Equal parts sophisticated seafood restaurant, innovative sushi bar, and down-home oyster joint, Shaw’s Crab House has something for seafood palates of all stripes. The chefs base the expansive menu on what’s in season and available fresh. Dishes might incorporate Lake Michigan whitefish, Atlantic yellowfin tuna, Nantucket Cape scallops, or Alaskan king crab. Just-shucked oysters hit plates in myriad varieties, from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island, and star in the signature Oyster Shooter cocktail—a spicy concoction of an oyster, Absolut Peppar vodka, cocktail sauce, and Tabasco. Shaw’s sushi chef rolls specialty makis, including the Godzilla roll, which combines tempura shrimp, avocado, barbecue eel, smoked salmon, and tobiko and imparts the ability to roar blue flames. He also plates rice-free rolls, such as the spicy lobster roll filled with Maine lobster and avocado.
As diners dig in at tables shrouded in crisp white cloths, the dining room plays host to blues-based live music, which fills the space every night of the week.