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11 Solid Spots to Score Stone Crabs in South Florida

Stone crab season = best season

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As with just about everything in 2020, stone crab season is going to look different this year. Thanks to new crabbing regulations, the length of stone crab season — traditionally October 15 to May 15 — will be cut short by two weeks, now ending on May 2. Plus, the the size limit of claws has been raised and the amount fishers can take per outing has been limited — all put in place to help curb the decline of the harvest.

But even with the new regulations in place, stone crab seasons is a favorite amongst South Floridians. Here are eleven top spots to find stone crabs in Miami, mustard sauce not included.

Editor’s Note: A number of South Florida restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Florida Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. For those wanting to find the best takeout and dining options throughout Miami, please visit here.

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1. Shooters Waterfront

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3033 NE 32nd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
(954) 566-2855
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This popular Fort Lauderdale spot is featuring these popular crustaceans, offering them at $14 for one claw and $26 for two all season long.

2. Garcia's

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398 NW N River Dr
Miami, FL 33128
(305) 375-0765
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Guests can’t go wrong at this casual, waterfront spot on the Miami River, which has become a Miami icon in its own right. Grab a seat on the patio and order up some claws, while watching the owner’s fishing boats pull in with the latest seafood catches of the day — the food is that fresh.

3. Joe's Stone Crab

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11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-0365
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A list in Miami about stone crabs is incomplete without mentioning Joe’s Stone Crab. The restaurant that prides itself in discovering the tasty crustacean some 100+ years ago is still serving them every season in its iconic South Beach location. This year, Joe’s has added a new 1,400-square-foot outdoor area for those wanting to dine outside on its claws and classic sides like hash-browns and creamed spinach. And has even offered a few nightly reservations on Resy, a first for the famously no-reservation eatery. Don’t want to spend time waiting? Then head next door to Joe’s Takeway and eat the same caliber claws at home. 

4. George Stone Crab

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Corporate Office - No Deliveries, 78 SW 7th St
Miami, FL 33130
(800) 273-2722
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This Miami favorite ships its always freshly caught claws all over country in sizes medium, large, jumbo, and colossal. Prices start at $27.99 per pound and vary depending on size and quantity. Pair them with new sauces by chef Henry Hané including a Singapore Black Pepper Sauce and Peruvian Salsa Golf or a tin of caviar to round out the meal. Order here.

5. Truluck's

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777 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 579-0035
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This swanky seafood outpost in Brickell is a popular go-to for a stone crab filled happy hour the appropriately named Stone Crab lounge. Plus, every Sunday to Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. dine on claws while sipping on half-priced drinks.

6. Ella’s Oyster Bar

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1615 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(786) 332-4436
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For those looking to hit peak Miami, head to Ella’s in the heart of Calle Ocho for some of the popular South Florida crustacean in the city’s most lively neighborhood. Who knew a mojito paired so well with stone crabs?

7. Holy Crab at MKT Kitchen

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1831 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 882-2600
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Holy Crab has now opened inside MKT Kitchen for delivery, takeout and dine-in, offering medium, large, jumbo, and colossal stone crabs available for purchase by the pound and accompanied by homemade mustard sauce and butter.

8. Fresh Florida Fisheries

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2238 SW 57th Ave #2235
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 379-1104
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This West Dade seafood restaurant and market is best known for its fried fish, but during stone crab season the claws shouldn’t be overlooked. Usually cheaper than its competitors and just as fresh, this no frills spot has been a favorite for years.

9. Monty's Raw Bar

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2550 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 856-3992
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Locals know the best spot to find inexpensive stone crab claws is at Monty’s popular weekday happy hour. Running from Monday to Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. claws are priced just $5 to $11 depending on size. 

10. Captain's Tavern Restaurant

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9625 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 666-5979
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This classic Pinecrest spot features well-priced claws in all different sizes in a retro seafood restaurant setting that oozes with nostalgia, or guests can grab them to-go at their market located in the back of the restaurant.

11. Golden Rule Seafood

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17505 S Dixie Hwy
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
(305) 235-0661
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An institution in Miami since 1943, this low-key South Dade family-run spots lets guests eat their claws under an outdoor tiki hut, which is more than appropriate location in always sunny Miami. Pair the claws with other dishes like conch fritters, smoked fish dip, and key lime pie to round out the Florida-inspired meal.

1. Shooters Waterfront

3033 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

This popular Fort Lauderdale spot is featuring these popular crustaceans, offering them at $14 for one claw and $26 for two all season long.

3033 NE 32nd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

2. Garcia's

398 NW N River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

Guests can’t go wrong at this casual, waterfront spot on the Miami River, which has become a Miami icon in its own right. Grab a seat on the patio and order up some claws, while watching the owner’s fishing boats pull in with the latest seafood catches of the day — the food is that fresh.

398 NW N River Dr
Miami, FL 33128

3. Joe's Stone Crab

11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

A list in Miami about stone crabs is incomplete without mentioning Joe’s Stone Crab. The restaurant that prides itself in discovering the tasty crustacean some 100+ years ago is still serving them every season in its iconic South Beach location. This year, Joe’s has added a new 1,400-square-foot outdoor area for those wanting to dine outside on its claws and classic sides like hash-browns and creamed spinach. And has even offered a few nightly reservations on Resy, a first for the famously no-reservation eatery. Don’t want to spend time waiting? Then head next door to Joe’s Takeway and eat the same caliber claws at home. 

11 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

4. George Stone Crab

Corporate Office - No Deliveries, 78 SW 7th St, Miami, FL 33130

This Miami favorite ships its always freshly caught claws all over country in sizes medium, large, jumbo, and colossal. Prices start at $27.99 per pound and vary depending on size and quantity. Pair them with new sauces by chef Henry Hané including a Singapore Black Pepper Sauce and Peruvian Salsa Golf or a tin of caviar to round out the meal. Order here.

Corporate Office - No Deliveries, 78 SW 7th St
Miami, FL 33130

5. Truluck's

777 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

This swanky seafood outpost in Brickell is a popular go-to for a stone crab filled happy hour the appropriately named Stone Crab lounge. Plus, every Sunday to Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. dine on claws while sipping on half-priced drinks.

777 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131

6. Ella’s Oyster Bar

1615 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

For those looking to hit peak Miami, head to Ella’s in the heart of Calle Ocho for some of the popular South Florida crustacean in the city’s most lively neighborhood. Who knew a mojito paired so well with stone crabs?

1615 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

7. Holy Crab at MKT Kitchen

1831 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Holy Crab has now opened inside MKT Kitchen for delivery, takeout and dine-in, offering medium, large, jumbo, and colossal stone crabs available for purchase by the pound and accompanied by homemade mustard sauce and butter.

1831 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134

8. Fresh Florida Fisheries

2238 SW 57th Ave #2235, Miami, FL 33155

This West Dade seafood restaurant and market is best known for its fried fish, but during stone crab season the claws shouldn’t be overlooked. Usually cheaper than its competitors and just as fresh, this no frills spot has been a favorite for years.

2238 SW 57th Ave #2235
Miami, FL 33155

9. Monty's Raw Bar

2550 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

Locals know the best spot to find inexpensive stone crab claws is at Monty’s popular weekday happy hour. Running from Monday to Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. claws are priced just $5 to $11 depending on size. 

2550 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133

10. Captain's Tavern Restaurant

9625 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156

This classic Pinecrest spot features well-priced claws in all different sizes in a retro seafood restaurant setting that oozes with nostalgia, or guests can grab them to-go at their market located in the back of the restaurant.

9625 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33156

11. Golden Rule Seafood

17505 S Dixie Hwy, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

An institution in Miami since 1943, this low-key South Dade family-run spots lets guests eat their claws under an outdoor tiki hut, which is more than appropriate location in always sunny Miami. Pair the claws with other dishes like conch fritters, smoked fish dip, and key lime pie to round out the Florida-inspired meal.

17505 S Dixie Hwy
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

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