The concept for The Crab Shack began in 1990. Prior to that it was just a sleepy little fishing camp with a boat hoist, boat storage, live bait sales and a bar in the ship’s store where the locals could congregate and exaggerate their catches at the end of a day’s fishing. My wife at the time, Belinda Flanigan, and I are licensed Captains and we ran fishing charters. Belinda (still my business partner) ran inshore while I ran offshore charters.
I had been in the bar, restaurant and night club business most of my life prior to this venture so it was inevitable that we decided to serve food on Friday and Saturday only. This quickly changed to what it is today – 7 days a week 362 days a year. We are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas. When the restaurant began, our charter fishing days were over along with the boat storage and live bait sales. The boat hoist still remains so restaurant customers can watch the local fishermen put their boats in and see the catches they bring back. Hopefully, you’ll take the time for a virtual tour of our restaurant through the web cam and many photos we offer on line. While a picture is worth a thousand words, you can’t appreciate our ambiance until you join us. Once you do, you’ll see why we've been voted “Best Seafood” and “Best Outdoor Dining” since 1998. We have plenty of indoor space for dining in inclement weather so no matter what time of year, you’ll enjoy The Crab Shack.
Whether you visit virtually, or actually dine “where the elite eat in their bare feet”, I thank you for being with us and ask simply, “haste ye back!”
Captain Jack Flanigan, Owner & Proprietor
We had so much fun! Our kids could not stop talking about the Gator lagoon! We loved the food. This MADE our vacation!