Crabbys exterior sign

Last Updated on February 7, 2024 by Dr. Shannon Barrett

Nestled on a bustling corner of Clearwater Beach, Crabby’s Dockside Restaurant stands as a beacon for both locals and visitors. It’s vibrant red umbrellas mark a spot where fun and flavor meet.

Crabbys outdoor patio close up
The red umbrella’s are easy to spot

While it’s true that Crabby’s may initially strike one as the quintessential tourist haunt, it’s important to remember that such places often become popular for good reason.

Red chair outside of Crabbys
Great selfie spot

Upon arrival, the welcoming facade of Crabby’s Dockside, with its sprawling outdoor patio, promises not just a meal but an experience.

Red umbrellas outdoor patio of a restaurant
Dog Friendly Patio

The first floor patio is pet friendly so bring your dog on cooler days to enjoy the fun.

The restaurant’s three-story setup ensures that every guest finds their perfect spot. You can enjoy the shade and serene water views from the upper floors or the vibrant energy and live music of the first floor.

View from upper floors of Crabbys dockside
Great Views from the Upper Floors

The live performances add a dynamic layer to the Crabby’s experience, with musicians who go beyond their set lists to assist guests, enhancing the welcoming atmosphere.

2nd floor of Crabbys Dockside with tables and chairs and large windows
The second floor of Crabbys

The patio, particularly recommended on the first floor for its lively downtown ambiance, offers unparalleled opportunities for people-watching. Here, one can observe the comings and goings of the Jolly Trolley, all while enjoying a refreshing ocean breeze.

Street view from Crabbys patio with sidewalk
The view from the patio of downtown clearwater

A standout on the menu is the “Cure All” cocktail, a concoction of tequila and fresh juices that embodies the spirit of a Jimmy Buffett song, served in a glass.

Cure All cocktail in plastic cup on wooden table
Cure All Cocktail

For those who favor simplicity and flavor, the easy peel shrimp is a must-try, epitomizing the seafood fare that Crabby’s is celebrated for.

Shrimp in a basket with lemon and sauce
Peel and Eat Shrimp

Crabby’s Dockside is a haven for families and large groups, offering the flexibility to accommodate gatherings of all sizes without sacrificing comfort.

people sitting in restaurant with glass windows at Crabbys
Consider the 2nd floor if you prefer AC

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However, be mindful that the ambiance can become quite spirited when live music fills the air on the first floor, contributing to the lively din of happy diners.

Outdoor bar with people and fans
Fans keep you cool at the outdoor bar

The service at Crabby’s Dockside deserves special mention. Our hostess, Kassie, was friendly and accommodating. She let us change our table from the third floor to the first floor with a smile and great attitude.

This speaks volumes about the establishment’s commitment to happiness. Such genuine care and hospitality are what keep patrons returning.

biodegradable Straws on table
They use biodegradable straws to keep the sea safe

Crabby’s Dockside encapsulates the essence of Clearwater Beach dining—delicious food, refreshing drinks, and a welcoming atmosphere. They cater to everyone, four-legged friends included.

people sitting at indoor bar with large open windows
Grab a drink at the 3rd floor bar for great views

Whether you’re there for the views or the “Cure All” cocktail, Crabby’s promises an experience that’s hard to forget.

Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday 11 AM – 10 PM

Friday – Saturday 11 AM – 11 PM

37 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 1 (727) 210-1313

Seating Options:

Indoor and outdoor dining are available. I recommend sitting on the first level patio where you can take advantage of the great weather, live music and furry dining companions.

Pets allowed: Dog Friendly on the patio (1st floor)

Parking: Finding a parking spot in the restaurant lot can be difficult. I recommend biking or walking if possible. 


Appetizers: $10.00-$20.00

Main courses: $15.00-$30.00

Cocktails: $8.00-$15.00

For more information, visit their website

Dr. Shannon Barrett

Dr. Shannon Barrett

Veterinarian/Travel Writer/Digital Nomad

Dr. Shannon Barrett is a veterinarian and digital nomad. She owned a housecall practice, Island Veterinary Care, for over a decade and now travels full time. She lives in different beach towns and then writes travel guides based on her time there. If you’re looking for resources on travel destinations or how to become a digital nomad, then you’ve come to the right place! Love to bring your pets with you? Even better!

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