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Get Cray! 8 Juicy Crawfish Spots to Check Out in San Antonio

  • March 13, 2023
  • | 13:40 PM

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Tis’ the seasoning for crawfish!🦐

Where are all the crawfish lovers? If you did not know, it’s crawfish season! Woo! The perfect time for these delicious shelled treats is January through July and we’re coming into mid-season, AKA, the best time to indulge! The Texas sunshine is warming up our city, we’re getting that Spring breeze, and crawfish are boiling!

If you haven’t had the chance to get your bag of tasty crawfish, this guide is for you! Whether you’re wanting your bag to go or looking for a casual spot to throw on a bib and dig in, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get cray because UNATION San Antonio has THE guide on the 8 juiciest crawfish spots to check out in San Antonio!


Crawfish Cafe🦞

📸: Crawfish Cafe

Come out of your shell and head over to Crawfish Cafe for a special twist. This tasty spot serves Viet-cajun crawfish and other seafood dishes with unique flavors and items that will have you swimming back for more! This spot started in Houston and worked its way to 4 more locations, and lucky for us, they came to San Antonio in 2021! If you love crawfish and fusion food, this is definitely a spot worth checking out!

Our Tasty Recommendations:

  • Crawfish Cheese bread
  • Boiled N’Bagged Crawfish with The Signature Blend
  • Fried Shrimp Poboy
  • Garlic Noodles

Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen🦞

On the hunt for something legendary? Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen is a MUST in San Antonio with some of the most authentic New Orleans flavors. Don’t trust us? Maybe you’ll listen to Guy Fieri because this spot was featured in Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives for its notorious flavors and cooking from “Ma”! This spot is a special one and definitely worth supporting this crawfish season. Make sure to call your order in ahead of time because Ma’s crawfish is a hot commodity! 

Our Tasty Recommendations:

  • Gumbo “get the large, you’ll thank us later😉”
  • Crawfish Boil!
  • Swamp Water
  • Fried Catfish



Surfing Crab🦞

📸: Surfing Crab

Get your hands dirty at Surfing Crab! This restaurant offers plenty of spicy and delicious seafood with sauces and flavors you’ll love. Whether you’re feeling shellfish and want to grab food for yourself or looking for a platter to feed the whole family, this is a great place to stop. We definitely recommend Surfing Crab for anyone who is looking for a restaurant a whole group can enjoy.

Our Tasty Recommendations:

  • Surfing Crab Loaded Fries
  • The Daily Special Boil with the Surfing Special
  • Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail
  • Fried Calamari



Crawfish King🦞

📸: Crawfish King

We love finding fusion spots and food with unique flavors. Crawfish King is a local veteran-owned favorite offering fresh quality seafood, Authentic Lao food, and other Asian bites. Not only are their bites beautiful and straight out of paradise, but their flavors are delicious and a must-try. If you love crawfish as much as we do, you’ll love this spot especially because they have live crawfish year-round! 

Our Tasty Recommendations:

  • Combo #1 with “The Sauce”
  • Fried Fish Plate
  • Pad Thai
  • Crawfish Noodles w/Veggies

Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood and Bar🦞

📸: Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood and Bar

Let’s get cracking! Head to Hook & Reel for Cajun-inspired bold flavors and an authentic experience with good music and a great atmosphere. There are so many fun foods to enjoy and try at this spot, you’re sure to find a blend or boil with crawfish you’ll love! Not sure which boil is for you? This spot offers a fun online quiz to find out! Check it out here.

Our Tasty Recommendations:

  • The Cajun Boil
  • Crabmeat Fries
  • Catfish Basket
  • Clam Chowder

Lazy J Cajun🦞

📸: Lazy J Cajun

So, we had to swim a tiny bit out of San Antonio for this one but the extra half-an-hour drive is worth it for this crawfish! In New Braunfels, you’ll find Lazy J Cajun, a spot owned by two brothers who specialize in delicious Cajun food or what they call “TexMeCa” ( Texas, Mexican, and Cajun food). If you’re looking for a casual spot with flavorful crawfish, live music, and a great time, this spot is for you! 

Our Tasty Recommendations:

  • Crawfish Rangoon
  • Boiled Crawfish
  • Blackened Catfish Po-Boy
  • Paige’s Pudding

Pinch Boil House🦞

📸: Pinch Boil House

This Southeast Asian Inspired spot is a go-to for crawfish lovers. This restaurant states it boils down to three things: culture, community, and damn good food. Pinch us, we must be dreaming because that is totally true! Pinch Boil House packs a ton of flavor and unique bites that are completely drool-worthy and their crawfish is no different. This is a UNATION favorite and after one visit, you’ll get why! 

Our Tasty Recommendations:

  • Crawfish Boil in Dragon Sauce or O.G. Garlic Butter
  • Pinch Fries
  • Chicken Banh Mi Rice Bowl
  • The Prawn Star Rice Bowl

Smashin Crab🦞

📸: Smashin Crab

Crawfish is back at the Smashin Crab and we are ready! Smashin Crab has three locations in San Antonio, all offering a relaxed atmosphere, a tasty connection between the land and sea, and of course, incredibly flavorful crawfish boils! Everything here is fresh and delicious from their tasty crustaceans to the sweet margarita flights. We definitely recommend grabbing a bite here!

Our Tasty Recommendations:

  • Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
  • St. Peters Street Boil Combo
  • Crawfish Etouffee
  • Lobsta Pasta


Before You Go...

We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide and are excited to get peeling and dipping some of the juiciest crawfish in San Antonio. Remember to bookmark or save this guide for future use when you’re looking for a good boil! Also, don’t forget to tag us @stufftodoinsanantonio if you visit any of these spots. We want to see it! 

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