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Rustic Inn Seafood Crabhouse

Seafood Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Fort Lauderdale
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  • Michelle S.
    "Get the crab sampler!! enough for 2 people and delicious!"(12 Tips)
    Brad H.
    "The garlic crabs are to die for 👍 Key West shrimp is VERY good."(9 Tips)
    Jeff M.
    "Golden crabs are the best."(6 Tips)
    Marissa T.
    "Best crab legs I've ever had! Got the dungeness."(5 Tips)
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  • Brad H.
    Brad HagerMarch 12
    FRICK'N AWESOME!! Best crabs I have ever had. Get the crab sampler for two, it's AMAZING!! The garlic crabs are to die for 👍 Key West shrimp is VERY good. Get the cornbread too, very yummy 😄❤️
  • New Times Broward Palm Beach
    The Rustic Inn is a Fort Lauderdale landmark: After 55 years in business, the cavernous restaurant is still packed daily with folks looking to release their aggression on the backs of blue crabs.
    Upvoted May 25
  • Gwen
    GwenDecember 8, 2012
    What a fun place to eat! We shared a crab sampler and worked very hard and enjoyed every moment. We also shared a bottle of their house wine, woodbridge cabernet. Key lime pie was great, too
  • Jessica
    JessicaMarch 25, 2014
    Stone Claw Crab, Dungenous Crabs, Alaskan King are all amazing. Raw Oysters are huge and fresh (...served properly with horseradish and cocktail sauce). Great seafood, Have fun with the mallets ;)
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissMarch 21, 2015
    Go crab crazy: get the sampler plate -- big enough for 2 people -- and a crab salad sandwich. Sit outdoors overlooking the canal. And definitely wear a bib.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchulzDecember 3, 2013
    Appetizer: Fisherman's Platter. Soup: Conch Chowder. Entree: lobster Fra Diavolo, but only if you're sharing it or you can take home the leftovers, because you WILL have them. Excellent.
  • Owran G.
    Owran GreenSeptember 20, 2011
    Seafood lovers paradise! The Alaskan King Crabs are mouth watering & very filling. Try the seasoned potatoes & conch fritters, you won't be disappointed. No need dressing up, go casual as you feel.
  • Outside The Box Lifestyle®
    Outside The Box Lifestyle®September 18, 2011
    Seafood lovers paradise! The Alaskan King Crabs are mouth watering & very filling. Try the seasoned potatoes & conch fritters, you won't be disappointed. No need dressing up, go casual as you feel.
  • John W.
    John WhalenJuly 5, 2013
    Got the Admiral platter, it was heavenly. Steak was cooked just right, not fatty and the Alaskan King Crab was perfect and plentiful. Great place to have a fun friend or family meal!
  • Jason P.
    Jason PurvisApril 29, 2013
    Great selection for crabs. Used to be cheaper and got more for your $$ but then again what place isn't like that these days. Market prices as of 4/25/13:
  • Gia G.
    OMG... The lunch combo platter is amazing. For $15.99 you get two types of crab, crab cake, fries, cole slaw, and grilled veggies. Stuffed but so worth it! Mmm garlic
  • Wei W.
    Wei WangMarch 12, 2012
    4 ppl, 5 appetizers(fried calamari, fried frog legs, fried alligators, conch and half dozens of oysters), 3 orders of garlic crabs, plus 4 soft drinks and beers = $176.xx...
  • New Times Broward Palm Beach
    Best of Broward 2013- Best Kid Friendly Restaurant: Rustic Inn. Don't worry about your kids screaming and embarrassing you in public because at Rustic Inn, they won't even be heard. Read more
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel Cano-CooneyNovember 11, 2011
    This is a great place to have seafood, especially crabs! The Garlic Dungeness Crab which they are known for is fantastic!! I would fly back to Ft. Lauderdale just for this!
  • Jose T.
    Jose TamayoMay 3, 2015
    Alaska King Crab, oysters, all diferent kind of crab yo can think of. Be prepared to get all into the butter and come hungry.
  • VisitLauderdale
    Enjoy waterfront dining on the dock while savoring world famous garlic crabs. Be sure to check out the kids menu, perfect for family outings!
  • ShancesFoodTour🌮🍣🍲🍜🍟🍾
    Garlic Golden Crabs are good. The Butterflied Shrimp were previous beaded and frozen. Ribs were microwaved. Just stick with the crabs.
  • Svetlana G.
    Svetlana GrizanMay 5, 2013
    Very casual place in terms of dress code, but best crab I've ever tasted. Ask the table next to water and don't wear dress. Oysters were also delicious!
  • maria m.
    maria mNovember 30, 2013
    I would not spend my money here. The food is good I will not knock that, however I did get a waitressing job here to find out the staff refers to the Black customers as "podas." THEY ARE RACIST
  • Mike C.
    Mike CochranOctober 14, 2012
    Better seafood at Long John's. Crab was frozen too long, then cooked too long. The place is a dump, and not in a cool "rustic" way. Also, if you're not into crowd participation avoid this place.
  • Ayla S.
    Ayla SmithMarch 4, 2015
    Crab, crab and more crab. If you have a serious seafood craving then this is the absolute best place to go !
  • Sarah K.
    Sarah KlineMarch 24, 2015
    Florida crab claws are in season Oct-May and delicious. Fun fact: when a crab claw is harvested the crab lives on! Goodbye to righty one year then lefty the next. Painful but sustainable!
  • Kristene M.
    Kristene MellingerOctober 6, 2013
    Mmm I'm a Marylander so I'm very picky about crabs. Was excited to see that they had Maryland crab, then disappointed that they actually didn't. Still an amazing dinner! Great kickoff to my birthday.
  • Ayla S.
    Ayla SmithFebruary 4, 2015
    Best place to go in south Florida if you have a seafood craving. Huge menu with a lot of delicious options! Very casual place..
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa BrewerJanuary 12, 2015
    Restaurant is unique, refurbished barge, sits on the water. Mouthwatering crab. Bibs and mallets aplenty. Don't wear nice clothes...
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle Hayden ProctorFebruary 15, 2013
    Sit outside on the dock for the best ambiance. And don't you dare leave without wolfing down the best Key Lime Pie in the world!
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GDecember 2, 2014
    You need to order the king crab legs or the stone crabs. Both are excellent. The seafood pasta is delicious and gigantic.
  • Ayla S.
    Ayla SmithFebruary 4, 2015
    Best place to go if you have a seafood craving. Huge menu with a lot of delicious options! Very casual place..
  • Anna B.
    Anna Boss BFebruary 17, 2012
    Best crabs ever! Dungenous and Golden are the best! If you want REAL crabs(not that Joe Crab Shack crap) come here!
  • Don D.
    Don DiamantOctober 27, 2014
    A great little crab place set right on the intercoastal. A little out of the way but worth the drive.
  • Sandro M.
    Sandro MaltoniFebruary 2, 2010
    Crabs are great ! Had the ribs, extremly good the sweet bread that comes with it is a killer. A must try
  • Marissa T.
    Marissa TurturiciNovember 19, 2012
    Best crab legs I've ever had! Got the dungeness. Lobster tail was overlooked though, stick with the crab.
  • Sharad R.
    Sharad RajJanuary 31, 2013
    Absolutely delicious. the blackened dolphin was amazing. Soups are good too. Def going back there
  • Jake C.
    Jake CohenNovember 19, 2014
    This place should be a 10. Expect to get messy and be sure to get garlic grabs. Best seafood.
  • Charles S.
    Charles S. W.July 8, 2010
    Crab sampler is small but good! Got the rib and crab combo, awesome! Has lots of food, come hungry
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TaylorDecember 25, 2011
    sample platter "crab lovers delight" is the way to go! Dont order lobster, you will be disappointed.
  • Nadia S.
    Nadia SwanFebruary 9, 2015
    It was great for years but this time crabs were not good. Clams had no taste. Shrimps were swimming in butter.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MorganNovember 17, 2011
    Golden crabs are the best. Also try Loraine's famous linguini, the sauce has crab meat in it!!
  • Carlos N.
    Carlos NovoaNovember 11, 2015
    Nice place to have a different moment, good food... Worth the visit...
  • Antoinette S.
    Antoinette SymonetteDecember 19, 2014
    I enjoyed the Maryland Crab cakes. The crab cakes were full of crab, moist and flavorful.:-)
  • Jason D.
    Jason DavisSeptember 23, 2012
    The World Famous Golden Crabs is hands down the best crab I've ever eaten. And I've eaten a LOT of crab!
  • Stacy C.
    Stacy CummingsDecember 11, 2015
    Excellent seafood, loud but fun (a lot of hammer banging) perfect for the whole family.
  • Dawn B.
    Dawn BurchMay 14, 2013
    Best crab! Love the atmosphere and the mallets. Always hit this spot when I'm in the area!!
  • Nico D.
    Nico DananMarch 7, 2010
    Get the Snow Crab when in season, a loud place but fun when in a group of friends!
  • Katie C.
    Katie CMay 4, 2013
    Don't come here if you don't like to eat. If you do, go ALL HANDS IN!
  • MiamiCulinaryTours.com
    Conch salad to die for - www.miamiculinarytours.com
  • Stacey I.
    Stacey IsaacsApril 18, 2013
    Very good. I recommend the stuff shrimp with crab meat. It was Awesome....
  • Nicole R.
    Nicole RichardsJuly 17, 2013
    Great daily specials! Delicious crab!! Large portions. Worth every penny!
  • Eli G.
    Eli GomezApril 8, 2013
    The tuna steak is phenomenal! They season it well and don't overcook it.
  • Jake L.
    Jake LefkowitzNovember 17, 2013
    Go for the dungeness or Alaskan legs they have the most meat by far!
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