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The Crab Shack

146 Headen Ln, Salter Path, NC 28575
+1 252-247-3444
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (149 reviews)
“seafood” (128 reviews)
“shrimp” (95 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
146 Headen Ln, Salter Path, NC 28575
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The best thing about the crab shack is the hush puppies. They bring you large servings before your meal. You can fill up on them. Seafood is not as good. I had spiced steamed shrimp which was bland. My wife had a crab cake which...More

Thank stevendale
Reviewed 4 days ago

Go here for lunch as often as you can. I only know the seafood and it was great. I am sure non-seafood lovers would be happy also. Sides of Okra and Green Beans were very good.

Thank smith45766
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped, not that hungry because we had a big breakfast. I decided just to get a cup of clam chowder. It was more like watered down potato soup. My husband and son also had a small lunch and were not impressed. The hush puppies...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with a crowd and it was raining at the beach so everybody was eating early! Despite the crowd we were taken care so promptly. There were 8 adults and 9 kids (poor restaurant!) All of the food was extremely good, fresh seafood, and...More

Thank damondowneastnc
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly service backed up by great food. We had the senior plates of grilled scallops and fried oysters. The portions could have been shared! According to the waitress the regular portions are twice that size. The large portions were nice but the food was delicious!...More

Thank Don C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Crab Shack is a great place to eat seafood. The servers are always friendly and attentive. Sometimes the wait can be long, so be prepared to wait if you are going during the summer but the view while waiting is amazing and the view...More

Thank williamhB8311SQ
Patrick G, Manager at The Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the review. Looking forward to having you back soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the hush puppies but were very disappointed in the buttered crab. The waitress said "there might be shell". When someone says might, we take it that it is a possibility to have shell in the entree but we did not expect to have...More

Thank scottyv538
Patrick G, Manager at The Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the feedback. We apologize. We strive our best to please everyone. Unfortunately, yes it does have shells. That come with the freshness of the crab and it having to be hand-picked. We hope we can have you back to try another item...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being that there isn't many restaurants to eat in the area, if you don't feel like cooking, this place will do the trick. However the prices will be a little high for a large family and if you share a plate, it's an extra $3...More

Thank Kayla G
Patrick G, Owner at The Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review. We hate that you feel this way. We strive our best to please everyone. We are glad you enjoyed your sandwhich.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in search of good fresh seafood and we found it... we will be back. Fresh flounder and shrimp lightly breaded and fried just right. Great quick service and if you go early there will be no wait at all.

Thank Fire15
Patrick G, Owner at The Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review. We look forward to having you back soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pros: 1) FREE hush puppies. Who doesn't like that? 2) they brought our drinks with pitchers so we could pour our own refills. EPIC! In my opinion the food was just average. Nothing special. It probably good if you like lots of FRIED food.

Thank Susan T
Patrick G, Owner at The Crab Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review. We strive our best to please everyone. We also offer Steamed, Grilled and Broiled seafood. We also have Steak, Burgers, Tenders, BBQ, Hot Dogs and more. We hope you can give us another shot.

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Bert M
6 August 2017|
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Response from Crab S | Property representative |
We do. We open St. Patrick's Day weekend and close around Halloween usually.
Alicr S
23 July 2016|
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Response from Crab S | Property representative |
Yes. We offer Chicken Tenders, BBQ, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, Grilled Cheese, Steak and some more. Check us out.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wine and Beer
Good for
View, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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: 146 Headen Ln, Salter Path, NC 28575
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Salter Path
  • Phone Number: +1 252-247-3444
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! 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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