I love stone crab. LOVE IT! So after doing a bit of research in advance of my trip to Miami I determined Billy's to be one of a few places in the area that serves all you can eat stone crab. They don't take reservations, but do offer a call ahead/priority seating type service which I took advantage of. We arrived 10 minutes after the time I told them we would (thanks to Miami area traffic) and we were seated only five minutes after arriving. The dining room was full and people seemed to be enjoying themselves.
My dining companion and I both had the all you can eat stone crabs. There were two sizes to choose from (medium and slightly larger called "select") and we both chose the select. The stone crab were very good, served with house bread and traditional mustard sauce. The first plate brought out to each of us had about 12 claws. The second plates brought out had 9. I ate both my plates and had to surrender with an over full belly. My dining companion only made it through her first plate, so on the table sat a plate of 9 stone crab claws. We hinted that we would like to take them home by saying that we'd be happy to save them from the trash by taking them with us, but our waiter politely indicated he would get in trouble if he did so. We didn't want him to take that chance and said we understood. Our service was very, very good and as someone that doesn't drink and rarely orders dessert both my dining companion and I really appreciated that our waiter didn't flinch or act the slightest bit unhappy when literally all we ordered were the two all you can eat crab entrees. The single portion stone crab prices ranged from about $55-$100 depending on their size and ranged from portions of about 1lb-1.5lb's. The charge for the all you can eat select dinner was $86. (I think the medium sized dinner was $76) It did not include any sides or salad, so not the best deal when you can go to Trulucks on Monday nights for about the same amount of money and have unlimited sides and salads with your crab. In addition to stone crab, Billy's serves alaskan king crab that looked fantastic. They serve a very large three leg plus one claw cluster for $104.
GIven that we are staying in Miami as opposed to Hollywood where the restaurant is located and the fact that there are other places for stone crab charging about the same or perhaps a little less we won't return on this trip. That being said, it's a good place to enjoy shellfish.
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