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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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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Half Shell, Full Flavor!

We had enjoyed Kaitlynn's service before so we were pleased to see her again. Friendly and informative, she guided us through impossible choices of an overwhelming menu. Seafood is the star, N'Orleans style. I chose the house favorite...charbroiled oysters...and would do so again. If you love... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
DrMike60
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Longboat Key, Florida
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Longboat Key, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We had enjoyed Kaitlynn's service before so we were pleased to see her again. Friendly and informative, she guided us through impossible choices of an overwhelming menu. Seafood is the star, N'Orleans style. I chose the house favorite...charbroiled oysters...and would do so again. If you love garlic, go for it. Order a full order and indulge yourself. Others had pecan... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Had dinner at this restaurant, the service was great the food I'd rate at very good. Certainly worth a visit if you're in this part of the world.

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is fairly consistent and priced. I've visited twice: once for dinner and again recently for lunch. The service is good. The oysters we ordered were tasty and met our expectations. Their dinner salad is also good.

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Venice, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Eight of us stopped in for dinner at the Half Shell after playing a round of golf, and were given a choice of where to sit. We opted for the rectangular high table near the bar. Rectangular tables are not the most conducive for eight people to converse, but there were no round options. Our server, Marcus, although a tad... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I arrived about 6:20 and went to the bar area. It was almost full. I was greeted by a lovely young lady named Sam. She was very pleasant and took my drink order. After it arrived I went to the hostess stand. I stated that I was at the bar and would need a table for 2 in about 40... More 

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Went for lunch. Was promptly greeted, seated and attended to. The lunch menu is a little smaller, cheaper and still extremely good. We started with Shrimp Cocktail and Clam chowder. All of it was really good. Our entree's were Seafood Pasta and Fried Shrimp with Fried Okra......The fry cook is excellent as was ALL of the food. A return trip... More 

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Beulah, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We were amazed with the combo oyster appetizer. We prefer raw, but tried this one and was not disappointed. The Orleans were the best, then Rockefellers were next best. The Royal Reds shrimp were OK but not fabulous and the Pot Pie was not that great. It only had a bread crust on top and the seafood was skimpy. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

nice atmosphere, pleasant staff. Food was good, especially the oysters! The filet mignon was the most tender I'd ever had. It had been a while since we went and I got so busy with work that I forgot to review it, but I haven't stopped thinking that we need to go again since it was so good the first time.... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Visited Half Shell last week and was delighted to be greeted at the door with an open door and a "HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT?" upon arriving. Ordered a fresh Martini and POW! it was awesome! I ordered the Roasted Oysters Louisiana Style and was delighted with the taste and seasoning.... it came with bread to soak up the delicate juices.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Eleven of us stopped in for a birthday celebration. This restaurant was chosen by the birthday boy and we had never been here. We were pleasantly surprised! Food was delicious and my wife and I are not big seafood lovers. We sampled the oysters Rockefeller, raw oysters, breaded oysters, giant shrimp, Cajun shrimp, crab cakes, filet mignon, shrimp po-boy and... More 

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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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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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