Harpoon Harry’s Crab House in Pigeon Forge Review: Is It Worth It?

Harpoon Harry's in Pigeon Forge TN

While Pigeon Forge isn't known for seafood, places like Harpoon Harry's still deliver delicious options (photo by Alaina O'Neal/TheSmokies.com)

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Alliteration? Check.

Jaunty nautical theming complete with a giant blue crab over the entrance? Check. 

A menu with decidedly non-seafood options like frog legs and mountain trout? Check.

Ladies and gentlemen, I can officially declare that Harpoon Harry’s has everything you’d want in a seafood restaurant located roughly 400-600 miles from saltwater. 

Who owns Harpoon Harry’s?

Harpoon Harry’s Crab House is the successful amalgamation of a pair of successful concepts put together by Smuggler’s Restaurants located in Punta Gorda, Florida. 

The Harpoon Harry’s website proudly notes it was created from Smugglers’ top two concepts – Harpoon Harry’s Restaurant and Sports Bar and Laishley Crab House.

However, I feel somewhat sorry for Smuggler’s other concept, The Captain’s Table, which apparently finished third in a three-man race. 

To quote the imminent Judge Smails, “The world needs ditch diggers, too.” 

Sushi at Harpoon Harry's in Pigeon Forge, TN
Harpoon Harry’s offers a robust sushi menu, which can be hard to find in Pigeon Forge (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Is Harpoon Harry’s a chain?

Harpoon Harry’s Crab House isn’t exactly a chain, a second location recently opened in Tampa. It is part of an apparently thriving seafood empire of five restaurants. Personally, this gives me comfort when ordering seafood so far from shore. 

One of the best things about Harry’s in Pigeon Forge is that it inherited Laishley’s sushi options. In fact, Harpoon Harry’s offers a robust sushi menu. 

Good sushi isn’t exactly easy to come across up in the mountains, and while Harry’s may not compete with the world’s great sushi restaurants, it does offer the best sushi in Sevier County.

That’s like being the skinniest sumo wrestler, but I’ll take it. 

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seafood pasta at Harpoon Harry's in Pigeon Forge
The Seafood Cavatappi includes sauteed shrimp, bay scallops, spinach, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and a smoked gouda lobster cream sauce (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

When you’re at a seafood place, try the seafood

I’m pretty easygoing about most things. I roll with the punches so I survive.

But there’s a code, a creed, a bedrock principle that I will not disrespect or violate lest I lose my very identity. 

It is this: If a restaurant has the name of a food in the title, I’m eating that food. 

You don’t go to a steakhouse for chicken. You don’t go to a barbecue joint for the salad and you don’t go to a crab house and not eat some crab. 

And this, my friends, is my reality-bending dilemma with Harpoon Harry’s: There’s no blue crab on the menu, at least when I checked. Long ago, I swore my allegiance to blue crab.

When my Hoosier grandparents moved to the Florida coast – a couple of hours above Punta Gorda – their next-door neighbor was a crabber named Alvin. 

Alvin was a hard-working man, up before the sun catching crabs, breaking off a single claw and tossing the crab back into the gulf so it could regrow the claw and keep the circle of life going or something. I don’t know. It’s just the law. 

Alvin would come home from the water tired, but not finished working. 

The claws had to be boiled right then to preserve the meat inside. If you wandered over while he was cooking, he’d skim a few floaters out and you’d both feast on the freshest crab meat possible.

I’m sure Dungeness crabs are good. People love Alaskan king Crab. There will be riots at buffets all across Florida this Saturday at 4:30 pm when the retirees battle over the snow crab. 

And while I’m told the blue crab is a lesser crab, I’m a blue crab man.

And even though there’s a giant darn blue crab hanging over the doorway, this crab house ain’t got no blue crab on the menu. At least not right now anyway.

So what’s a man to do? Adapt. 

A seafood bucket at Harpoon Harry’s comes steamed with red potatoes, andouille sausage, corn on the cob and seafood stock (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

What to order at Harpoon Harry’s

In this specific case, I’ll order the shrimp bucket with red potatoes, andouille sausage and corn and pretend that I’m sitting in the Harpoon Harry’s Restaurant and Sports Bar side and not the crab house side. 

This is the compromise I have chosen. A man devoted to good seafood divided against himself cannot stand. Lincoln said that. 

If you’d like to eat something that doesn’t look like a giant sea bug, may I humbly make another suggestion?

My grandparents grew up fishing in the lakes of Indiana. Bass. Catfish. Crappie. These were the fish my grandparents knew – we did have a Red Lobster a couple of hours down the road, but the larger point remains. 

When they moved to Florida they were astounded by the variety of fish they caught near the gulf. My Nanny became enamored with redfish, it was her absolute favorite.

Then Papa found a secret spot out around Ozello that was good for redfish. One day, Pap and I went out with my uncle Mike and we got into a large school of redfish. The bait no quicker hit the water than a big redfish was on the line and in our boat. 

We caught our limit quickly and returned triumphantly. Nanny was thrilled. 

And so, in her honor, may I recommend the Sailor’s Catch. It is pan-seared Gulf redfish fillet with a roasted garlic cream sauce, broiled jumbo shrimp, and sea scallops in a white wine garlic butter served with rice pilaf and grilled asparagus.

When you order it, tell them Wilma sent you. They won’t have any idea what you’re talking about, but it will be cool all the same. 

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Harpoon Harry’s also offers adult beverages, and a great Bloody Mary (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Harpoon Harry’s menu: Is it expensive?

Harry’s offers appetizer options that include items like frog legs, Captain’s Nacho’s, gator bites and a jalapeño sweet onion hushpuppy basket.

They also offer an array of salads, soups, burgers and sandwiches. Sandwiches range from $13 to $18.

Then, you have your entrees. For non-seafood fans, they offer filet mignon, ribeye, pork chop, chicken and pasta. Those options range from about $16 to $28.

Seafood buckets start at about $23. There’s also market pricing for the catch of the day, so ask your server about the daily preparations.

And for those young ones 12 and under, kids meals are available. Dishes are from $9 to $11. For a full menu with prices, click here.

Finally, if you chicken out and order the adult chicken tenders from a seafood restaurant, the only way to redeem yourself is to ask the server how old a chicken has to be before it’s considered an adult.

Harpoon Harry’s is located at 112 Community Center Drive in Pigeon Forge TN. They are open from 11 am-9 pm at the time of this writing, but remember that hours are subject to change.

Have you tried Harpoon Harry’s? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

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John Gullion

John Gullion, Managing Editor at the Citizen Tribune, is a freelance contributor for TheSmokies.com LLC – the parent company of TheSmokies.com and HeyOrlando.com.

6 thoughts on “Harpoon Harry’s Crab House in Pigeon Forge Review: Is It Worth It?”

  1. The first time we went about 1 1/2 yeas ago it was great. The last time we went about 3 months ago it wasn’t so great. The waiter pretty much told us the oysters weren’t good so they didn’t have any. There weren’t many patrons that night and where they sat us was very cold as it was cold outside that night. I would not recommend as it was over priced and the dish I ordered was not eatable.

  2. I agree with the previous comment. We were VERY DISAPPOINTED with the food. It had been great the other times we had eaten there. The prices had gone up way too much. We won’t be going back.

  3. Ditto! I’m a local so I’ve eaten there many times. It used to be good but after the last change of ownership a few years ago the service and quality of food went downhill. I haven’t been back.

  4. Harpoon Harry’s is a MUST DO everytime I’m there vacating. Make my reservations a month in advance and get so excited counting down the days. Favorite dinner spot period. Food is delish whether you like seafood or not. Soooo good. Everything there is great. 5⭐ The atmosphere and the service 👌 Don’t miss out on this gem!

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