What Our Guests are Saying...

Hell. Yes. Seafood — fresh, plentiful, and cheap. Right on the water, with a great view from inside, and a little viewing deck that wraps around the outside. AND margaritas that I actually enjoyed drinking! (Twice.)

The only thing I didn’t care for was the crusty toasted bread served before the meal. But our crab-stuffed jalapeno poppers were brilliant… and not overly breaded. The grilled seafood platter — awesome! Two crabs, and tons of shrimp. Everything tasted great, and I had leftovers for lunch the next day. Like I said… those margaritas are money. Strong but drinkable. I’d come back and spend my money here any time.
Chistina G Durham, North Carolina
This is a restaurant my wife and I bring friends and family to. And, it takes an hour to drive here from home! The seafood is awesome!

Cody waited on us this time. He was great! He actually told us a few things on the menu that we should not order. It’s rare to get a waiter that honest. He was very friendly, and very efficient. If he is working, ask to sit in his section!

The food came out fast, looked and smelled great! My wife and I shared the Shrimp Lover’s Platter. My father-in-law and mother-in-law shared the same thing. My father-in-law actually said, “I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this is the best seafood platter I’ve ever had.”

After we scarfed down the shrimp, we ordered desert. My in-laws shared a bread pudding. It was awesome! The rum sauce was perfect. My wife and I split a brownie cheese cake. It was very big, and incredibly rich. But, it was tasty!

If you get a chance, check this place out. It may be out of the way. But, it’s worth it!
Dan H Lumberton, Texas
This is seriously some of the best seafood I have ever eaten. And I have eaten a lot of seafood. (Insert “when I see food, I eat it” joke here). When a restaurant can turn my oldest son’s picky eating habit into a fan of new things (e.g. pecan crusted redfish, fried shrimp) then you have worked miracles, my friend.

The gumbo here is a must – great consistency and flavor. Even the salads are good – which I really wasn’t expecting since it’s more of a fried seafood joint. It may look that way – from the ambiance to the staff – but this is phenomenal food. Friendly staff, cold beer (what I would refer to as the “redneck selection” so don’t come here looking for special brews) and good margaritas as well. If you get down to Crystal Beach, go!
Sam V Houston, Texas
Neither hurricanes nor fires have stopped Stingaree from serving up some of the best food on Bolivar Peninsula. For over two decades, Stingaree has consistently produced delicious Gulf Coast style seafood.

Being a seafood restaurant in Southeast Texas, much of Stingaree’s fare is the type of perfectly fried goodness that you’d expect to find in this area of the world. The fried shrimp, pecan crusted catfish and gumbo are some of my all around favorites. When in season, I highly recommend the fried soft-shell crabs. If you are looking for a regional specialty, I cannot get enough of the BBQ crabs, it may seem odd to those not from SE Texas, but trust me, they’re amazing.

*Many of the suggestions above are based on my belief that the Lord did not grant us hot oil and breadcrumbs for us to forgo their use.

Fear not, avoiders of oil and grease! Stingaree has many non-fried options to choose from. The menu offers many boiled, baked and grilled food choices. If you are not in the mood for seafood, Stingaree has some steak and chicken dishes as well.

In addition to the delicious food, Stingaree offers a great coastal atmosphere and an even greater view of Galveston Bay. Whether lunch or dinner, you can watch multitudes of fishing boats plying the Bay, in addition to the tugboats journeying up the Intercoastal Waterway. For those who come for dinner, you may have the opportunity to watch the sun set over the Bay from one of the best vantage points in the area.

Whether its after a fun day on the beach, fishing trip on the Bay or just a quick day trip, I highly recommend dining at Stingaree.
Shannon P Houston, Texas

Texas Monthly, February 2012

Texas Monthly MagazinePerched on the Intracoastal Waterway thirteen miles east of the Bolivar Ferry landing, this casual favorite dishes up some of the best seafood between Brownsville and Fort Myers. Our party reveled in the crunchy soft-shell crabs, peppery calamari, tender flounder, and perfectly fried, stuffed, and boiled shrimp. A seasonal favorite, the Oyster Jubilee, features more than three dozen plump beauties presented every conceivable way. Made on the premises, the bread pudding and Key lime pie are ample enough to share.

Texas Monthly, April 2011

Texas Monthly MagazineAlthough we’re always sad to see oyster season go, we console ourselves here with the toothsome lump crab sauteed in basil butter, the charbroiled red snapper filet, and the grilled shrimp skewered with onions. The second-floor perch above the Intracoastal Waterway provides up-close views of boats, barges and birds. The red beans and rice make us think we hear zydeco, and the almost ethereal bread pudding drenched in bourbon sauce brings on a buzz.


Stingaree Restaurant and Marina
1295 N. Stingaree Rd
Crystal Beach, Texas 77650




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