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Half Shell Oyster House

University and Honore, Sarasota, FL 34201
(941) 952-9400
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Ranked #90 of 828 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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English first
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 restaurant reviews
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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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13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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76 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Bradenton, Florida
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10 restaurant reviews
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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
14 helpful votes 14 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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53 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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