The Crab Trap
31 North 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
The Crab Trap in downtown Fernandina has been family owned and operated for more than 30 years. It is located in The Seydel Building, a historic structure built in the 1870s.
The restaurant began operations in this building during Shrimp Festival Weekend in 1979. The operation is owned by Richard Germano and his daughter, Holly, and many crew members have been on board for years.
The menu has a large selection of seafood and steak specials, including an interesting appetizer menu featuring colossal onion rings, fried cheese sticks, and fresh Florida gator tail. In addition to the soup of the day, you can try their excellent fresh blue crab soup. It features blue crab claw meat in a buttery milky broth.
They have a huge selection of seafood specialties including what they call "crabs, crabs, & more crabs". These are typically Alaskan snow crab, Dungeness Crab, and King Crab. Some of the seafood entrees are shrimp and grits, shrimp creole, and a seafood medley casserole that includes bay scallops and blue crab claw meat.
There is a large selection of fish, including Mahi Mahi and their fresh catch of the day. The menu features many oyster dishes, including raw oysters on the half shell. All entrees include side orders like salads, hush puppies, sweet potatoes, green beans, and steamed vegetables.
Land lubbers are not forgotten and can enjoy rib eye and New York strip steaks, or hand cut chicken tenders. The senior and children's menu even includes pizza, hamburger and chicken fingers.
This restaurant has a full bar with a wide selection of cocktails and wine. Locals and tourists alike enjoy going to the upstairs bar to sip a few and watch the sun set over the marina. It's one of the best sunsets in Florida.
The Crab Trap does not accept reservations, and is open for dinner 7 days a week from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Check with them before you go because sometimes they open earlier for special events and popular weekends.