Crabby Jo's

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41 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date

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Crabby Jo's is the newest venture by Wrights of Howth. Located adjacent to their renowned seafood shop and smoke house on the west pier in Howth, Co. Dublin, this family orientated restaurant is designed to be an informal dining spot serving quality food and wine at reasonable prices.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Mon - Thu: 09:00am - 11:00pm
Fri- Sat: 09:00am - 11:00pm
Sun: 09:00am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(01) 832 3999
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Food
3.9
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.7
Value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JS
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We stopped here for a family dinner for my father-in-law's 75th birthday. Since he loves both seafood and the sea, this seemed like a great pick. The atmosphere and wait staff were great. The food was great, except our "seared" tuna dish came out well-done, which is not what we were expecting. The waiter got the manager, who explained that is more of what is served in Ireland when you get "seared", but he willingly obliged and brought us a whole new plate with the tuna medium rare and seared on the outside. The seafood sampler platter for two was great--some of the best calamari and mussels we've had. All in all a very nice experience and would definitely go back.

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LE
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a great time with fantastic food. Lively and friendly atmosphere.
Service excellent.
A real gem

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MB
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Very good place to eat fish at a reasonable price. Also wine list is not so expensive.
The only surprise was in the bill where I was charged 11 Euro for service charge without knowing it. You should mention it somewhere...
Apart from that, food is good, wine too, service is ok and location is nice to walk after. Recommended

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d
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Food was ok. Quite pricey. Room is very cramped, to many tables. Service was ok

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f
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely seafood lunch on a beautiful sunny day in Howth

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GK
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We always enjoy Crabby Joes, even though there was an issue with some of the food this time, the manager treated us wonderfully. It’s when things (can & do) go wrong, that you really see how an establishment values it’s customers. Crabby Joes done it’s absolute upmost to make things right. Highly recommend this restaurant & look forward to dining there again soon.

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OT
45 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Went for lunch. Restaurant had just opened for the day; however, the hostess and wait staff were not organized and did not know what the days specials were. Food was merely ok - dishes simple and bland.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing, probably one of the nicest steaks I have ever had. The service was excellent our waiter was very attentive and couldn’t do enough for us. We will definitely be back

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BB
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our second time to Crabby Jo's. We got to sit outside in the sun. Super service. Servings generous and the food is exquisite.

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CC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite restaurant! Will be back again. All the food is so fresh & local which I love.

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RD
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Seated 15 mins and had to ask for menus. Lots of staff chatting to each other. Food was tasteless. Ordered fish and chips but it was a case of spot the potatoe in the chips- mostly hard chipping. Won’t be back.

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NK
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

The food was lovely.
The alcohol was EXTREMELY expensive.
The service was poor, from the time we arrived, several staff members looked at us waiting and didn't acknowledge us. The waiter was cleaning tables around us for at least 15 mins but it took us to get up and ask him to take our order. Then when we asked for the bill and left the monies in the envelope, he never came back with the change or the receipt and when we questioned this (which took another 15 mins) he says he "presumed it was a tip". Very poor. No one came to apologise for this behaviour and the girl that met us at the door/manager was in ear shot of the whole thing.
Disappointed as we had got good reports on this place.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

I was recommended this place by one of my work colleagues but was let down by the steak. Unfortunately, my steak was cooked well done when I asked for medium rare. I told the waiter about this and he mentioned that it will take about 25 minutes to get another one over to me so I just ate the one I had.

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a
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

I booked for 8 pm 3 days in advance for 8 but was not seated till 8-25 pm . 8 of us stood in a confined space between bar and toilet door. This space we were told to wait in, was about 8' by about 3'. we had to push into to one another to allow patrons to go to toilet and bar staff to give out their orders. We were handed menus while standing -????? I was totally embarrassed as we were here at my suggestion and felt totally rushed when we were seated. This was my treat -in celebrating my Son birthday. The bill was 255 and an hour and a half later we were exiting full but miserable and deflated.

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A
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would recommend the place to everyone who wants to go to a nice place where the food is great and the staff very friendly.

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TT
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Being to crabby joes on several occasions and love it every time.

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LO
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Have dined here before, but this time was not wowed we arrived for our booked table 5 minutes after our time 3 menus and 3 wine lists were pushed into our hands by a foreign girl and we were ushered down to a bar in the corner., and ordered to wait. Bit abrupt i thought, food was ok chips were cold. Disappointed.

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DR
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food especially the fish. Great service and great for children.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Just don’t go!! Rude staff - overpriced below average food! Arrived on time - hostess v stressed no smile or welcome. Asked could we move table - reluctantly they did . Female waitress(French or Italian maybe ) v insincere, rude and derogatory- she did not explain they did not serve spirits and as we asked for a Gin she told us we should really read the menu before she comes back. We tried to overlook this and have a nice family get together however fillet steaks were very poor cuts of meat and waiter really just made fun of our complaint and said he would tell chefs off ! Calamari was rubbery. They then began to tidy up around us at 9.30 and the rude waitress - she was either Italian or French maybe - sat with her feet up reading a book. The bill had a discretionary service charge which we asked to have removed. They told us we should have read the menu ! We did leave a €20 tip with the waiter but on hindsight I regret this. No management or training or accountability of staff - v poor we will not be back !!! This is owned by Wright’s of Howth we really expected more .

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MC
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Myself and my husband went to Crabbys last week,food heaven.The service was friendly and fast.The food was top noch.The only criticism was the manager or hostess was giving the floor staff their orders infront of customers and she never smiled.

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VG
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great restaurant. I often visit for a nice, fresh local seafood cooked to a perfection. Place is always busy so its always a good idea to book a table in advance. Good selection of wines and other drinks. If you are out in Howth do come in or if you prefer there is a take away available.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic customer service glass of processo and butlers chocolates for every mum. Follow by yummy food and friendly staff who actually talk to you and have great sense of humour. Surrounded decor very modern. Nice family friendly restaurant.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We booked a table for a Sunday afternoon and there was a mix up with the booking. The team member asked us to come back in 45 minutes and they would have a table ready. They called us within 20 minutes to advise the table was ready. The apologized and seated us and offered us a round of drinks. They really handled the mix up and we were happy when we sat down. The food here is exceptional. We had two children with us, one being a toddler. They had an array of great options from the children’s menu. And coloring pens and paper to keep them occupied. We all had starters and a main and all the meals were fab. The mussels in particular are mouth watering. Great wine list and the service is top notch. One of my new favorite places in Dublin!

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LH
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good food, especially the seafood and excellent service.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service and great tunes! in a cozy setting. Went here for Valentines and it was a really positive experience for us. The early bird was super value with great size portions. We will definitely be back, thanks guys!

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DC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I absolutely love crabby joes, the food is amazing, lots of local sea food, everything is made to order and fresh. The fillet steak is my favourite with chips and onion rings. The staff are the friendliest people ever and are so helpful . I highly recommend this place.

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B
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

I went to CJ's with high expectations & excitement as I had heard fantastic things about the place. Sadly, the food really let the place down. The staff were friendly and helpful but looked a little frazzled, as having worked for many years in the industry it comes down to poor organisation. The food was poor, an example of this being, we ordered crab claws and as we were by the harbour and many fish shops, you would think you would be served the meatiest and tastiest but sadly out came small claws with little meat on them and absolutely swimming in butter. The chips were dry. The chorizo & prawns were inedible and the starter portion of calamari was huge (not a major complaint but it was supposed to be a starter and therefore a lot went to waste). We ordered 2 gls of the house white wine and out came something the colour and flavour of honey, thankfully the staff kindly replaced it for 2 different gls's but it was a higher price (I know wine is preferential so I won't entirely blame them but a more generic, light and fresh white might be more appropriate?). I don't feel great leaving a bad review but I am of the belief that without knowing your faults, how can you improve. I didn't have the guts to say it to the staff while there and I wish I had, but I do hope that maybe from reading this there could be some improvements made.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Food and Service, restaurant was quite busy at the time we arrived so the table we were put on was a bit of a tight squeeze, but another table was freed up and the waiter quickly moved us without even being asked which was great. Food was brilliant and great value.

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C
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Overall food was lovely. Staff were friendly. Asked waiter for a drink, never got it but was charged for it as a take away. Waitress asked if we wanted to see dessert menus, we said yes but she never brought them over.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food good value worth checking he journey!
Very good size portions. Wine list was a little limited but we did find something interesting.
The staff were very attentive overall a lovely evening.

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P
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Booked through opentable on the Crabby Joes website for 9pm. I rang at 9:05 to say we were on the way and was told the kitchen was closed and they don’t work off open table. They also said the website needs to be updated.
Not my problem. Their website is Their problem. I was a regular in Crabby Joes, I won’t be going again. We were left without dinner that. night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was gorgeous , the staff were very friendly and attentive and nothing was too much trouble

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

When we arrived, the waitress did not have us in the book! I showed her my email, saying you sent a reminder of our reservation today, she snapped as said "open table" and were shown a table in the middle of the packed resturant. I said we requested a booth seat, that is the only table free. Eventually some people left a booth seat and I got up an asked we would like that seat, she then looked at me and spoke in her native language to another waitress which was the height of rudeness as I had no idea what she was saying. We eventually got the booth table, food was fantastic but the waiter never returned to see was all ok. Shabby and rude service on this occasion. Other occasions I have eaten there never had a problem. Obviously Open Table reservations are not put into the resturant book!! Not good

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a really fabulous fish dinner, looking out on the harbour , with the best of service.
Nothing fussy , pleasant friendly staff, great fish. Stephanie

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The food is excellent. I would highly recommend for anyone who likes fish. Also the perfect place to bring someone who is somewhat on the fence regarding, cause after Crabby Joes they'll realize they actually love it

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L
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

OK Not the same standard as before .Fish very greasy with cheap batter ,
old chips ,
chowder thickened with flour and very synthetic tasting.
Mussels had that strong wine taste that happens when someone is not sure of themselves.
Manager on duty was great , very welcoming .The lady who served us was great. there are a few from the team who just like to pose and flick their hair ,
There was one young lady who could not meet my gaze , she seemed very upset that she had to clear our plates and change a very salty portion of veg soup for another bowl of chowder.
We Won't be back. Very disappointed over all though.
Regards.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Ate here on a Friday evening- place was busy & lively. Staff great with the children & everyone loved the food. We will be back

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We booked and had our table ready on arrival. The kids wanted to see the fish tanks, and although late in the evening we were escorted back to have a look.
The service was very professional and the kids were looked after really well!
Food was excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was a nice experience dining at crabby jo's i felt welcomed i will always tell my friends to visit the place

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J
36 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good food. Very fresh seafood choices.

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