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“AWESOME OYSTERS” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lee and Rick's Half Shell Oyster Bar

Lee and Rick's Half Shell Oyster Bar
5621 Old Winter Garden Rd, Orlando, FL 32811-1526
407-293-3587
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Ranked #148 of 3,104 restaurants in Orlando
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night
Tampa, Florida
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“AWESOME OYSTERS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Lee and Ricks has the best oysters and atmosphere. we sit at the raw bar and get buckets of tasty steamed oysters. prices are reasonable and service is excellent.We have been going here for 25 years and always had great food and great service.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Crunchy Oysters and Sketchy Neighbourhood”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We were visiting Orlando from the west coast. Looked for relatively popular restaurants on trip advisor and found Lee and Rick's. Man oh man was it a bad choice. We went around 9-10PM at night. The restaurant itself was located in an area that felt really sketchy. Me and my girlfriend did not feel safe at all. The other customers in there seemed really sketch too. The restaurant is really run down, paint is peeling everywhere and there were NO windows which adds to the sketchy feeling.

The food itself was not good either. We're from the west coast and are used to eating oysters like royal miyagi's and kushi's. The oysters are on the larger side compared to the west coast ones and seemed to lack oyster flavors. That part i guess can't be controlled by the restaurant since it might be species dependent but here's something that can be controlled. We ordered a dozen (6 oysters between the two of us) and four of them were crunchy (had sand or bits of the shell). I couldn't tell whether the oysters were shucked bad or if the oysters themselves were dirty.

We also ordered a steamed seafood platter that consisted of clams, mussels, snowcrab, crawfish, corn, and potatoes. Only the corn and potatoes were good. The clams... again i'm not sure if its the species but when i took a bite the clam tasted like the ocean. I felt that the clam wasn't fully cooked and my girlfriend experienced the same thing. We left the 3rd clam untouched because it was so bad. The mussles and crawfish were ok, but on the overcooked side. The snowcrab sucked.

After we finished our food we hauled out of there because we didn't feel safe. The service was ok but could be better. Overall the restaurant just felt really dirty, sketchy, and food was sub-par.

To put things into perspective, we also visited Joe's Crab Shack 2 days before and the difference was night and day at around the same price. The flavor's and ingredients at Joe's were soooooo much better and so was the service. Also we visited Logan's Roadhouse and we absolutely loved it. Hopefully if you've been to these two other restaurants you will see what kind of standards we are expecting (pretty low standard). If you are looking for good seafood and a good time i suggest you go somewhere else.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Quite possibly one of the best restaurants in the world...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Great Apalachicola oysters. Great shuckers (yo Trevis!) Great broken in bar (most fun to sit at the bar, not a booth). Just a great overall vibe. A decade ago I found myself in Orlando a few times a year for business. I'd rent a car just to be able to break from the ho-hum business dinners and eat at Lee and Rick's (multiple times each visit I might add). Just returned for the first time in 10 years with my wife who has heard me wax poetic about Lee and Rick's. We agree: it's one of our favorite restaurants in the world (and we travel a lot for food). If you appreciate a real deal oyster joint (that's been in business 60+ years for a reason) you'll see why we feel that way! Can't wait to go again...

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“It's ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Well, the oysters are good but it smells bad at the bar, no music poor atmosphere. Service was ok. If they renovated & had at least good music I would go back but the place depresses me..

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great oysters and plain down to earth food....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

Very informal place with no windows and no real atmosphere but great oysters and a variety of seafood. We had the oysters which are super fresh and excellent, the clam chowder which was good but not memorable, and the steamed seafood platter including snow crab, clams, mussels, craw dads, and shrimp.....for 20.00, pretty good deal. Added a pitcher of beer and after day fishing......we were happy!

Visited April 2013
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