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Joe's Crab Shack

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130 S Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266-8271
+1 515-226-9966
11:00 - 00:00
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Altoona, Iowa
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Who can complain about great seafood and great service? Not this gal! Drinks are huge and frilly. Fun environment with bright colors and plenty of parking.

Thank judyr52
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The very loud atmosphere did not help, but the food was kind of flavorless and certainly not worth the expensive price tag. We left hungry, with a $100 bill for the two of us. I don't think we will be returning.

Thank carla k
Carroll, Iowa
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was crappy,no flovor. And tasted old Will never have to return. The service was great manager was very acommodating and gave us a differant plate but it still was not great

Thank Rhonda W
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32 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

We've been wanting to try this restaurant and it was good for the experience. Not sure we would return though. The environment is great - made to look like a rustic seaside place. The food we had was really good - particularly the crab and shrimp - but there was very little selection to supplement the main fare. Would've liked... More 

Thank MayBerrie
Dyersville, Iowa
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124 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped by here for lunch as we were traveling through the area. Joe's Crab Shack doesn't disappoint. The fish and fries were good as well as the gumbo soup. The portions are rather large too. The service was quick and efficient.

Thank lynne G
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67 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Have tried for lunch a couple times, each poor boys, tried the oyster this time, I prefer the shrimp. The oysters had a little bit of a bite, the sauce is very good. Also tried the gumbo & the server was correct the clam chowder is much better. Salad is basic iceberg lettuce. Service generally quick & the food came... More 

Thank Pat A
Ankeny, Iowa
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420 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Every time my brother comes to visit, he wants to go to Joe's Crab Shack and order shrimp. He likes the way Joe's prepares the shrimp. He usually comes for the Good Guys Classic Car Show at the Iowa State Fairgrounds over the 4th of July. It is usually hot and humid. We always sit outside on the patio and... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
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97 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Love that they don't have tipping here anymore. They pay their employees good and then there's no awkwardness with tipping and how much. Food is always good and staff is great!

Thank Megan M
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I never get full here. One time I received crab legs with no meat in them. Waitress was nice and made it right. The boiled food just seems to lack flavour to me. Seems more of a place for entertainment than good choice for food. Staff is always nice and pleasant but that is only one thing I look for.... More 

Thank Terry1GO
Des Moines, Iowa
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62 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

I'm not impressed with this place. It's like the KFC of seafood. Nearly everything is fried. And not well. Service was lackluster and my peel and eat shrimp wasn't deveined!!! Are you kidding me?!? Barf! The crab legs weren't terrible but it's pretty hard to mess those up. High prices and not a great selection of entrees. I won't be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 130 S Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266-8271
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-226-9966

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?