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58 Years and still Crackin.

General Info
The original Rustic Inn Crabhouse began as a roadhouse saloon and kept growing with the demand for its steamed crabs, linguini with homemade sauces and other popular dishes. Its World Famous Garlic Crabs have drawn a number of celebrity travelers to the establishment since it opened in 1955. The family-owned restaurant offers dining on its dock as well as in its main dining room. The Rustic Inn Crabhouse also has its own lounge and barge. Each table in the restaurant is covered in newspaper, and each guest is given a fashionable bib and wooden mallet to use while eating crabs.

Regular Hours

  • Appetizers
  • Chickens
  • Dinner
  • Lobster
  • Lunch
  • Lunches
  • Restaurants
  • Salads
  • Steaks
  • Take Out
Payment method
all major credit cards, debit, cash, travelers checks
Price Range
English, French, Italian, Spanish
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Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Bike Parking: Yes

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes


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Edited: 02/23/2017
Crab Heaven

I truly love this restaurant! The variety of items on the menu keep you
thinking about what you want the next time.

Jonathan A.



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.

Bob J.



We have been going here for years. Nice to see health inspection report. Keep up great work.

Cash L.



Great food and the atmosphere was so much fun. Crab and steak were cooked perfectly. Smashing the shells with wooden hammers was fun too!

Michael P.


it's absolutely the best seafood I've ever had in my life

as for see who goes there is no place better it is absolutely the best seafood but I've ever had and I'm a Navy man




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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I Would Avoid it!

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 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!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Lousy Service and Mediocore food

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.



My experience at this location...

My experience at this location was poor!! I went to this location with my family to have a nice dinner! i will be posting an article with complete story!



Fun Place

You get to make lots of noise and eat buttery garlic crab. It doesn't get better. Especially nice for B-Days.

Mark S.


A "Smash" Hit

A novel concept! Smashing crabs on a table with a hammer. Great seafood!




This place was awesome! My fiancé & I are always searching for a place like this back home to no avail. It was great food & excellent service. We will be back :)

Regina L.


Best crabs in the area!

This crabhouse really delivers on great food, no frills, and a relaxed environment. The golden crabs (that I never knew existed) are a special treat! Be sure to order them dry - it's less messy and the sweetness of the crab really shines,



Good times Great food

This place has a dock and thats just the place to eat. When you arrive or even when setting a reservation ask to sit on the dock and while eatting you get to see the fish come by to eat. My girlfriend and i love this place and eat their about 3 times a month and not just on the weekends. This is a anytime place to eat even for take-out and fun for the whole family if there is one place in Broward to eat it's here. hope to see you their we will be on the dock



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Local Seafood Restaurant

My wife and I have been vacationing to the Fort Lauderdale / Miami area for the past 15 years. We stumbled upon this restaurant through the internet.....thankfully!!! We love it because it is a local favorite and not a ""chain restaurant"". The seafood was very fresh. We highly recommend the crab sampler. Generous portions and excellent quality. You gotta put in some work crackin' all those crabs. We left full and felt that the price was great. We recommend this place highly. It has a real relaxed and casual atmosphere too. I wouldn't dress too fancy if you plan on crackin' crabs. They have great lunch specials and the service was nice. We will always return to this place while vacationing here. It is definitely added to our list of favorites.




Food, atmosphere, service, quantity is all great! Whenever I get to Ft. Lauderdale, I make this a stop!

Lisa P.


Real food & Really Fun

I love the Rustic Inn, the crab is fresh and fabulous, a litle on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for.