Key West Dining at Pinchers Crab Shack

Pinchers Crab Shack, the family owned restaurant in Key West delivers fresh seafood from the company’s own fishing company.

Pinchers Waitress and Interior. /K&S Media.


Walking into Pinchers is a lesson in eclectic art and serious seafood. The entire restaurant was decorated by Tony Phelan – the oil can light fixtures, hand perforated with local fish, and artwork on the walls (all with a cheeky seafood inspired theme).

The Phelan family have owned and operated Pinchers (several locations through south Florida), for sixteen years and they also own their own fishing company – the result? All of the
seafood here is ultra fresh.

Pinchers Crab Shack Key West Meal
Pinchers Crab Shack Key West Meal. /K&S Media

We order a feast of finger licking good seafood – creamy New England style clam chowder studded with lots of clams, crisp soft shell crab, steamed sweet clams and Blue Crab Clusters sautéed in garlic, butter and spices make our mouth water at every bite. Pinchers is as authentic as you can get.

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2014/15 issue of City Style and Living Magazine. Want more Florida Keys?