The Crazy Crab boasts two picturesque waterfront locations on either end of Hilton Head Island.
This longtime local favorite opened in 1984 on Highway 278 overlooking Jarvis Creek. Two years later, the second restaurant began serving hungry patrons in Harbour Town.
Destroyed by fire in 1998, the North-end Crazy Crab was rebuilt to twice its original size and now accommodates nearly 250 people inside the spacious, nautical-themed restaurant, with another 80 seats outside on the deck.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, both locations offer similar menus featuring made-to-order Lowcountry specialties.
Share a complimentary basket of freshly-made hushpuppies while enjoying a bowl of She Crab Soup, shrimp cocktail, jumbo lump crab cake, oysters on the half shell or Caesar salad.
During lunch, the variety of salads, sandwiches, burgers, seafood platters and daily specials are sure to please every palate. In the evening, the menu expands to include an even larger selection of appetizers and entrees, such as stuffed flounder, stuffed mushrooms and Alaskan king crab legs.
From fresh fish and tender sea scallops to succulent shrimp and plump oysters, patrons may choose their seafood broiled, fried or steamed with a garden salad, corn-on-the-cob, coleslaw, onion rings, rice, baked potato or French fries on the side.
Those who can’t make up their minds may opt for the signature Steamed Seafood Pot or a combination platter. Several steak and chicken dishes are available, as well.
Steps away from the Harbour Town Playground in Sea Pines, with an enclosed outdoor play area and huge indoor saltwater aquarium at Jarvis Creek, kids are always welcome at these casual, family-friendly establishments.
The special “Minnow’s Menu“ includes macaroni & cheese, fried shrimp, chicken fingers and pizza with a selection of locally-made ice cream, homemade Key Lime pie and chocolate mud pie for dessert.
According to co-owner Peter Kenneweg, the secret of the restaurants’ success is three-fold.
“It’s more than one thing,” he explains. “It’s got to be good food, good service and the price has to be right.”
The Crazy Crab restaurants have been local favorites for more than 30 years. A children’s menu, take-out and outdoor seating (at Jarvis Creek) are available. Reservations are not required, large groups welcome.
The Crazy Crab
Harbour Town, in The Sea Pines Resort, L-6 on map.
GPS location: 149 Lighthouse Rd.
Hwy. 278 on Jarvis Creek, E-22 on map.
GPS location: 104 Wm. Hilton Pkwy.