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The Early Word on Joe's Seafood

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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab
Photo: R. Lopez
Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Fans of the Miami location of Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab couldn't wait for the opening of the first D.C. location. The restaurant is aiming to make a splash with its power spot vibe, fancy decor and prime location. What's the verdict? Here's what the first bloggers, Yelpers and others have to say about Joe's.

The Royal Treatment News: Joe's is earning an impressive five star rating right now on Yelp, with 10 reviews in. One is from Jessie M. who says, "Where do I begin? I would give this place 20 stars if I could. From the moment you walk in you feel like royalty dining in someone's home. Servers and support staff gliding through the restaurant in tuxedos. Making sure there isn't a fork out of place or a crumb left behind. Yet not one person was pretentious. They make you feel welcome." [Yelp]

The Bathroom Report: Yelper Kimberly S. is awfully focused on the restaurant's bathroom. "I was the first person to arrive so naturally I headed to the bathroom (which is located alllll the way up the stairs, so inconvenient in heels!) to do a quick looksie. Never in my life have I been in a more sweet smelling bathroom. Notice how I am talking about this before I event get into the incredible food or service. That's how great this bathroom was. Mike B noticed too and we both considered sneaking some of their scented soap into our purses so we could recreate the experience at home. Literally, THAT GOOD." [Yelp]

The Value Proposition: Yelper Mark S. declares, "Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Hell yes!  The space is striking and dramatic." [Yelp]

About The Food: On Yelp, Beth C. reports, "This outlet of Joe's is absolutely fabulous. The staff is extremely attentive and the food, especially the seafood, is to die for. My meal started with Madagascar shrimp, which is a prawn skewered on a piece of sugar cane. Then it is brought to your table and plated and served with a garlic aioli. I ordered the medium stone crabs which were cracked cold, sweet and firm just the way stone crab claws are supposed to be." [Yelp]

The Facebook Rave: On Facebook, Laura says, "We had an amazing dinner and experience at Joe's last weekend...attention to detail is superb! from the minute you arrive to your evening goodbye-(which is so sad-I did not want to leave). The ambience, staff and FOOD are spectacular! So excited you are here in DC!" [FB]

The Ambiance News: Also on Facebook, Ania says, "Thank finally arrived!!! DC waited for you....perfect ambience for a romantic dinner or a business meeting. The service was superb and the food was pure poetry. I look forward to my next martini served in a stylish European oval champagne glass. The experience was a journey." [FB]

The Awe-Inspiring News: Been There Eaten That reviews the opening and says, "The restaurant was packed, and it was difficult to get a real feel for the place, aside from the awe-inspiring space.  But I stood in line (twice) for stone crabs, Alaskan king crab legs, ceviche, and more, and enjoyed everything I tasted. Although, I must admit that it's a bit challenging to tackle stone crabs and red wine while standing.  My appreciation grew for the crustaceans, however, after chatting to a former Miami resident who was ecstatic to be munching on stone crabs in DC.  It was hard not to be swayed by her enthusiasm." [BTET]

The Power News: DailyCandy writes, "The grand lobby of the 20th-century Union Trust building is now home to this meat and crustacean palace, an offshoot of the Miami institution. Here, you're as likely to see lobbyists powwowing over prime cuts of aged Chicago-style chops as you are tables of girlfriends cracking into the pale pink claws. [DC]

The Crab News: Capital Cooking writes, "Joe's stone crabs were incredible - tender and sweet. Sourced from the Gulf of Mexico, stone crabs are sustainable and are considered a "best choice" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. I learned that stone crabs are able to lose one of their two claws and the claw removed (consumed by diners) grows back again within a year, providing a sustainable source of seafood. The stone crabs were accompanied by Joe's Mustard Sauce, which I can only describe as a horseradish-like honey mustard with a hint of mayonnaise that was incredibly addicting but didn't overpower the flavor of the stone crabs." [CC]

The Pie Tip: On Foursquare, Daniel offers this tip; "Pie is available in half slices. Combine one of key lime and one of banana cream for the best of both worlds." [FS]

The Bar News: UrbanDaddy says, "This is a refreshingly unashamed power spot. It's in the former Union Trust Building across the street from the Treasury. It's got soaring ceilings. Roman-style columns. That kind of thing. First stop: the four-sided bar. No need to leave here, really, what with the Pimm's Cup and Vesper cocktails coming at you. Oh, and the oysters Rockefeller and fresh stone crabs, too." [UD]
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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 202 489 0140

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St. Nw Washington, DC