The 10 Best Places for Crab in Connecticut!

Foodies spending time in Connecticut over the summer should be thrilled by the wide variety of ultra-fresh options of produce and seafood. Crazy for crab? Eat your fill of crab cakes, crab rolls, and more creative crab dishes at these delicious seafood spots across Connecticut.

1. Ford’s Lobster, Noank, CT

Feast on fish and seafood outdoors on the sunshiny patio at Ford’s. This favorite local spot has great fish, lobster, and crab. A dinnertime starter favorite is their jumbo lump crab cake served with honey wasabi aioli. Aside from their dinnertime crab offerings, Ford’s Lobster has a new Sunday brunch with several crab dishes such as eggs benedict with crab and an omelet with crab.

2. Stowe’s Seafood, West Haven, CT

With pirate kitsch everywhere, Stowe’s Seafood is a classic spot. Its meals—and its prices—can stand toe to toe with any top-notch seafood restaurant in Connecticut. Stowe’s offers two smaller crab dishes, a softshell crab sandwich and crab cake sandwich, and an entrée featuring six seafood options all served on one plate including a crab cake.

3. Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale, Multiple locations

Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale is one of the most popular low-key seafood spots in the state. Their lobster rolls are well-loved as are their fish and chips. They also serve up a delicious crab roll, fried crab cakes, and several crab casseroles. For something a bit healthier, they also offer a salad topped with a heaping of chilled rock crab meat.

4. Red 36, Mystic, CT

Red 36 is a beautiful spot in Mystic located right along the harbor. This hip spot is fun for its atmosphere, so it is a great spot to take a date. The food is also really good at Red 36 and the menu features a wide array of seafood including snacks and mains. The lump crab cakes are a filling meal served with potatoes, a special lobster sauce, and green beans.

5. Dog Watch Café, Stonington, CT

Drive or ride your boat up to the Dog Watch Café for a simple, yet delicious meal of freshly caught seafood. Opt for calamari, PEI muscles or flavorful lump crab cakes over a bed of salad. Open year round, Dog Watch Café is a calming place for a dinner party, meal out with friends, or romantic date with a view.

6. J’s Crab Shack, Hartford, CT

Head on over to J’s Crab Shack for a menu bursting with a variety of seafood. As the name suggests, crab features prominently on their menu and they offer a tossed salad topped with crab, crab cakes, crab claws, snow crab legs, and gigantic king crab legs. Do keep in mind that prices change based on the current market price.

7. Close Harbor, Plantsville, CT

Serving up brunch, dinner, and lunch with great seafood specials, you could choose to eat crab for every meal here at Close Harbor. For brunch, diners will find a jumbo lump crab roll and seafood quiche. For dinner, sink your teeth into crab cakes, crab and lobster combo roll, crab stuffed flounder, or crab crusted salmon. Lunch also has several crab dishes on the menu.

8. D’Amato Seafood, New Haven, CT

D’Amato’s Seafood is a friendly spot serving big portions of seafood brought fresh from the ocean. The menu features a ton of crab options including crab cakes, soft shell crab platters, crab sandwiches and more. The menu stand out is there captain’s platter that feeds five to six hungry seafood lovers and comes with shrimp, scallops, fillet of fish, clams, crab cakes, and fries or onion rings.

9. S&P Oyster Co., Mystic, CT

This much-loved seafood restaurant provides beautiful views overlooking the Mystic River and downtown Mystic. Sit out on the patio while enjoying a jumbo lump crab salad and views of the boats passing by. Numerous other seafood options and special abound here as well as tantalizing desserts and coffees to finish the meal.

10. Boathouse Restaurant at Saugatuck, Westport, CT

Stop by the scenic Boathouse Restaurant and relax in its serene interior while dining on tasty small plates and entrees. For a tasty snack, munch on the Boathouse crab cakes or flavorful fish tacos. To sate a seafood craving, the stozzapreti is packed with shrimp, lobster, crab, and more delicious flavors.

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