Founded in the 1930’s the original fish camp has grown over the years.
Before there was “The Crab Shack” there was the Chimney Creek Fish Camp, a local marina where locals would dock their boats, buy bait, and brag about their daily catch. Founded in the 1930’s the fish camp grew over the years, not just in popularity, but also with the addition of structures like a bait shop (now the Gift Shack and Exotic Bird Aviary) and outdoor restrooms that were originally built in the 50s. It wasn’t until Jack and Belinda Flannigan purchased the fish camp in the 1980’s that the Crab Shack started to slowly take form on the creek’s bank.
Located right off of Highway 80 on Tybee Island, The Original Crab Shack’s waterfront charm and playful ambiance is undeniable. From the parking lot guests are greeted by a giant crab entrance and sights of the Gator Lagoon, an impressive moat featuring 78 live alligators that guests can feed specialty food. The restaurant’s sun-dappled outdoor dining section weaves around old live oaks, dripping with tiny luminaries that light up the canopy. Similarly, the natural wood used to build the indoor bar and dining section encompasses several live oaks, creating a treehouse-like feel. The Original Crab Shack also has no shortage of water views, either tableside or from their dock. With its kitschy bayou décor, which includes giant crabs, gators and basket lights, it’s easy to see why the camera loves the restaurant. And let’s not forget about the food. The Original Crab Shack has been locally voted the number one seafood restaurant since 1998, and has been featured in numerous travel and food shows. You can see The Original Crab Shack playing a fictionalized version of itself on the NBC drama Council of Dads.
Council Of Dads (2020)
Man V Food (2018)
Buddy’s Family Vacation (2018)
Food Paradise (2017)
Drinking Made Easy (2011)
$40 A Day With Rachel Ray (2002)
General’s Daughter (1999)