Crabby Lady Restaurant – Goodland, FL

By: Bryan Shelmon

When you’re visiting Goodland, FL, experience one of the town’s hidden gems nestled on the waterfront – the Crabby Lady restaurant. Goodland is a historic fishing town near Naples and Marco Island where you can always look forward to the best seafood in the region.

Crabby Lady restaurant is a local favorite known for its fresh food and friendly atmosphere. Dining at the Crabby Lady is an entire experience that you don’t want to miss.

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About Crabby Lady

Crabby Lady is established on a site that has just as much history as the town. It’s located on the waterfront of the Marco River, which runs through Goodland. Before Crabby Lady opened, the building was originally a local bait shop. It was the perfect location for boats that would dock right at the shop, pick up gear, and head right out to sea for fishing.

The fishing heritage of the site is well preserved at the Crabby Lady. The restaurant is named after the founder’s boat. Much of the same restaurant aesthetics remain with the original shack appearance to give it the same fisherman vibe while dining in.

Now, after 25 years, Crabby Lady remains a hotspot for locals and visitors to enjoy fresh, delicious seafood on the waterfront.

Aerial view of the Crabby Lady restaurant with boat docks in Goodland, Florida.
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What to Eat at Crabby Lady Restaurant

Crabby Lady specializes in fresh seafood in Goodland, FL. The waterfront location makes it a popular stop for local fishermen to drop off fresh catch daily for the restaurant to serve to its patrons. It’s what keeps people coming back to get the same great taste every time.

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The most popular menu items at Crabby Lady are the House Special and Catch of the Day. The house special always consists of the daily catch of Florida Blue Crabs served with a side of Joe’s Crab Balls. The catch of the day is an alternative for fish cooked to order.

Other popular dishes include seafood pasta, surf & turf, and fried chicken. There’s something for everyone! All of the food is seasoned to perfection and served with tasty sides.

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Surf-n-Turf, grilled steak, sautéed shrimp with grilled summer squash entree at the Crabby Lady restaurant in Goodland, Florida.
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Chicken Parmesan on a bed of pasta with side salad and bread. Crabby Lady restaurant Goodland, Florida.
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Joe's Crab Balls with dipping sauce at the Crabby Lady restaurant in Goodland, Florida.
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Fried fish with lettuce, tomato and a slice of onion on a bun with a side of fries and dipping sauce Crabby Lady restaurant Goodland, Florida.
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Are you celebrating your birthday in Goodland or Marco Island? Stop by Crabby Lady for a free slice of its signature Key Lime pie with your meal.

Restaurant Experience

There’s no doubt that Crabby Lady has one of the best dining experiences. It’s one of the top-rated restaurants in Goodland, FL, where the food quality and restaurant ambiance are perfect for a nice meal.

Crabby Lady checks the box on each of these categories to make it a must-visit while you’re in town:

  • Food
  • Service
  • Atmosphere
  • Live Music

Ever since it opened, Crabby Lady has built a reputation for having the freshest seafood in town. Every meal is cooked to order, and desserts are made daily so that you’ll always get the fresh flavors from the sea. It’s the only way to do seafood!

Crabby Lady is open for lunch, and dinner. So, whether you’re spending a day out on the water or looking for a place to fuel up after a successful day of fishing, Crabby Lady has you covered.

The Service at Crabby Lady

The friendly service at Crabby Lady makes any customer feel like family. The staff will treat you like a long-time visitor, even if it’s your first time eating at the restaurant. They love meeting and interacting with tourists and have plenty of great ideas for things to do in town after you eat.

Crabby Lady has fast service and plenty of seating, so feel free to stop by if you’re starving!

The Atmosphere at Crabby Lady

You’ll love the atmosphere at Crabby Lady. The vintage shack appearance on the waterfront gives it a local feel. It’s an open-air restaurant that has the perfect breeze coming in to cool off from the hot Florida sun.

Ask about seating on the patio. Crabby Lady has plenty of seating outdoors where you can enjoy your meal with views of the water.

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Live Music

Do you like live music? Head down to Crabby Lady every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to enjoy live music performances. It invites the top local talent to play sets on its outdoor patio stage. There’s always a crowd enjoying a refreshing beer and great music on the waterfront.

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Visit Crabby Lady in Goodland, FL

Make Crabby Lady restaurant a stop on your itinerary during your trip to Marco Island or Goodland, Florida. It’s one of the best local restaurants with a hometown atmosphere that you’ll genuinely enjoy. Crabby Lady is open Tuesday-Sunday with live music on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons.

If you can, dine in to get the full experience – otherwise, order it for take-out, and you’ll still get an excellent meal!

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Written by: Bryan Shelmon | Author Website

Bryan Shelmon is a travel writer, living the digital nomad lifestyle as of the past few years to immerse himself into the travel industry. Bryan has traveled to regions including the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, and Southeast Asia. While traveling, he enjoys attending local cultural events and working on creative projects. Bryan continues to grow as a writer, achieving a #1 Best Selling travel culture guide on Amazon and exploring new regions of the world.