Joe's Crab Shack - Clifton

4.3
117 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Joe’s Crab Shack offers a variety of favorites from all parts of the sea and shore. From its extensive menu, guests can choose from buckets of seasonal seafood, fried shrimp platters and fish dishes, as well as options from the “mainland” that include steak, sandwiches, and chicken. Guests can indulge in over-sized and creative cocktails, such as the Shark Bite which is playfully garnished with a shark toy. Since its inception, Joe’s popularity has stemmed not only from its menu, but also its retail store. With various pieces of merchandise for purchase, including the ever-popular tie-dye T-shirt with the phrase “Peace, Love and Crabs,” Joe’s has become synonymous with the word “fun.”

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 117 people are saying
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JosephD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

My friend and I ordered the same shrimp platter, the both dishes were grossly over-cooked and we both were very disappointed. I had been at the Clifton Restaurant on three previous occasions where my guest and I enjoyed our meals

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FabianC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overcooked and the potatoes were tasteless. Very overpriced. The crab legs were scrawny too.

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vipIsabel
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The crab buckets are amazing! Will definitely be back.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waitress was great! Attentive and provided prompt service

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Dol61
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We went tonight as my sons choice to celebrate his 8th birthday. This was a mistake. The hostess was very welcoming. Once at the table is where the problems started. The waitress was not hearing correctly the food that I was ordering for my kids. I had to repeat several times. It was Happy Hour at the time. I asked if it included certain drinks. She didn’t know. I had to ask her to ask. We ordered appetizers. We asked for a second order of garlic bread. Instead we got another order of the drink I ordered. After we explained we didn’t order that, the waitress came with the drink and said that’s what she thought we asked for. My husband just paid for it and drank it. He asked for a second coke and had to ask several times. My steam pot was not seasoned like normal. I asked for more seasoning several times. I finally got it without a top to take it with my food to go. We didn’t even sing Happy Birthday to my son there. Such a disappointment. Will not recommend anyone to come here. Especially all we spent on our bill tonight.
The waitress took the final receipt so I can’t give her name.

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Steelbeedub
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Joe's Crab Shack is one of the best places for crab. We've never been disappointed. We had the king and snow crab legs and both were delicious. The service was excellent.

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vipDelicious
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Been here many times before. Food was a little bit over steamed and the steam pot was very watery. The prices have gone up significantly too.

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CarlaH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service, reasonably priced menu. Overall an excellent experience

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quantity of food seems to be getting thinned out. Filets are smaller, shrimp are smaller. Not at all please with meal.

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JudithR
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, drinks are all amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Nina
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place, food and service was perfect. Our waitress was Kevin and he was awesome. Very great experience, I went with all my family and everyone was satisfied. Definitely recommend to everyone and definitely we will be coming back. Thanks 🤩

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AlysonW
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family enjoyed our meals and the atmosphere and we will definitely be back!

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TeresaF
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing! The food was amazing, everything was great!

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KARIMG
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and we had a wonderful family time. Definitely can't wait for our next trip back!

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vipMayflower
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Disappointed that we were not allowed to eat outside. The manager told us that it was reserved for a group. When we left, an hour later, 30 mins before restaurant close, there were no one sitting outside. So did the manager tell a fib?

Ordered the shrimp platter with grilled shrimp, bacon wrapped shrimp and shrimp scampi. All the shrimp were over cooked. Ordered side order of mussels, mussels were cold.

Standard of food has dropped. Waitress was good. Although there were not enough staff. Manager definitely could be friendlier.

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MarianneD
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was poor food was disgusting. Only reason we went there because of our Landry card Never again

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It has been a while since I’ve been here; glad I went back.

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Mgggg
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server kelly was amazing! loved the food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Server was great, food was decent, place was clean.

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TraciS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a much needed outing. Customer service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

So I love joes I been going to this exact one since I was 16 just about , I bought my friend here to celebrate her birthday . I put in the notes it was her birthday and when we got there I asked the host did she see my special request and she said yes , my request was just for them to sing happy birthday . This day was the first time I seen Joe’s so empty, I want to say approximately no more than 8 tables were being used and usually there’s a wait .. anyways when we got there our waiter took about 30 minutes to see us I had to call the host to call him , then he kept forgetting things in our order I felt like he was very careless , he didn’t know the menu very well or the prices and at this point I seen him there several occasions so I know she should know something about the menu. Then nobody came to sing happy birthday to my friend and the manager was with her friends in the table booth right in front of us just playing and yelling across the room . As it got later I heard workers in the back screaming and cheering that it was finally time to clock out like their not even concerned about the guest in the dining area . I sent my food and drink back twice it was the worse experience I’ve had at Joe’s so far and every time I visit their taking something else off the menu .. disappointing. And to add on the lobster tails they give wasn’t even a pound , I didn’t like that at all I feel like that should be in the description if your selling at market price .. based off this one occasion I definitely wouldn’t recommend anyone to go there I was so embarrassed because that was her first time there and she knows I love Joe’s ..

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place, especially for kids..my only comment would be that the food took quite a while to arrive which is not always great when you have little ones at the table, and I ordered their foos as soon as we sat down. But I would definitely go back and my older daughter loved the environment !

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MichaelL
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was polite and prompt
Good food. Fair prices

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JessicaR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

I have been a fan of Joe’s Crabshack for some time but I was very disappointed yesterday! They could not make a Pina Colada because they did not have a blender is what I was told. Also, the mozzarella sticks were horrible and the shrimps had a bitter taste to them. The waiter was very nice and attentive but sadly the food aspect was not there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The waitress was friendly. It was a bit noisy due to one party of young soccer players in the corner but not enough to complain about. The food was good. Shark bite drink is always a hit. Just wish they had more of an appetizer selection such as steamers or scallops.

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SidK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Haven't been back in a year or so but see a lot of changes. Food options weren't as exciting as they used to be. Will need to re-think another trip back to JCS.

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Josie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Alexandra was amazing!! She even got everyone to sing happy birthday to me. However getting in we waited at the bar asked for a table and was told they were all taken meanwhile one was there. When asked was told a family was gonna sit there however we showed up before them and they took a while to get us a table. The ladies at the bar told us we would get great service but they both seemed very busy so we moved when we finally got a table. Other than that it was a good vibe .

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RosaP
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was great overall better then expected

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the appetizer. The food was delicious.

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Richboy109
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall. Waitress was a little slow in the beginning, but once she was on a roll, it was great. Food was great. We sat outside and it was a really nice day.

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vipGwennaP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fathers Day for the father who loves crabs. Delish! Service is excellent too!

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EstherC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our waitress was too busy restaurant too crowded no separation in tables. We had to remind waitress about drinks & she was rude.

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Lady
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. You guys have an amazing chocolate layer cake and amazing waiters.

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EvanL
Poconos
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The food was terrible. I ordered the Pirate Plate. The food was all grease. I was sick all night. I puked my guts out.
My wife ordered the Queen Crab Legs and they were not good. The corn was old.
I would not recommend eating there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We were upset that they took off items on the menu that we were looking forward to eating. They took the crab cakes out. They also don’t serve the Garlicky Mussels or the crab stuff shrimp that we’ve had at Joe’s Crab in Florida. Our waitress was very nice.

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RosemarieS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Service was really bad and place was not packed. Had to ask for everything from napkins, drinks and bucket for crab shells. Food was ok but very salty.

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vipMerylT
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We had the crab legs - low country crab boil style served in a bucket. Really very good. Only complaint is that they serve weird tasting margarine instead of clarified butter with the crab. Would have appreciated a selection on the menu that included crab meat out of the shell so you don’t have to fight for your food. Mason jar Bloody Mary’s were fine. Side salad was fine. Chose a day with beautiful weather so that added to the outdoor ambiance. Sat right next to a music speaker and although a little loud, it was ok; snd this is coming from a person with sensitive hearing - and it helps to mask conversations between tables. Service was fine.

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FredM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, casual family dining setting. Service is quick and polite, covered outdoor seating available, nautical theme is nice and not overdone . Well seasoned seafood and plenty of it, prices are a bit high but right now all restaurants are.

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AshleyK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

had a great server that made up for the wait time!

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SamanthaK
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was very good! Will definitely go again

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You can order delivery directly from Joe's Crab Shack - Clifton using the Order Online button. Joe's Crab Shack - Clifton also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 777-5114.

Joe's Crab Shack - Clifton is rated 4.3 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

Joe's Crab Shack - Clifton does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.landrysinc.com/giftcards/default.asp.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.