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Where to eat: fresh crab

Anyone looking to eat fresh crab in Newport has come to the right place. Home to a massive crabbing fleet, Newport is also known as the Dungeness Crab Capital of the World.

Anyone is welcome to buy crab directly from fishermen or purchase them from restaurant cases around town to take home and cook themselves. However, if you’re not looking for the mess and hassle — let the experts handle it. Newport is host to a plethora of expert seafood chefs who have spent years honing their craft. Here are a few of the best places around Newport to grab a crab to eat:

Local Ocean

Located near Dock 5 on Newport’s Historic Bayfront, Local Ocean highlights seafood in the best ways possible while keeping their focus on one thing: freshness. Here you can find a number of crab dishes incorporating fresh, locally caught crab: crab cakes, soups, crab po’boys, crab patty and chips. Customers also have the option of adding crab to any of the salads on the menu, or buying a whole crab to take home from the display case.

Clearwater Restaurant

Just down the street from Dock 5, Clearwater Restaurant boasts a one of a kind waterfront view and the status as Best Overall Restaurant as voted in the 2019 Best of Newport contest. Here, you’ll see fresh, local crab featured all over the menu: from local Dungeness crab mac and cheese to crab Louie, from crab melts to crab cocktail and more. Or, if you want it straight up, Clearwater offers whole and half crabs served in the shell with corn on the cob and melted butter.

South Beach Fish Market

This local legend has a simple philosophy: no-frills, just good eats. South Beach Fish Market has a huge display case that rotates products regularly so that only the freshest catches in season are sold. But if you choose to sit down to eat at one of the outdoor tables, you may have a chance to see their massive crab cooker, which heats up delicious meat for the market’s many crab offerings: crab cocktail, crab burgers, crab-stuffed shrimp — and, of course, fresh-cooked crab with fries, garlic butter and sauce.