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If you’re a foodie visiting Miami, chances are Joe’s Stone Crab is on your bucket list. With a 100+ year history, this tried-and-true restaurant is something of a Miami Beach institution. If you made a list of the most influential people of the 20th century, you’d probably find the majority had dined at Joe’s. Past patrons include Amelia Earhart and Bill Clinton, with many Presidents, foreign royals and Hollywood A-listers in between.

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joes-info-blockNaturally, Divine Living wouldn’t miss it. So off we went to sample one of Florida’s finest delicacies, stone crab, at the place that basically discovered it.

It was 1921 when founder and head chef Joe Weiss received a bag of live stone crabs from a Harvard ichtyologist, who had just moved to Miami Beach from Harvard to study fish on behalf of a brand new Aquarium. Joe had been the most successful restauranteur in town for several years now, both because his fish sandwiches were spectacular and because his restaurant was still the only one on the beach.

The stone crab was different from all the other crustaceans. Found only in South Florida (with few exceptions), this crab had a small body and a pair of massive oversized claws. Biscayne Bay was full of them, but no one knew if they were edible. Joe didn’t really think anyone would want to eat the stone crabs, but at the ichtyologist’s insistence he was willing to give cooking them a try.

Joe knew immediately he had found something special. With a sweet taste and perfect texture almost resembling lobster, stone crab quickly became the restaurant’s marquee item. Boiled and served chilled with hash brown potatoes, cole slaw, mayonnaise and Joe’s famous mustard sauce (recipe to your right!), the dish was an instant classic and a huge hit.

Today when you go to Joe’s you’ll be served Stone Crab in the same way it has been for nearly a century, and yes it is delicious. Only available from November through May, it appears on the menu at fluctuating market prices that are well above all of the other dining options.

Whatever the price, you can trust that at Joe’s you’re getting the best. While other restaurants are known to serve alternative crabs or sub-par harvests, Joe’s is committed to sourcing only the finest true Florida stone crab and for that, a foodie will travel.

However, there is a bit more to the Joe’s experience than the crab. The fun begins with waiting for a table. No reservations are taken here and we respect that, especially when sipping a cocktail at the bar is such a fab opportunity to mix and mingle. With 450 seats, Joe’s is one of the single busiest independent restaurants in the United States, so most nights you’ll find a bustling crowd with a vibrant energy.

This iconic Miami scene makes for an unforgettable evening, no matter what you choose to order for dinner. If crab isn’t your thing or it’s the off-season, rest assured the classic American cuisine doesn’t disappoint. Standout menu items include the Spicy Chowder, the oniony Lyonnaise Potatoes and the delicious Key Lime Pie, which is considered the best in town.

Now if stone crab is your main interest and time is of the essence, there are more low-key ways to indulge. You might come in for lunch, or arrive at 6pm on a weeknight. For a fast-casual meal, you can opt for Joe’s Takeaway next door and enjoy the same flavors with a little less frills, plus fun comfort food items like fried chicken and crispy oysters.

And if you’re not going to be in Miami this winter, you’ll be glad to know Joe’s ships overnight to the entire U.S. and Puerto Rico! They offer complete meals, towering crab platters and even the Key Lime pie. So why not try something new for dinner? Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for two, a party or just a Tuesday night pattern interrupt, we say go for it!

Naturally, Divine Living wouldn’t miss it. So off we went to sample one of Florida’s finest delicacies, stone crab, at the place that basically discovered it.

It was 1921 when founder and head chef Joe Weiss received a bag of live stone crabs from a Harvard ichtyologist, who had just moved to Miami Beach from Harvard to study fish on behalf of a brand new Aquarium. Joe had been the most successful restauranteur in town for several years now, both because his fish sandwiches were spectacular and because his restaurant was still the only one on the beach.

The stone crab was different from all the other crustaceans. Found only in South Florida (with few exceptions), this crab had a small body and a pair of massive oversized claws. Biscayne Bay was full of them, but no one knew if they were edible. Joe didn’t really think anyone would want to eat the stone crabs, but at the ichtyologist’s insistence he was willing to give cooking them a try.

Joe knew immediately he had found something special. With a sweet taste and perfect texture almost resembling lobster, stone crab quickly became the restaurant’s marquee item. Boiled and served chilled with hash brown potatoes, cole slaw, mayonnaise and Joe’s famous mustard sauce (recipe below!), the dish was an instant classic and a huge hit.

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Today when you go to Joe’s you’ll be served Stone Crab in the same way it has been for nearly a century, and yes it is delicious. Only available from November through May, it appears on the menu at fluctuating market prices that are well above all of the other dining options.

Whatever the price, you can trust that at Joe’s you’re getting the best. While other restaurants are known to serve alternative crabs or sub-par harvests, Joe’s is committed to sourcing only the finest true Florida stone crab and for that, a foodie will travel.

However, there is a bit more to the Joe’s experience than the crab. The fun begins with waiting for a table. No reservations are taken here and we respect that, especially when sipping a cocktail at the bar is such a fab opportunity to mix and mingle. With 450 seats, Joe’s is one of the single busiest independent restaurants in the United States, so most nights you’ll find a bustling crowd with a vibrant energy.

This iconic Miami scene makes for an unforgettable evening, no matter what you choose to order for dinner. If crab isn’t your thing or it’s the off-season, rest assured the classic American cuisine doesn’t disappoint. Standout menu items include the Spicy Chowder, the oniony Lyonnaise Potatoes and the delicious Key Lime Pie, which is considered the best in town.

Now if stone crab is your main interest and time is of the essence, there are more low-key ways to indulge. You might come in for lunch, or arrive at 6pm on a weeknight. For a fast-casual meal, you can opt for Joe’s Takeaway next door and enjoy the same flavors with a little less frills, plus fun comfort food items like fried chicken and crispy oysters.

And if you’re not going to be in Miami this winter, you’ll be glad to know Joe’s ships overnight to the entire U.S. and Puerto Rico! They offer complete meals, towering crab platters and even the Key Lime pie. So why not try something new for dinner? Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for two, a party or just a Tuesday night pattern interrupt, we say go for it!

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LOCATION >>> 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
PHONE >>> 305-673-0365
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