Stone crabs are beautiful, both on and off the plate.
Plus, they’re a renewable food source, growing back the one claw that fishermen are allowed to take. The claws served cold are full of delicate crab meat, delightful on their own and unforgettable with either drawn butter or a good mustard sauce.
But stone crab season is ending May 15, which means after that you’ll have to wait until October to eat fresh claws. To help you plan just one more—or five!—dinners, here’s a list of places from Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade that have stone crab dishes from now through May 15.
Palm Beach County
Meat Market Palm Beach, 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach; 561/354-9800: As part of the dinner menu (pictured), stone crabs are here through May 15.
PB Catch, 251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach; 561/655-5558: This sustainability focused restaurant carries large claws, with a mix of large and jumbo claws available during the weekend (pictured). Prices from $23-$29 per claw.
City Oyster & Sushi Bar, 213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561/272-0220: On the menu are colossal stone crabs for $41 each and jumbos for $36 each.
Prime Tuscany Steakhouse, 29 SE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach; 561/865-5845: An all-you-can-eat special with stone crabs on the menu until the end of the season, for $59.
Broward and Miami-Dade counties
3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach, 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954/765-3030: Stone crabs are on the menu at this oceanside resort.
Joe’s Stone Crabs, 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305/673-0365: This landmark restaurant is famous for its namesake dish: Stone crabs any way you want them, in all sizes. It’s open only during stone crab season, and has been since 1913. A “must visit at some point” venue!
Monty’s, 2550 S. Bayshore Dr., Miami; 305/856-3992: Here you’ll find one of the best stone crab deals around. There are $5 Happy Hour claws (that includes tax, Monday to Friday, 4 to 8 p.m.); regular restaurant hours feature $6 medium, $10 large, $15 extra-large, $20 jumbo claws.
Cecconi’s, 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786/507-7902: As part of the Mother’s Day brunch buffet, stone crabs are offered here on May 13.
Pubbelly Noodle Bar, 1418 20th, Miami Beach; 305/532-7555: Chef Jose Mendin has a stone crab fettuccine on the menu (pictured above), with miso ginger butter, citrus, jalapeno and bok choy leaf.
Habitat by Jose Mendin, 1 Hotel South Beach, 2395 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/604-6700: Stone crabs offered through May 15.
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.