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“Suburban Outpost” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lucky Pelican

Lucky Pelican
6239 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, FL 34240-8433
941-907-0589
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Ranked #52 of 806 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
University Park, Florida
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73 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Suburban Outpost”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Along the University Parkway Corridor in northern Sarasota, there is a bevy of chain restaurants, such as Carraba's, Bonefish, Ruby Tuesday, Outback Steakhouse, Sweet Tomatoes, Stonewood, etc. etc. However, tucked back into a strip mall slightly to the east of I-75, you will find the Lucky Pelican. Not much on atmosphere, but always good, fresh, dependable food. Known especially for their seafood, preparation can be inventive or simple, whichever you prefer. I took a friend to lunch there recently to treat her for her birthday--I can't believe how cheap--my bill was under $15!! We both had the 1/2 salad (mixed greens with goat cheese, tomatoes, red onion, artichokes, carrots, croutons, and herb vinegrette) along with some yummy soup--changes daily. Had such a hard time deciding what to eat that day that I returned with another friend a few days later. Had lightly fried and deliciously moist, plump and tender oysters (think they had a corn meal coating--great balance of flavors) and sweet potato fries. Yeah, everyone's doing sweet potato fries now, but here they still taste like sweet potatoes and are done right. Also, tasted the fish tacos (Senor Oscar style) with Baja sauce, pumpkin seeds, lime, cilantro and cabbage for...$8.95. Never have room for dessert, so I can't tell you about that. If you are in this part of town, Lucky Pelican is a must!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jerusalem
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58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Looks Good, Tastes Great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Crowded with good reason in the early evening (a given in age-friendly Sarasota), the fish dishes and fresh fish are wonderful, the clams-oysters-shrimp a bargain, and happy hour drinks a plus. I'll simply focus on the terrific fish and chips; the fish was crispy, generously portioned and hot. The slaw wasn't the greatest and the fries were a little old. But the service was terrific. The value is in the package. (If you're waiting outside, the traffic noice from I-75 is noticeable.)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Canton OH
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165 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great food, great value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

My wife and I really like this restaurant. Located in a strip mall with inside and outside seating, it is very popular amongst us retirees and working stiffs both! They have a printed menu plus many daily (mostly) fish specials. Just ate there last week again, and have never had a bad or even average meal. Happy hour gets 2 for 1 house wines, and perhaps discounts on beer as well. That all contributes to the crowd of retirees. But don't let that overshadow the great food!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food but no reservations accepted”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

The last few times I have eaten here the wait has been very long. They wont accept reservations and the hostess is very curt and rude.
Food is good, but dont go if you cant wait it out

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wilton, Connecticut
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fresh Fabulous Fish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This place is a neighborhood gem located in a nondescript shopping mall. Everything we had was fabulous - fresh oysters, raw tuna, lobster roll, and smelts. The sweet potato fries were so good that we couldn't stop eating them. Value is outstanding - my husband who is a real oyster aficionado thought his dozen oysters were terrific and was amazed at the price of 99 cents each. The only downside is waiting for a table - apparently you can call 30 minutes ahead.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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