Joe's Crab Shack - Galveston - Seawall

3.7
97 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 97 people are saying
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3.9
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Noise · Moderate
58% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MelissaT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our waiter was fantastic! The lobster bisque was easily the worst I've ever had. The rest of the food was decent. They were also understaffed with an unnecessary wait.

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TiareF
Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We had reservations at 730 and were not sat until 830- our waitress was amazing!

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CarolynK
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

When I have eaten there before, the food was really delicious but not really this time. The drinks didn't taste very good almost like water.

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vipJancyyress
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Kiera was our server one day and we actually returned the next day with our family and asked to be seated in her section again. She made an incredibly long wait (80 mins) to get our food on day two acceptable as it was not her fault the kitchen was slow. She entertained our grandkids and they loved the sundaes at the end of their meals both days. Be prepared to wait anywhere you go on the island on the weekend as many places are short staffed.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Service was lacking. We had a bad experience overall. Expected better seafood for being right on the ocean.

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AndyA
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience the only problem I had was my own fault I got a souvenir drink and I forgot my souvenir mason jar at my table and I live in Tupelo Mississippi and I was really excited about my jar.

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JoyeT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a good meal, good service. Friendly waitress. Wait time for others was long but i did reservations before we left so we had a wait of like 10-15 minutes.

JP
JennyP
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab buckets and fish tacos at Joe's we're very good. Kiara was a great server.

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MarkL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The wife and daughter had the crab legs and absolutely enjoyed them. I had the fried shrimp and it was pretty good too.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Even though we had a reservation….we still had to wait up to 20 minutes past our time. They were very short staffed but we did not know that until after sitting for a while and our server disappearing multiple times for around 10-15 minutes. The food was great though!

JR
JaquelynnR
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food was horrible The bread on my daughters hamburger was very hard

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TameraC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in until we left our experience was nothing but amazing!! The people who checked us in were very professional and accommodating to our large (20 person) group. We were seated right on our reservation time - no waiting! And our server was over the top awesome! She was happy, fun, had our drinks constantly filled and our food arrived quickly and it was all correct. I can not say enough about the amazing experience our group had there. I would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This is usually my favorite restaurant, but unfortunately tonight’s experience was terrible. They were out of at least half the things on the menu and the service was awful. They were severely understaffed. I’m pretty positive the woman serving us wasn’t even a waitress because she had no idea about any of the menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went on Memorial Day, so it was crazy busy, but everyone was very attentive while we waited, and our server was super nice. Food was great as well! Highly recommend!

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vipAmateurFoodCritic
Houston
66 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Candice was on top of every detail. Great service and food even though they were super busy. We had a group of nine and everyone was thrilled.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Awful service, crab was over cooked.

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MonicaG
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always packed but with the reservation it really help out to get our table around the time I made the reservation. I didn’t have to wait that long for my table to be ready.

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ChristyV
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience even though they were short staffed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Staff was rude and forgetful. Food was way over commercialized and frozen. Crab was over priced and mushy. Just overall was a terrible experience. Worst $125 I’ve ever spent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The only problem we had was my reservation not showing up I did on the app.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience, celebrated 2 birthdays. Food was great, and our server was fantastic!

AJ
AnJw
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

The atmosphere was amazing, food was delicious but our server was absolutely horrible. My family and I finished our entire appetizer before she brought out drinks. Never came by and asked if we needed a refill. Never brought out bibs and I had to wave her down to get extra napkins. She walked by us several times and could clearly see we were done with our meal and needed the check. My wife literally had to yell ma’am to get her to look out way.

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DIONEF
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We arrived with a reservation but still had to wait 1/2 hour. Our waiter, Andre, had too many tables to deal with but did a fantastic job! Food was good, my husband’s chicken was DRY!! Very loud in the restaurant.

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ChrisC
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Food was so-so. Overpriced for what we received. Service was poor as best.

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SharonR
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Two hour wait on a table after we had a reservation. Food was not worth the price.

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ThiA
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

With reservations it still took awhile to get a table but other than that it was a wonderful first experience!

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ReaganG
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience2

I got sick, my seafood was undercooked, and the shrimp was rubbery

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LoraO
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No sense making reservations. They make you wait regardless. Empty restaurant and waited 25 minutes and left. The girl never updated us and when we left she never told us when our table was coming up. Once we got to the parking lot my phone said the table was ready. We left anyway since it looked like food was coming out slow and we were on a time limit.

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DavidH
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great service and dining experience and they where very polite to everyone.

JC
JanieC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This reservation feature was well worth it. Without it, we'd be stuck on the walkin list and endure a 2 hour wait at the front steps. Our service was excellent and the food was great!

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chasitya
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful server. We sat on the pet friendly patio with our dog and they brought her a bowl of water. Wish the playground had been open and there weren’t so many COVID policies still in effect. There was some confusion with our reservation but they fixed it quickly after we asked why we were having to wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad experience. Definitely wouldn’t go back there

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

While, our service was excellent...our waiter was amazing.It took over 30 min to even a drink from the bar. The food was horrible, the lobster was so chewy and over cooked. Pretty much everything we had was not good at all. It was very disappointing especially for the cost. Joes has really gone way way downhill.

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ChrisB
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I went to Joe's in person and was told that there would be an hour wait. I then booked online and got a table in 15min. This is a bit ridiculous considering I was standing in front of the hostess when I made the online reservation, and that took precedence over someone standing there in person.

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JenniferB
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Reservations at 7:15. Didn’t get seated until 8:00

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The host was absolutely RUDE!! We never got seated !!

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Lexa
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They were short staffed but our server was perfect we never had to wait or ask for him the weather was iffy but the service and food was amazing overall if it had been sunny and warm it would have been perfect all in all! The food was delicious the service was immaculate even for being very short staffed. 10/10 will go there again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Make a reservation! Noise level during certain times can make it hard to hear each other but great staff.

CJ
ChJarinsheT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Horrible time seating not on time rude staff ignored and had others seated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Joe's Crab Shack - Galveston - Seawall using the Order Online button. Joe's Crab Shack - Galveston - Seawall also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Joe's Crab Shack - Galveston - Seawall also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (409) 766-1515.

Joe's Crab Shack - Galveston - Seawall is rated 3.7 stars by 97 OpenTable diners.

Joe's Crab Shack - Galveston - Seawall 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.