Crab & Fin: The Finest Fin Fare and Service in St. Armand’s Circle, Sarasota, Florida


UPDATE! Crab & Fin named a Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Partner™ recognizing the best in cuisine and hospitality, a Sarasota-area favorite for years!


Sarasota’s celebrated Crab & Fin, located in beautiful St. Armand’s Circle has been a favorite of locals and visitors for years, showcasing the freshest in local seafood, as well as freshly caught fish flown in from the cleanest waters elsewhere. Crab & Fin typically features freshly shucked oysters from at least six locales daily, typically including favorites such as Blue Points, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, Prince Edward Island, Washington State, and British Columbia, among others! The food is so fresh and market-driven that the extensive menus are printed daily! Talk about fresh! The wine list is approachable and offers a great selection of choices from around the world. Patrons can enjoy the comfortable dining room, or dine “al fresco” among the lush, tropical foliage and watch the world go by in Sarasota’s iconic St. Armand’s. Crab & Fin has what it takes to be a Fred Bollaci Preferred Destination, featuring excellent food, a commitment to the best quality, freshest ingredients available, support for local growers (they also feature Mote Marine Caviar, my favorite), excellent, professional service, and a nice atmosphere, complete with a piano player for the enjoyment of outdoor diners!

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Crab & Fin is known for the best oyster selection in the Sarasota area, featuring 5-6 varieties from both Atlantic and Pacific coasts each day, as well as sampler platters so diners can try them all! On a recent visit, there were two from Prince Edward Island, two from Maine, one from Rhode Island, and one from Washington State.

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A personal favorite soup at Crab & Fin is the Gazpacho (pictured above), and a new Ceviche trio with tuna, grouper, and cork-braised octopus (pictured for two).

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Crab & Fin has been proudly serving Sarasota since 1978. Crab & Fin sources the best seafood from local purveyors and fishermen, and from all over the world. The fish arrives fresh, never frozen daily, and whole fish are cut in-house. You will taste the difference!

Crab & Fin is also known for preparing each meal from scratch, and even makes their own fresh, homemade pasta and bread, making each experience delicious and memorable. Their motto is “Local Landmark – Global Seafood…”


Crab & Fin has some of the best Grilled Octopus around!

Seafood any fresher would still be swimming! Known for excellent daily features, including crab legs, oysters, and excellent Dover Sole as well as an array of delectable soups, salads, appetizers, steaks, chops, lobster, and more, as well as an excellent wine list by the glass and bottle, as well as a full cocktail bar and friendly, professional service!

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Two favorite wines to pair with seafood: crisp, chilled Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand and Pinot Noir from California or Oregon, in this case an excellent Belle Glos Las Alturas by the Wagner family that also produces Caymus Cabernet in Napa Valley.

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As the name would suggest, Crab and Fin is known for crabs– Stone Crabs in winter months, and excellent Alaskan King Crab during the summer!

Whether you live in the Sarasota area or are visiting, Crab & Fin is not to be missed–in nice weather, enjoy dining “al fresco” while people watching on busy St. Armand’s, a favorite spot for locals and visitors, while sipping a cold drink and enjoying the live piano music. Please tell manager Scott that Fred Bollaci sent you and bon appetit!

Crab & Fin
420 St. Armand’s Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
Tel. 941.388.3964

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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