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“Miami South Beach Institution” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Joe's Stone Crab

Joe's Stone Crab
Ranked #33 of 1,040 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $80
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain
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366 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Miami South Beach Institution”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

We visited the take away on a Monday lunchtime and it was busy but no queues and possible to get a table immediately. The ordering system is quick and efficient and you collect your drinks from the bar area and wait to hear your food order called out.

The blackened fish sandwich and crab cake (just pure crab meat) with salad were both excellent as was the key lime pie. Wine was 8.50 dollars a glass but it was a large glass!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sunapee, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Worth the high prices”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

We both love stone crab and were determined to dine at the most famous stone crab restaurant in the world. Generally we refuse to wait an extended period for a restaurant but with a no reservation policy, there was no option. There was a "20 minute"wait for a dining table but we were directed to a table in the bar where we had a drink and ordered one of the best and freshest calamari appetizers we have ever tasted. We were seated in the dining room in about 35 minutes but it did not seem to be a wait but an experience that was pleasant with good drinks,food and serviceThe stone crab dinner was excellent as expected and the service was good. It was very expensive but stone crab is very expensive everywhere, therefore, we expected it.As we departed, the host at the D.R. entrance thanked us by name; impressive.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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miami
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“GREAT”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

Everything but the hour wait There are too many good restaurants in Miami Beach to wait that long at any one

Visited December 2012
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seattle, washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

Local friends had to call in a favor to get us a table at Joe's Stone Crab, but it was worth it! Excellent crab (already cracked for you, which was something new for this Seattle crab-eater), sides and desserts, and very polished attentive service. Best Key Lime Pie ever!

Visited December 2012
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Not What I Was Expecting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

For years, Joe's has been on my radar as a place to eat in Miami. I have to say I was somewhat disappointed. I went for the crabs so I was not let down, but if you go for anything other than crabs, the food is just mediocre. I was with a big group and for the half didn't get crabs, the food was just so-so. It is not inexpensive, so I would have hoped that all the food would be top notch. It was not.
The atmosphere in the dining room also was not what I expected. It was very brightly lit; I think they should turn down the lights a bit!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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