Carmine's Crab Shack
Carmine's Crab Shack

Carmine's Crab Shack

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://carminescrabshack.com/
  • Phone: 5612752185x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Velasquez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ellison Wilson
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Carmine's Crab Shack
Carmine has a long history of quality food in South Florida. Having started as a butcher and opening 15 successful Deli and Butcher Shops, including Carmine"s Gourmet Market, it's no surprise Carmine's Restaurants have enjoyed success from Jupiter to Miami. Over the years, Carmine has traveled extensively seeking the best products for his customers. In his travels, one of his favorite spots has always been New England and the great seafood houses and crab shacks that the area is known for. He has always wanted to bring that experience here to Florida and that has lead him to his newest restaurant……CARMINE’S CRAB SHACK!

Carmine’s Crab Shack serves a wide variety of seafood with the freshest ingredients and a great taste that will make your mouth water. From Crab Legs and Lobster to Classic Lobster Rolls and Fish & Chips, Carmine's Crab Shack has something for everyone in a fun, casual atmosphere.
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Carmine's Crab Shack reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (32)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (19)kid-friendly (16)great for lunch (11)special occasion (9)great for outdoor dining (9)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (5)hot spot (3)romantic (3)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The atmosphere was great food was phenomenal definitely will go back
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carmine's crab shack
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Loved it! It was the perfect meal for our last day of vacation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster and clams
    jolen0623VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I'm from MA and grew up on Maine lobsters and fried clams WITH the bellies, so I was excited to find this restaurant. My husband had the fried clams and they were great, as were the fried onion rings and cole slaw which came with the clams. My 2 pound was tender, sweet and delicious HOWEVER, I can bet that the lobster was not 2 pounds. No, I didn't bring a scale, but being so used to eating 2 pound lobsters, I know by heart what they look like...and this did NOT look 2 pounds. Also, I felt $27 a bit steep, since it came with no sides whatsoever. Also, on the web site's front home page, it listed a 2 pound lobster at $25....but I didn't make an issue.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I enjoyed the food very much, I would not consider this a date place, but certainly good for family and friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great Seafood
    GeeskiVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Never have been disappointed ! Food is great and ambiance is delightful! Neighborhood Gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 58th Anniversary celebration
    Donna
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Everything was perfect. Our waitress greeted us with a smile and wonderful service. Not one person from our party had a single complaint. The lobster bisque and Seafood chowder were a hit. The portion size of the entrées were plentiful. The food arrived quickly and piping hot! The overall consensus is you can never go wrong with a Carmine's Restaurant. Try it... you'll be glad you did. Enjoy! We'll be back, and hope to see you there! ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    FullMomOf3
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We drove 35 minutes and let me tell ya, it was worth the drive. We love the variety on the menu and the five us (2 adults and 3 kids ages 4-16) were very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • this is a great place for lobster
    bogeyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have to say that carmine has outdone himself with the crab shack...lobsters on parade and they are delicious and priced exactly right...I have never had a two pound lobster for 27 bucks the wait staff is terrific and you can wear shorts....in fact i have a tommy baham outfit that i wear :)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3 strikes and out
    vireya
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    1st two visits we got undersized lobsters, so this time I brought a fish scale. 3 lobsters meat was soft jelly like; not firm as it shud have been. My 1st 2 pound lobster weighed in at 1.4 pounds. Even after I showed the waiter my scale, he claimed twas less cuz the water evaporated during steaming. AND he was serious about that. My second lobster arrived 30 min after the others, but it was perfect in size and taste. Nevertheless after 3 times of getting undersized lobsters (the 1st two visits they refused to admit they were too small) and having to prove it with a portable fish scale, PLUS getting soft meat this past visit are enough proof that this place is not for us. Did I mention the extreme noise from everyone yelling; not talking?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wolfy
    wolfy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were a party of four with a reservation and were promptly seated. We all had 3lb lobsters that everyone raved about. My second time there and I will surely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • red1487
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    service Service was great.Food was great Servicea a a
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice & Comfortable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Had a nice dinner with my wife, enjoyed the food, service was great and took our time with no problems.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lobster!
    Lindy23
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We really didn't know if Maine lobster could weather the trip to Florida and still be tasty. It was delicious. The whole meal was fresh and extremely tasty. The comp corn bread is a nice added touch. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting Better and Better
    mykee44
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Third visit here and the food and service has improved each time. This time all four of us raved about our dinners. Lobsters are sweet and very tasteful at the right price. Shrimp Diablo was a little too spicy but still very good. Crab Cakes very tasty.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    Scrumptious
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great experience! Have been twice, each time, great food, friendly professional service, great ambience!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vanilla
    Jupfla
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food is ok at best. Service was lacking. Asked for more napkins and waiter admonished us that there was paper towels on the table. Atmosphere blah. Lobster fair. Crab stuffing mediocre. Most people seem to go there for reasonably priced lobsters. Recommend that you spend a few extra dollars and get a great lobster at a great place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific!
    GeeskiVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our second time here and it was great! Everyone's food was delicious and our server was warm, pleasant and knowledgeable! So happy that the Crab Shack is in our neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crab stuffed mushrooms was superb !
    Sherri
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Lobster was the best I've had in a very long time! So tasty and tender!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GeeskiVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great seafood! Great ambiance! Truly a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster was good
    Icook
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Lobster was a good value 2 lb was $24. But all it comes with is a glass of water and a small piece of cornbread. My husband had a steak...not good. I ordered a salad which was just a bunch of lettuce. All other food comes with rice and veggie I was surprised the lobster was not served with anything. Why not serve lobster with a side, I was hungry when I got home. Noise level was a 10.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great 3-lb lobsters
    eddybarryVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The 3-lb lobsters were sweet and succulent. My wife and I enjoyed them immensely and, considering the cost ($31.99), which we're told will prevail all summer, assured the management that we'll certainly return. We had an early dinner reservation and they were extremely accommodating as to seating arrangements for ourselves and our accompanying friends. The location of the restaurant has seen some turnover during the last few years, but we hope Carmine's Crab Shack will succeed and remain a fixture for a long time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster Find
    mykee44
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The two pound lobsters were as sweet and tender as could be at a great price. The lobster roll on the other hand was so-so for the price. The cornbread is terrific except they serve you a little triangle of a slice. Service terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lobster heaven
    strongboyVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This and her "parent" down the block are perfect for themes and products
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3-lb. lobster was fabulous
    lobstalover
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Celebrated my birthday with friends and a 3-lb, lobster. Yummy - steamed to perfection!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zorba
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I had a good lobster but something is missing.I can't put my finger on it.I know that I won't go back.
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  • Laid-back
    YoungatHeartVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The reviews promised "Maryland-style" crabs. After 9 years away from Maryland we're starved for crabs. Upon arrival, we were encouraged by the tables that were covered with butcher-block paper but, that is where any resemblance to our former home ended. Service was efficient but slow-laid-back, perhaps; it was not upsetting, however. The crabs were described as, "mediums" but, when the waitress held up her hand to show us, we detected "smalls." And, they were priced, not by the dozen but, by the each at $6.00; even at $72.00/dozen that's way too much for smalls. However, the crab cakes despite being small were plump and meaty - fried and tasty. My wife described the 3-lb lobster as excellent. Leave your expectations at home to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard shell crabs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I was very disturbed to see that undersized crabs were being sold. We are from theMaryland and grew up with crabs from the eastern shore and these never would be sold there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crab shack
    marlene
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our first time at Carmine's crab shack. We loved the food. The lobsters and soft shell crabs were delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DISAPPOINTEDVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    What a disappointment. Don't waste you $$$ and eat here. It totally sucks. The only thing worse than the food is the attitude of the staff and management.
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  • Great casual seafood
    GuyD
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Glad we had this recommended to us. Food was good. Even the kids enjoyed the place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobsters and More
    mykee44
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    There were four of us. Two had the two pound lobsters and found them delicious at a very good price. The shrimp stuffed with crab meat was also very good. The tuna steak looked like a hamburger pattie and was just OK. We were served one piece of corn bread cut into four very small triangles. This portion was very disappointing more in size than taste.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food terrible seat
    aprileats
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Make a reservation for four even if you are only a party of two or you will get put in a tiny cramped table. I made reservations and upon being seated at the smallest table for two I have ever seen asked to be moved to a more roomier table we were told that we could not have another table because "those tables are for four tops" but they were empty so as the resteraunt filled up only 1 of those "four tops" had a party of four every other two person party after us was seated at a roomier table pretty disappointing. As we wanted to have crabs but couldn't because their was no room on our table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    A great new casual concept; perfect for Florida. We had the soft shell crabs which were out of this world. Our server was especially knowledgible and a delight. We would go back there in a nano second.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Shacking up at Carmine's Crab Shack
    pbgsom
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We dined at the Crab Shack following rave reviews for the restaurant in the Palm Beach Post. The ambiance is that of purveyors of similar fare in Maryland. Long tables and cosy romantic booths. Service is attentive and the bar offerings are extensive. The food is succulent and pricing is moderate to expensive. The garlic crab is messy eating but Oh So Heavenly. Great experience. Will dine there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best for sure...
    KjpgaVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    If you are looking for a great fish/seafood dinner , this is not the place. It's okay for a quick bite and run somewhere else, because the tables are on top of each other and the wait staff struggle to get through the aisles. The soft shell crabs were out by 8 ; so we turned to the crab cakes. Not a good choice! Our waiter was attentive and tried to make it an enjoyable experience. But dining it is not!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great ambiance!
    Ccdiner
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Much needed fun seafood restraunt in Gardens area. Great food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pass it by
    orthoVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Had dinner last night, went for the blue crab special. A restaurant that calls itself a crab shack should know how to cook crabs, but not the case. Meat was mushy and very watery. My lobster roll was lobster meat and mayo on a burger bun. The key lime pie was still frozen, mentioned this to the waitress who said she would tell someone but it was still on the bill. Ladies at next table sent back their alb. lobsters, undercooked. Very disappointed since I enjoy going to Carmine's Trattoria.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood lovers delight
    Seafoodlover
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    As seafood lovers, I invited my two visiting sisters to Carmine's before they headed back home to New York and New Jersey. Although we were initially disappointed with the middle neck clams appetizer we received, the manager quickly corrected the problem and presented us with some of the best tasting clams we've ever had. We ordered three, three-pounds lobsters and feasted on them to everyone's delight. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Michelle was our waitress and was very attentive to our needs. Her service was outstanding and made the experience enjoyable. We've recommended the restaurant to friends who reported that they loved the restaurant and plan to return again ... as will I.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood in PBG
    LadyleighVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Just opened. Food is ok but needs a lil improvement in terms of flavor, seasoning (salt please), prep & presentation. The decor is nice, nautical & clean. People pleasant. Wish they had waterviews.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elly
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Wonderful! Best lobster we've ever had. Good service and very friendly. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate