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Half Shell Oyster House

University and Honore, Sarasota, FL 34201
(941) 952-9400
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Ranked #83 of 819 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
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 NEW

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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82 reviews 82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
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
14 helpful votes 14 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

Patrick was our server he was right on point. Portions were huge, food was delicious. Had the stuffed Portobello, fried green tomatoes and crab cake...alll amazing. Friendly atmosphere.

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

My first visit, second for my Husband. I had the Lobster Roll and found the roll heavy on the grill and butter. The Lobster was just ok but I am from New England and have high standards. The side of corn was somewhat over cooked but they were nice to take it off the cob. My Husband had the Fried... More

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