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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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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 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, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 125
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  • 68
    Very good
  • 23
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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
Always great food!

Our go to place for oysters. The oysters Orleans is awesome. Food is consistently great as is service. We will return again and again!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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130 reviews 130 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Our go to place for oysters. The oysters Orleans is awesome. Food is consistently great as is service. We will return again and again!

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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

First, the staff was great--both attentive and polite. Second, I really like New Orleans and love the food when I am there so I have been itching to go to this restaurant. Maybe my expectations were too high because of this. We had two kinds of oysters, the charbroiled and the oysters Orleans. They were good but very rich. These... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Stopped in for lunch today and had a very nice experience. We were greeted at the door by friendly staff and waited on by a very attentive and polite waiter (Brandon). Our lunch was served promptly and it was piping hot. The chowder was fabulous, the shrimp was delectable, and my po-boy was very nice. Will return in the very... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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129 reviews 129 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

On the recommendation of some local residents, we decided to try the Half Shell Oyster House despite its relatively low ranking among Sarasota restaurants on TripAdvisor. Our weekday lunch in late April 2015 was very impressive. Both the oysters and the fish fillet entrees that we ordered and shared were delicious and very well prepared. The oysters were among the... More 

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

Visited April 29 and our experience was very pleasant. We were happily greeted to the door opening and the hostess greeting us and seating us immediately with no reservation. Our server Courtney promptly welcomed us and took our drink order; red sangria is delicious and recommended. Our meals were excellent, atmosphere very nice, love the chandeliers and wall mural were... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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102 reviews 102 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
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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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204 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 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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6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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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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