From Sea To Fork: Saltwater Crab Serves Seafood In Midtown
Ed. Note: Contributor Veena ate at the new Saltwater Crab restaurant in Overton Square and she’s got a full report on this new midtown Memphis seafood restaurant and bar.
How many restaurants have been in this small, narrow restaurant space near Overton Square in midtown? Most longtime Memphians remember Chicago Pizza Factory during the original Overton heyday in the 70s and 80s, and then the building’s eventual decline.
In 2013, there was a big renovation and a short stint for Chiwawa – two years of hot dogs and sangria on the spacious patio – before an even shorter stint for Indian Pass Raw Bar, which was open for eight months in 2018.
Now, the space at 2059 Madison is up for its third recent attempt at serving the legions of thirsty Memphians (and visitors) who flock to Overton Square. Saltwater Crab opened on July 1, 2019 in a renovated space under totally new ownership, an Atlanta-based restaurateur Gary Lin who owns about 20 restaurants around the southeast. His group has hired local chefs and businesses to get Saltwater Crab up and running this summer.
My friend Katie and I tried it out during its sneak peek, and we committed fully to trying everything. We ate so. much. food. Each time we thought there couldn’t possibly be more, another round was brought to us and we found some extra space in our stomachs.
All told we had tuna, sushi, New York strip with potatoes, salmon with broccolini, fried oysters, raw oysters. Then there was the boil with crab legs, shrimp, mussels, corn on the cob, and potatoes. To top it off, we tried the key lime pie. We both tried the hibiscus rum cooler, and Katie also had the bootlegger custom cocktail.
Our favorites were the crab legs, the tuna, and the salmon with broccolini. I also really enjoyed the NY strip (Katie doesn’t eat beef, so I was on my own for that one) but we both agree the real winner of the night was the chimichurri sauce that was served with the raw oysters. I proceeded to pour a dollop of this onto everything else that was served, minus the pie.
One thing I especially like about Saltwater is that your dining experience can be as casual or as fancy as you want to make it. With simpler items like soups, salads, and sandwiches, a dinner for two can cost $35 – $40, but if you’re in the mood for something a little nicer, you can enjoy steaks, sushi, and any number of different boils.
Saltwater also has about ten beers on tap and a full cocktail bar. Go for the sushi, stay for the crab legs, and enjoy the covered outdoor patio while you’re at it.
Saltwater Crab seafood restaurant in Memphis is open from Sunday to Thursday from 11 am. To 10 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The menu is limited to late night specials after 11 p.m.
2059 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Photos by Katie Milligan, used with permission.