11 Washington Ave. (First St.)
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Restaurant’s cuisine may be classified as seafood. Its main features are: Full bar and Valet parking.
The restaurant is open – lunch Tues.-Sat., dinner nightly.
Dress code: Casual.
The first and most famous restaurant in South Beach has been serving the distinctively sweet claw of the stone crab since the early 1900s. It is still owned and run by the founding family on an entire city block below Fifth Street, which was formerly a sleepy, low-rise neighborhood and now booms with big buildings and nightlife. Joe's Stone Crab restaurant has itself undergone renovation and expansion, but the dining experience remains grand and gratifying. And there is something that has never changed: Pandemonium from the get-go in trying to get a table, no reservations are accepted at this vastly popular spot. If you can not wait, cruise into Joe’s take-out next door and grab your crab to-go. But if you stay for a table, though, you won’t be disappointed. Take the medium stone crabs (remember, stone crab in Florida means only the claw - by law) that are best, and the creamy mustard dipping sauce a suitable, if unnecessary, sidekick. The seafood and grilled entrées are unpretentious but also good - and surprisingly well-priced. Or try one of South Beach's best kept secrets - Joe's fried chicken, a flawlessly crisp version for under $10. The price of stone crabs, in contrast, rises and falls depending upon the catch, but are always a lobster-priced luxury. Meals like creamed spinach, cole slaw and steakhouse salads and potato dishes (including a great Lyonnaise) will definitely satisfy, and are hefty enough to be shared. Complete the evening with Joe’s famous Key lime pie. But remember: Joe’s is open for lunch and dinner during stone crab season, October to May, then reopens for dinner only May 25-August 1.