Rustic Inn Crabhouse
4331 Ravenswood Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Parking: Lot, Private
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Bike Parking: Yes
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
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Manny and Brian are the servers I usually request The past 10 years when I go in there very attentive, great with kids, and just good at what they do. The past two years the service has gone down significantly they lost some of their long time best servers even the hostesses don't even smile and give you this face when you greet them. I've been coming here my whole life so almost 40 years at least 15 times a year the food has never changed except that they don't split the crab for you anymore other than that you can always expect to get A really good meal no matter what you order
And if you complain about the food you're probably just a real complainer because there's nothing to complain about and I've had everything on the menu.
I love this place, food is great! Fresh and Fun place!
Don't come here thinking you'll have wonderful conversation over a Glass of white wine; come with the idea it's loud, brash and garlicky!
This is not fine dining; this is good food and a fun place. This is the original Idea that "Joe's Crab Shack" stole from the Rustic Inn.
Service is fast and interactive...Embrace it!
If you want soft music and a pretentious waiter; go anywhere else. If you want great food…you’re at the right place.
04/02/2012Provided by Citysearch -
For the life of me I don't understand why tourists fall for this tourist trap! We got to the place and had to put our name down on a waitlist, but unlike a normal restaurant that gives you a pager and pages you when your table is ready this place screams your name out on huge, booming loudspeakers. It is extremely annoying. Have these people not heard of modern technology. Thank goodness they don't use cattle bells.
Anyways, we sat down and the decor is about what one would find in a miltary mess hall...in short it was a mess. All the money they've been getting from the 600 people a night that they pack in like sardines certainly has not been going into the decor.
The NE Clam Chowder was just okay and reasonably priced. However, I was suprised that the crabs were nearly forty dollars not for two people but just one--it was a 1 1/4 pound crab leg plate. This is insanely overpriced, I could get lobster elsewhere for that price with money to spare. Not to mention no salad is included and all you get are some heavily greased potatoes drowned in butter. Want to substitute? There is an upcharge for that.
I will say the Alaskan Queen Crab legs (AKA Alaska Snow Crab everywhere else) was good but again overpriced and they used the term Queen to jack up the price. At Red Lobster they are $21 for the same thing and same sized portion. Then everytime they announce a birthday diners bang their crab mallots on the table--if you didn't have a headache before you will definitely have one after.
The blue crab didn't taste good, the Florida crab was okay, and the Dungeness crab was pretty good. The key lime for desert was lame--surprising it was a house specialty.
The place is in a really seedy neighberhood, with such few parking spots that they need a parking attendant to help people back up and avoid hitting another car. Not to mention this place seems to attract a lower-end clientele.
Althought Red Lobster is not my favorite place, we could've had a better meal at Red Lobster without all the noise, commotion, hassles, dirtyness, and high prices. I would avoid this place at all costs!
01/27/2012Provided by Citysearch -
This place has changed and not in a good way. Rustic Inn Crabhouse was one of my favorite restaurants until Sunday . The 3 bowls of Golden crab we ordered were over cooked, dried out, flavorless and the shell was like rubber unable to break. The Manager came out and took the bowels back; my husband and son ordered a burger (which was over cooked) and I tried the crabs again. They were better but not worth $37. And Manger said he'd stop back at the table latter and NEVER DID. My husband and I walked past him 2x's and he never acknowledged us. The waitress once she brought the burgers out never once stopped back at our table. I had to track her down to get water. I can understand an off night in the kitchen but there is no excuse for LOUSY SERVICE. I was shocked when I got the bill. They didn't even comp. the lousy burgers, $70 for bad food and bad service! I WILL NEVER GO BACK!!!!!! Save your money and go somewhere else.