Shaking Crab - Goffstown

4.3
65 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Shaking Crab's vision for messy eatin' began with the core belief that food can be more than sustenance, but an experience to be shared with those around us. Bibs up, phones down, we need YOUR help to continue spreading the communal experience of shaking.
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143Peg
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun place! The only disappointment was that the clams in the bag were tiny. The staff was super sweet , and the seafood tasted fresh with plenty of choices.

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff, food and drinks were delicious

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Goldfish
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Seafood isn't cheap these days. But like what they do. Decandent meal. Messy but fun. Stay with the Crabs and Shrimp. It is what they are known for. Very friendly staff. A little quiet for a Saturday night but it was fine with us.

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vipFrequentvisitor
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Staff was very short handed, they did their best.

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TrianaP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes the food was great. I always have a great time when I go there. This was my third or four time going and I love it everytime

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vipNHfoodie
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Seafood wasn’t bad for NH cajun……. Out of potatoes so ordered double corn….. only came with 3 pieces…. Added sausage…. Maybe 6 small pieces….. for a $100 tray of food just wast a good value….. very overpriced

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MJKM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a lot of fun at dinner for my husband's birthday!

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DaddyO
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It's an experience. I wouldn't likely go weekly or monthly but know people who do. I see this as a great experience for someone who enjoys seafood and eating with their hands. A lot of fun as a group. I'd also call ahead and make sure they have what you are looking for, as I wanted crab and crawfish and my wife wanted peel and eat shrimp. They only had the crab, which is great but at 4 45pm not having 30 percent of your menu isn't a positive. Otherwise it was tasty.

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alainc
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I had the king crab legs and clams tossed with butter and garlic sauce and a mug of fisherman’s punch I can’t wait to go back and try a different sauce

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OldWiseGuy
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Good drinks, good food, good service, what more could you want? For every place to be as great as Shaking Crab. Minimalist in ways that don’t matter, like the way the food is served. But so unique that the simple fact that food comes to the table in a plastic bag makes it all the more interesting to experience. Fantastic evening, can’t wait to get back there.

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very fresh. We went for a late lunch on Saturday and avoided any crowds. Good service. Food was at our table quickly. Would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldn’t reserve a table for a party of 14 but we were able to reserve a 6 person, 6 person, and 2 person table and when we arrived they put all the tables together but allowed us to bill separately so we didn’t have to divide money between us all for one bill. The service was great as well very attentive as well as timely. Thanks again Shakin Crab!!! See you soon.

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DeeS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Food tasted great but the service was abysmal!! It took 25 minutes to get water and a menu. It took 2 hours and 10 minutes for fried seafood. Our waitress was the worst I have ever had!!

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FNDC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food and drinks were very good. Our server was great, but they need more staff. Overall it was a good experience and a fun evening.

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Koda
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Great drinks. Friendly staff. Will be going again

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PaulT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The service was horrible. After our drinks were delivered, we did not see our server again. The food was delivered with no utensils. I had to go find them behind the bar myself.
The food was good, but I would not recommend this place to anyone because of how bad the service was.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I waited all year to go here. Drove an hour and a half made reservations for 6:30. Got no food no water no appetizers no drinks. The service was horrible we walked out after an hour and 10 mins of just sitting there

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Justinm
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Food was really good but they need some help. 2 people running an entire restaurant just doesn't work. Our server was clearly overwhelmed. He was serving, bartender, and I think cooking. It took us 2 hrs to get a meal there and ordered a our first and only drink 30 min after arrival. We ordered a second drink which we never received and had to eat with no drinks. Employees were were working much harder than they should be and the food was excellent. I hope to give another go in the future but I hope they get some more help before that

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DeniseR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food in a unique style. If you are expecting a candle lit dinner with tablecloths, this isn't it. If you are looking for a Cajun crawfish boil type of place, this is it.

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TrianaP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved loved loved my meal. Your service was wonderful and very pleasant. We ordered crawfish blue crab and crawfish and let me telling you it was delicious. We even ordered some to go. Will definitely be returning soon

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JamesB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique food experience perfect for date night, or to enjoy with (pre-teen and up) kids! Fun, shameless, sloppy-faced deliciousness. A great reason to take the mask off! Very accommodating staff who make you feel right at home. Lastly, good music selection.

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TiaB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The service staff were not very nice or professional. The food did come out pretty fast but wasn’t that good. Way to pricey for the quality of the food. Probably wouldn’t go back again.

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KristalP
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was a new experience for us. It was very tasty and the price was about as expected for seafood. It was based mostly on market prices, as seafood usually is. The staff were all nice and friendly. We were started with one server and ended up with a different one, but by having a free person start the drinks, it helps in the long run. There were only a few tables in total, not a huge place. Parking was not great. I suppose the snow was hindering it some but maybe in another season, it will be better. I do plan on coming back. I have recommended it. I do want to complain about the temperature of the dining room. It was freezing, maybe at 65 or less. It was cold outside and there were quite a few windows but still. The servers were ALL wearing long sleeves under their uniform t-shirts. I can understand it when it's busy and a different season but this was not the case. Near the end of your time there, I heard one server tell another that they 'turned it up' but I don't know for certain it was in reference to the heat. But it was cold, the only downside. And I usually am fine and run hot but this was excessive. This was the reason for the lower ambiance score.

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LisaK
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Intimate atmosphere. Make sure to bring your appetite!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience1

Slow service but yummy food!

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Half our order didn’t come out. Server took over 20 mins to come to our table. They didn’t have answers to questions or lied !. All for spending over $140 on a meal but when your server continued to tell us to refer back to the tv screens for any questions we may have, to have our meal look nothing like what what’s being shown is very disappointing. My recommendation would be to go to your local fish market or even grocery store and make it yourself.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Maskless diners were seated within six feet of our table. Two servers attempted to wait on an over-capacity dining room. Our appetizer came out an hour after we ordered it. The wrong meal came to our table. I believe the servers were trying their best but were overwhelmed by the amount of diners. I can’t imagine that the kitchen was properly staffed based on how long the food took to come out. I will not be returning until my household has been vaccinated against COVID-19; I have not been so uncomfortable in public since the pandemic began. It would have been nice to have been warned before the meal that everything would be very slow. At $120 for two diners, I do not feel that this was a good value.

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Kaleigh
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our reservation was for 5:30. We did not get our food until 7:30. The server who took our order forgot to enter our order and we had to wait an additional 40 minutes for our food to be made. Then our order was wrong. The garlic noodles were in edible. They were dripping in oil. The beignets were burnt and had no powdered sugar or anything on top for flavor. The waitress tried her best to redeem the horrible service and experience we had during our 3 hours stay here but we will not be returning.

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Mcfooderton
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Absolutely horrible service. Not because of the actual server, but there was 2 people to act as hostess, bartender and server. We would’ve definitely drank more if we saw our waitress more. But in her defense, she was overwhelmed and too busy

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We didn’t even get a chance to taste the food because they were out of half the beers and the waitress didn’t know which beers were amber, light etc. and we asked for another table (ours had a wobble), she offered another table jammed up against a wall and we asked for a larger table. She seemed very inept so we didn’t stick around to see what other items were on the menu.

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lizd
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was awful. Took over 1 hour to get food and drinks. The restaurant was freezing cold set at 62 on thermostat which in return made food cold. Order was made wrong. Crab legs were skinny and smal and not worth the price. Will never return and I’ve already given bad reviews to al my friends

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MarieF
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 11 year old son has been wanting to try this place. He absolutely loves seafood. The service was great and the food was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing very nicely decorated.

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Selena
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Maine our waitress was amazing , so kind . Our food was great too

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CatherineG
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The table placement just makes the whole experience awkward. It was so quiet at points that it even felt weird to have a conversation with my spouse. My food came out before my wife’s and by the time she got hers (which wasn’t complete) my food was cold and the butter was already getting coagulated... I don’t know about you but I don’t like cold seafood.

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DonnaG
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was crazy good and it was a fun experience - liked eating with my hands. Did run out of corn like 30 minutes before we got there and my friend ordered a margarita and it came out in martini glass with no ice. When she asked for some ice it came out in a paper cup - was a bit awkward. But the food made up for the awkwardness.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service. Will definitely return

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It’s ok. Service is not good but the waitress is very nice foos is ok

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McKenzieP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Food was great. Terrible service. Took them 15 minutes to come to the table, another 25 minutes to get a round of drinks that had barely if any booze in them, ordered 2 bowls of chowder, they brought 1 out and said there was no more. Ordered the shaking bucket (snow crab and shrimp), received just snow crab. Bill was incorrect, asked for it to be be fixed, she took the bill and returned the same bill. Had higher expectations for this place.

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RachelF
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

HORRIBLE service. Out of a ton of food. No alcohol in very expensive drinks. Terrible experience, would never go back.

FAQs

Shaking Crab - Goffstown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (603) 232-0351.

Shaking Crab - Goffstown is rated 4.3 stars by 65 OpenTable diners.

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.