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Half Shell Oyster House

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University and Honore, Sarasota, FL 34201
(941) 952-9400
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

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  • 121
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  • 68
    Very good
  • 22
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  • 10
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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Late Dinner

Arrived about 9:45 only to find out that the dining room closed at 9:30. Please keep this in mind if you are traveling late. They served a Tapas menu at bar later and I enjoyed their wings very much

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Rambler17
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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95 reviews 95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Arrived about 9:45 only to find out that the dining room closed at 9:30. Please keep this in mind if you are traveling late. They served a Tapas menu at bar later and I enjoyed their wings very much

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Great oysters. Great food. Great drinks. Great service. That tells you everything about this restaurant. Truly fantastic every time I come here. Never had a bad dish. The drinks are also stunning.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

went there to eat after the Sarasota half marathon and it was a nice place. The atmosphere was clean, friendly and we had great waiter. Brendon was very good to us. he made sure we were comfortable and he gave great recommendations on the brunch menu we had the Lobster Queso and Crab cakes it was nice.

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Sarasota
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303 reviews 303 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Stopped here after a visit to the UTC Mall on a Wednesday night. Started with the Shrimp New Orleans, Half Shell's version of New Orleans BBQ Shrimp. The shrimp were fresh and had a good kick to them. We also had the Shrimp Po'Boy and the Oyster PO'Boy. The shrimp were OK, but the Oyster Po'Boy was terrific. The oysters... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My mother, my best friend, and I were here this past Friday at lunch for Girls' Day Out and we could not have picked a better place to celebrate in Sarasota. Our waiter Markus made sure our visit was fun and he met our every need and whim. His service was exceptional and the food and drink were divinely Southern... More 

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Siesta Key, Florida
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150 reviews 150 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

The Oysters Rockefeller spinach tasted like it came from a can, so the choice should have been something else. The Corn, Lobster, Crab soup was heavy on Crab. Happy hour wine is a good value, and the Salmon was quite good. We will need to make our way around the menu to find things to be happy here.

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Bradenton, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I do not mind paying for an excellent meal and good service. Best Oysters in 20 years. Hugh and fresh. The grilled Oysters were AMAZING!!!!!! Crowded and loud, be prepared, but when you sit down they will wait on you like you are their only customer. Will go back again, and again...... going tonight. :-)

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Staff is superb in the service and makes your experience very delightful. Tuesday is Lobster Tail day for lunch and dinner. Very, very good. Prepared perfectly!

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Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

for a sea food restaurant,the oyster's were small and sea food pasta was dry. The service was very good,always checking us. All in all we will go back.

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Springfield, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Enjoyed a nice evening hosting a group of friends. The seafood was fresh and well prepared and the service timely and pleasant despite a full house.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: University and Honore, Sarasota, FL 34201
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: (941) 952-9400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?