Rustic Inn Crabhouse
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
- Wheelchair accessible, Free Wifi, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
- Lunch, Dinner
- Full bar
- Parking Lot Available
- Reservations Not Accepted
A Fort Lauderdale landmark, the Rustic Inn was once an old roadhouse saloon that now channels an Old Florida seafood fish house better than anyplace else in the city. Today this go-to hole in the wall is a locals' favorite, complete with a canal view overlooking a busy boatyard. After 55 years in business, the restaurant is still packed daily with folks looking to indulge in a menu that covers everything from steamed lobster to conch chowder. The main draw, however, are the famous garlic crabs. For decades, patrons have flocked here to wield wooden mallets and unleash their frustrations on the backs of thousands of fresh-steamed crabs. For this reason, the tables, both in the dining room and on the covered dock, are of the folding metal variety and covered in white butcher paper. It's the perfect setup for those crabs — blue, golden, or Dungeness — all steamed and then sautéed in the restaurant's garlic-infused oil. Insider tip: The restaurant also serves killer frozen drinks, including a margarita and the Rustic Rush — a blend of piña colada and Miami Vice. They're best enjoyed when you arrive by boat and tie up to the wooden dock. Sip while you wait for a table in the main dining room.
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