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“More than just seafood”
Review of The Crab Trap

The Crab Trap
Price range: $7 - $45
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Bar
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Family-owned and operated since 1979! Please visit our website to see our full menu and more information!Casual dining in an eclectic, nautical atmosphere with friendly staff and a variety of tasty choices.Lunch AND Dinner served 7 days a week starting at 11:00am and 5:00pm. Serving fresh local seafood: blackened, broiled, grilled or fried; also chicken, steaks, and raw oysters year-round. A Kid's Menu with plenty of choices. And NOW featuring a "Smaller Catch" Menu for those looking for a lighter meal!Beer, wine, cocktails at TWO Full Bars...be sure to visit the upstairs Sunset Bar with views of the Fernandina Beach Marina while you're here!Reservations not required, but call-aheads for parties of 10 or more are greatly appreciated.
Gainesville, FL
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“More than just seafood”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

In a small island town, it was hard to find local restaurants offering anything besides seafood for dinner. The Crab Trap was the exception. In addition to a variety of seafood dishes (no crab cakes), they also offered chicken fingers (fried, grilled, or blackened) and steak for non-seafood lovers. The local shrimp was fresh and delicious. These, like most menu options, also comes with the option of being fried, grilled or blackened.
Skip the battered fries (strange and not worth the extra fat and calories) and order extra hush puppies (delicious!) instead.
The restaurant was quite busy the Sunday evening before Memorial day but that was to be expected. The servers were friendly and attentive and very apologetic for longer than usual wait times.
This seems to be a good option for families with children as they offer a children's menu with smaller portions. There were several families with young children there when I visited.
For those looking to get away from the family crowd, there is also a bar area upstairs that overlooks the harbor - no one under 21 allowed in this area.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank tiamarie09
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Crab T, Public Relations Manager at The Crab Trap, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Wow! Thanks for the fantastic review! We're so glad that you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again soon.
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Burlington, KY
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Confused??”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

While we enjoyed the raw oysters we had at the Crab Trap, we were confused by their other dishes. The battered fries were so odd and off-putting that it kept us from eating them, which may have been a good thing because it saved us some calories. Order the oysters and a beer, skip the rest.

Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Melissa C
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Crab T, Public Relations Manager at The Crab Trap, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Thank you for your comments. Our battered fries are definitely a unique side choice on our menu. We hope you'll visit again soon and try some of our other fresh local seafood.
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Jacksonville, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“TERRIBLE,AWFUL,PITFUL”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

This was the worst experience and worst service I have ever received in my life. This restaurant was referred to us by the Captain of a chartered boat we went out fishing on today. He told us they would cook our fish for us and we could eat it there. Being we are from out of town we thought that was great. This place charged us FULL menu price for a fish dinner even though we supplied the fish $18.99 per person. The sides were awful and you had to flag your server down for drinks and it would take forever to get a refill.. We visit this area of Florida a lot and I or anyone I know will never go to this restaurant again. This place is a total disgrace to the Fernandina Beach area

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank bamaroll5
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Crab T, Public Relations Manager at The Crab Trap, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
We're so sorry to hear about your experience, and assure you that we strive to give each customer outstanding service. Your meals should not have been charged full priced, and I hope that you will give us the opportunity to make this right. Please call next time you're in town and speak with a manager. We value our partnerships with local charters and always appreciate when they send business our way. Again, we apologize.
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nasty over-priced seafood!”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Just came from a $135 dinner for 4 that was horrible. They were "out of" the beer we ordered,...and mixed veggies,...and Oysters! (at 7:45 PM?)! When we asked to substitute scallops for the oysters that they didn't have, they decided that was worth an extra $4.00 up charge. Shrimp and Scallops were virtually tasteless. My sons both got Crab - once again, small and tasteless! Their baked potatoes had not been washed and spilled black dirt out onto the plate. Can't say enough about what a disappointing way to spend an evening eating horrible seafood one block from the ocean!

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank DMSFamily
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Crab T, Public Relations Manager at The Crab Trap, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We will address everything you mentioned with our kitchen and service staff. We apologize for running out of the items you sought to order. I hope that you will give us another opportunity to provide you with a much better experience in the future.
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Orlando, Florida
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“Don't get Trapped! Run awayyyyyyy...!!!!”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

The nasiest coated fries in the world. Local seafood but not well done at all. Cold beer and very limited menu. Long waits and BAD food. Trust me. I used to live there and I was trapped twice! Never again!!! Run awayyyyyyy!!!!

  • Visited July 2012
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2 Thank USMA1983
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Crab T, Public Relations Manager at The Crab Trap, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We're so sorry that your visit did not meet your expectations. We pride ourselves on lunch and dinner menus with a large variety of options of fresh local seafood and steaks. We take your comments to heart and continually strive to improve our opperation.
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