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Carolina Crab Company


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Special occasions, Scenic view, Large groups, Bar scene

Location and contact


Market Price
Oyster Selection*
As Available - Market Price. Our fresh oyster selection changes daily! Please ask your server for today's choices
Fried Crab Bites
Lump crab, jalapeños, jack cheese, Cajun aioli
Peel-N-Eat Shrimp
Tasty steamed shrimp
Fried Fresh Green Tomatoes
With pimiento cheese and red pepper jam
Fried Clams
With tartar dipping sauce
Fried Carolina Okra
Battered and fried golden brown
Hush Puppies
With cinnamon apple butter
Carolina Crab Chowder
cream based with spices, bacon, potatoes and corn served with two crab cake bites
Three Onion Soup
with provolone and parmesan gratin
Dressings: Balsamic, Blue Cheese, Buttermilk Ranch, Caesar, Creamy Onion, Honey Mustard, Mango Vinaigrette, Parmesan Peppercorn
House Wedge
Tomato, bacon and blue cheese crumbles with blue cheese dressing
Cajun Shrimp and Spinach
Cajun shrimp, baby spinach, strawberries, toasted almonds and feta cheese with a creamy onion dressing
Palmetto Parmesan
Herbed grilled chicken, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges on a bed of greens with parmesan peppercorn dressing and shaved parmesan
Peppercorn Ahi Caesar*
Ahi tuna seared rare and sliced over Caesar salad
All buckets & boils are served with kielbasa sausage, corn and red potatoes
1/2 Lb $16.0
1 Lb $26.0
Lowcountry Boil
Tasty shrimp - we steam 'em - you peel 'em
The Alaskan
1 1/4 lb. of the best snow crab available
JJ's Crab Boil
A crab lover's dream – Atlantic red crab, snow crab and Pacific dungeness
The Jack Pot
1/2 Maine lobster, crab legs, oysters, shrimp, clams
King Crab
Giant legs served pipin' hot - per lb
Wicked Awesome Pot
1 1/4 lb. Maine lobster, clams and shrimp
All sandwiches (unless noted) are served on a brioche roll with seasoned fries
The Pimpin' Shrimp
Fried shrimp Po' Boy, with lettuce, tomato and Cajun aioli
Cluster Shuck
Fried oysters, Cajun aioli, lettuce
Crab Cake Sandwich
Lump crab cake, lettuce, tomato and Cajun aioli
Surf & Turf Burger*
8 oz. choice beef patty and our award winning crab cake topped with fried green tomato, lettuce and pepper jack cheese
Cheeseburger Sub*
American cheese, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, red onions and pickles
BBQ Pork Sandwich
Slow roasted Boston butt, hand pulled, flavored with Mustard BBQ Sauce, topped with cole slaw and pickles
Fried Grouper Sandwich
Lettuce, tomato, provolone cheese
Carolina Club Sandwich
grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, jack cheese, Cajun aioli
Southern BLT
Bacon, iceberg lettuce, fried green tomato, jalapeño aioli on rye bread
Shrimp and Grits
A Southern tradition - cheese grits, sautéed shrimp and kielbasa sausage
Fish Tacos
Fried grouper, lettuce, tomato, corn, sriracha, créme fresh
Shrimp Tacos
Blackened shrimp, romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing and parmesan cheese
Grouper Finger Basket
Lightly fried, served with fries, cole slaw and tartar sauce
Half & Half
Pick any two - shrimp, oysters, scallops, flounder - fried golden brown and served with fries, cole slaw, cocktail and tartar sauces
Fried Platter
Shrimp, oysters, scallops, and flounder served with fries, cole slaw, cocktail and tartar sauces
Chicken Finger Basket
Served with seasoned fries and honey mustard
Mom's Mac & Cheese
Roasted Red Skins
Seasoned Fries
Cheese Grits
Coconut Cream Pie
Key Lime Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
Chocolate Lava Cake
Ice Cream
Carolina Crab Company in Palmetto Bay Marina is a cozy, intimate restaurant. Owners Brendan and Thomas Reilley and the crew pride themselves on bringing you great food at an affordable price. The menu offers an array of seafood, from light and healthy to a giant po'boy and fries to burgers, prime rib, lobster and crab legs. Brunch served Saturday and Sunday. Open 7 days a week. An outside bar boasts water views. Dine inside, or enjoy outdoor seating. Pet friendly too! At the end of your meal, walk down to the docks, say hello to some dolphin, and maybe check out some yachts you hope to own by the time you make your next visit to Hilton Head.
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks
American, Seafood
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A little out of the way but worth the trip! Our local oysters on the half shell from the May River were exquisite! My wife's steamed Jack Pot with shrimp, clams, oysters, snow crab and lobster was delectable, and my Low Country Boil was scrumptious!...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Ken_Rae2014
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My wife and I both got the Jack Pot steam pot and it was delicious! The staff was also very friendly and helpful!

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank jakeklpr94
ReileyBozeman, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Crab Company, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hey jakeklpr94, Thanks for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed your steamed pots! Come back and see us for some more fresh seafood!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in a hurry to go to the theater and they could accommodate us without a reservation on Saturday night. Poke Bowl a big hit. They could make changes for someone in our party with food allergies with a smile. The crab cake and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Marty C
ReileyBozeman, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Crab Company, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's not a party unless its a Marty Party!! Haha, but really, thank you for the awesome review! Saturday night was pretty busy and I'm glad we could get you seated and fed and on your way to the theater! We strive to have the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yuck sums our experience up in one word. I had crab cakes on a bed of risotto - crab cakes barely warm, risotto almost cold. My daughter’s cheese pizza was clearly a frozen slab that was heated and my other daughter’s mac and cheese was...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank jandbwest
CRABMarketing, Owner at Carolina Crab Company, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hey Jandbwest, Lets start from the top. 1. your crab cakes were on a bed of risotto, was this a problem in and of itself or was it the coldness of the meal that made this combination offensive? In this situation, which rarely happens, but...More

Reviewed February 10, 2019

My wife had the crab cakes over creamy risotto with fried green tomatoes. I had crab stuffed flounder on a bed of risotto. Prices were right, service was great. Ready to go back.

Date of visit: February 2019
Abby W, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Crab Company, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2019

Sounds delicious! You're make us hungry. Thanks for joining us and so glad you loved it.

Reviewed January 25, 2019

Seafood was very good, the service was a bit slow, we went in for happy hour, but what had been advertised didn't seem available - all the same, we had an enjoyable evening. Staff was friendly. Good variety.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kim M
Abby W, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Crab Company, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2019

So glad you joined us. We appreciate the review, Kim.

Reviewed January 21, 2019

We went for dinner there while visiting Hilton Head. I choose it based on the reviews, however, I would certainly not recommend. The service was seriously slow and the food was very poor quality. It is also very expensive given the quality. We will not...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Maddie L
Abby W, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Crab Company, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2019

Our apologies, Maddie. So sorry you did not love your experience. We value your feedback and hope you'll give us another shot to shine.

Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

Loved everything about this place. The atmosphere was fun and lively, food was delicious, service was great. Can't wait to go back.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Kittyme2
Abby W, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Crab Company, responded to this reviewResponded December 24, 2018

We're so glad you found us too! Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed December 18, 2018 via mobile

We came to Carolina Crab and sat at the bar. Maddie and Riley took great care of us!! Happy hour options are awesome, drink prices are great for the area, and the crab legs are to die for!!!! One of our favorite places on the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank pnfranko
Abby W, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Crab Company, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2018

Excellent to hear! So glad it was a 5 star experience. Can't wait to have you back!

Reviewed December 10, 2018

This was our first visit to Carolina Crab and we loved it. We went on Wednesday night when they have 25 cent shrimp. We had fried and grilled and both were excellent. We shared a wedge salad and fries with our shrimp. A great meal...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank nlg
Abby W, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Crab Company, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2018

25 cent shrimp night is the best deal in town! So glad you got to enjoy it!

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Carla C
May 21, 2017|
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Response from Ricki21 | Reviewed this property |
This is a VERY casual restaurant/bar and we did not have one but their website says reservations suggested
September 2, 2015|
Response from Thomas R |
Not during dinner hours
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