On a recent trip to Georgia a couple of months ago our family decided to try the popular Crab Shack Tybee Island, hoping for a great seafood dinner. We found the restaurant was just over bridge as you entered into Tybee. The parking lot was packed and the restaurant was busy, we felt this was a good sign we could get some great steamed seafood. As we entered we found they have a Live Alligator Farm where you are able to feed the small alligators! The dining area of the restaurant is on one of the bays where you are surrounded by wetlands. To add to the atmosphere they have an old stranded boat complete with pirate skeletons. Although it was crowded it didn’t seem like we had to wait very long before we were seated.
It was a nice evening and we elected to sit outside. After a few minutes, I’m not sure we made the right decision. The gnats were terrible even though we were sitting close to a fan, and since this was a pet friendly restaurant we had several cats running around and jumping up on the table and chairs. The cats didn’t bother us but the gnats were a problem.
The waitress we had was both friendly and helpful. Though they were busy she took the time to answer any of our questions and was always checking to see if we were in need anything. We had six in our party and soon placed our orders. A few of us had the Low Country Boil which includes (boiled shrimp, corn, sausage and potatoes), a couple orders of the Deviled Crab and even one order of the BBQ Ribs.
It wasn’t long before our appetizer arrived but then it seemed like we had to wait forever for our dinners. From the time we ordered until our dinners were served was close to an hour. Everyone’s meal was good but not spectacular, the portions were decent and the meals seemed to be priced fairly compared to some of the other island restaurants. No one was still hungry when we left but, we didn’t need any doggie bags either.
Overall, we found the Crab Shack, to be unique, satisfying and family-friendly. The food and portions were good and the price was reasonable. While waiting to be seated there was plenty to occupy your time between the alligator pit, bird cages and gift shop. If we stop back again we will definitely sit inside due to the bugs. I don’t know that this is one of the restaurants we will visit on each trip to Tybee, but if you’ve never been here before I’d suggest you try it at least once.
You can compare the Crab Shack to the other restaurants on Tybee with our Tybee Island Restaurant Guide.
Directions and a map in the Tybee Island Business Directory.