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Mar 13, 2014 08:14 AM

Has anybody been to Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab?

The Yelp reviews are all over the place, I trust Chowhounders more. Thanks.

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  1. I find it interesting that their website mentions only locations in DC, Las Vegas, and Chicago. No mention of the original location in Miami Beach, though the logo is the same.

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    1. re: Steve

      Not entirely true, Steve. The website for the original location is, and the website for the chain is

      1. re: DanielK

        Yes, I know, the Miami Beach location has its own website.

        I was pointing out the fact that the chain website does not cover the original location, hence different management. Not that this is a bad thing.....

        1. re: Steve

          They partner with Lettuce Entertain You for the chain, but the original stands alone.

    2. I've been to Joe's Stone Crab in Miami and was less than impressed. The crabs were rather bland and the sides were uninteresting. None of it was bad but it didn't meet my expectations considering how enthusiastic people are about it.

      1. Heading there for my first time tomorrow, 7:30 resee. Sietsema has a review up on 2 Stars. Interestingly, he doesn't like the stone crabs or the oysters rockfeller. He does like the chopped steak and the fried chicken though.

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        1. re: Pappy

          Thanks, I was waiting for that review. Interesting. Was also going to go Fri or Sat, but now I am not so sure. Had my heart set on the stone crabs.

          1. re: KevinS

            Does Tom not like stone crabs in general or just the ones at Joe's DC?

            1. re: Worldwide Diner

              the ones at this place. He said he loved them at the original in MB, among other places.

          2. re: Pappy

            The problem I have with star system is the disconnect with the review. The review makes it seem pretty lousy except for the burger (I mean, chopped steak) and fried chicken.

          3. We're going to suck it up and go anyway. I've never had stone crabs, but heard great things about them. I'm not sure what to expect. I will certainly watch for mushiness and stringiness, that doesn't sound good.

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            1. re: KevinS

              When they are good, they are terrific. Claw only, big n' meaty, served cold and already cracked.

              1. re: Steve

                I hope Pappy posts a review.

                According to a friend, and Open Table, getting a table there on the weekend is just not going to happen. I will go early next week during the workweek. Also, I called them and they serve the full menu at the bar area.

                This seems like the kind of place you have to go to once. At least once.

            2. Yes. I was taken there for my birthday last month. Being in an old bank, the high ceilings and marble makes a very impressive setting. Two people had the crab bisque and it was glorious. I will get it next time. The Grilled Fisherman's Platter was ample. The Maryland Colossal Crab Cakes were not. (Get those from G&M.) The sides are shareable. The bread is also good and the service was great.