Food & Drink

Best Restaurants That Serve Crab In Tampa Bay

July 6, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo Credit Barbara Ann)

(Photo Credit Barbara Ann)

If your looking for the best in crab dining that Tampa Bay has to offer, you have two types of establishments to consider. A seafood restaurant, or a Florida lifestyle crab shack.  Crab shacks are whole-in-the-wall throwbacks to the 1950’s seafood roadhouse diners that used to dot the Florida coast line. In addition to looking like a hole-in-the-wall, they have wooden picnic tables and serve all their drinks in plastic cups. Why plastic? Because glass isn’t allowed on the beach and in the 50’s it was all about the to-go-cup, which by the way are now illegal. These days the plastic cups and picnic tables are just a cherished part of the old Florida lifestyle.

Here’s our list of the best Tampa Bay restaurants and shacks that serve crab.

Crabby Bill’s

www.crabbybills.com

Crabby Bill’s is the perfect example of what the Florida lifestyle is all about with picnic tables and clear plastic cups for your beer. Despite the rustic setting they serve incredible tasting soft shell Blue Crab and Opilio Snow Crab steamed and served with fresh drawn butter. The St. Pete Beach location serves also serves Alaskan Jumbo King Crab and Snow Crab.  They have five Pinellas County locations to choose from including St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach and Indian Rocks Beach.

Crab Shack Restaurant

11400 Gandy Blvd
St. Petersburg, Florida 33702
727-576-7813 | www.crabshack.com

The Crab Shack is another fine example of the quaint 1950’s Florida lifestyle but without the open air dining. They specialize in blue crabs which you can order with a spicy seasoning or just with garlic butter. They also serve Snow and Dungeness Crab, Stone Crab Claws, Alaskan King and Snow Crabs. They have a “All You Can Eat Crab Legs Special” on Thursday nights during crab season (June-Jan). This whole in the wall shack is very popular and usually is packed with locals and tourists… so beware there may be a wait list.

Joe’s Crab Shack

2730 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33755
727-799-8530 | www.joescrabshack.com

Joe’s doesn’t just have crabs…they have buckets full of crabs that they bring to your table. The have seven different types of crab buckets and 3 different sauces to choose from. Your crab bucket choices are: King, Queen, Snow, Pacific Dungeness, Arctic and everyone’s favorite crustacean lobster. All crab buckets are served with red potatoes, fresh ear of corn and a buttermilk biscuit.

City Fish Grill

4022 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677
813-814-5800 | www.cityfishgrill.com

City Fish Grill

4022 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677
813-814-5800 – See more at: http://www.cityfishgrill.com/Location#sthash.47UAI20Z.dpuf

City Fish Grill

4022 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677
813-814-5800 – See more at: http://www.cityfishgrill.com/Location#sthash.47UAI20Z.dpuf

This Oldsmar Grill’s decor has a trendy and tropical Tommy Bahama feel to it. If the old school Florida life style doesn’t appeal to you City Fish Grill is the perfect option. They serve steamed crab leg clusters by half or full pound. The food can be pricey but it’s worth it if you love crab legs.

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