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"Sustainable, locally sourced seafood tops the menu at this alfresco, dockside spot within the Ibis Bay Resort in Key West. Locals and visitors alike flock to this popular joint in search of some of the area’s best catch-of-the-day offerings like whole red snapper, shrimp and of course, the eponymous stone crab, all of which pairs nicely with the bar’s organic wines, cocktails and craft beers."

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Cosmopolitan UK

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"A trip to Key West wouldn’t be complete without indulging in two of The Florida Key's most famous foods; Key lime pie and seafood. For the latter, we didn’t find a more delicious spot for claws and lobster than the Stoned Crab – an eco-minded seafood restaurant on the water run by Kite surfer and rum distiller - he has a shop on the island where you can taste numerous samples of rum - Paul Menta."

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London Evening Standard

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"Specialising in locally caught seafood, Stoned Crab prides itself on serving quality wholesome dishes using only the freshest produce. The restaurant works closely with trusted fishermen from the Keys and its honest approach and commitment to provide high quality food means only the best catches of the day are served up. You’ll be spoilt for choice, but whatever you do, don’t leave without donning a bib and cracking open a few of the famous juicy stoned crab claws. The restaurant is also home to the Eco Bar where cocktails are made with freshly squeezed juices and all-natural ingredients, and the wines and spirits are organic/sustainably produced for a totally refreshing thirst quenching experience."

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The Daily Meal

Interview: Paul Menta, Key West’s Stoned Crab’s Executive Chef


"All chefs can learn something from Chef Menta’s philosophy. Paul Menta, 50, is the executive chef of The Stoned Crab in Key West, Florida. He is also part owner of Three Hands Fish, which operates out of the same building. He is one of the most articulate chefs I have ever interviewed."

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Travel Channel

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"Venture a bit further for Ibis Bay Resort, and spring for a room opening onto your own private beach deck. Oh, and try night paddling while you’re at it. The onsite Stoned Crab is a must for its eponymous stone crab."

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Travel + Leisure

Posh New Years Eve Dinners to Add to Your Bucket List

"Sure, The Stoned Crab has wonderful tropical cocktails, but if you come down for New Year’s Eve make sure to also experience a Key West Turkey, which is stuffed with lobster. Talk about bringing in the new year strong."

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Mother Earth Living

Ibis Bay: An Eco-Friendly Resort

"Ibis' popular restaurant is known for, you guessed it, stone crab... Quite literally, we put on gloves and dug into a platter of the freshest stone crab, pink Key West shrimp and oysters I've ever had. A house smoked fish dip and ceviche with lobster also accompanied our glorious appetizer... Hands down, they serve fantastic seafood. I don't think I'll ever have better."

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Into the Blue

Ibis Bay Resort

"...At the end of a day on the water, Fish Camp residents have the option of either hauling their catch back to their suites, where it can be filleted in the outdoor cleaning area, or dropping it off at the restaurant, where it can be cleaned, cooked, and served as part of their “Cook Your Catch” menu item."

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"If you decide to eat in The Stoned Crab, the resort’s celebrated restaurant, you won’t even have to leave the resort."

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Miami Herald


"Paul Menta is almost ashamed to admit how delicious lionfish is. A co-founder of Three Hands Fish, a sustainable fish market in Key West, Menta is also executive chef at its adjacent The Stoned Crab restaurant, where he serves lionfish daily as a main course or as a free addition to other plates. He wants consumers to fall in love with the fish — enough to fish it to extinction on Florida’s coasts."

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"The focus, like everywhere else around here, is seafood, but his restaurant is different, Osborn said, in that he and his sons catch about 80% of what they serve. Keeping the distance between dock to dish as short as possible is the philosophy behind their "Three Hands" motto: from fisherman, to restaurant, and diner. And here, the fresh quality is evident, with chef Paul Menta—also the distiller of the fine Key West Legal Rum, the first legal distillery in Key West, whose product we'd become rather familiar with this week—serving an array of snapper, hogfish, lion fish, grouper, mahi mahi, barrel fish, and stone crab."

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CBS San Francisco


"Exceptional seafood restaurants can be found all across Florida, particularly in major cities like Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. But the Florida Keys are world renowned for deep sea fishing, its important seafood markets and, of course, its fabulous seafood cuisine."

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