#52 of 198 Destin Restaurants

The Crab Trap

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The Crab Trap in Destin: Seafood Served With a Side of Beach Vibes
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Stunning views of white sand beaches await at The Crab Trap in Destin, where you'll enjoy not only the scenery, but also the fresh seafood and the sense of camaraderie between tourists and locals.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Situated on Highway 98 and adjacent to one of Destin’s top public access beaches, The Crab Trap offers the ultimate in convenience while also encouraging visitors to kick back and enjoy a leisurely dining experience.

As you enter the establishment, you’ll be welcomed into an open and inviting environment. Ample table seating is available, as are several spots at the bar.

If possible, grab a table near the windows so you can enjoy the best possible view as you eat. If you dine before hitting up the beach, your meal will serve as the perfect precursor to your adventures in the sun and the sand — watching other beachgoers will get you and your loved ones excited.

When the weather cooperates, The Crab Trap essentially turns into a big patio. You’ll enjoy the feel of the sea breeze as you sip on your cocktail and make conversation.

Because of The Crab Trap’s proximity to the beach, it can be incredibly busy during the peak of tourist season — and especially on sunny weekend afternoons. Don’t expect to be in and out of this restaurant quickly; the wait for a table alone could last over half an hour if you stop by at the wrong time. The wait is a lot more enjoyable, however, if you’re able to grab a mixed drink and a glimpse of the beach.

A few of our favorite menu items at The Crab Trap include the following:

Hot Crab Dip
Referenced on the menu as a ‘Crab Trap Star,’ this amazing dip contains fresh crab meat, cream cheese, red pepper, green onions, and fresh basil. The appetizer is served with warm pita chips, which are perfect for dipping.

Seafood Gumbo
Enjoy a taste of New Orleans along the coast in beautiful Destin. This mouthwatering Louisiana-style gumbo contains shrimp, fish, Andouille sausage, and a delectable mix of spices. It’s available by the cup or by the bowl — but no matter the serving size you order, you won’t be able to get enough of this enticing recipe.

Ultimate Triple Crab Combo For Two
What better way to enjoy date night than with all of your favorite varieties of crab? A crab lover’s dream come true, this platter at The Crab Trap contains a whopping three pounds of crab, including Dungeness crab, Bairdi crab, and Alaska snow crab. As if that’s not enough, your massive pile of crab comes with corn and potatoes.

Build Your Beach Burger
This burger isn’t quite as versatile as its name suggests; your only options are white American or cheddar cheese — and whether to include applewood bacon (when in doubt, the answer is yes). Either way, you’ll enjoy half a pound of grain-fed chargrilled black angus beef on a fresh Brioche bun. Your burger also comes topped with lettuce and tomato — and with slaw or fries as a side.

The Captain’s Platter
If you think the best seafood is fried and breaded, you’ll love everything about this platter at The Crab Trap. It boasts all of your favorites fried to perfection, including shrimp, scallops, deviled crab, and even calamari. Fries and slaw complete your meal, which is so filling, it can easily be shared with a friend.

While the ambiance and the view at The Crab Trap may be the main points of attraction for Crab Trap visitors, there’s plenty to love about the cuisine. If you crave seafood, you’re in for a treat.

Insider Tips:
-The Crab Trap is a dog-friendly restaurant. You and your canine companion are welcome to sit in the outdoor bar area, where you’ll receive a cool bucket of water. While the beach bar has a limited menu, you’re welcome to order to-go from the full menu inside before enjoying your meal at the bar.
-On crowded days, the parking area at The Crab Trap can be a nightmare. Many visitors recommend walking or taking an Uber. Better yet: take the 654Limo Beach Bus, which is the restaurant’s recommended mode of transportation. This shuttle stops at a few key destinations between HarborWalk Village and Miramar Beach, including, of course, the Crab Trap.