Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Soft-Shell Crabs

This is the delicious soft-shell crab po' boy served at GW Fins in New Orleans.

The weather has been wacky this spring, particularly on the East Coast. Back in February, there were days during which the temperatures reached well into the 80s. A lot of my fellow New Yorkers enjoyed this, though the Master Gardener in me considers it a sign of the ecological apocalypse. One happy by-product of this eerily unseasonably warm weather, however, is the early arrival of soft-shell crabs. I indulged at a friend’s restaurant for the first time last night and relished every crispy bite, so much so that I am having them again today! 

Another Monkey, San Francisco, California: “Best Thai food I’ve ever had! Definitely order extra soft-shelled crab. Four of us came, and we split four dishes, and all were amazing. The crab was so good that when we finished, we ordered a second for dessert!”

 * Blue Water Grill, New York, New York: “I took my mother here to celebrate her birthday. She love soft shell crabs and they went above and beyond to ensure that they let us know that they were going to have thm especially for her. They were flash fried and extremely tasty.”

Chef’s Station, Evanston, Illinois: “Soft-shelled crab was on the menu and my wife and I agreed that it was about the best we have had. Foie gras appetizer was perfectly prepared, too. Definitely a find for us.”

Chez TJ, Mountain View, California: “Dining at Chez TJ was one of the best experiences I have ever had. The food was innovative and delicious and they were awesome when it came to celebrating our special occasion and food preferences. I loved everything we were served, but I must say the soft-shell crab was the best, most succulent, sweet and well-cooked soft-shell crab I have ever had.”

Cookshop, New York, New York: “Pizza with fresh ramps, sublime. Soft-shell crab delightful and generous. I’ll start combining appetizers at this nabe fave, but not because the scallops and pheasant don’t stack up–they do!”

Craft, New York, New York: “We had a great dinner with really different and exciting dishes. The soft-shell crabs were amazing. Crisp and incredibly favorable. One of the best meals we have had.”

ELEVEN, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: “A magnificent soft-shell crab was served with freshly foraged ramps — those seasonal rarities which just go to prove exactly how good nature is at making food when not messed around with by mankind.”

* Food Wine and Co., Bethesda, Maryland: “Soft-shell crab was crisp and had a fantastic corn puree alongside.”

Gram & Dun, Kansas City, Missouri: “I had the special of the day — soft-shell crabs with a light breading and grapefruit sauce and truly enjoyed it.”

* GW Fins, New Orleans, Louisiana: “We’ve been coming to GW Fins since they opened and it has always been excellent. Large selection of wine by the glass. I recommend the beet salad and soft-shell crab.”

Harry’s Seafood Grill, Wilmington, Delaware: “Harry’s Seafood Grill has been one of our favorites since it opened and it didn’t disappoint us this time. I had my first soft-shell crabs of the season — they were wonderful!”

Jar, Los Angeles, California: “Food is fresh, flavorful and flawlessly prepared. Soft-shell crabs were a light surprise.”

* Joseph Tambellini, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: “Soft-shell crab season has arrived and Josepeh Tambellini has the BEST! An order consists of three very large, sweet, thick, and ‘meaty’ crabs. You can order them sauteed, batter- dipped ‘Romano’ style or a combination of both. They are absolutely the best I have ever had — and if you enjoy soft-shell crabs, these should not be missed.”

Le Citron Bistro, New Orleans, Louisiana: “Wonderful find, though a bit out of the way…Best fried oysters and soft-shell crabs..bread pudding was amazing.”

Liverpool House, Montreal, Quebec: “We started with the buffalo-style sweetbreads and the soft-shell crab pakoras. Incredible is a huge understatement.”

* The Manor, West Orange, New Jersey: “Everything was cooked perfectly and the meals were served hot. I had a soft-shell crab special which was delicious and my wife had the veal chops which she loved.”

Scarpetta, New York, New York: “Rich duck and foie gras ravioli and perfectly cooked soft-shell crab, this restaurant is a foodie paradise. Drinks are also lovely.”

* Story, Prairie Village, Kansas: “The octopus salad, the seasonal special, soft-shell crabs, and the flourless chocolate torte were our choices. All beautifully presented, well prepared, and, most important, delicious. In addition, we love the ambiance and friendly service. Highly recommend.”

Tastebuds American Bistro, Richmond, Virginia: “The star of the night was the soft-shell crab. Cooked to perfection — crisp and moist without the least bit of sogginess found too often in soft shells at many places — and flavored to perfection with a smoked tomato vinaigrette.”

Terramia, Boston, Massachusetts: “Everything was perfect, from the gluten-free soft-shell crab appetizer to the spaghetti bolognese. Our waiter was fantastic, service impeccable. I would return in a heartbeat.”

* Tuscany, Oakbrook, Illinois: “This was the best restaurant dinner I’ve ever had. The soft-shell crabs were unbelievable. The salad was outstanding, and the chocolate mousse cake…what can I say?”


  1. says

    We booked a reservation on April 2, for dinner, to be on April 30.
    Got a confirmation 3 days before from Open Table. We called the restaurant the day before to add one more person to our party. This was going to be a family reunion, for our daughter’s graduation from FIU. When we arrived to our 7 pm reservation we found the restaurant closed. A policemam told us it has been closed for 3 weeks. This has been a regretful experience. Open Table should be aware of this situations, and instead of confirming, tell us about the situation.

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