Clearwater Oyster Company - Clearwater Beach FL's Best Oyster Bar

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Founders Steve Page & Matt Loder

Founders Steve Page & Matt Loder

Just steps from the white sand of one of the best beaches in the United States, Clearwater Oyster Company is the newest addition to the Crabby Bill’s Family Brands. We believe in quality sustainable foods that you can feel good about eating, and you will find just that in our raw bar, creative cuisine, and hand-crafted cocktails. Whether you choose from the variety of domestic and local dishes on our menu or from our selection of seasonally rotating boutique oysters, you are sure to enjoy a uniquely inspired culinary experience. Our inviting location on Clearwater Beach can be enjoyed both indoors or out, and we invite you to take part in our creative twist on classic Florida seafood.

OUr Founders

With over 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Matt Loder Sr. of the Original Crabby Bill’s Family Brands brings his passion and wealth of knowledge of the seafood world to Clearwater Oyster Company. Just as his parents Crabby Bill and Dolores Loder did, Matt believes in family, great seafood, and only the best service. Joined by Steve Page of Page Hotels & Resorts, LLC, our founders know hospitality. Under Mr. Loder’s and Mr. Page’s lead, Clearwater Oyster Company will provide an excellent dining experience that will keep guests coming back, time & time again.

a local legend

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The Crabby Bill’s Family Brands was founded by local legend Crabby Bill Loder. The adventure started in New Jersey where Bill Loder and his wife Dolores were beginning a life and a family together. The pair had been in the seafood business since early after their marriage in 1954 when they sold blue crabs on the side of the road, and also owned a small seafood restaurant together. 

In 1968, they moved to Madeira Beach, Florida, where they not only sold blue crabs along the roadside, but also did the fishing, the clamming, and the hauling of seafood all throughout the state until they finally opened their very own small restaurant, Captain Bill’s Beach Kitchen in 1975. Mom cooked, (and what a great cook she was!)  Dad shucked clams, oysters , and the like while the kids pitched in to lend a helping hand. 

After several locations, including restaurants in Redington Shores (1975), Madeira Beach, Bay Pines, and Tyrone, and many boats, crab traps and refrigeration trucks later, they moved in April of 1983 to Indian Rocks Beach into a small building, now Ready Set Yo; formerly known aWolfies, a hotdog stand that sold hotdogs out of their front window on Gulf Blvd.  Matt Loder, Sr, who currently runs Crabby Bill’s Family Brands, recalls how they all thought Dad was crazy at the time.

In February of 1987, with Dad now in his 50's and whose desire was to own a business that could support his family and be passed down to his kids, purchased another building on the southwest corner, from Jim Sparks, owner of The Blue Lagoon (previous businesses include Scoop’s Ice Cream Shop, the Mamba Club, Blue Hawaii), and now Crabby Bill’s.

And history was made. Crabby Bill’s has continued to grow over the years. What started as a small 800 square foot building on Gulf Blvd now includes several additions to the Crabby Bill Family Brands; Crabby GiftsJake’s Mexican CantinaLuLu’s Oyster Bar and Tap HouseSeabreeze Island Grill, Crabby Bill's Off The Hook, and Clearwater Oyster Company!

And how did we arrive at the name Crabby Bills? Dad is crabby, we like crabs, why not Crabby Bill’s?
— Crabby Bill's Daughter, Ellie