The Crab Shack on Gandy isn't fine dining, but it's some of the finest seafood you can get in the Tampa Bay area. Let's be clear that by "fine" I mean fresh and awesome. You're not going to find plates stacked high with microgreens or decorated with sauce. What you will find is amazing seafood spread (eat it with the saltines, so good), fresh blue crabs (give yourself at least an hour to go at these babies), and fresh, salty oysters. It's been the same for the past couple of decades and it's packed every weekend for a reason. Dress down and be ready to get messy if you want to work for your crab and shrimp.
If you only like deep fried and don't know what grouper should taste like then hunt this place down. Got a grouper sandwich that I'm fairly sure was Tilapia - but I certainly paid grouper prices. Most of the food is deep fried so you can't notice it is farm raised and frozen. Service is great but the decor is sickening. But if you like Jimmy Buffet and want to pretend like you're by the beach go for it. Next time I'd suggest trying one of those real fish places by the beach. Beats Red Lobster but you get what you pay for. Sort of.
I have been going to this NEW place since it opened. If you like GREAT Music Entertainment and GOOD food then this is it. They have GREAT bartenders ( Bridget & Megan ). Plenty of Craft beers on tap. My favorite is Jai Alai. Also the food is a mix of southern fare with a Distinctively Elegant Flare. To put it simple its just a AWESOME place to be when not working!
Broiled combo was bland and food tasted frozen. Food came out too quick to have been cooked with any type of care. Samon had a layer of fat on the bottom half as thick as the entire Samon. I did not mention it to the server so I do not know what the response would have been. Manager walked by twice never asked how my meal was. Margarita was good.
Forever this has been the best for fresh shrimp dinners anywhere in St Pete. Family owned, and the owner regularly stops at tables and checks how things are. Wednesday night's all you can eat shrimp is awesome, not frozen like Red Lobster, but fresh shrimp. Thank you for being there year after year with great food at a great price.
This is definitely a "shack" but dispite its outside appearence the food here is exteremly good! The crab cakes are melt in your mouth good! The salads are light and crispy. The stew cabbage is to die for. And this is the only place to go to for fresh, tasty seafood!
I do not prefer fried seafood and contrary to the person they menu is not all fried and I have the crab stuffed grouper with a salad with home made blue cheese and a steak fry's which was 9.95 on the early menu and as usual the music and view was worth the drive
This place was great!! I took my family and we were all impressed with the platters more than anything and will definitely return. The scallops, shrimp and fish were awesome. The gumbo was one of the best I've had.
An awesome little place with excellent seafood at very reasonable prices. We have been twice over a six month period and found the same excellent quality and service both times. Try it, you'll like it.
Fresh seafood chosen from a glass case, on ice. Cooked to your specifacaions just for you. Served to you immediately. Indoor picnic tables. No server, no tip. Reasonable prices. Perfect.