings, (menus) and other patrons are told "don't feed the seagulls". We always enjoy ourselves, of course we live on the south Texas coast, so what's not to enjoy? Have a great trip.

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    i love their food if you order one of the bucket deals you get to much delicious food Noise and strobe lights bother me so I usually go late for lunch or early for dinner when it is nice and quiet

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    Good food. Prices are comparable to most resturants, reasonable prices.

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    Thank you EVERYONE! DH just saw the menu --- we're going to the crab shack!! LOL I think we'll do like Sassey and go earlier in the evening......

    Thanks again -- YUMMMY I can't wait!
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    May I go too? I have tried and tried to get my hubby to go. sigh. I also tried to get him to Papadeaux's (sp). Oh well we can't afford to eat out now that I'm out of work again. have fun!!!

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    It's a chain, and we haven't been to one in years, but weren't that impressed. I think their prices around here are a little higher than Red Lobster, and the noise level was deafening. If I were going to a seaside area, I think I'd look around for a local place. I sometimes suspect that the big chains will park a restaurant near an ocean and then serve you seafood that was caught (or farmed) in some other ocean and frozen for a couple of months before it landed on your table. (Can't say if that's true of Joe's, of course).
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    After retiring from Maryland and traveling in a Motor Home for nine years hubby and I vowed NEVER to eat a crab cake outside of Maryland !! But if we go to Joe's we eat crab cakes. Enough said? Pricey, loud, fun and good!

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    Food is terrific!! 2 of us had buckets of food, desserts, and appetizers and drinks and with tip just under $85. The waiter was great. Would I do it again? You bet. I would order almost the same thing.

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    Have fun !! we like Joe's but only go once a year as there is only one in Colorado..so when we have the time to go there we do that once a year.. Its a little pricey, but well worth it,yes its noisy, but then what restaurant isn't.
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    I've been there once and I agree with Ccorazone was pretty noisy. The prices are pricey about the same as Red Lobster. I would rather go to Red Lobster.
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    I hate the one in our area (Greenville, SC).
    Also visited the one in Fayetteville, NC.
    The same for both.

    Prices are high.
    Food not that good.
    Way toooo noisy for me.
    More of a kid's place.
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