Seafood, Served With a Side of History on Amelia Island

By: Rachelle Lucas


If seafood is your favorite cuisine and your idea of a great meal includes rolling up your sleeves and getting elbow deep into a plate of peel-and-eat shrimp and cracking crab claws, then Amelia Island is the place to be.

Here you'll discover the small historic town of Fernandina Beach where the modern shrimping industry was born.  Today it's still known for great seafood, and the best place to taste it is at The Crab Trap.

Family owned and operated, The Crab Trap opened Shrimp Festival Weekend in 1979.  The menu includes every type of seafood imaginable and serves it all with a side dish of history as the building has been in existence for over 136 years.  There are tales about the families that used to live there and how the brick structure was once a general store, a millinery store, the offices of Bailey-Davis Steamship agents, and even the local newspaper. 

Today it's a monument to the seafood industry.  The walls of this two story bar and restaurant are peppered with vintage memorabilia, including a giant shrimping net, and the dining tables have a big hole in the center making it convenient to toss away shrimp tails and empty crustacean shells. 

The decor will definitely put you in the mood for tasting some fresh seafood, of which there is a lot to choose from.  I recommend starting with an order of their famous fish dip.  Spread it generously on a saltine with a squeeze of lemon juice and I guarantee you won't be able to eat just one.

The Seafood Platter For Two is a great choice for couples or friends who want to get a little taste of everything as it comes with fish, oysters, shrimp, and deviled crabs.  Be sure to also order a side coconut rum sauce for dipping.

Above all else, save room for Chef Jimmy Green's homemade key lime pie.  He's been making it here at the restaurant for over 25 years and it's become a must-taste dessert on the island.

Ready to chow down?  I've got all the details here below:

The Crab Trap
31 N 2nd St  Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 261-4749

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