The Boiling Crab

Strap on a bib and dig into these delicious lobsters!
Gary Brun
Published on November 25, 2023
Updated on December 04, 2023


With locations across Sydney and Melbourne and all over the USA, you know The Boiling Crab must be doing something right to be able to expand so much. The story here is a fun tongue-in-cheek idea that while other fishermen were off boozing and telling tall stories in bars, the honest and hardworking fishermen of The Boiling Crab were toiling through sleepless nights, trying to concoct the perfect spices and recipes for their restaurant.

Whether this is true or not (it isn't) isn't the point; the point is this is a place that, despite having seriously good food, doesn't take itself too seriously. And you don't have to take it too seriously, either. They actively encourage diners to get sauce all over their bib and beer all over the table — just don't tell the waitstaff we said so.

The Melbourne CBD venue features an interior that looks like some kind of acid trip along the San Francisco wharves, which you never quite came down from. It's all nets from the ceilings, life buoys on the walls and fake fish singing at you. In a word — subtle. If you're here for the food, though, and not interior design tips, then you're well and truly in luck. It's delicious.

The Boiling Crab menu goes like this — step one: choose your catch, step two: add your sauce, step three: pick your spice level. The catch includes everything from king crab legs, live mud crab, Boston lobster, baby octopus, crawfish and abalone. The sauces feature options such as Rajun Cajun, lemon pepper, garlic sauce and the mysteriously titled Extra Juicy. Spice levels start at non-spicy for the kids to XXX (I can't feel my mouth!) for those who don't like the taste of food, just chilli.

Pair it up with a cocktail such as the Blue Margarita (think a margarita, but blue) and you have yourself a wild night on the town.

Two customers with seafood dishes wearing bibs that read 'The Boiling Crab'.


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