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Joe's Stone Crab

91
TripExpert Score based on reviews in 18 publications
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18 expert recommendations

22

BlackBook

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

14

Concierge

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.

8

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 →

63

Departures

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.
17

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.

6

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 →

1

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 →

21

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 →

16

Insight Guides

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

2

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 →

35

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 →

11

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.

57

Not For Tourists

Legendary seafood spot with infamously high prices. Full review →

10

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.

9

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 →

12

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 →

59

Where

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 →

19

Zagat

"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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