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Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe

39395 Tamiami Trl E, Ochopee, FL 34141-2011
+1 239-695-2682
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“blue crab” (39 reviews)
“frog legs” (34 reviews)
“gator nuggets” (14 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
39395 Tamiami Trl E, Ochopee, FL 34141-2011
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did not look like much on the outside, but don’t be fooled. We were met at the door by hostess/waitress/comedian Lisa. She was a hoot! It was worth it just going in to see her. Food was great, too. Would definitely go back. Crab cake...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank bhales1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came back for the blue crab, but it was sold out. It was busy (surprise, surprise? Day after christmas) so we were told to grab a drink (but didn’t because we don’t drink sugar) and sit outside: a waitress would be coming. After some...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Q7836CAIne
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Total dive, but the food was really good (crab cake sandwiches), the service was good, and best of all we snagged a table on the deck and got to see an alligator taking a leisurely Sunday afternoon swim in the canal.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank WestTexasGal46
Reviewed December 10, 2018

Our group of 6 stopped at Joanie’s Blue Crab on a relaxing Tuesday afternoon. Five of us had visited before so we knew we were in for a fun time. Our plan was to have a refreshing (self-service) beer from the cooler and maybe an...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank LuvthisBeach
Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

We found this place on our drive from Miami to Naples. Lisa was a fantastic host and so welcoming. The food was delicious...definitely try the crab cake, fried green tomatoes and key lime pie. We were in the area for a wedding and we made...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank lindsay8376
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

Wow, what a unique and interesting experience. A must do. The food is fantastic. We sat outside and Dinned. The crab cakes are huge and are to die for.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank debStLouis
Reviewed November 30, 2018

Not many places to eat in this part of Florida. Slim Pickens to say the least! With that said, the competition is nil and the bar is not set too high, unless you consider Joanie’s as the top of the rung. It looks like a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank lisasQ573BB
Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

I’ve been coming here for decades, solo now family, gator bites, bite back!😊 Blackened Grouper alone will bring you back. Lisa and the rest treat you like family

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank kcmorris
Reviewed November 7, 2018

We travelled from Miami to Marco Island on route 41, and although there is places where you can stop, there aren't really any cafes, so when we got to Joanie's, we were desperate for a coffee. This place offers good old fashioned American hospitality and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank arnie6359
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

The atmosphere is great , the crab sandwich was decent but the crispy battered fries were excellent ! Lisa was a blast, full of energy & great conversation ! Recommend you stop by to check it out !

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Julie N
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September 2, 2018|
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Response from Carla V | Reviewed this property |
We enjoyed the local food at this restaurant. We did not look for other restaurants as there aren’t any within 40+ miles.
April 25, 2016|
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Response from PDGTERRY | Reviewed this property |
I suggest that it be left alone. It is a bit of Americana as it is, and a neat surprise for a wanderer looking for sustenance while on the road.
November 17, 2015|
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Response from BadgerBus | Reviewed this property |
Yes...there is a ramp leading up to the outdoor deck which is on the same level as the main floor.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39395 Tamiami Trl E, Ochopee, FL 34141-2011
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Ochopee
  • Phone Number: +1 239-695-2682
  • E-mail
If you love to eat well, drink much,and enjoy the simple side of life with a hearty helping of down home music and are not in a rush to go ANYWHERE!
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