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Another Claws for Celebration in Fort Myers

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a meal you can crack into. Especially when it’s already a Florida delicacy. Stone crab season holds a special place in the hearts of our residents. And from October 15 through May 15, locals and visitors both enjoy a claw-cracking good time at restaurants across our islands.

More than just its limited quantity, what makes stone crab special is knowing it’s been regionally and sustainably harvested. Check out our list of island restaurants where you’ll find this seasonal sensation and plan a trip to get cracking.

Matanza’s on the Bay

True to its name, Mantanza’s on Fort Myers Beach offers a stunning bayside view from a laid-back crab-shack setting. Here, guests can enjoy a stone crab appetizer chilled with mustard sauce or steamed with drawn butter.

 

Skip One 41

Stone crab specialty platters are all made to order at Skip One. Named after a successful fishing boat, this easy-going eatery is also one of the best restaurants in Florida to taste pink gold shrimp fresh from the sea.

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Cabbage Key Restaurant

Take a boat cruise across Pine Island Sound to a stone crab meal on the island of Cabbage Key. After a relaxing ride across the water, the first bite to the last tastes all the more appetizing surrounded by fun-loving locals and visitors.

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Izzy’s Fish & Oyster

In the vibrant heart of Downtown Fort Myers, this restaurant is famous for serving classic New England–style fare. Here, guests can crack right into stone crab and enjoy a high-class meal in a low-key setting.