The 10 Best Places for Crab in Massachusetts!

Crab salad. Crab roll. Crab cakes. Crab soufflé. Crab chowder. If the mere thought of these delicious dishes makes your mouth water, you need to seek out the perfect place to treat yourself to a lunch or dinner where the leading role is played by crab. The following places in Massachusetts will help you curb your craving—at least for a while.

1. Shaking Crab, Newton, MA

Whether it’s snow crab or blue crab you crave, Shaking Crab has both—and more. Their crab is cooked up Cajun style and best when washed down with their homemade Southern sweet tea. Dine in or take your crab to go.

2. The Barking Crab, Boston, MA

Whether you’re seeking crab as an appetizer or as your main course, you’ll find it all at the Barking Crab. A rich, creamy crab dip is the perfect way to begin your meal. Follow it up with Alaskan King Crab, Dungenous Crab or a Mixed Crab Bowl. Don’t like your crab straight? Check out the crab cakes instead. Dine inside or out in season.

3. Turner’s Seafood, Salem, MA

Crab literally takes the cake at Turner’s Seafood. Their rock crab is skillfully incorporated into one of the best crab cakes around. Enjoy it as an entrée. Check out a smaller portion sans any sides as an appetizer.

4. Courthouse Seafood Restaurant, Boston, MA

What’s summer without a delicious crab roll? You’ll indulge in one of the best around at Courthouse Seafood Restaurant. Fresh seafood straight from the docks is served here. If a crab roll isn’t your thing, try their crab cakes, which are equally as delicious.

5. Holly Crab, Allston, Boston and Lowell, MA

6. Sturbridge Seafood, Sturbridge, MA

King Crab is one of the top features at Sturbridge Seafood. This seafood center away from the ocean has fresh seafood delivered daily. You’ll enjoy red bliss potatoes, fresh vegetables and a medley of sausage, clams, shrimp and mussels to complement your crab. And it’s served with plenty of fresh, melted creamery butter.

7. Grill 23, Boston, MA

Crab doesn’t take the main stage at Grill 23, but it does very nicely on the appetizer menu instead. King Crab served hot or cold is the perfect beginning to other types of seafood, steak or chops. And if you want to jazz it up a bit, start your meal with their delicious crab cakes instead.

8. The Blue-Eyed Crab, Plymouth, MA

Enjoy the Lobster and Lump Crab Creole served over toasted bread at the Blue-Eyed Crab, where the crab complements—but isn’t in the least bit overshadowed—by the lobster. Crispy Maine Crab Cakes also grace the impressive menu, along with Crab Crusted Cod.

9. Dolphin Seafood, Natick, MA

Indulge in Maryland Crab Cakes at Dolphin Seafood. Combine your love of crab with that of shrimp for a salad that’s simply divine. You’ll love the Mediterranean feel of this seafood restaurant—where all the seafood is picked by the chef daily at Boston’s famous fish pier.

10. DiNatale Seafood, Plymouth, MA

Start your meal with a crisp crab cake at DiNatale Seafood, then work your way up to Steamed Alaskan King Crab Legs with drawn butter. If you want to take your crab home, they sell live rock crabs. People drive all the way from Boston to enjoy the seafood here. 

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