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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 - 11:00 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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 148
    Excellent
  • 87
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 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
Good Menu

We had a table for eight and used there "call ahead" service and were seated in a reasonable time on a Sat. night. The service was excellent and we kept our server hopping. Specials were as advertised, I had the seafood pot pie and others had the salmon and both were very tasty and what we were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
iowans2016
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Moline, Illinois
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Moline, Illinois
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a table for eight and used there "call ahead" service and were seated in a reasonable time on a Sat. night. The service was excellent and we kept our server hopping. Specials were as advertised, I had the seafood pot pie and others had the salmon and both were very tasty and what we were hoping for with... More 

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Thank iowans2016
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Half Shell is a fairly newer restaurant, however, the food is incredible! It's a great seafood restaurant. But it is a bit pricey. It's not hard for two people to spend $50 for two for lunch.

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Thank lease123
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'm a raw oyster fan, but this is one place I'll order the cooked. Their charbroiled oysters are fantastic. Service is always friendly and good and we've never had a bad meal or drink here!

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Thank Brett D
North Port, Florida
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This past visit to this restaurant would be my 3rd in the past month. Each and every time the food was excellent and the service even better. I congratulate management for hiring and training a great wait staff.

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Thank Walter C
Sarasota, FL
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89 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat at the bar because a huge line of people showed up at the same time as we did looking for table accommodations and it seemed, flustering the staff a bit. But the young lady behind the bar was busy conversing with another couple and ignored us for awhile, which irritated my husband. Two strikes and we hadn't even... More 

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Thank anniemax
Sun City Center, Florida
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75 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To the point......I ordered a Po Boy Shrimp sandwich. What was delivered was bread, shrimp and 2 pieces of tomato. This sandwich was made without sauce or lettuce. It was as dry as sand. The waiter (Ricky) was clueless. A manager passed by to which I voiced my displease with the sandwich. She returned with a sample of sauces. Too... More 

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Thank johnm885
Sarasota, Florida
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308 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our Tuesday couples golf group comes here often after playing. It accommodates large groups well, The food is great as is the service. Tuesday is lobster day, my favorite...a 1 1/4 lb lobster with sides for $16.00.....hard to beat. The servers are very entertaining and friendly and they have some great bartenders as well. You'll like for sure.

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Thank ThomasP682
Plover, Wisconsin
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77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I found this actually looking for a restaurant for an upcoming trip to Biloxi, and seeing that they had a location in Sarasota, thought "why not?". We were here on a Tuesday for a slightly late lunch. The decor is nice (some stained glass, wrought iron, corrugated galvanized steel) gave it a 'Nawlins feel. I had a very difficult time... More 

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Thank onemanwolfpack61
Boulder, Colorado
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92 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate the best meal on our weeklong trip here ! Crab cakes Benedict and Seafood Pot Pie - yum ! They had a delightful jazz band playing and a Bloody Mary bar. Definitely make this a stop !!

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Thank TransformedTraveler
Sarasota, Florida
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the food very much: seafood combo, grilled fish. The atmosphere is pleasant but nothing special. Had the impression the service still needs to be tuned up - our sever was involved in a conversation across the restaurant and pretty distracted from our table.

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Thank GolferRan

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?