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Dining Review: The Claw Bar in Naples

The Claw Bar delivers on a seafood-focused menu in quite the opulent setting.

  At the marble-topped seating that fronts the raw bar and kitchen at The Claw Bar on Ninth Street South, my dining companion and I debated the right word to describe this new Naples establishment. “Opulent?” I said as I sipped the French 75 ($12), a champagne and gin craft cocktail.  “No, no,” my companion shot back, shaking his head and spearing a piece of crab claw meat. “Opulent makes me think of textiles and chandeliers. This place is more...” He searched for the right word.  “Chic?” I offered. “Decadent? Luxe?” He nodded and reached for one of the chilled oysters. “Yes, all of those.” Vanessa Rogers With its black painted walls, leather and brass-studded furniture, and gold accents, The Claw Bar has a distinctly well-heeled ambience. Add that to a seafood-focused menu plus a wide selection of wine and inventive cocktails, and it makes for a remarkable evening out. We’d begun with a sampling from the raw bar ($26)—crab legs, Beausoleil oysters from New Brunswick, seafood salad and steamed shrimp—plus an order of flash-fried calamari ($15) served with chili-garlic sauce, wasabi roe, cilantro and peanuts. Calamari appears frequently on menus in Southwest Florida in a range of styles and qualities. This particular version was superb, with thick strips of squid lightly battered and fried and well-complemented by a sweet pepper driz
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