28 great restaurants for stone crab in Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice
by Wade Tatangelo, Florida Times-Union
Stone crab season runs through May 15
Take note, fans of Florida’s famed stone crab claws. Season continues through May 15 and then stone crab claws will be off local menus and market shelves until Oct. 15. Here’s our list of great locally owned and operated restaurants to eat the delicious claw meat, which can be enjoyed pretty much guilt free because these crabs grow back their claws, in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Remember to call first, though, because a limited supply means restaurants can’t always carry the delicacy.
Dockside Waterfront Grill
509 N. Tamiami Trail, Venice
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 (pictured), which offers gorgeous views of Roberts and Dona Bays and a fun menu largely focusing on authentic Florida seafood. Info: 941-218-6418; docksidewaterfrontgrill.com
Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
412 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key
A multi-story, recently renovated restaurant boasting panoramic views of Sarasota Bay, Dry Dock has been a favorite among locals and tourists alike for more than two decades and is also part of the Gecko’s Hospitality Group. Info: 941-383-0102; drydockwaterfrontgrill.com
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