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The Original Crab Shack

The Original Crab Shack's motto is "Where The Elite Eat In Their Bare Feet!" in Tybee Island, GA. You and your pooch are welcome to sit on the spacious, dog-friendly deck overlooking the water, but not in the screened-in dining area. If you like seafood (which should be a prerequisite to coming here), order baby clams, oysters, snow crab, or Louisiana crawfish; if you like a little bit of everything, try the Captain's Sampler Platter or a Low Country Boil with shrimp, potatoes, corn, and sausage. Please note that resident cats have free range to roam around the outdoor seating areas. Visit Website

Or call (912) 786-9857 or email stephanie@thecrabshack.com for more information.


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The Original Crab Shack has received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 bones by 23 canine critics on BringFido and 4.0 out of 5 by 6,426 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Andrew
    Nov 18, 2023
    Great on water location for your pup

    Great place to dock up with your boat. Very pet friendly. The deviled crab is worth the trip.

  • Shannon
    Aug 31, 2023
    Great Place!

    We stopped in for lunch as we were a bit early for our Airbnb. Food was wonderful...ordered the alaskan king crab legs and Captains platter. Django was welcomed with lots of head scratches and ooooohhhs and aaaahhhhs. We will definitely be stopping again before we leave town.

  • Monica
    Jan 14, 2023

    we loved they let us inside on a freezing cold day. we liked the very low country vibe. it would be nice to sit out side in the spring or fall Im sure. service was timely.
    I did not care for 1/2 of my shrimp not being properly cleaned so gross to me. potatoes were not cooked though. everything else pretty good not great.
    not hot water in bathroom or deck faucets.

  • Sue
    Jan 11, 2023
    The best service

    Our waitress was quick to seat us and get our German Shepard water. They let us move when we realized the outside heaters were too warm in the sun. Very accommodating. Very friendly towards Britta, our pet. Service was friendly, prompt and exceptional! The food was good. The cats roaming never approached us or any other diners, staying on the outer edges of the restaurant.

  • Christy
    Jun 3, 2022
    Great spot for eating with your pup

    the Crab Shack on Tybee Island is super pet friendly.
    our waitress greeted our puo even before us and made sure she had water immediately. other servers would stop and say hi. tons and tons of outdoor seating.

  • Jason
    May 4, 2022
    2 woofs

    Food was good, wish I would have got the sampler, wasn’t a big fan of the Boil. Brisket was fabulous and the clam chowder very tasty! Very dog friendly, although my little mini golden doodle chased the cats away and the raccoon too, plus a few birds, her high pitched bark will do that to some people too!

  • Ron
    Mar 18, 2022
    Carlie favorite place

    This place was so good. The seafood platters were for Sharing and HUGE. The brisket was delicious. Great atmosphere and our dog loved the cats.

  • Kate
    Dec 29, 2021
    Happy Dogs & humans

    We were sat on the dock in a great spot to tuck our lab mix out of the way of traffic in a busy place. Ordered a kids plain hotdog sub potato chips for the corn to keep them extra chill. Humans enjoyed the shrimp & beers.

  • Faith
    Nov 2, 2020
    Great food And Accommodating For Dogs

    waitress was very nice and friendly, took time to talk to Clancy. Food was great, view was great, it was chilly and they had heaters which helped. If you Dog doesn’t like cats this isn’t the place for them! Clancy could careless about the cats and since he never left my lap I don’t think they even knew he was there.
    highly recommend!

  • Alyssa
    Aug 2, 2020

    Everyone was so accommodating, and we frequently had people come and ask to pet Clover (which she loved). Clover was even able to go up and watch the alligators swim around. She is still working on her public manners, so she still barks when she’s nervous, but we were left to handle it ourselves, and that made the environment feel safe. There are cats, but they will keep their distance if they need to. Do not bring cat or dog aggressive dogs here.

  • Thomas
    May 20, 2020
    Great Service And Pet Friendly

    Our server Alex was great. He brought our Baxter a bowl of sausage and was a great server. If your dog has a problem with cats this may not be the place for you. They have several resident cats that’s are the house pets.

  • Josh
    Feb 7, 2020
    Pitbull friendly

    Our waiter brought out a bowl of water for our pitbull. Another waitress came over and sat on the floor petting and loving on him. There was a loose cat on the deck so that’s something to be aware of. The food came out quick and tasted great. We went in February so it was a little cold on the deck but still enjoyable.

  • John
    Dec 10, 2019
    Warm and Friendly

    Had a very good meal. They were very accommodating with Nikita and everyone fawned over our little princess, even the elf (this was at around the Christmas holiday). All were great and even the cats gave Nikita her own area.

  • Geronimo
    Nov 2, 2018
    Very Dog Friendly, Great Atmosphere, Good Food!

    Staff is very pet friendly here. Sat us dock side,

  • Rachel
    More than a year ago

    Our food and service was fantastic, as well as the atmosphere! Our pup was welcomed and brought a fresh bowl of water along side our own drinks.

  • Brittani
    More than a year ago
    Addies Big Adventure

    Good food. Had to ask waitress for a bowl of water for our pup. Cats scared our dog more than anything as they would hiss. If you are earthy this place might not be for you as everything is waste and they use styrofoam and disposable utensils for everything.

  • Astrid
    More than a year ago
    Very dog friendly

    Waitress immediatel brought our Pekingese water and paid him the attention he believes he deserves. Food was great as was the service. Had lovely outdoor table overlooking water. Cats did not present any problem.

  • Joe
    More than a year ago
    Great place

    Buster was well welcomed . The waitress brought him water which he promtly knocked over lol. He sat in a chair beside me and ate chunks of sausage that I handed him . The waitress spoke to him every time she came by . Will definitely be going back .

  • Amy
    More than a year ago
    Beware of Cats

    The food was good and our dog was welcome but there were cats everywhere! Our dog is not a cat lover so it made for a tense meal.

  • Kayla
    More than a year ago
    The Crab Shack

    I must say the food was great and we had great service, but the staff didn't seem very happy about us having our dog. The waitress never even acknowledged the dog or brought it any water. I will eat here again I just think I will leave my dog at home .

  • Stella and Terence
    More than a year ago
    very friendly! m

    No worriea about having oyr large Alaskan malamute with us. Staff were very friendly and brought her water. She did lunge for their cat but they didnt seem to mind :-) at the emd of our meal (decent food, but all comes on polystyrene plates, bowls and cups which is a bit odd) she started to get a bit vocal and woo wooed a bit, no one batted an eyelid. Really nice view. There are also gators to see here in captivity. Great place for a family or couple or group

  • Kathy
    More than a year ago
    Loved it

    We have eaten here a couple of times. The first time, on our honeymoon. Love the food. Last time we were there, the dolphins were playing out in the water. We didn't have our dog either time, but wouldn't mind taking her there...She would love the kitty cats (really, she thinks she is a cat)

  • Jerri
    More than a year ago

    very unique restaurant, not fancy by any means, we ate out by the water, food was excellent & the staff was exceptional, will return again if our travels bring us that way!!!

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