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“New Location.........Great Atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Half Shell Oyster House

Half Shell Oyster House
University and Honore, Sarasota, FL 34201
(941) 952-9400
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Ranked #97 of 852 Restaurants in Sarasota
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Tampa, Florida
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3 restaurant reviews
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“New Location.........Great Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

12-18-2103...We were ib the area unexpectedly, drove by on way to hotel. We returned, was told it was a 25 minute wait. We chose to sit at bar and have a drink. We got "hooked" by the bartender, Sean, and stayed there for dinner. He was well versed in the entire menu. He came from MS. and explained the difference between"cajun" and "creaole". My wife chose to order a Bloody Mary. Sean explained exactly how these were uniquely prepared: "Take 3 Olive Vodka and soak several veggies for at least 3 days and".... other details I could not recall. It was the very best BM that my wife has ever had. We ordered a few apps: Ahi, Bisque & Salad. These were all explained by Sean. All were delivered in very timely manner as was the Seafood Stuffed Stuffed Portebelo........delicious. There was a wide selection of Wine by the Glass.
We never expected such a fine dining experience without being recommended by someone.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Venice, Florida
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79 restaurant reviews
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“WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I am a long time fan of Half Shell in Biloxi and have been anxious to try the Sarasota location. Finally made it this week and was more than satisfied with the food and service. There were four of us and we stuck to an assortment of appetizers. Each a tasteful treat. Especially recommend everyone try the Royal Reds and Char Broiled Oysters. Only a short wait for our call ahead seating, but time well spent chatting with Brandon, the Bartender (good wine selection) and met one of the people from the kitchen, Seth who filled us in on the new location and differences. Our waitress, Deanne was a delight to talk with and always brought a smile, along with food and wine, to the table. I would definitely suggest if you are in the area this is a must visit.

  • Visited December 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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Finally a really great seafood place in this area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Half Shell Seafood is a real treat with great prices. I had Pecan Crusted Redfish and a clam chowder. Absolutely delicious. The service was excellent. The mousse desert was really tasty. You won't be disappointed with the quality or the prices. Keep up the great work!

  • Visited December 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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Sarasota, Florida
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“Good Seafood, good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

This place just opened a month ago, and the wait staff kind of reflected that. Hard to describe exactly, but they just seemed anxious to take your order and make sure everything was just right, but a little inexperienced at the same time. The personal service was appreciated, but the way they swept under the booth next to us while we ate, and used a flashlight to do it, was a little tacky.

Food was very good, but pricey: High teens to mid-twenty entrees. I had a flounder with terrific crab & cheese stuffing, and my wife had the redfish. Both sparse but excellent, but the flounder still had skin and tail, which we thought strange.

Like the Bonefish Grill without all the noise and Happy Hour crowds. All in all a very good experience for a nice meal out. Not the place you'd want to stop for a quick, cheap meal.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Not just oysters...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Night after Thanksgiving when we just couldn't eat leftovers, we stopped in for dinner and all four of us were glad we did. Three had oysters - Bienville, On The Half Shell, and Rockefeller. I believe there were purrs emanating from the group as they ate. Then the Seafood Gumbo eater proclaimed it to be perfect! Not too spicy and just right! I had one of the best Grilled salmon dinners I've had anywhere. My sides were shared they were so large. Cheddar Cheese Grits and Fried Okra - yum!! The tuna sashimi perfection! The Oyster Po Boy could have been crispier but was large and flavorful. The Fried Green Tomatoes and Crab Cakes beyond yummy. Service was attentive and efficient. We are going to be regulars for sure!

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