The Crystal River Ale House offers casual waterfront dining at its best. Fresh seafood, pasta, burgers, chicken or steak round out our scrumptious menu.
The Crystal River Ale House has inside and outside dining offering a panoramic view of Kings Bay and the surrounding islands.
For more than a decade, the seasoned crustacean wranglers at Rio Crystal Seafood have scoured ocean waters in search of the sea's freshest fruits. Mariners adeptly lure 24 medium blue side-walkers into traps by outwitting the crabs and promising them vacation time-shares. Once the briny bounty emerges from the depths, seafood connoisseurs can pick up their shelled comestibles while they’re still scuttling. The live crabs can be taken home, boiled to the peak of succulence, and dipped in clarified butter, or new owners can teach the creatures the fine art of envelope opening.
From a wall made of weather-beaten wood, a steer head keeps watch over the day-the-day operations inside Rustic Ranch. Make no mistake about it: the operations here are taken one day at a time. Every day, the restaurant brings in fresh-caught grouper, and every day, its chefs hand-cut steaks, roast turkeys, and cook prime rib. All that hard work pays off in the form of a menu stuffed with home-cooked Southern classics–including French toast stuffed with fresh fruit, and handcrafted burgers stuffed with cheese. Homemade sides complete visits, such as sweet potato fries with fresh apple butter.
The chefs at Heidi’s Italian Restaurant dish up heaping portions of pasta dinners for fun family meals. From dinners of spaghetti and meatballs with salad and garlic bread to kid-friendly grilled cheese, they’ve got all diners covered. Desserts of housemade cheesecake or spumoni ice cream end meals on sweeter notes than just handing the bill over to dad.
Penn Station's interior, rife with dark hardwood paneling, could have been carved from the trunk of an enormous redwood. Within that space and beneath the glow of old-fashioned street lamps, taste buds globetrot by way of American-style burgers, Italian shrimp scampi, and a full Cuban menu outlining such delights as seafood paella and lime-infused chicken. While two-handing a specialty sandwich named for North Carolina's regal mountains, guests can peruse Penn Station's many antique décor pieces such as a wall-mounted carriage wheel, ceramic boots, and the original wooden flippers from Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic.
Founded nearly 25 years ago on a frozen foundation of nonporous, 5-degree granite, Cold Stone Creamery has blossomed into a nationally recognized ice-cream parlor distinguished by its daily creations of sweet treats. Fruit, nuts, and candy collaborate with ice-cream flavors such as french vanilla, sweet cream, and cake batter to manifest a signature sundae or a personalized creation made to match customers' tastes and 5th-birthday-party footage. Smoothies and shakes sate sippers, and fruity sorbets, nonfat ice creams, and tangy frozen yogurt satisfy the need for healthy indulgences.