Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab is Gonna Be Huge

by Prince Of Petworth December 17, 2013 at 11:11 pm 38 Comments

15th and H Street, NW

Whoa the new Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab coming to the corner of 15th and H St, NW is going to be gigantic. A recent liquor license application says:

“Restaurant serving American food. Sidewalk Café Seats #44, total Occupancy Load #735.”

Would that make it the biggest restaurant in DC? Who do you think is the current biggest restaurant in DC?

You can read the history of Joe’s Stone Crab here and see their Chicago menus here.

Joe’s will be located right across the street from Woodward Table:


  • Anon

    Didn’t Raylan Givens used to hang out at the Miami Joe’s Stone Crab, before he got reassigned to Kentucky?

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure the biggest restaurant right now in DC is the Hamilton, followed by Old Ebbitts.

    • anonn

      pretty sure this is going to be the biggest restaurant in the world

    • Anonymous

      The Hamilton:

      “What is the capacity of the property?
      Restaurant: 400
      Live: 300 seated plus 200 standing”

    • anon

      I think Carmine’s is in the top ten.

    • Anonymous

      Clyde’s Gallery Place is also sprawling.

  • halfsmoke

    Should be renamed “Joe’s cookie cutter steakhouse concept”

    • Anonymous

      Might be “cookie cutter” in your view, but both the Chicago and Vegas locations have great Yelp reviews…and extra points for not being a “small plates” restaurant.

    • monkeyrotica

      Ate at Joe’s in Chicago: solid upscale surf and turf, kinda like Smith & Wollensky’s. Decent happy hour deals and lunch options and they actually know what “medium rare” means. Should give Ebbitt and Capitol Grill a run for their money.

    • Anonymous

      what are you referring to?

  • RV

    Isn’t the Bucca di Bepo on Connecticut just north of Dupont gigantic as well? There are usually five tour buses parked in front of it at any given time.

  • brookland_rez

    This is the same as Joe’s Crab Shack, right?

    • It is not.

      • brookland_rez

        I know, I know. I was just trying to reignite prior discussions where people thought that. Just making a joke.

      • It is the same company as Magianno’s, though, as well as Mon Ami Gabi. They also own Wildfire in Tysons.

        • Anonymous

          Well, my expectations just took a nosedive.

  • Anonymous

    Looking forward to it! YAY!

  • emuhawk

    So strange to see my old office building as a restaurant. I have a hard time imagining how it will look inside. I assume they’ve gone to some efforts to make the ground floor look like something other than a bank. Anyone know what they are doing with the upper floors?

    • annonny

      The Gordon Biersch restaurant downtown is a good examples of a bank lobby transformed into a restaurant. I think it’s actually a pretty cool re-purposing, since pre-1950’s banks were generally quite palatial. Makes it fun to imagine oneself as a gilded-age Scrooge McDuck….

  • MsSunshine

    Former Miamian here — and all I can say is: KEY LIME PIE! (Oh, the stone crabs and that sauce were lip-smackin’ good, too.) We cried when they close down. Hope the quality is the same.

    • MsSunshine

      *close* should be closed. Addled by the thought of pie.

    • Anonymous

      some west coaster was recently trying to tell me that king crab was better than blue or stone crabs. i was just dumbfounded.

      • Anonymous

        As a native Marylander that takes my crabs very seriously (serious enough that I make the effort to get my crabs from across the bay bridge every time), I do love love love, Alaskan King Crab legs. The problem may be that you’re not getting them fresh. A lot of restaurants on the east coast buy them frozen, and not flash frozen. IMHO, they are better than snow crabs. I’d have a hard time deciding on king versus blue, but fresh king crabs with real drawn butter and lemon is one of the most difficult things on a menu to pass up.

        Damn, am I hungry now!!

    • Anonymous

      WHAT?!?! How the hell did the Miami location close?!? This is shocking.
      I was a bit confused when I went on the website and didn’t see a listing for South Beach – they only had Vegas, Chicago, and DC.

      • It didn’t. Joe’s Stone Crab is still very much open and going. Not sure what MsSunshine is talking about.

        • Anonymous

          I’m confused. Is this place not related to the famous Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach? Or is this some sort of rip-off?

          • It is a partnership between the Lettuce Entertain You Group and the original Joe’s Stone Crab. LEYG licenses the logo and recipes, and works in partnership to supply the seafood.

  • Chris

    when is the location going to open? Also does anyone know what is the average cost of an order of stone crabs?

    • Anonymous

      Claws will be market price, which means really f*cking expensive. They are known for serving Jumbo and Collosal claws, which are usually $30-40+ PER POUND. For the biggest claws that could be 2 claws per order. For $40. You will sometimes see Mediums in the $20/pound range (Whole Foods actually has them in DC in season for around that price sometimes). But with the Joe’s mark up that is very unlikely.

      If there is a silver lining it’s that Joe’s basically owns the entire supply chain for a majority of the stone crab coming out of the Keys. They run the boats, packing and distributors. The product will be very fresh.

      • Anonymous

        I think this is a different restaurant from the famous Joe’s Stone Crabs in Miami, who own the boats. This seems to be some sort of corporate chain trading on the “Joe’s Stone Crabs” name. Really lame :(

        • Anonymous

          It’s the same people behind the name, just via a licensing agreement and run through Oprah’s Lettuce Entertain You group as a steak house. The supply chain for the seafood is undoubtedly the same.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully it’s good. There are too many expense account steakhouses in this town that pump out mediocre steaks for ridiculous money.

  • Anonymous

    What is up with restaurants the size of convention centers in this town?? Rarely are they able to execute well at such scale, and generally ambience suffers as well.

    • Anonymous

      Most restaurants in this town are not that large. There is a niche in the market though for large restaurants that can cater for large events, conventions, tourist groups, etc. Be glad that DC has both large and small restaurants that hires locals and pays taxes! And if you don’t like large restaurants, don’t go.

      • x

        yeah, i dont understand the complaint either.

    • Anonymous

      Um, like, maybe because tourism is kinda like a major thing in this town, and, um, like people come here a lot for conventions, and, like, having at least a few restaurants the size of convention centers is probably a good thing so that the people who attend conventions have a few options?

  • plenty of steaks

    There may be crappy steak houses, but there are also tons of good steaks in town. Bourbon Steaks is hardly a crappy steak, nor is BLT etc.

  • Sherri

    Joe’s Stone Crabs in Florida is the ONLY restaurant I will stand in line and wait to get into. The stone crabs are that good. When we discovered Joe’s Seafood in Las Vegas, we were thrilled because the stone crabs were just as good AND you can make reservations!! I’m already salivating. And the baked tomatoes are also yummy!!


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