Peace River Seafood & Crab Shack

by BeachHunter on April 18, 2009

The Peace River Seafood & Crab Shack has the freshest seafood anywhere, and specializes in shrimp and crab.

The Peace River Seafood & Crab Shack has the freshest seafood anywhere, and specializes in shrimp and crab.

Five minutes outside of downtown Punta Gorda, a stone’s throw from the Peace River, is a Florida Cracker house that has found new life as a relaxed, informal seafood restaurant. On a huge lot shaded by giant oak trees, Peace River Seafood began in 2003. Owners Jimmy and Kelly Beall have something really great going on here.

Jimmy was a crabber most of his life and brings an intimate knowledge of local seafood to this unique eatery. I’ll bet you didn’t know that Peace River blue crabs were the main seafood export from this area. Yep. Heard it straight from Captain Ron of the Kingfisher Fleet while on a sunset cruise. Many of the crabs eaten in the Chesapeake Bay area restaurants come from right here in the Peace River. You won’t find them in the stores locally. Nope. They ship ‘em all up north. But you can get all you want right here at Peace River Seafood. Jimmy and Kelly get all their seafood fresh from local fishermen.

Peace River Seafood. Eat inside or outside.

Peace River Seafood. Eat inside or outside.

We chose to dine outside since there was such a nice breeze. We sat at “Jakes’ table,” pronounced by Jake, who took our drink order, as the “best table in the house.” Actually it wasn’t in the house at all, but out on the deck in the afternoon sun.

I was dining with Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager at the Charlotte Harbor Visitor’s Bureau.  Jennifer ordered fresh mahi mahi. I ordered a shrimp creole that had okra and a half-dozen of the biggest shrimp I’ve ever seen.

Jennifer ordered a plate of fresh mahi-mahi fish.

Jennifer ordered a plate of fresh mahi-mahi fish.

Not only does Peace River Seafood have a great dine-in restaurant. They also offer take-out, a fish market, wholesale seafood, and party plates and crab feast.

I had an awesome plate of shrimp creole.

I had an awesome plate of shrimp creole.

Next time I go back, I’m going to order some blue crab. Jennifer told me that  Chris, our server, is very good at teaching folks the right way to shell and eat crab. Sign me up for a lesson.

Out behind the restaurant you'll find fishing boats and some goats and chickens.

Out behind the restaurant you'll find fishing boats and some goats and chickens.

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So many seafood restaurants serve frozen fish. I’m rarely impressed with what I eat in most of them. But this place is different. The fish is right out of the river and you will absolutely enjoy it. It’s worth going out of your way to eat here. And I don’t say that about many restaurants.

Peace River Seafood & Crab Shack

5337 Duncan Road, Punta Gorda, Florida(links to Google Map)

Phone 941-505-8440

Dinner with @beachhunter at Peace River Seafood in Punts Gord... on Twitpic

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Theresa of Punta Gorda April 20, 2009 at 11:45 am

Great article….I will link to it from my site…and credit you. Theresa

2 C APT.ED.CLEMENTE June 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

I WAS THERE A COUPLE OF WEEKENDS AGO AT YOUR PLACE OF BUSINESS. THE RESTAURANT WAS CLOSED SO MY SON AND I BOUGHT A 2 DOZEN OF THE BLUE CRABS.WE TOOK THEM HOME AND WE WERE IN HEAVEN,I AM FLYING DOWN TO PUNTA GORDA THIS WEEKEND JUST TO DO YOUR CRAB SPECIAL ALL YOU CAN EAT ,MY SON WILL BE WITH ME MAYBE SOME FRIENDS. I AM IN HEAVEN WITH YOUR DELICIOUS CRABS THANK YOU VERY MUCH

CAPT.ED.

THE CAPT IS I USED TO RUN DEEP SEA CHARTER BOATS OUT OF HOLIDAY ISLE MARINA –ISLAMORADA FLORIDA

3 Steve LeGore July 11, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Do you sell steamed crabs a la Maryland? By the dozen, or . . .?

If so, I have been looking for you! I did not know you existed until seeing a story on tonight’s news. Most places I have found near home serve 1-2 crabs and call it a meal. I have been known to fly to Maryland just for crabs. Do you have them year around or is there a season? I hope I will receive an answer! Thanks for your attention! Steve LeGore, Holmes Beach

4 beachhunter July 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Steve, there’s a link to the restaurant’s website and menu right at the bottom of this blog post. http://www.menupal.net/usertabpage.asp?restcodeforweb=4533
The website should answer most of your questions, but feel free to contact the restaurant.

5 Lisa Smith February 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Was there last week and was wondering if there is any way I
can get some of your hot sauce that I have been told you sell.
Can’t remember the name – but second word is Hammock. Can you help?
Thanks, Lisa Smith

6 beachhunter February 13, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Lisa, the web site and phone number for the restaurant is at the bottom of the article. Give them a call.

7 Lee Fitzgerald March 26, 2011 at 9:18 am

My wife and two very good friends are all from Maryland and we visited the restaurant on Friday 3/26/11. We were delighted to find seafood prepared the way we are use to in Maryland. My wife had the lobster tail and the rest of us had crabs. Needless to say, we were all very satisfied with the meal. We shall return.

8 P. Powell July 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Food was great, need to have air conditioning and flies were oyut of control. I think you are definitely a winter time restaurant.

9 Jim Walsh August 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm

This resturant serves NOTHING BUT THE BEST AND FRESHEST
SHRIMP & CRAB!!! If you enjoy great seafood super fresh in a “No Bones” setting, Do yourself a favor and go and visit this place. You will never be disappointed. We never have!

10 Ssg Ken September 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Sept 20, 2011 I just had a great meal with a key lime pie slice for dessert; yummy. I did need help to get into the restaurant because the “ramp” is about a 50% grade, whereas the safe and allowable amount is only 8%.

11 Bob Lapietro June 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

We have lived her over 25 years and Finall “Found” thei wonderfulf place. Freshest fish,crab and salads we have had in a long time. The all u ca eat crabs are the best Ive had since leaving Boston almost 27 years ago. The blackened grouper is excellent and fresh also. We are going there again with Family and friends this weekend. Bob & Jen Lapietro

12 Bob Lapietro June 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm

We have lived her over 25 years and Finall “Found” the wonderful place. Freshest fish,crab and salads we have had in a long time. The all u ca eat crabs are the best Ive had since leaving Boston almost 27 years ago. The blackened grouper is excellent and fresh also. We are going there again with Family and friends this weekend. Bob & Jen Lapietro

13 Rene October 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Wow……Just had lunch there. Amazing Blue Crabs. Great service (Sara)
Will return over and over.

Two Girls from Fort Myers

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