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Joe's Crab Shack - Newport - Permanently Closed

4.3
4.3
39 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Joe's Crab Shack is an American chain of beach-themed seafood casual dining restaurants. Founded in Houston, Texas, the restaurant now operates locations all across the United States of America. It serves seafood and American cuisine

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Fish, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 12:00am

  • Phone number

    (949) 650-1818

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 39 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Sad to hear it may be closing soon.
  2. SH

    SamuelH

    Calgary

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location right on the pier. Lots of tables have view of the water and the boats coming in. Food was great. Fish n chips were moist. Blue moon steam pot was huge and delicious. Kids loved the Mac n Cheese. Our server Brittney was super awesome and really made our meal even better. Very friendly and came back frequently and was great with our kids. Even announced to everyone and sang Happy Birthday to our son. Thank you for a great meal and even better experience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2018

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Good food, slow service had to ask a few times for refills
  4. DP

    DianeP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    My friends & I had a fun lunchtime. Food was good & the view was great.
  5. d

    darrenm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent waitress and excellent service, great menu, easy to get in, food came fast and hot, right off the grill
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was ok service a little slow. Great view
  7. RD

    RobD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Overall, a good meal with a great view of the harbor watching boats cruise by. It’s been a little while since I’ve been to a Joe’s Crab Shack. The waiters and waitresses used to dance in the aisles periodically, but did not this time. Not sure if they do that anymore. Was entertaining to see that. Still a good place for food and drink especially at the Newport Beach location on the waterfront. Food was good. Everyone in our group (9 people) enjoyed their meals with no complaints. Music/ambience can be a little loud, but is good for louder groups having fun. Service was ok. Not bad by any means, but we had to ask for another round of drinks after sitting with empty glasses for a while. Waiter probably could have had a few more $ales if he was on top of it. Overall was pleased and would return.
  8. EJ

    EyeJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    An OK place to have a drink and a meal with friends; location is great and service is quick. But overall, not one of the fancier dining options in Newport. Also, beware of the valet attendants -- those swindlers! Whatever banknote you give them goes into their pocket, and they start running around and fussing with keys and paperwork without offering any change. You might find that the "tip" is a multiple of the valet charge...
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, love that the location has plenty bay views.
  10. BH

    BethanyH

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was good, very personable! I will be back again!
  11. MZ

    MaricelZ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was great and the service was slow. The server said the restaurant was closing down in about a month and being replaced by a Mexican restaurant.
  12. RC

    RCrites

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite joe’s location! Beautiful views and great vibe! We were promptly greeted and seated. Great appetizers and hot and tasty food. Thank you
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2018

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    No lime ir lemon available
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Service was good, food was great. It was a little pricey but worth it.
  15. JL

    JimL

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Our serve, Busi, was friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable. A great experience
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great overall
  17. AT

    AshleyT

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We have eaten here several times and enjoyed it. This was the first time going on a holiday. It was horrible and chaotic . The table next to us was rude and demanding so we received no service. After asking for napkins several times we got up and got them ourselves. We asked for a dessert menu and after trying to order a few times we went up to the host desk and paid.
  18. JS

    JenS

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Short on support staff and cooks were new so ingredients were missing from dinners that should have been the same. Server was nice and tolerant of our large group.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time! Our server Emery real took care of us and we had a blast! We will DEFINITELY be back!
  20. MM

    MarcyM

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matt was great!!
  21. DB

    DaBear

    Central Texas

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food, the service was hit and miss. Very limited parking.
  22. IE

    InlandEmpireDiner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well worth the price and very good Crab boils. Our server Taylor was attentive and kind.
  23. PK

    PatrickK

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Service just OK. Had the queen crab bucket. Crab itself was excellent. Corn cooked too long. Potatoes not long enough. Can't really recommend.
  24. n

    nanabd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Nana celebrated her 96th birthday at Joe's Crab Shack. The staff and our waiter were amazing. After dressing here in a Hawaiian hat and lei, our waiter asked the whole restaurant to sing to her while she did the hula, which she did beautifully. The room went wild with applause. Thank you Joe's for helping to create this amazing memory.
  25. m

    meagain

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    great early dining, less noise and crowds. Great seafood and great birthday desert for free! too bad they have to charge for parking, kinda puts a damper on the cost of the food. we would rather spend the money with Joe;s than to park our car, considering I will not allow valet to drive my car anyway, too many personal items and etc in car, but had to pay anyway. Otherwise love the place and their food.
  26. E

    Ernesto

    Mexico City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excelente lugar y muy buena comida. Muy recomendable. Great place and food! A must!
  27. RC

    RobinC

    Palm Springs

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The crab pot is not good. I asked which crab would be the best with larger legs so we didn’t have to work so hard and she recommended the Queen. The crab is so small that when we broke the legs open, there was hardly any meat. It was a lot of money for very little food.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an AMAZING experience here, will most definitely be returning!
  29. RG

    RichardG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a wonderful time celebrating my daughters Birthday. Food was wonderful and the service was top notch.
  30. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2018

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Eaten here before, and I hate to say it, the quality of the crab has taken a down slide. We all (3) ordered the Queen Crab. Each of us noticed how “squishy” the shells were. Also, the meat was not firm, and did not pull out of the shell like is typical. Sad, because this place used to be top notch.
  31. BB

    BruceB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2018

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    The food quality continues to decline here, unfortunately. Lobster tail was served raw and barely warm. Crab legs are tiny and lack flavor, and also not hot. Potatoes were uncooked and not edible. All could have been corrected, except the server and manager never asked how the food was. They do a nice job making birthdays special, but for the price, the food quality and preparation needs to radically improve.
  32. DC

    DanielC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    It was a tuesday night so basically we had the whole restaurante to ourselves.
  33. Y

    Yumm

    Washington DC

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Manager ADAM was simply incredible in every way possible with serving and catering to us. Top!! Wow.
  34. r

    rnb7

    Philadelphia

    43 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Definitely Not great ... food was warm at best, crab rather bendy needed scissors to get at it as too steamed and limber for the traditional cracker ... service was slow. We’re excited to get some tasty crab but Likely Rather pass on it next time. ☹️
  35. F

    Fernando

    Orange County

    308 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    308 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent , excellent , excellent !
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Locale caratteristico, bellissima vista sul pontile, menù ricco e interessante. Pietanze ottime! La mia frittura di calamari era buonissima, super croccante.. per non parlare dei tacos col pesce.. eccezionali!! Personale super gentile, in particolar mondo una dipendente, Chelsea, che, oltre ad averci servito in modo molto professionale, ci ha aiutato a chiamare UBER per rientrare in hotel tramite la sua connessione hotspot, non avendo il locale una propria rete Wi-Fi. Locale super consigliato!!!!
  37. M

    Mark

    Dallas

    75 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Noisy, slow service and bland food. Not our choice, won’t be back anytime soon.
  38. S

    Shanadee

    Orange County

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The service was great!! Loved I could make a reservation on Open Table with no wait upon my arrival.
  39. TD

    TDR29

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were starting a new family Thanksgiving tradition and we had a good time.
  40. 1

    1yummy

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Hard to eat anything healthy Very very large, fried portions. If you like that...there is a lot of it

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Joe's Crab Shack - Newport - Permanently Closed is rated 4.3 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Newport Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 12:00am

  • Cuisines

    American, Fish, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour

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