Wine Dine and Play: Crab Daddy's

Crab Daddy's

A Good Fish Dip In A Nice Location
St. Pete Beach, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: Seafood, Beachside Cuisine
Dined in May 2017
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)

Like most beach towns there is no shortage of beachside or beach-style restaurants and shacks. As you drive down the strip of the beach town your in the common sights are hotels, condo’s, restaurants, and gift shops. The restaurants range from small hole in the wall mom and pops, to beach style, and all the way up to fine dining. They also fir the profile of a typical beach name, which will include some type of crustacean, fish, or drunken old fisherman name like Willy or Tony. St Pete Beach like any beach town has the same combination of these three dining styles. My wife and I were taking a little beachside drive and stumbled upon a crustacean name called Crab Daddy’s next to other beachside restaurants like Shark Tales, Oyster Shucker, Woody’s, Willy’s, and a place called Frog Pond. (Didn’t see a Tony, lol!!) I’m still not sure why anyone would name a restaurant Frog Pond, but so be it. The name is more common than you might think to my surprise. 

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Main review:
Crab Daddy’s accolades include the Tampa Bay Times top 10 beach bar award for 2015 by the food editor. Perfectly situated at the corner of 75th Avenue and Sunset Way with great views of the Gulf of Mexico and an inlet with condo’s and private homes. The restaurant is two levels, with the ground open to the outside, and the second level being a rooftop style patio/terrace with a separate bar as well. The patio does not have a ceiling cover, so all tables are provided with umbrella’s. Like most restaurants in Florida and especially along the beach, they are dog friendly also.

    • Appetizers
    • In the Bowl
    • Baskets and Snacks
    • Stuffed, Wrapped, and Stacked
    • Crab Daddy Entrees
    • Get Your Crab On
    • Sides
    • Kid Menu
    • Desserts

We stopped in for a quick bite to eat in the later afternoon for lunch. The lunch crowd was gone, so it was quite and peaceful with only a few other people around. The menu at Crab Daddy’s is like most beachside restaurants with a focus on seafood, hopefully most of it local, even though the Sysco truck pulls up next to all of them, versus the local sustainable smaller companies. 
The terrace bar
Coconut shrimp, grouper nuggets, other shrimp starters, wings, Philly cheesesteaks, and chicken tenders make up large portions of most of these types of beach restaurants. With this being the ‘Crab Daddy’ they did have the addition of King crab, snow crab and others which was a nice bonus. Here in Florida other additions that are local Floribbean recipes are included like key lime pie, Key West fish tacos, cuban sandwich, and smoked fish spread. 

The fish spread was extremely tasty, and one thing my wife and I enjoy is trying the different variations from one beach restaurant and bar to another. From the Rowe Bar at the Don CeSar going up gulf Boulevard past Crab Daddy’s to South Beach Bar and Grille near Treasure Island, or down south to Sarasota to the southernmost point in Key West, many Florida beach and large city restaurants offer a smoked fish dip, and the best part is that they all use different fish, ingredients, and cooking methods. We have had a combination of dips some bad and others good from place to place that we visit, and for Crab Daddy’s I rate it as good. We enjoy it so much that, I created a ratings chart for fish spread.

 Fish Spread Rating Chart:
THE BEST - Top notch quality, excellent flavor profiles, memorable presentation, rare ingredients, organic, non-GMO, sustainable, local, immense-colossal quality of fish, and extravagant smoke flavors
DAMN GOOD - Fantastic smoke, exceptional quality, eclectic flavor, nice display, dedicated local sourcing, beautiful quality fish, possibly sustainable, non-GMO
GOOD - delicate, Enhanced ingredients, nice flavor, fresh taste, great smoke, common arrangements, in state local, superior quality fish
BETTER - Nice ingredients, higher-desirable quality, okay flavor and taste, good smoke content, maybe from in state sources, but possibly a GMO 
OKAY - Nothing amazing, a regular spread, fair quality, highly probable GMO product, might be from the state, most likely not, fabricated or mainstream smoke products
BAD - Taste old, horrible seasoning, cheap smoke, manufactured, heavy GMO product, not local, bad smell

Fish Spread
We also shared the loaded nachos dish, adding some avocado for a small up-charge. A large pile of nacho chips with a cheddar jack cheese, with a large lump of lettuce, a few tomatoes, with chicken. Salsa, sour cream, and jalapeños were offered on the side. The dish was not as enjoyable as the fish spread. Though the nachos did go down well with the beers.
Nacho dish

Based on how good the fish spread was, I would return to try a few more items from their list, and especially when I start working on the best burgers in Central Florida list, to see if they make the cut.

Other Noteworthy Beach and Bar Restaurant Favorites:
Wipe Out Bar and Grill in San Francisco, California
Dunes Beach Restaurant & Bar Eclectic Cape Malay cuisine w/sushi in Hout Bay, South Africa
Paradise Grille Beachside joint offering casual American eats in Pass-A-Grille, Florida
Bongos Bar and Grille Eclectic Beachfront Bistro, Cuban & American cuisine, in St. Pete Beach, Florida
The Pike Brewing Company Brewpub with locally sourced menu in Seattle, Washington
Sloppy Joe’s Bar Landmark bar serving Floribbean and American classics since 1933 in Key West, Florida 
Wipeout Bar and Grill Surf shack theme with Californian and Mexican cuisine in San Francisco, California
The Dickens Inn 1800s warehouse dockside style British pub, in London, UK 

Other Pictures:

View from the terrace - Gulf of Mexico 

Final notes and observations:
What is a restaurant review? Is one better than the other? How does the rating system work? Most reviews you read online are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsibly, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience. My job is to put you at the table with me, and to try and be objective to the best of my ability. Being impeccable with my word, never taking anything that happens personally, being honest in the review, never making assumptions, and to always write to the best of my knowledge. My ratings are notated by the level of stars I award (from 0 to 5). The star rating is based on the calculation and point accumulation of six separate factors with nearly seventy questions broken down by my individual experience. This includes: wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, plus a bonus section I call wow factor. To see more details on how I do my ratings read this article:

Over all from this experience, and using my rating system linked above, I give Crab Daddy’s a 1 out of 5 stars, meaning that they were an average dining experience and similar to most beachside restaurants. Their fish spread did score them higher and I will return.

Review basics:

5 stars
 An Extraordinary Experience
Worthy of a Michelin rating
   94 - 100%
(105% with full bonuses added)
4 Stars
An Outstanding Experience 
(Top of its class)
87 - 93%
3 Stars
Exceeded All My Expectations
80 - 86%
2 Stars
Far Above the Average Experience
72 - 79%
1 Star
An Average Dining Experience
66 - 71%
0.5 Star
The Restaurant is a very Basic Experience
65 - 61%
0 Stars
ALERT: Poor, or Appalling Experience
(Do not waste your money or time)
60% or below

Overall Star Rating:
1 of 5 Stars: 
An Average Dining Experience
Corkage fee’s:
This Restaurant does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge $25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Casual dining
Cuisine style:
Seafood, American, Beach Food, Pescatarian, and Vegetarian
Not Required
Dress code:
Casual attire
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a child’s menu or cater to them; however for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended for children not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. If not then
Hire a Babysitter! 
Great bar, Great outdoor dining, Good for special occasions, Scenic views, Hole-in-the-wall, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Street Parking
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Nonsmoking restaurant, and nonsmoking patio

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Food Prices 
(excluding, alcohol, taxes & gratuity)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 

**Currencies chosen reflect the world’s major travelers and restaurant or wine connoisseur’s**

My food bill:
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Crab Daddy's:
678 75th Avenue
St Pete Beach, Florida 

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 727-800-5081
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
webpage contact:
Social Media 
Facebook link                

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Reviewed by:
Sean Overpeck (CFE)
Executive Chef
Father, Husband, Wine Drinker
Restaurant nut, History and 
Star Trek lover

Picture below was taken across from
Crab Daddy's with our dog Pearl

About Sean:

I am based out of Florida working in food service for over twenty years, and am currently with the American Embassy as the Executive Chef. Formally I have worked with groups contracting in Afghanistan, and Antarctica, also working in restaurants in and around Atlanta, Georgia prior to the wars. I have also owned a catering company and served proudly in the United States Army Food Service Program. The idea for Wine, Dine, and Play started in late 2012 after a trip to Jordan, when I was asked by friends to write down my experiences from a few restaurants, wines I tasted, and unique locations such as Petra. Since that time, I have written over 350 articles, including fifteen from the worlds top 100 lists of San Pellegrino and the Elite Travelers Guide restaurants. I have articles on exotic world locations such as Victoria Falls, and South African Safari’s; food recipes & a Grand Food Dictionary; ethnic country cuisines such as Afghan, and Peruvian; tasting tours of world cities like Charleston, Cape Town, and Dubai; and of course wine from vineyards in California, Oregon, the Carolina’s, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, with much more to see and write.

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