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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, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 132
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    Very good
  • 25
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  • 10
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great place to dine for a lunch or dinner

We checked this place out for a late lunch. Beautiful atmosphere inside and attentive wait staff. Unusual variety of seafood dishes and oysters that were fresh and thoughtfully prepared. The location is in a strip mall setting so no interesting views for outside dining.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Julie F
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Bradenton, Florida
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Bradenton, Florida
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We checked this place out for a late lunch. Beautiful atmosphere inside and attentive wait staff. Unusual variety of seafood dishes and oysters that were fresh and thoughtfully prepared. The location is in a strip mall setting so no interesting views for outside dining.

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We really like this restaurant. Every thing we have ordered was awesome! Very good service too. Ordered Royal Red shrimp for a starter, seafood pot pie, and yellowfin tuna the last time we were there. Really great New Orleans style food.

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Sarasota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We had Kaitlynn as our server. She was great and did not fail to point us in the right direction. No oysters this visit. I can recommend the Fried Green Tomatoes and Crab Cakes appetizer. The coating was very good on both. Tomatoes had real tomato taste and the Crab Cakes were pretty good. Their Clam Chowder is good, but... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This was the fourth visit to this restaurant in the past year or so. A nice assortment of delicious seafood dishes. If there's someone in your party who would rather have something from the land, then your options are limited. But if seafood is everyone's fancy for the meal then you can't go wrong. I especially recommend the mussels appetizer.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

It's called the Half She'll Seafood House now. Delicious New Orleans style oysters. Slightly dry grouper oscar. Cajun Alfredo a little bland. Top Shell margarita was the bomb! Too bad the manager wouldn't share his oyster recipe.

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Longboat Key, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We had enjoyed Kaitlynn's service before so we were pleased to see her again. Friendly and informative, she guided us through impossible choices of an overwhelming menu. Seafood is the star, N'Orleans style. I chose the house favorite...charbroiled oysters...and would do so again. If you love garlic, go for it. Order a full order and indulge yourself. Others had pecan... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Had dinner at this restaurant, the service was great the food I'd rate at very good. Certainly worth a visit if you're in this part of the world.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This restaurant is fairly consistent and priced. I've visited twice: once for dinner and again recently for lunch. The service is good. The oysters we ordered were tasty and met our expectations. Their dinner salad is also good.

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Venice, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Eight of us stopped in for dinner at the Half Shell after playing a round of golf, and were given a choice of where to sit. We opted for the rectangular high table near the bar. Rectangular tables are not the most conducive for eight people to converse, but there were no round options. Our server, Marcus, although a tad... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I arrived about 6:20 and went to the bar area. It was almost full. I was greeted by a lovely young lady named Sam. She was very pleasant and took my drink order. After it arrived I went to the hostess stand. I stated that I was at the bar and would need a table for 2 in about 40... More 

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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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