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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.
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.
This Miami institution is a must. There is lobster, shrimp, and fish, as well as the signature stone crab and surprisingly popular fried chicken.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Regional specialties featuring the prized and delectably sweet stone crab. A Miami institution. Full review →
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 →
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 →
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.
Legendary seafood spot with infamously high prices. Full review →
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.
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 →
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 →