Joe's Stone Crab
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Photo courtesy of Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant
- Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday 6 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 to 11 p.m.
- Wheelchair accessible, Business Dining, Catering, Kid Friendly, Order Online, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Smoking, Takeout
- Lunch, Dinner
- Full bar
- Parking Lot Available, Valet Parking
- Reservations Not Accepted
You know Joe's by now. You know about the storied history, the gloriously sweet stone crabs, the notorious wait for a table. Often overlooked are its consistently good food, truly professional service, free parking, surprising affordability (except the crabs), and stately ambiance that only a restaurant large enough to seat 450 can provide. Tuxedoed waiters whirl through the rooms with oval trays of food held high above their heads, and the ebullient buzz of diners subtly occupies the air like the intangible gathering of ions before a thunderstorm, yet it's difficult to imagine so sizable a dining room being any cozier. Stone crabs are, of course, the mainstay of Joe's menu, and somehow they seem to taste a little fresher and sweeter here. The rest of the menu doesn't disappoint. And nearly everybody orders Joe's key lime pie for dessert, renowned as the best in town. Insider tip: Joe's famously doesn't take reservations, so if you show up on a Saturday evening, be prepared to wait hours for a table. If you want to sit quickly, visit on a weekday, when the restaurant opens at 6 p.m. sharp (except Monday, when Joe's is closed), and you might be eating those sweet claws before you know it. Better yet — head next door and grab some stone crabs at Joe's Take Away, the casual baby brother of the iconic restaurant.
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