Fodor's Expert Review Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant

$$$$ South Beach Seafood Fodor's 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. Stone crabs, served with legendary mustard sauce, crispy hash brown potatoes, and creamed spinach, remain the staple. South Beach's most-storied restaurant started as a turn-of-the-20th-century eating house when Joseph Weiss discovered succulent stone crabs off the Florida coast. A century later, the restaurant stretches a city block and serves 2,000 dinners a day from local politicians to moneyed patriarchs. Though stone-crab season runs from October 15 to May 15, Joe's remains open year-round (albeit with a limited schedule) serving other phenomenal seafood dishes. Finish your meal with tart key lime pie, baked fresh daily. Joe's famously refuses reservations, and weekend waits can be three hours long—yes, you read that correctly—so come early or order from Joe's Take Away next door.

Seafood Historical Lively Lunch Dinner $$$$ Fodor's Choice Cruise

Quick Facts

11 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, Florida  33139, USA


Known For:
  • The best of the best stone crab claws
  • Long waits (up to three hours on weekends)
  • Decadent side dishes
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No lunch Sun. and Mon. and mid-May–mid-Oct.

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