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“Very disappointing dinner” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Joe's Stone Crab

Joe's Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
3056730365
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Ranked #53 of 844 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Price range: $10 - $80
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: A landmark known for stone crabs, fine food and outstanding service. Started in 1913 and still owned and operated by the same family. Joe's provides the freshest stone crabs, seafood and more. Joe's Take Away is a smaller version of our original restaurant, which features all the specialities, plus amazing salads, sandwiches, specials and an early morning breakfast.
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“Very disappointing dinner”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Arrived at 5.00 for dinner it was already chaos. After being seated our unfriendly waitress oversold us when ordering Lobster, she said the sides of spinach were great only to find the lobster anyway came with spinach. After waiting 45 minutes for our food the lobster was cold and had to be sent back TWICE to be reheated. Obviously it would taste terrible after being reheated twice. My Tuna steak was tasteless. The waitress offered us complimentary deserts and coffee as compensation. I said I would take an Expresso and she said no it only could be for American coffee, wow after a bad $39,99 terrible lobster why offer coffee and not allow Expresso.

Rather go to their take away section.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“Joe’s Stone Crab Take-out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

The restaurant was closed for lunch on Christmas day, so we stumbled into the take-out which was a much better solution for lunch anyway. We sat at the bar, where a wonderfully helpful bartender served us. The only down side was that everything came in plastic take-out containers. The fried oysters were delicious and so was the coleslaw. The stone crabs were good but a bit watery for my taste. All in all a great way of enjoying Joe’s without having to wait forever (or bribe the maître de).

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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“Most popular seafood in Miami”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I like in that place Crab gloves , cole slow salad and fry chicken of corse. Best crab in Miami 100%!

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Miami, Florida
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“get Stone Crabs anyshere else..”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Extremely rude, seemingly entitled, wait staff. So overpriced that it is embarrasing to me as a Miami native. A stone crab tastes the same no matter where you get it, so do yourselves a favor and go elsewhere

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“Great but expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Let me start off by saying this is a place you should try at least once just so you can say you've ate here - after all, they have been around for 100 years, so they must be doing something right!

In terms of the menu, only go for the stone crabs as this is what they are famous for (other items you can definitely get a better deal at one of the countless other great restaurants in Miami / South Beach). The stone crab claws did not disappoint - they are incredibly fresh & succulent, & the house mustard sauce simply adds to the flavor without overpowering the crab. This is definitely a unique taste of South Florida that you will not get anywhere else, a MUST try if you are in Miami. The key lime pie is also a classic, although I have never been a huge fan of key lime so I can only rate this as good. Price wise, eating here is a bit expensive but still worthwhile (definitely not for people who want to eat at a budget).

One thing to note is that they do not take reservations here, so go early! I came here around 19:30 on Christmas Eve and as expected all the tables were full, so I just opt to eat at the bar instead of waiting.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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