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Shaw's Crab vs. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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Shaw's Crab vs. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

I will be visiting Chicago this coming weekend and will be looking to have dinner at a seafood restaurant. I am staying in the River North area and noticed generally high ratings for both Shaw's Crab and Joe's Seafood. I would love to hear others' thoughts and feedback on the two restaurants and which of the two they would choose (assuming pricing is not an issue).

I am generally looking for freshness of food, quality of cooking, ambiance, and service as the deciding factors.

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1. Re: Shaw's Crab vs. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

I've never had a bad meal at either one, both are part of Lettuce Entertain You so I'm guessing that they get their seafood from the same sources. Both are extremely popular so reservations are a must, you can do it for free on opentable.com. I'd take a look at the menus and decide based on that, Joe's has a bit more on the meat side.

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2. Re: Shaw's Crab vs. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Recommend Joe's

My wife and I have dined at both recently

Another option: my wife and older daughter enjoy Devon's...

which is in the same neighborhood

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3. Re: Shaw's Crab vs. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Both are good but id pick gt fish and oyster, call now for reservations

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4. Re: Shaw's Crab vs. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Joe's if you can get in. The seperate Blue Crab Lounge at Shaws is good but everyone I know who has been to Shaws says it has gone downhill in the last few years. I went 2 years ago and have not gone back. Joe's is very much an in place so you will be lucky to get in. Try http://www.opentable.com

http://www.chicagovisitor.net/seafood.html

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5. Re: Shaw's Crab vs. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Well I hate to say it but why seafood in Chicago? Not fresh off you know... Steaks are best done here as are a lot of ethnic foods. I have had Joe's in Miami, and did not think Chicago Joe's equals it. Not been to Shaws but has impression it's slightly below. But then it very much depends on the dish you choose I guess.

Now seafood in San Francisco or Vancouver ahhh...

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6. Re: Shaw's Crab vs. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

definitely Joe's. Another spot with seafood and steak- Hugo's .

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7. Re: Shaw's Crab vs. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

How about getting out of downtown and hitting a neighborhood spot?

http://glennsdiner.com/ - CTA brown line to the front door.

Edited: 04 October 2011, 20:13
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