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Where to Eat Stone Crab: Florida’s Gulf Coast Delicacy

When you’re vacationing in Florida, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll want to try some fresh seafood. Many local restaurants feature fresh catches of all kinds, giving you plenty of options suitable for any palate. One popular dish at the seafood restaurants near Lely Resort is stone crab, a delicacy that is simply unmatched.


Stone crabs are an incredible selection drawing visitors from near and far. These sea creatures can be found in the area from October through May. When you’re staying in Lely, you’re in the perfect spot for the best catches; just south of Lely is Everglades City, also known as the “Stone Crab Capital of the World!”

Stone crabs actually became a common dish because local fishermen kept catching these creatures instead of the mullet and pompano they were aiming for. Half of their body weight is found in their massive claws, which are the only parts of the animal that are harvested. Once the claw is removed, the crab itself is placed back into the water, where it grows a new claw! These magnificent creatures are worth looking out for on the menu when you’re in town.

Stone crab dish at City Seafood in Florida

City Seafood

Luckily, there are several great places to find stone crab near Lely Resort. One such spot is City Seafood in Everglades City. This casual and beautiful eatery serves up the freshest stone crabs, which they harvest right from their own boats! The crabs are served with homemade honey mustard for the perfect touch of flavor. You’ll also find offerings like scallops, grouper, frog legs, and several non-seafood options. If you decide you simply can’t go home without their delicious seafood, they can ship their catches straight to your door!

City Seafood is located at 702 Begonia Street in Everglades City. They are open daily from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. They also have a café, which opens at 9 a.m. daily.

Triad Seafood Market and Cafe stone crab dish

Triad Seafood Market and Café

For incredible waterfront dining, check out Triad Seafood Market and Café in Everglades City. This family-owned restaurant is home to fresh stone crabs and tons of other delicious selections. You can enjoy the crabs for dinner or pick some up in the market. Their menu also has classic dishes like clam chowder, shrimp gumbo, and more. Make sure you save some room for a slice of key lime or peanut butter pie!

Triad Seafood Market and Café is located at 401 School Drive in Everglades City. They are open daily from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Triad is closed during the summer months.

Up close shot of stone crab dish at Stoney's Stone Crab in Florida

Stoney’s Stone Crab

Take a quick 15 minute trip to Naples where you will find Stoney’s Stone Crab. This upscale dining experience puts you in the lap of luxury while you enjoy some of the highest quality seafood in the area. Of course, the stone crabs are a star on the menu, but Stoney’s also offers dishes like lobster mac and cheese, oysters, whole Maine lobster, and more. Their extensive wine list lets you choose the perfect glass while you savor the ambiance and elegance of your evening.

Stoney’s Stone Crab is located at 495 Bayfront Place in Naples. They are open from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4-10 p.m. Friday through Saturday. Reservations can be secured through their website.

Stone crab is a must-try dish when you’re in the Lely Resort area, and our Lely Resort vacation rentals are conveniently located near some of the best locations to try it. Our properties spare no detail to ensure you have a relaxing and unforgettable vacation. Contact us today for more information about our getaway rentals and Lely Resort.