With February upon us, we are right in the heart of one of seafood aficionado’s favorite times of year: stone crab season. Before it’s over, hit one of these six haute spots to get your fill of the best stone crabs South Florida has to offer, from Miami to Palm Beach.
Located at the base of South Beach’s Hotel Avalon, A Fish Called Avalon is an Ocean Drive staple; bringing locals and visitors alike impeccable cuisine, unbeatable service, fancy cocktails and a romantic ambiance for the past quarter of a century. This stone crab season, enjoy an idyllic night out in one of Miami’s trendiest neighborhoods with this luxe locale’s jumbo stone crab claws. To kick it up a notch, compliment your claws with this raved-about restaurant’s mouthwatering mojito — we promise it’s worth every penny.
A Fish Called Avalon is located at 700 Ocean Drive. Jumbo stone crab claws only available seasonally; price based on availability.
Founded in 1913 in the place it still calls home today, Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant is Miami’s most popular place for sumptuous stone crabs. Open for its 102nd season, this South Beach haunt is visited regularly by restauranteurs and A-listers alike; all willing to wait in its longstanding first-come, first-served line for this historic haunt’s one-of-a-kind cocktails, sweet key lime pie, signature tuxedoed waiters, and of course, its fit-for-a-king crabs.
Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant is located at 11 Washington Avenue. It closes annually from August to October.
Known for its city high-rises, metropolitan feel and trendy, “Yuppie”-filled bars, Brickell Avenue has one other haute spot to add to the mix: Truluck’s. Praised for its high-end and sustainable seafood, Truluck’s is the perfect place to dine this stone crab season; offering fresh Florida stone crab claws, served chilled and pre-cracked with the restaurant’s very own mustard sauce. Got plans next Monday? Now you do. Head to Truluck’s on the first day of any work week, during stone crab season, for unlimited plates of its one-of-a-kind claws.
Truluck’s is located at 777 Brickell Avenue. Large stone crab claws (3-5 oz.) are priced at $15 apiece, while jumbo stone crab claws (5-8 oz.) are priced at $25 apiece. Amount subject to availability.
Stone crab lovers everywhere are heading to Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort for Kitchen 305; Sunny Isles’ hottest spot for eclectic fare, trendy cocktails and prime South Florida people watching. With dim lighting and inviting vibe, Kitchen 305 is the perfect place to grab some of the season’s best claws. The best part? All crabs are just a “stone’s” throw away — caught fresh off Florida’s western coast.
Kitchen 305 is located at 16701 Collins Avenue. Price subject to availability.
Located in Palm Beach, the devilish and demure PB Catch is recognized in South Florida for its tasty raw bar, haute vibe and expansive stone crab menu. Serving only the best of the best from the area’s top suppliers, PB Catch is one of few Florida haunts that promises large, extra large, jumbo and colossal stone crab claws — all freshly cracked, and served with homemade mustard sauce and lemon — all season long.
PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar is located at 251 Sunrise Avenue. Limited quantities available; price based on availability.