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10 Solid Spots to Score Stone Crabs in South Florida

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There are few things more beloved in South Florida than stone crabs. The tasty crustacean is a favorite on many menus throughout the area. Available from October 15 to May 1, here’s ten top spots to find stone crabs in area — mustard sauce not included.

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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 with a side of ocean front views all season long.

2. Stiltsville Fish Bar

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1787 Purdy Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 353-0477
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This seafood-centric Sunset Harbour mainstay by chef duo Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth boasts stone claws daily during season. Plus every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. it features $7 claws on its menu.

3. 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 restaurant 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.

4. 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. It has even began offering 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. 

5. 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 $29.99 per pound and vary depending on size and quantity. Add on a tin of caviar and some butter sauce to round out the meal. Order here.

6. Holy Crab

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1831 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 882-2600
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Holy Crab is back this season 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.

7. 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.

8. 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 that runs Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Find them at the expansive raw bar that also offers other seafood favorites like shrimp, oysters, and more.

9. 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.

10. 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 with a side of ocean front views all season long.

3033 NE 32nd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

2. Stiltsville Fish Bar

1787 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This seafood-centric Sunset Harbour mainstay by chef duo Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth boasts stone claws daily during season. Plus every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. it features $7 claws on its menu.

1787 Purdy Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

3. Garcia's

398 NW N River Dr, Miami, FL 33128

Guests can’t go wrong at this casual waterfront restaurant 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.

398 NW N River Dr
Miami, FL 33128

4. 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. It has even began offering 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

5. 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 $29.99 per pound and vary depending on size and quantity. Add on a tin of caviar and some butter sauce to round out the meal. Order here.

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

6. Holy Crab

1831 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Holy Crab is back this season 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

7. 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

8. 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 that runs Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Find them at the expansive raw bar that also offers other seafood favorites like shrimp, oysters, and more.

2550 S Bayshore Dr
Miami, FL 33133

9. 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

10. 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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