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Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe

) #1 of 3 Restaurants in Ochopee €€ - €€€ American, , Seafood
39395 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, FL 34141
+1 239-695-2682
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“frog legs” (36 reviews)
“blue crab” (27 reviews)
“crab cakes” (46 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood
€€ - €€€
39395 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, FL 34141
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very funky eclectic spot for lunch. The fact that the food is really good is almost besides the point. A little on the pricey side, but a very fun experience. Well worth the price.

Thank Scott M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You just can't help but love this little place with great food and wonderfully friendly employees. They spend all of their time making sure you are comfortable and well fed. With a coolers full of help your self beers and drinks to the nastalgic decor,...More

Thank Bonnie N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Found this superb place by accident! Travelling through to Marco Island and in need of some lunch. What a find! Great waitress who told us to help ourselves to drinks and find a table. Awesome crab cakes with lovely fresh salad. Finished off with key...More

Thank Jane R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guided tour stopped here while on the road to Everglades City. Loved the atmosphere inside. Staff were very hospitable! I really relished the burger that I had. It was one of the best I have tasted in Florida. I also loved the layout of...More

Thank Steve Y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome place served by fantastic waitresses Lisa was brilliant so abligeing, we even had live local country music, magnificent views of the Everglades, lots of history even done a movie from here. The food is fabulous cooked fresh local delicacies, deserts were cool and refreshing....More

Thank Wesley N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great crab cake sandwich, authentic atmosphere and friendly staff! Self service beers a fun novelty. We'll be sending a postcard to add the hundreds on the wall!

Thank NickDaviesYork
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

My God! This is one of those small places that totally fools you up. Those are the best southern chicken wings I have ever had. The food is off the charts! The waitress was outstanding. Very friendly staff. Great selection of beers. Don't miss out!

Thank Raymond M
Reviewed 19 May 2017

On our way back from the Loop Road trip we stopped at Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe as we did once before. No changes inside and out, still the same old (rough) place. But that's what attacts bypassers and us too. Don't expect anything fancy, the...More

Thank Hajo W
Reviewed 30 April 2017

While driving along the 41 (Tamiami Trail) we stopped for lunch at Joanie's cafe. It was an experience. Lots of photos and funny sayings in the cafe and also in the toilets. Food was very good. Service was excellent in a down to earth manner.

Thank PamF47
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Been coming here for years. I always stop at Joanie's for the atmosphere, excellent service, and smiles all around. It's a great spot to relax after a long trip or to get your trip started. You walk in and get greeted with a big smile...More

Thank Dionisio d
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Beatrice C
At one point in time.... Long ago, I saw this restaurant was for sale. My idea was to call it "foreverglades@". Someway Somehow I wanted to keep it "classic Ochopee" but make it a STOP for those who would like to learn more about how every little bit helps to save the glades. What are your thoughts? Beatrice, former concessionaire for the JNDing Darling National Wildlife refuge were 14% of every dollar earned was put to use expressly for the Wildlife Refuge System.
25 April 2016|
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Response from FarleyQ | Reviewed this property |
It's much more Big Cypress than the 'glades, IMHO...
It looks like this restaurant is upstairs. Is there wheelchair access?
17 November 2015|
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Response from BadgerBus | Reviewed this property |
Yes...there is a ramp leading up to the outdoor deck which is on the same level as the main floor.
Do you have gluten-free options?
11 May 2015|
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Response from grandpa38 | Reviewed this property |
I do not know if they offer gluten free options. Best bet would be to send them an e-mail. You may be able to do that on their web site.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$18
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:30 - 17:00
10:30 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39395 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, FL 34141
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Ochopee
  • Phone Number: +1 239-695-2682
  • E-mail
If you love to eat well, drink much,and enjoy the simple side of life with a hearty helping of down home music and are not in a rush to go ANYWHERE!
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