With its 34-year history and inviting sidewalk tables overlooking Longboat Key's upscale St Armand's Circle, it’s no wonder The Crab & Fin is such a popular destination for locals and snowbirds alike. A trip to Longboat Key for me is never complete without the requisite shopping excursion around the 'Circle' and securing one of the highly desirable outdoor tables under the awnings of The Crab & Fin, within earshot of the talented local pianist who bewitches patrons everyday with his soft jazz standards from Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Coleman Hawkins, Blossom Dearie and more — it's worth the price of admission alone, if the food weren't so terrific too.
The charming hand painted sign of the Crab & Fin
Originally the location of Charley's Crab, I've been coming to St Armand's Circle on Longboat Key since my parents purchased a property in Florida in the 1980s. I've come down with many friends, relatives, boyfriends and now my husband too, but no trip is complete without a lazy afternoon at The Crab & Fin.
The Crab & Fin is located on a desirable corner of St Armand's Circle
A lovely glass of chilled 2001 Chateau de Poyet Muscadet from the Loire
Fresh squishy bread and whipped butter arrives with the wine
Half a dozen Moonstone oysters from Narrangansett, Rhode Island
I always love to admire the shells post-feast
Yellowfin Tuna Tartare with fresh guacamole topped with crispy filo
on a pillow of chili lime aioli
Chocolate dipped slices of chilled pineapple arrive with the bill
This jazz pianist has been playing at the Crab & Fin for as long as I can remember