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The Crab Shack

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144 Shore Drive, Salter Path, NC 28575
+1 252-247-3444
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Window rock
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have a difficult time finding authentic Hattaras chowder. The Crab Shack offers it. To be honest that is all I ate, but my husband was happy with his fish and shrimp.

Thank Therese M
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We are here for lunch and they close for season today. We have been here many times and always enjoy the food and great staff. Crab Shack is the place to go while at Emerald Isle.

Thank lovinbloom
Asheville, NC, United States
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Went there based on rave reviews from folks renting the duplex next to ours at the beach. Cost of the meal, with one domestic beer, was about $35.00. For this we got flounder that was dry and over-cooked (fried) and soft shell crabs that were as tough as leather and so bad tasting we could not even swallow the tiny... More 

Thank David R
Sandston, Virginia
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This past year, we spent four weeks vacationing at Atlantic Beach. The Crab Shack has always been one of our favorite restaurants. We visited this time just after Hurricane Matthew when we had been without power for 2 days at our vacation condo. We were hungry and so looking forward to a delicious hot seafood meal. My entree was a... More 

Thank Claudia L
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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96 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This has been, honestly, one of our favorite haunts in Salter Path for years. However, our last visit (and a couple before it) have left us feeling like we need to try some new places that value customers a bit more. The food will not disappoint, but the service seems to be slightly declining. Case in point: off-season, only a... More 

Thank Chris E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We go with a group on Sunday. Great food,love the hush puppies, baby flounder ,shrimp. Friends love the soft she'll crabs. Great price on lunch specials

Thank Howard P
Concord, North Carolina
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We went on a Monday in October and the place was nicely crowded. I imagine a lot of locals eat here. My husband had crab panned in butter, which was sweet and wonderful; as sweet as snow crab but without the hassle of cracking open the legs. I had scallops panned in butter and OMG - they were outstanding. I... More 

Thank 159lisab1972
Burlington, North Carolina
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you like fried seafood and frozen to cooked french fries, this is your place to dine. It wasn't awful, but I won't go back. My soft shell crab was okay as I ate it, but I had heartburn later. I liked the hushpuppies and they served Mountain Dew which gave them some good points. It was busy and there... More 

Thank elewis9
North Carolina
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157 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Went based off recommendations. Average at best. Fried fish are ok. Fried soft shell crabs were old. Place was full but don't know why.

Thank honeygene
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

If you like sauteed crab, then you need to visit. It has the ambiance of a "fish camp," but the food is outstanding. I get a combo of fried shrimp and sauteed crab every time I go. I've never been disappointed. Service is good and staff are friendly.

Thank Charles G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$18
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wine and Beer
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 144 Shore Drive, Salter Path, NC 28575
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Salter Path
  • Phone Number: +1 252-247-3444
GREAT GRILLED, STEAMED & FRIED SEAFOOD. FAMILY FRIENDLY. SOUNDFRONT DINING OVER LOOKING BOGUE SOUND The Crab Shack Restaurant is a family owned business serving patrons for the past 40 years. Our menu consists of all types of seafood including fish, shrimp, homemade crab cakes and of course.....CRABS! (You'd be surprised how many phone calls we get asking if serve crabs! LOL!) We also have the best steaks on the island! Sandwiches include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, shrimp burgers, etc. and our "just like mama's" grilled cheese sandwich. We offer daily lunch specials, including your choice of an entree, 2 veggies and sweet or unsweet tea, available 7 days a week. We pride ourselves on fast, courteous service where you're treated like one of the family. Our kid-friendly atmosphere keeps our annual vacationers coming back year after year. The main dining room overlooks beautiful Bogue Sound. (We don't even charge extra for the view!) Our shrimp boats parked out back, add a beautiful back drop to your dining experience. So if you're looking for fresh seafood, land-lubbers delights and a fun time for you and the family, give us a try...you won't be sorry!

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