Romantic Date Night and Red Lobster Crabfest

by Alli

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My husband and I are huge seafood lovers. As a matter of fact, we had our very first date at Red Lobster in Macon, Georgia. It was a long time ago, but we both remember it as if it was yesterday. 

Date Night Nerves

I recall shopping for a new date-night outfit. I was so nervous that I barely said two words on the way to the restaurant.

Date night at Red Lobster has been a regular thing since then. We always talk about that first date and how we now have five children and four grandsons. And our happily-ever-after story began at Red Lobster. That’s your cue to ooh and ahh!

Red Lobster Date NightGuess where we dined this past weekend when we went out on a date? You’re correct! My husband and I headed to Red Lobster in Matthews, NC for Crabfest. It’s back!

Red Lobster Crabfest

Red Lobster has the largest variety of crab dishes ever offered on the menu. This includes four types of wild-caught crab. Decisions, decisions.

Since every date-night must begin with an appetizer, you must split the Crab Fritters. The fritters are served with a layer of french fries and a side of Meyer lemon aioli. The lemon aioli is amazing! It is the perfect dipping sauce for the fritters.

Crab Fritters - Red Lobster Crabfest

For my entree, I finally settled on the new Crab Cakes & Crab-Oscar Salmon. Premium lump crab cakes and wood-grilled fresh Atlantic salmon with crab-hollandaise topping is served over mashed potatoes. 

Date Night at Red Lobster - Crabfest is back!

Upgrading the salmon to Sockeye is a wonderful idea. The wild-caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon has a deep, red flesh with a distinctive rich flavor and firm texture. It’s delicious! 

Red Lobster Crabfest - Salmon and Crab Cakes

Since my husband eats crab legs every chance he gets, I knew exactly what he would order – the new Crab Lover’s Dream™. You get two types of crab legs – wild-caught North American snow crab legs AND king crab legs, paired with Red Lobster’s signature crab, Linguini Alfredo. Of course, I took a bite (or two) of the crab linguini.

Date Night and Red Lobster Crabfest

My husband also tried the New Grilled Parmesan Corn with cilantro-lime butter. He was impressed with the smokey flavor from the grill and the cilantro-butter.

Red Lobster Crabfest and Date Night

Helpful Hint: If you don’t know how to crack crab legs, it’s really easy. Here’s a video that shows you everything you need to know. You’ll be an expert in no time at all.

Did you know that there are four types of crabs?

  • Alaska Bairdi (pronounced bear-dye) Crab: Alaska Bairdi Crab is larger in size than traditional snow crab and has a more delicate, sweeter and tender texture.
  • North American Snow Crab: Snow Crab is known for its trademark large clusters, snowy-white meat, and sweet, delicate flavor.
  • King Crab: This is the largest of Alaska’s three crab species, prized for its leg meat, rich flavor and tender texture.
  • Blue Crab: Blue Crab, most commonly used for crab cakes, features a sweet flavor and softer texture.

Which crab is your favorite? I love them all!


Robin Masshole Mommy August 18, 2016 - 6:11 am

I know crabfest is a big deal every year at the Red Lobster. My dad takes my mom there for dinner every year when they have it.

Jeanette August 18, 2016 - 8:48 am

That looks so good! My husband and I have not had a date night for a while, next month my son will be gone all day every other week for one day and I can’t wait for date night to do something like this.

Annemarie LeBlanc August 18, 2016 - 9:48 am

That would be awesome! We love seafood (especially crabs) and would jump at any chance to enjoy those yummy dishes! I will have to check out Red Lobster. Thanks for this date night idea!

Jenn @ EngineerMommy August 18, 2016 - 9:54 am

Red Lobster is one of our fave restaurants. My husband also loves crab legs so we better head to Red Lobster soon and check out their new menu!

Sarah August 18, 2016 - 10:42 am

What a great romantic date night getaway together. I Loved reading this and am super happy you were able to enjoy a date night at Red Lobster.

Francisca Ramos August 18, 2016 - 10:52 am

Oh my God! That looks so good. I need to go to Red Lobster and try their crabfest. I need to go out with the girls and make it a crabfest night. Thanks for sharing.

Pam August 18, 2016 - 11:52 am

We just went to Red Lobster for Crabfest too. The Crab Lover’s Dream was really tasty.

Tiaras & Tantrums August 18, 2016 - 2:33 pm

I don’t think I have been to a Red Lobster in over a decade. My kids don’t like fish – so we haven’t been to one in so long. Perhaps it is time to reintroduce Red Lobster to my kiddos

lisa August 18, 2016 - 3:05 pm

I LOVE seafood. I’m not sure my husband is thrilled with it, but this looks so good. I’ll have to go asap!

Jeanine August 18, 2016 - 3:14 pm

My husband would love this! He’s huge into crab and lobster. We haven’t been to Red Lobster in so many years. This all looks so delicious!

Heather Lawrence August 18, 2016 - 4:04 pm

We have some crazy fish allergies in our family so I have never had crab before.
My hubby loves crab so he will be ecstatic to hear that this is back!

Nancy @ whispered inspirations August 18, 2016 - 8:38 pm

My hubby and I love Red Lobster! We haven’t been to their crabfest but we always go to their endless shrimp! So craving this now!

rika August 19, 2016 - 1:19 am

What a romantic crab dinner! I went to Red Lobster last week and had a great time!

Terri Beavers August 19, 2016 - 2:10 am

Red Lobster is one of my favorite places to dine out at. I learned something new, I didn’t know there were 4 types of crabs.

Nikki August 19, 2016 - 3:06 am

What a great ideas! I love romantic dates like these and I’m sure that we will enjoy this date.

Rebecca Swenor August 19, 2016 - 4:18 am

Red Lobster is a great place to dine when on a date night. I don’t eat much shell fish but these crab fritters look delicious along with the salmon. Thanks for sharing your date night and the fact that you had your first date at Red Lobster is so cute.

natalie z August 19, 2016 - 12:53 pm

That looks so delicious! I haven’t been to red lobster in a while.

zan August 20, 2016 - 8:45 am

Oh, I love crab!! My husband and I went to Red Lobster (I think our first Valentines right after we were married) and have not been back. Well, I have not – he has during all his business travels! Anyway, we loved the menu. I love crab and I know I would enjoy everything you and the hubby ordered. Looks delish!!

Melanie August 21, 2016 - 12:16 am

Red Lobster is one of our favorite restaurants. My hubby and I love to head there for date nights.

Shirley Wood August 22, 2016 - 7:06 am

Now I want to go to Red Lobster! What a sweet story of your first date! Our first date wasn’t at Red Lobster but Stacy and I have been at that exact same location many times. 🙂

Mimi Green August 22, 2016 - 5:27 pm

Looks really good, I have a Red Lobster within a mile from my home and I’ve never been.

I knew the different types of crab because I live in Maryland. Home of the blue crab.


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