This place truly stands out among the many eateries on Restaurant Row; maybe it’s the large replicas of a ship and a lighthouse in front of the building, or perhaps it’s the actual “giant crab” that straddles the doors to this establishment. Tacky decor aside, this is the place for seafood – and lots of it.
This place is all about the buffet – a 170-item embarrassment of riches that serves as the centerpiece of the large, open dining area and features several stations. The Steam and Raw Bar is a great place to get started with peel-and-eat shrimp, steamed oysters and crawfish and, of course, crab legs. The seafood station also has a huge spread of fried oysters, shrimp, flounder, scallops and fresh catch of the day, plus fried chicken, ribs and other entrees for those looking for “land food.” A carving station, soup, salad and dessert bar and even a hibachi grill ensure there’s plenty of variety to choose from, and the kids have their own station serving burgers, pizza, chicken nuggets and other favorites. You won’t leave hungry.
The nautical-themed decor is dominate throughout the restaurant, although the Pirate’s Island Tavern provides adults with a nice escape from the buffet scene. Like most buffets, the dining area is bustling with diners going to and from the food stations. Giant Crab manages to maintain a mood that is more fun than most all-you-cant-eat feed troughs.