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Half Shell Oyster House

University and Honore, Sarasota, FL 34201
(941) 952-9400
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Ranked #93 of 859 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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Sun City Center, Florida
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70 reviews 70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Pure heaven was a dozen oysters on the half shell from Maryland preceded by charbroiled oysters. Others had royal red shrimp proclaimed as the best ever eaten and a delicious lobster roll. For appetizers we shared the oyster sampler including Rockefeller, Cajun, charbroiled and Bienville. IMHO the Rockeller was a bit heavy but the rest delicious. We also shared portabella... More 

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Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We had eaten at the Half Shell in Biloxi on a previous trip and it was so good that we made a point of looking up the one in Sarasota. Biloxi is in a quaint old building, Sarasota is in a regular vanilla chain restaurant shopping area. That being said, the ambiance inside was very nice and the service impeccable.... More 

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Williamsville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Two friends & I had dinner here tonight & it was awesome. We started off with the charbroiled oysters which were even better than the Acme Oyster House in New Orleans. The gumbo was extraordinary. The fried oysters were fried to perfection & the grouper, unmatched. The owner came to our table & introduced himself. He heard that we were... More 

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various
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The martini's are great! Our appetizer 'Fried Green Tomatoes and Crab Cakes' was an excellent choice, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Seafood Pasta, my hubby's choice, and my Seafood Platter were both wonderful! Presentation of all is impeccable, food is hot and delicious. We enjoyed our server (Branden), who was attentive and friendly. We highly recommend 'Half Shell' for a leisurely... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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358 reviews 358 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
480 helpful votes 480 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We dropped in here on a bit of a whim. As we approached the door the greeter came out to meet us which was a bit of a surprise. I'd rather the menu was displayed outside so diners could browse it before being approached. Anyway we felt obliged to go in and we seated quickly. The restaurant wasn't busy so... More 

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Thornbury, ON, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Just revisited the Half Shell having returned to Sarasota for the season. This place is one of our favorites. Fresh oysters, from Maryland were big and tasty. My wife had the crab cakes which she always enjoys. and the fish was fresh and delightfully prepared. Well be back soon!

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LI
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

We were introduced to Half Shell by long time residents They suggested we go for a late lunch to avoid the crowds and it was perfect. The restaurant was quiet and our waiter very attentive I have a shell fish allergy and he was very reassuring that they cook on a separate stove As it turned out they serve far... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

.... but the rest of the menu is equally as good. I have not been disappointed by their frequently changing oyster offering, nor the daily seafood specials. Friendly service and atmosphere certainly adds a positive note to Sarasota's broad restaurant scene.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

After eating at mediocre or less restaurants all week this was a star. Food was wonderful, fish cooked perfectly, oysters apparently best my friends ever had, portions large. I never saw such a large beaurtiful chunk of Ahi tuna steak. The kids menu was properly sized and nutritious, not just three raviolis like the night before at a recommended Italian... More 

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Iowa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

If you want oysters nobody beats Half Shell oyster sampler. Always great !! And their tuna appetizer is great just wish they had this same tuna in a larger portion for a meal. But the overall experience here was fantastic.

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Additional Information about Half Shell Oyster House

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

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