Stone Crab Season has arrived!
October is officially here, the sun is shining once again and soon it’ll be time to roll our sleeves up and enjoy some fresh stone crab claws. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best spots in town to grab stone crab so that when October 15 rolls around you’re ready to dig in. Bon appetit!
1. Joe’s Stone Crab, South Beach
A total institution of Stone Crab season, Joe’s has been serving hungry Floridians its fresh claws for over a hundred years since it discovered the delectable crustacean — or at least so they claim! This traditional spot in South Beach offers fine dining and decadence where you can enjoy your claws with a side of their classic hashbrowns or creamed spinach. Beware though, Joe’s doesn’t take reservations, so go early or expect a three-hour-long wait in line!
P.S.: If you rather not wait, you can always get Joe’s claws to go from their takeaway spot right next door!
Find it at 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
2. Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market, East Little Havana
This laid-back spot is another absolute classic of the 305 and one of our favorite ones when it comes to waterfront dining. grab a spot on their patio and enjoy some of the freshest claws and seafood in town with some gorgeous views of the Miami River.
Find it at 398 NW N River Dr, Miami, FL 33128.
3. Ella’s Oyster Bar, Doral
Head on over to this spot in Doral to enjoy some stone crab claws with a mojito and a platter of freshly-shucked oysters on the side! Plus, make sure to also check out their daily raw bar specials!
Find it at 9420 NW 41st St, Doral, FL 33178.
4. Monty’s Raw Bar, Coconut Grove
This Coconut Grove is one of the most inexpensive destinations to get Stone Crab in the 305. Plus its Happy Hour weekday specials are a total must for locals. Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. claws are priced just $5 to $11 depending on size!
Find it at 2550 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133.
5. Golden Rule Seafood Market & Restaurant, Palmetto Bay
This Palmetto Bay spot has been feeding Miamians fresh seafood since 1943. Enjoy your claws under a fun tiki hut and pair them with other dishes like conch fritters, smoked fish dip, and key lime pie for full on Florida experience.
Find it at 17505 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33157.
6. George’s Stone Crab, Brickell
A total Miami staple when it comes to stone crabs, George’s ships its crab claws (available in medium, large, jumbo, and colossal sizes) all around the country. You can also choose to add on their homemade butter or mustard sauces, Russian caviar and even a freshly baked key lime pie to round off your totally Florida-themed meal!
Order online through their website.
7. Fresh Florida Fisheries, West Dade
This laid-back market in West Dade is best known for its fried fish, but during stone crab season you can also find some pretty good claws at this spot that offers them at a much more affordable price than a lot of its competitors!
Find it at 2238 SW 57th Ave #2235, Miami, FL 33155
8. Shooter’s Waterfront, Ft. Lauderdale
If you’re looking to enjoy your claws alfresco and you don’t mind the drive, head on up to Shooters in Ft. Lauderdale. This spot is offering one claw for $14 and two for $26 with a side of mustard sauce all season long!
Find it at 3033 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
9. Captain’s Tavern, Pinecrest
This classic seafood spot has been serving prime claws since the early 70s. Here you’ll find claws of all sizes served as a starter cocktail or sold at a market price during stone crab season. And, if you rather enjoy them at home, you can also get them to go at their market hidden at the back of the restaurant!
Find it at 9625 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156
10. Truluck’s Miami, Brickell
This lovely surf and turf spot in Brickell is also great for those looking to enjoy their claws over a nice dinner. However, if you’re on more of a budget you cannot miss out on Truluck’s Stone Crab Lounge where you’ll be able to enjoy them along with discounted drinks and appetizers every Sunday to Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Find it at 777 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131