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Joe's Crab Shack in Newport Beach -- tolerable?

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Joe's Crab Shack in Newport Beach -- tolerable?

Joy | Apr 2, 2006 12:12 PM

My friend K has family visiting, including three energetic kids. They heard about Joe's Crab Shack somehow and want to go there while they're here. The family is from a small town deep in the heartland with little taste for good seafood, and K thinks they'll probably have a blast. But she's wondering whether she and her husband will find the food tolerable or if they could find another similar option but with better seafood.

K asked me, but I haven't been there either (I was scared away by the idea of dancing servers, for one thing), so I'm hoping someone out there can help. How is Joe's? Any recommendations for trying or avoiding specific dishes? Any recommendations for other inexpensive kid-friendly seafood restaurants in NB or the nearby area?

Also, do you know if you can you see the ocean from the restaurant?

Thanks!

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