Aurora >Food & Dining > Joe's Crab Shack
14025 E Evans Ave, Aurora, CO | Directions 8001439.678090 -104.822482
Su-Th 11-10, F-Sa 11-11
Neighborhoods: Southeast Crossing
Hungry for seafood no more! – After living in Denver for over a year, I was really beginning to miss some good seafood. Well, I don't miss it anymore. Hopefully my appetite will recover, but after one meal at Joe's Crab Shack I'm afraid my taste for seafood may be permanently damaged. The best part of the meal was a side salad. Fish was not edible. The shrimp and other items barely edible.
I hate to say this but you'll get better seafood at Captain D's
Sad excuse for a restaurant – I must first say I was dragged here kicking and screaming. I HATE chain restaurants but my boyfriend wanted fish quickly and at 3 on a Sunday so I gave in to his request. He told me later he’s trying to get me out of my anti-chain shell. Well, it was disastrous from start to finish. We get there and are seated quickly. I look around and am turned off by the cheesy “beach restaurant” feel. Especially since it’s Denver for pete’s sake. As we are looking over our menus this overly friendly, strange excuse for a server comes over, says hi and SITS DOWN AT OUR TABLE. It took everything in me to not tell him to get up and be professional. He then asks if we had been there before, I hadn’t, but said yes since I knew any other answer would mean him blathering on for 5 minutes.
He bounces off to get us beer only to plunk them down on the table, spilling them in the process. Guess it’s a good thing they keep a roll of paper towels on the table. We each order salads then tell him we want to share one of the steamers only to learn later that he charged us for a “steamer for two” instead of the one advertised on the menu. Of course, instead of paying $25 we paid $50. Let me say that we have no problem paying $300 for sushi or the like but then again we’ve been served food by chef’s who have been on Iron Chef. This concoction of cheap, frozen seafood was not only an insult to the poor crustaceans but definitely not worth $50.
I do need to rewind a bit to a few other instances. First off, once our steamer did come, the server sets it down and says (oh yeah, just like the commercial), “Take off your top.” Um, wow can you be any cheesier, plus I had already found that commercial stupid and a little insulting. Really, dude? I felt like leaving right then but I suffered through a few more inane questions and we were finally left alone. Secondly, I’ve already mentioned that the food was terrible but worse we were forced to watch the entire staff break out into dance every 30 minutes during which our server kept screaming “Whoop,” throughout.
Joe’s Crab Shack is a shining example of how corporate America is ruining dining in this country. People expect overly perky servers in lieu of qualified service. People expect what is loosely called seafood, 7 days a week in a land locked area so these chains dumb down the recipes and buy cheap quality to serve people all over the country. People expect gimmicky junk all over the walls instead of restaurants with real personality and character. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been to one of these sit-down, chain restaurants and I will not be going back, even if hell does freeze over. If you want seafood in Denver, go to Max Gill and Grill.
A colorful seafood restaurant for kids of all ages--especially the younger ones. – In Short
Admittedly kitschy, unavoidably noisy, this Red Lobster for rug rats is like an oversized seaside shanty awash in oceanic memorabilia--fishing nets, souvenir trinkets, plastic flotsam and jetsam. Staffed with a lively crew of G-rated table-dancing servers, the family-friendly chain anchors its menu in all things crab: Crab balls, crab cakes, crab dip, crab gumbo. Finicky children opt for corndogs or hamburgers; shellfish-phobic adults dine on rib eye steak or mesquite-grilled chicken.
Overpriced godawful food – If you love to spend a lot of money on really bad food, this is the place for you. But if you would like good seafood for your money, go to McCormick's Fishhouse & Bar in LoDo instead. Or you can send your money to me, and I'll send you a grilled cheese in a Baggie that will still taste better than the food served here. The service is fine-- it isn't the servers' fault that the food they're serving is so bad.
This is not seafood! – Wow, it's hard to even know where to begin on this one. The service is awful (unless you're more interested in balloon animals than you are in receiving a correct order), and the food can only be described as luke warm sea monkeys. I guess I now know why I was the only one is my party that didn't order something fried. This place is downright horrible... please spend your hard-earned money somewhere else!
Marginal – The only thing that I think is decent here is the fried calamari.
The steamed blue crabs were pathetic. I'm from Maryland originally and grew up eating steamed crabs. The ones I were presented with at Joe's would not even have been legal to take in MD., they were so small.
The place can be obnoxious, from an entertainment point of view, although I admit it might be fun for kids.
Not good – The interesting decor could not overcome the terrible food that was TV dinner quality at best.
Amusing...... – We had dinner at Joe's while visiting family in Aurora. There's lots of stuff glued to the walls, loud music in the background, and the staff frequently breaks into song and dance without warning. The staff was really friendly and the food was pretty good even though it wasn't exactly what we ordered. There was so much going on that it might be hard to get an order right.....
All-in-all, it was fun!
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