Texas Monthly February 2012

Texas Monthly Cover, Stingaree Restaurant, Crystal Beach TX

Perched 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. Bar.

Texas Monthly April 2011

Although 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.

Highly Recommend

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. Read more »


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.” Read more »

Some of the best seafood I have ever eaten…

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 ambience 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, TX via Yelp 2/22/2012

Hell. Yes. Seafood

Bolivar Broiler at Stingaree Restaurant, Crystal Beach TX

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.) Read more »

Family time at Stingaree

Beautiful sunset view from Stingaree Restaurant Deck, Crystal Beach TX

Stingaree has been and will (hopefully) always be. Growing up in SETX, when my family wanted to get away we’d go down to the family cabin in Gilchrist and when we wanted to have a sit-down dinner at the beach, we’d go to Stingaree.

Situated on the bayside, this tower of weathered wood is surrounded by docks, an open-air bait shop (SHARK TANK) and a gorgeous panoramic view of the inter-costal canal. Grab a window seat to make sure you catch the sunset here. A flaming pink ball descending on passing barges as they thrum by is a lovely moment not to be missed. Read more »