Joe's Stone Crab

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You can't leave the Beach without having experienced Joe's Stone Crab, a South Florida seafood fulcrum.



What started as a lunch counter in 1913 is now a block-long institution with a who's-who history—everyone from J. Edgar Hoover to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor has come to Joe's.


Condé Nast Traveler Tick Editor's Pick

The restaurant is open only during stone crab season (mid-October to mid-May) and doesn't take reservations; we recommend going for lunch to avoid the horrendous wait at dinnertime. Full review →



Opened more than 100 years ago, this South Beach institution is most famous for its meaty crab claws from the Menippe mercenaria, a thick-shelled crab indigenous to South Florida’s waters. Full review →

Also be sure to order their chopped salad, potatoes Lyonnaise, and Key lime pie.

DK Eyewitness

This Miami institution is a must. There is lobster, shrimp, and fish, as well as the signature stone crab and surprisingly popular fried chicken.


Fodor's Tick Choice

In South Beach's decidedly new-money scene, the stately Joe's Stone Crab is an old-school testament to good food and good service. Full review →


Frommer's 33

Unless you grease the palms of one of the stone-faced maitre d's with some stone-cold cash, you'll be waiting for those famous claws for up to 2 hours -- if not more. Full review →


Gayot 14.0

Medium stone crabs (remember, stone crab in Florida means only the claw, by law) are best; the claws are a fine regional meal paired with Joe's creamy mustard dipping sauce. Full review →


Insight Guides

Regional specialties featuring the prized and delectably sweet stone crab. A Miami institution. Full review →


Lonely Planet

The wait is long, the prices high. But if those aren't deal-breakers, queue up to don a bib in Miami's most famous restaurant and enjoy deliciously fresh stone crab claws. Full review →


Miami New Times Tick Critic's Pick

Stone crabs are, of course, the mainstay of Joe's menu, and somehow they seem to taste a little fresher and sweeter here. Full review →


Michelin Guide

Located at the southern end of Miami Beach, this high-energy eatery has been a legend since 1913, when founder Joe Weiss began serving the succulent rust colored crustaceans.


Not For Tourists

Legendary seafood spot with infamously high prices. Full review →


Rough Guide

Open from mid-Oct to mid-May when Florida stone crabs are in season (and June & July Wed–Sun dinner only); expect long lines of tourists waiting (usually a couple of hours) to pay $20 or more for a succulent plateful.


Time Out 70

South Florida’s most famous restaurant, Joe’s (which turned 100 in 2013) is as much a Miami must-see as Ocean Drive. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

For a sweet ending to an already gratifying meal, order the Key Lime Pie—but be forewarned that no other slice will compare to it ever again. Full review →



Feast on such savory legends as Joe's stone crab claws served in their signature mustard sauce, creamed spinach, clam chowder and Key Lime pie. Full review →



"Rob a bank, sell the house, [do] whatever it takes" to afford the "succulent" stone crabs that again make this "legendary" SoBe eatery Miami's Most Popular. Full review →

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