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Crab & Fin St. Armands Restaurant Review

Rating System: - 1=Excellent - 2=Very Good - 3=Good 4=Fair 5=Poor

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Anonymous party of 2 had dinner at Crab & Fin on St. Armands and rated the cobia and Tuna excellent because, "served hot, beautifully prepared and presented." and writes on May 7, 2010, "We liked our meal very much. We chose the early dining option and were surprised that after we ordered our main dish, we were told we could have salad or soup with our order at no charge. I had the gazpacho soup and my wife had the house salad. Both were delicious. To add to the ambiance, we were also served a smoked salmon pate without charge. Our fish was cooked just the way we wanted it. No one rushed us, and we had a delightful evening.
We will definitely return."
Service Rating: 1
Ambience Rating: 1
Wine List Rating: 1
Cleanliness Rating: 1
Value Rating: 1
Overall Experience: 1
Times At Restaurant: 5

Anonymous party of 4 had dinner at Crab & Fin and rated the food poor because, "The waiter was the rudest I have ever encountered" and writes on March 19, 2007, "The food was mediocre but the service was unbelievable. My husband & I were entertaining clients and were enjoying some conversation when the waiter arrived with the menus and told us he would return in 5 minutes for our order. We continued to converse when he arrived with pen in hand and stood until we all felt obliged to rush an order. The food arrived and he immediately asked us how our "lunch was" We were there at 4:30 and assumed we had been given dinner menu's. I could go on but I still get angry thinking how rude he was."
Service Rating: 5
Overall Experience: 5

Anonymous party of 4 rated the food poor because "service nothing short of rude, and flies on food" and writes on May 21, 2006, "I ate in this restaurant after a recommendation. It was a poor choice. Having traveled extensively worldwide both on business and pleasure, I have no hesitation in confirming this to be the worst restaurant I have ever eaten in. The servers were aggressive and rude, the wrong food was delivered to our table with no apologies, and at different times to our party. The food was cold and unappetizing. The manager, if he really was the manager, was just as rude and offensive and one would have received far superior customer service from a well known fast-food outlet, and then to top it all we had dead flies on our fruit and in our drinks. He did not even make any attempt to put right this horrendous experience. One can only assume, they have enough customers walking around St. Armands who will refill their tables in order to listen to their house pianist. This is one to avoid and I understand that Hemmingway's is the place to be, or alternatively, check out the Hungry Fox."
Service Rating: 5
Ambience Rating: 4
Wine List Rating: 4
Cleanliness Rating: 5
Kid Friendly Rating: 5
Value Rating: 5

Tina Pinho party of 3 rated the food excellent because, "Everything was prepared fresh as fresh it can be!" and writes on February 23, 2005: "The Crab cakes were outstanding. One of the best I have had here in Sarasota. Full of fresh Crabmeat and no peppers in it which I hate. Also came with red skinned potatoes, rutabaga and Swiss chard and a freshly made remoulade sauce with a nice kick to it. My girlfriend and I also had the Martha's Vineyard salad with this wonderful dressing that I can't explain. We also shared the Brie and fruit plate and my other girlfriend had the Grilled Portobello sandwich which she said was to die for. Key Lime Pie was for desert and a very nice presentation it was besides being scrumptious. All 3 of us highly recommend the Crab & Fin and it was packed yesterday the day we were there."

An anonymous writer says the food was fair because, "soft shell crabs were deep fried and hardly any flavor." Anonymous ordered dinner and writes on 4/4/2004: "We ate their 2 nights in a row, hoping the 2nd night would be better than the first.
Unfortunately it was not.
Both the women's and men's bathrooms were filthy.
When our waitress brought the salmon, even she apologized for the cut of meat and the presentation.
I would guess that Crab & Fin has had some management changes or needs them and may be having problems in the kitchen."

Chris Parent rated the food excellent because: "the best crab cakes outside of Maryland!" Chris ordered crab cakes, scrod, pasta and has eaten at Crab & Fin 20 times writes on 2/28/04: "This night we were put upstairs but i found the piano player excellent and the food even better! it's our favorite on the circle followed closely by Tommy Bahama's and Hemingway's. if you like crab please try their cakes once...most other restaurants make mush of their cakes...crab and fin spent the money to travel to Maryland and study how to make them right before they listed them on their menu!"

An anonymous writer rates the food poor because, "It was cold, expensive and it took forever to get there service." And writes on 10/29/03: "The service first of all, is terrible it took forever to get served. The king crab legs promoted at being half a pound, were two medium size crab legs... not even 1/4 pound. There is no bartender we ordered four plain cocktails (Bacardi & coke etc) and they were horrendous. The best part of the night was when the bus boy brought a glass of water to pass the food. On the positive side they have good bread. And this is the only positive thing about this restaurant. great location, horrible food, horrible prices."



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