Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
60 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 491-1923
Fax: (312) 494-9780
Joe's Stone Crab
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: American, Italian, Steakhouse, European, Seafood, Continental, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Full Bar
Bike Parking: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Above Average
My Husband and I were visiting Chicago, and was advised by multiple people that we must go to Joe's Stone Crab. It's been almost 2 months since we've been there, and we can't stop talking about the food. The King Crab Legs were the best ever, and the steak was melt in your mouth good....If planning to go to Chicago, I would definitely recommend this restaurant...Don't forget to make reservations ahead of time....
03/30/2010Provided by Citysearch -
So my wife and I have eaten at the best of the best steak houses nationwide and still always agree Joe's in Chicago is where it's at. Now so you know I have eaten at other Joe's and none of them even compare to the quality of food Joe's Chicago offers. My personal recommendations would be the Chicago Stable, Bone In Rib-Eye, The Scallops, and of course the KING CRAB!!!!
If you are visiting Chicago or just never made it to Joe's change your dinner reservations and make them at Joe's ASAP.
--> This place is not easy to get into. Make reservations at least a week out!
This is one of those places you want to take friends and family visiting. It's got an elegant ambiance, but not too threatening since there's a good mix of family and business patrons. The food is great and the service has been pretty good the past couple times I've been. However, there was one time when I had a reservation but still had to wait 40 minutes since they had a business function there and must have not anticipated how big of a party it was. They could have handled that better.
10/19/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This was an awful dining experience. The only good thing about it was they have the most tasty scallops and spinach! Valet was rude, Our waiter took 20 mins to come to the table to even take drink orders, some of the food came over burnt, the waiter was unwilling to accomodate our meal requests, etc an all around awful dining experience. We spoke to the manager, and he only offered free dessert, which we didn't want, and he took off one of the burnt dishes, and AWFUL mac & cheese from the bill. After the mgr wasn't apologetic for the awful service we'd had (it took 45 mins to even get our order in) we were left with having to dock the tip with a note as to why. We will NEVER be back here.
07/06/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My boyfriend and I ate here over the holiday weekend and even though the prices were a little high, the food was amazing!! The waiter we had doted on us all night long and even though it was pretty crowded we didn't feel like we got lost in the crowd, as you do with some other restaurants.
This is a great place to go eat when you want to splurge on a meal but it is expensive for 2 when you have drinks and a full meal.
It is a MUST to try while in Chicago.
05/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The food at Joe's was just ok, and definitely not worth the steep price tag. I went with my friend and we started with the shrimp and scallop ceviche. It was decent, although the fish didn't seem super fresh.
For entree, I had a 12 oz fillet, my friend had the stone crab. The steak was cooked well, but not well seasoned, and overall pretty boring. It arrive by itself on the plate, looking very lonely with only a piece of curly leaf parsley to keep it company. The stone crab did not taste fresh. The potatoes weren't bad.
The best part of meal was dessert, we shared banana cream pie, which was actually pretty good. But overall, this meal was not worth the $100 price tag.
02/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Despite all the good reviews and the poasitive feedback. And although its a cute atmosphere... the food just didn't cut it. My dish was just okay.. and it left me still starving for food. Weird, right? Anyway, not going back. I shouldn't be hungry when leaving a restaurant
01/03/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I've heard all the raves about Joe's, and decided to try it out when my parents came into town. First off, we were seated 45 minutes after our reservation time. It only went downhill from there. The waiter was extremely condescending, and kept touching us - it was really awkward. We ordered the 'famous' stone crab appetizer - and it was beyond disappointing. I've had my fair share of stone crab, and it is not supposed to turn into a frayed mess when you open the claw.
Then the entrees came. My Dad decided to treat himself with a $50 filet, which one would expect to be fantastic. He ordered it med-rare, and it came out med-well or maybe even well done. The waiter even cringed when he saw it, but decided to not say anything. The fisherman's platter did not even contain all the pieces it was supposed to. There was no cod (I did not realize this until after we left unfortunately).
There were several other VERY serious problems, but I will not devulge details in fears this post may be removed (I cannot prove the 'issues', although I am certain they are true).
I felt terrible that my Dad paid $250+ for this horrendous meal, so I contacted Management in hopes they would be sympathetic to my situation. I will simply say they were rude, and in my opinion handled everything extremely poorly.
Given Joe's reputation, I would assume my experience was an exception, but I would implore you to seriously consider dining somewhere else if you are looking to treat yourself to a high priced meal.
12/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We ordered the stone crab appetizers (4 medium claws) and a caesar salad for sharing. Stone crabs have a amazing fresh and sweet taste that is wonderful, yet somewhat different than King or Snow crabs. We also, upon recommendation, ordered a wonderful glass of white wine to compliment our meals.After devouring the snow crabs, out came our entrees. Ooops, what about the caesar salad? Frankie promptly apologized and since our entrees had already arrived we were informed that dessert was on the house. Professional, seamless service. My wife raved about her teriyaki chicken. The chicken was moist, perfectly roasted chicken with just the right amount of from-scratch teriyaki sauce drizzled on the chicken at your table. I did try a bite and it was quite tasty. Fall off the bone tender, so moist and so good. The Alaskan King Crab Legs were massive and presented at the table (cracked for your convenience) before being served. Frankie had recommended that I request chilled rather than warm and he was correct. Chilled is the only way to go from now on. This Alaskan King Crab AMAZING. Large, succulent pieces of sweet chilled king crab meat served with a half lemon, drawn butter and house mustard on the side. But again, these bad boys need nothing as it would take away a piece of heaven from your tastebuds. These have to be the best crab legs in the city! The complimentary desserts were delicious. I would bet you will not find a piece of Key Lime Pie better than what is served at Joe's. The graham crust was perfect, the fresh keylime filling was heavenly. Sweet, with just a hint of tang, and so light and creamy. An explosion of flavor. My wife had a delicious chocolate brownie a la mode with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Although very good, we both are hooked and now swear by Joe's Key Lime Pie. Joe's - Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Oh, and ask for Frankie as your personal guide through the experience called Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crabs.
09/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We just had the ""2nd mortgage"" cold seafood appetizer and the crab bisque. The soup was very good. The appetizer was ok but I did not think it was that great. I'd heard a lot about the mustard sauce and it was ok but not spectacular. I would definitely recommend reservations as there was a minimum hour wait.
The staff was very nice but three seafood apps, one bowl of bisque and drink each was just not worth what we paid.
07/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I visited Joe's recently. I had stone crab bisque, large stone crab and the banana dessert. My wife had select stone crab, coffee and key lime pie.
Stone Crab Bisque: OUT OF THIS WORLD!
I have had countless different bisques from many great places but this was the best by far.
Large/Select stone crab: Great
banana dessert : AWESOME!
Key Lime Pie: Quote from wife: ""Oh my god the crust, The flavor of fresh key lime, it was so smooth. It was the best"".
Coffee: You wouldn't think it but this coffee also made an impression. What ever kind that coffee was, it was F@#k!&g great.
Great food, great service.
You will go back, I promise you.
04/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Joes while in Chicago for a concert. I had the fried lobster and asparagus it was so great I want to fly back just to get some more I've had it other places but theirs was so great its worth a try I dont remeber what my friends had but it was good we all give it 5 stars the bill was around 140 for 3 people and only 1 alcohol drink and the others were pops so if you plan on drinking the price goes up but its worth a try if you love seafood. And the staff was so pleasing the waiter even helped me cut my food . I will probaly go to the one in Miami next.
03/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I made a reservation for a Monday night. I showed up about 40 minutes early to have drinks in the bar (the front room/bar was extremely crowed). When I checked in, I was told that they didn't have my reservation. But the host assured me he would take care of me. So we had drinks in the bar (very good ones) and were seated at exactly our reservation time!! The waiter was wonderful, the shrimp appetizer was yummy. I got the tuna with a side of broccoli. The tuna was delicious!! The broccoli had a cheese topping which wasn't very cheesy tasting (too bad) but still good. The key lime pie was tasty. We love this place and keep coming back!!
02/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Before i chose Joe's for our dining restaurant i have read and heard many positive and great reviews of this place so my expectations were high. We were seated in a timely manner, slightly after our reservation time b/c i have requested a different seating area and we had to wait an extra couple of minutes.(No big deal).Our server was Charles who was very polite,helpful and knowledgeable.
The appetizers and soups were great, we had the crab and artichoke gratin, shrimp de jonghe and stone crab bisque. For our main dish we had the chillean seabass, stone crabs and stuffed sole which were all heavenly and cooked to perfection. Charles our server was always there to answer any questions we had and made sure our needs were taken care of. Lastly our desserts were also excellent, overall we had a great time and experience.
For seafood and steak lovers this place is a must.Job Well Done!!!!!!!!
02/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
For those readers concerned by the review of delyco...I am the Managing Partner of Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. I helped build the restaurant, train the staff and instill a culture of caring for the guest as a hallmark of how we do business. I received an e-mail describing this event from the reviewer and responded immediately, as did our Chef Partner and General Manager. We, unfortunately, never received a reply. As a restaurant operator, you do everything in your power to ensure that every guest who walks through your doors, leaves having had an experience which exceeds their expectations and gives them reason to recommend it confidently to others. There will be times, hopefully infrequently, when we fall short and that provides us with a greater opportunity to win our guest's patronage, by resolving the situation in a manner which demonstrates our sense of caring and committment to our guest's satisfaction. Unfortunately, this reviewer never gave us the chance to do either.
01/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My fiancee and I, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, decided at the last moment to spend New Year's Eve in Chicago. We decided to step out of our hotel an see if any good restaurants were nearby. We came across Joe's and thought we would see if we could get a table. Business was bustling, but my fiancee found what was apparently the hostess: an older woman with funky red hair and rhinestones in her eyeglasses. He asked if it was possible to get a table, and she snapped at him, ""Not without a reservation!"" My fiancee, a gentleman not used to being spoken to so brazenly, commented back to her, ""There's no need to be rude about it, I just wanted to know if it was possible."" Her defense was not apologetic at all: she said that she was not being rude, only stating a fact. I agreed with my fiancee's perception of her uncouth demeanor--she was seething with very intolerable attitude. Additionally, when we turned to leave, he was quite certain that he felt her intentionally elbow him toward the door (hard to prove in the crowd). You'd think she was a prison guard as her last gig!
Perhaps we were naive for trying for a seat on New Year's Eve without a reservation...but I don't think so, since we simply went a few doors down to the Captial Grille, which was also packed, but had an extremely courteous hostess who found us a seat in their state room in less than an hour. They had superb food, but without the pretentious service.
09/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Read the Reviews and Joe's did not let us down! Went to Joe's to celebrate my Husband's bday. Seated promptly, Larry our waiter covered each menu item with a description- his knowledge of the menu was exceptional and he had great recommendations. We tried the full house appetizer and the stone crab bisque. Yum... that's all I have to say. We were so excited about our dinner after tasting the bisque and appetizers. I had the canadian lobster tails along with a baked potato and roasted corn. My husband ordered fish and he loved it! We also had Joe's Key lime pie for dessert- very good. Larry made our dining experience memorable, we never lacked for attentive service. Thank YOU Larry and Joe's. Everything was outstanding.
06/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We moved to chicago a year ago from britain and decided to spend our 1yr wedding anniversary dining at Joes for the first time, after randomly selecting it from a number of restaurants to try.The Maitre d' was so unfriendly,had a face on like you were walking into a funeral, his overall behaviour was so unwelcoming. Good food but wouldn't go back there.First and last time.