Best Restaurants for Stone Crab Claws are Dry Dock & Dockside

One of Florida’s most famous foods, one with deep ties to the Sarasota-Bradenton commercial fishing industry, is back on the menu.

Stone crab season started Tuesday and runs through May 15.


Dockside Waterfront Grill

509 N. Tamiami Trail, Venice; 941-218-6418;

Michael Quillen and Mike Gowan, co-owners of the Gecko’s Hospitality Group, purchased Marker 4 and reopened the popular place as Dockside Waterfront Grill, which offers gorgeous views of Roberts and Dona Bays and a fun menu largely focusing on authentic Florida seafood.

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill

412 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key; 941-383-0102;

Also recently named one of the most scenic dining spots in America, Dry Dock, with its panoramic views of Sarasota Bay and fresh seafood, has been a favorite among locals and tourists alike for more two decades and is also part of the Gecko’s Hospitality Group.