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Crab & Fin Restaurant

Crab & Fin Restaurant
420 St. Armands Circle
St. Armands Circle, FL 34236
Phone: 941-388-3964


7.7
Food Presentation Decor Service Value
9 9 8 5 6

Two Dining Spots…One Locale…Well not exactly!

When you first arrive at the Crab & Fin you are faced with your 1st enjoyable choice of the dining experience; not from the extensive menu (more on that later) but rather inside or outside dining. The ambience and the experience are significantly different but the menu is not. In fact it is identical; with the exception of the Early Dining option offered for inside dining. (See SRQReviews insider tip below.) 

The indoor dining with its varied rooms offers a more refined, upscale dining experience. Textured ceilings, high fans, white table linens, nicely appointed wait staff, and an impressive raw bar provide a showcase for the anticipated seafood delights.

Since the restaurant is committed to providing the freshest seafood from around the world, the menus change daily reflecting quality and availability. Even though the menu offers Grilled Pork Porterhouse, “Cowboy Cut” Ribeye, Filet Mignon, and the Half Pounder Burger, make no mistake about it; the Crab & Fin is all about the seafood! Oysters, clams, caviar, fin fish, crab and crustaceans, if it is fresh and available, chances are it is on the menu at Crab & Fin.

On our dining excursion, we chose to dine outside at the “L” shaped corner café. Since seating outdoors is open, just pick your spot and seat yourself. However be aware at times the wait staff may get an influx of diners at their station and immediate attention might be stretched. We experienced this scenario when 3 parties chose the same area at roughly the same time. The café seating is reminiscent of European or South Beach dining. Raised tile flooring, high awnings, paddle fans, wait staff dressed in Island wear and even some live music make the venue perfect for a relaxing meal “al fresco.”

Our meal consisted of the following:

Martha’s Vineyard Salad
Red leaf & bibb lettuce with bleu cheese, pinenuts, red onion, served with a raspberry vinaigrette $7.25 
Service note:We asked for no onions and goat cheese vs. blue cheese and were charged an additional $1.75 to accommodate our request. We never begrudge a restaurant its fair price; however to us, this seemed like a nuisance charge.

Coconut Crusted Chicken 
Served with blackened baby gulf shrimp, rum-raisin glaze and julienne vegetables. $18.00

Gulf Yellowfin Tuna 
Sesame seed crusted and seared rare with ginger soy glaze, coconut jasmine rice, stir fry vegetables, and crispy noodles. $32.00

Simply put, the food presentation was outstanding and the tastes even better! If the desire for some really fresh seafood falls upon you, make your catch at the Crab & Fin. Indoors or outdoors, you decide!

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Insider Tips
If you are inclined to dine early (5:00 to 5:45 pm daily with orders placed by 6:00pm), the indoor Early Dining is a great deal. The details: 20% off selected entrees which includes choice of soup or salad, and beverage. A “No Brainer” for the early birds amongst us!

Categories: American, New American, Seafood
Styles: Casual, Dog Friendly, Fine Dining, Lunch, Zone - St. Armands

Breakfast: N/A
Lunch: Monday-Sunday 11:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Late night: Friday-Saturday 5:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Entrees: $8.95-$69.00
Reservations: Recommended
Open Air Space: Yes
Date Reviewed: 10-22-2008
Exceptions: 

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URL: http://crabfinrestaurant.com/


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