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Half Shell Oyster House

University and Honore, Sarasota, FL 34201
(941) 952-9400
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Ranked #93 of 832 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Hign prices for "regular" fare. the Caesar salad was all white and light green leaves - no rich deep green romaine. Cheese grits nothing special. Service, however was good. Had to sit at high top in bar area - noisy and some realy loud regulars at the bar with occasional foul language

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I guess it is a chain restaurant and that is what we got. very busy and pretty noisy. food and service fine but I wouldn't rush back. I like a more intimate atmosphere. seemed popular with families.

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Bradenton, Florida
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10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Perfect Service and Delicious Food!! Took my wife there over the Labor Day weekend and found the staff really friendly and accommodating, we were quickly seated and served in short order. The waiter's recommendations were awesome... I give this little place a 5 Star Rating.... Oh their Martini's are Top Shelf also!!

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Bradenton, Florida, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Couldn't imagine that our fifth visit to Half Shell Oyster House would top the previous four. After all, our dinners have always been incredibly tasty and the folks serving us have always been hospitable and make you feel like family (they see you coming and open the door for you). But this visit was exceptionally special. As typical, we ordered... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My complaint here is just too much good food. We were looking at apartments in the area and noticed it from the road. Anything named oyster would catch my eye. Needless to say I was very impressed. The portion sizes were amazing. Do not not get the asparagus. Simple perfection. I cannot wait to return. The server was excellent. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Can't say enough great things!!!! We visited this restaurant 30 minutes before closing.... However LISA welcomed us in as if we were the first customers of the day. The food (gumbo and salmon) were delicious but Lisa's service was the icing on the cake. We will return again and again and again!!!!

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Warren, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

At least that's what piqued my interest as I had never had them. I happened to arrive during happy hour, but was initially seated in a booth. No biggie. But when I questioned my server, Gabby, about where on the menu lists the happy hour specials, she said only those seated in the bar can order off that menu... kinda... More

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Parrish, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My wife and I stopped in the Half Shell Oyster House last evening for dinner. As we were not that hungry, we split the fried oysters, and she had a side salad as one of the sides, and I had the greens as the other. Service was great after the hostess who growled at us somewhat because we didn't want... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My wife and I went during happy hour, hostess sat us a reg table. When I asked about the happy hour specials we were told it is only valid sitting by the bar. We moved. The fried green tomato with crab cake disapointing, to small and loaded with a sauce making it mushy. The lobster/crab dip was just ok. The... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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58 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The variety of food makes making a choice hard here. We had the Royal Reds which are the best tasting shrimp anywhere. We also tried the Seafood stuffed portabellas and the flounder....both were incredible. Bananas Foster cheesecake topped off a great meal but still the best part was our waiter Markus. Request him to have the time of your life....funny,... More

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