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From the Sea to The Tank
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Sorting the Crabs
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Sorting the Crabs
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Crabs Waiting to Molt
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Molting Crab
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Ready To Be Prepared
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There is so much to love about spring in the Lowcountry – with soft-shell crabs being at the top of our list!

As the water temperature gets warmer during the spring months, crabs begin molting their old exoskeleton and remain “soft” until their shells begin to harden over the coming days. Soft-shell crab is the culinary term for crabs that have gone through this process – allowing the entire crustacean to be eaten, rather than having to shell it to reach the meat. 

As the only restaurant on Hilton Head Island with an in-house shedding operation, we are able to have a softness and freshness to our soft-shell crab dishes that are unrivaled, it also allows our guests to watch and learn more about the process.

Our state of the art system allows us to keep live crabs in our tanks. Where a special pump system draws in saltwater from the creek into the tanks. We then watch them, 24 hours a day, until they come out of their shells, then we separate and serve them to you – giving you the freshest soft shell crabs in all of Hilton Head Island!

Stop by from late March to early June to try some of these amazing seasonal delicacies and to see our in-house shedding operation, where we will have more than 10,000 delicious crabs ready for you to enjoy throughout the entire soft-shell crab season.

Soft Shell Crab Take Out Menu (PDF)

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We are OPEN for take out orders with our full menu daily 11am-8pm! Please call (843) 681-2772 or order upon arrival.