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Half Shell Oyster House

University and Honore, Sarasota, FL 34201
(941) 952-9400
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Ranked #88 of 822 restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Parrish, Florida
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95 reviews 95 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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116 reviews 116 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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Bradenton, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

did not dislike anything. the variety of food and the service was excellent . will go there again. no problem with parking

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Detroit
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Came here with family while on vacation. Service was great, food was excellent! Had their crab and lobster dip as an appetizer. Chunky and tasty, with garlic toast for dipping. Oyster Combo gave a variety of flavors to choose from, all great! Salad was crispy and had a nice ginger, sesame dressing. Then the best part... two lobster tails! Sweet... More

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Titusville, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I had the combination Po'Boy. It was great, the sauce served with it was very complimenting. The size was much larger than expected. The homemade dressing was very good and the beer was a local beer on tap. The service was great and the place was very clean. Will go back again.

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Bradenton, Florida
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10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

5231 University Parkway, Suite 109 Sarasota, FL 34201 Formerly, before moving, Half Shell Oyster Bar on Main St., Sarasota. (941) 952-9400 Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm Friday & Saturday: 11am-11pm Sunday: 11am-9pm Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm Eight of us ate at the Half Shell in late June 2014. We all arrived near our reservation time of 6:15 and were promptly seated in a booth.... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This was our first time here and I wanted to try a few things so I usually try appetizers that way I can order a few more items than just the entrée, my Husband get's those and shares. I had the seafood chowder and it was amazing, and very surprised and not disappointed the we did not given rolls or... More

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Bradenton, Florida
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88 reviews 88 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Four of us headed off to try Half Shell Oyster House for the first time. Very good initial impression. High ceilings, spacious booths, decorated nicely to the eye, low ambient noise level, attentive knowledgeable server with a great sense of humor. The menu is interesting and inviting, with a good selection of prepared seafood dishes reflecting Half Shell's Mississippi gulf... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My friends and I are on a girls getaway vacation and wanted to have at least one night with a great seafood meal. We definitely found it here. It took us a while to choose where we wanted to go, but finely decided on Half Shell Oyster House after reading a lot of great reviews and checking out their menu.... More

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