Imagine yourself on a luxury cruise in the 1920s. When it's time for dinner, a stately fella escorts you into the main dining room for a meal showcasing the day's fresh catch. This is the feeling Shaw's Crab House evokes. High-end and chockfull of class, the space even manages a bit of a rustic feel. Fine white linens dress the waiters and the tables; silver shines on every table. Gleaming wooden paneling covers the wall adorned with a variety of nautical treasures.
During the day, power-lunching lawyers, judges and politicians fill the tables. At night, professionals dine alongside people celebrating special occasions. On the weekends you'll find new graduates, couples getting engaged and people celebrating anniversaries.
The bright and cheery oyster bar shows off a whole different side of Shaw's, though. Here a large, square-ish, wooden bar begs you try any combination of oysters, cold treats and sushi. You'll find that people call each other by name and frequent often, especially on Thursdays when live blues music sets the tone. During the week, it serves as a post-work resting stop before the long commute home.
The two spaces have different menus that list many of the same plates. For appetizers there's a full sushi and sashimi menu, items with crab meat, salads, soups and classic starters like calamari. The main menu changes seasonally, assuring that the restaurant only serves the freshest fish, and includes dishes with crab, lobster, steak, chicken and surf 'n' turf. Favorites include the grilled Copper River king salmon with sauteed spinach and tomato chutney and the Lake Erie yellow perch with lemon butter and cole slaw. Entrees cost $14.95-$58.95.
Average cost: $31+
Centerstage Reviewer: Christy Bonstell