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Original Waterfront Crab Shack

Original Waterfront Crab Shack

104 Miracle Strip Parkway SW

Fort Walton Beach, Florida


Original Waterfront Crab Shack is a family-run restaurant situated along the bay that offers a flavorful menu of tried-and-true seafood favorites, including the restaurant’s famous crab. Find out more below about Original Waterfront Crab Shack and why you might just want to add it to your list of spots to visit during your vacation in Fort Walton Beach!

Succulent Crab and Seafood at a Favored Local Spot

Laid-back and picturesque, Original Waterfront Crab Shack is home to a vast outdoor deck perfect for dining right on the water in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant has particularly gorgeous sunset views, making it an ideal choice for dinner by the water.

Original Waterfront Crab Shack is well-known for their steamed crabs, enormous seafood plates, and their inventive cocktails that will keep you cool on those warmer, sunshine-soaked days by the beach. The restaurant also prides itself on its gumbo, fish tacos, and rich homemade desserts.

Start off with an appetizer like seafood gumbolaya (a combination of gumbo and jambalaya), fried crab claws, smoked tuna dip, crawfish, fried green tomatoes, hickory-smoked chicken wings, cocktail shrimp, or crab dip.

From there, hearty sandwiches, juicy burgers, and flavorful tacos call out for lunch by the bay. Try the lobster crab cake sandwich, a crawfish po’boy, the Baa shrimp tacos, or the Fish lunch plate with parrotfish or redfish, served grilled, blackened, or fried. If you’re not feeling like seafood somehow, there’s always the buffalo chicken sandwich or the “Shack” Burger with certified Angus beef.

Of course, the main highlight of the menu is crabs! Dungeness and snow crab are served by the pound, while various combinations of soft shell crab, shrimp, and fish are paired up for different dishes. Top it all off with key lime pie or cheesecake.

The restaurant is open from 11:00 – 8:00pm daily. You’ll find Original Waterfront Crab Shack at 104 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, a mile west of Brooks Bridge. You can also reach the restaurant at (850) 664-0345 or speak with our representatives at The Breakers at Fort Walton Beach for more information.

Nearby Attractions and Activities to Enjoy

There’s nothing as satisfying as a savory seafood meal enjoyed at the Original Waterfront Crab Shack for those looking to taste their way through a Fort Walton Beach stay. While a meal here is bound to inspire and bring you back for more, so will the additional options for fun that are easily accessible nearby. Whether you’re hoping to make the most of an excursion before a meal or are looking for a fresh air moment to follow up lunch or dinner—there’s no shortage of options for area entertainment. The following are just a few of the many possibilities to add when it’s time to expand on your Fort Walton Beach itinerary.

Liza Jackson Park

When you’re craving time in the great outdoors, a stop at nearby Liza Jackson Park is a wonderful place to find yourself during a Fort Walton Beach getaway. Located at 338 Miracle Strip Parkway SW, time at Liza Jackson Park is often enjoyed by exploring the waterfront where you can swim, snorkel or utilize boat launches for time spent on the water. Picnic table and pavilions dot this scenic area as well, making it an ideal location when you want to settle in for a snack or just watch the world go by. Liza Jackson Park enjoys walking paths to stroll along as well as playgrounds for little ones looking to put energy to good use. Anglers in the area love Liza Jackson Park for its convenient pier and many options of species biting year-round. Those traveling to Fort Walton Beach with a canine companion in tow will appreciate the fact that Liza Jackson Park is also home to a dog park where four-legged friends can have fun and run.

Waterlife Ventures

When you can’t shake the need for adventurous moments and are ready to get out on the waves in style, a stop at Waterlife Ventures is a must. Located at 322 Miracle Strip Parkway SW, Waterlife Ventures offers up a wide variety of on-the-water rentals that are ready to go. Open 9:00 am until 6:00 pm daily, the team at Waterlife Ventures provides access to pontoon boat rentals that are perfect for a day of fun on the waves. Whether you’re hoping to turn your time on the water into a party or can’t wait to simply explore independently, Waterlife Ventures has the vessel to make it happen.

Seafood Restaurants Fort Walton Beach

Our reservations team can give you helpful insight into Original Waterfront Crab Shack and other places you won’t want to skip during your Fort Walton Beach vacation. Contact our office and learn more about what’s waiting for you here when you reserve your stay with us today!