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Half Shell Oyster House

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5231 University Parkway, suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Bradenton, Florida
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Decided to hit this spot on a whim- a miserable, rainy night. It was crowded and we were prepared to wait- but we were seated almost immediately. There is a nice, but small bar in the front. comfortable booth seating. A really nice and varied menu. The Shrimp and Grits were delicious- I cleaned my plate. The husband tried the... More 

Thank KnitWitchMystic
Bradenton, Florida
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great find. Brunch with an attitude. Grab a seat in the bar area. Let Samantha take care of you. The Oysters Orleans are great. My wife had the Shrimp and Grits Benedict. Really good food at a reasonable price. The Jazz group is a real plus.

Thank John S
palmetto fl
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I wanted to shop in University Parkway mall. We had enjoyed a Sunday brunch with a jazz combo about a month ago, so we decided to include lunch with our shopping jaunt. Amazingly it was one of our most enjoyable meals in many years. Everything from menu to service to presentation to reasonable cost was nothing but... More 

Thank Judson-Sanderson
Sun City, Florida
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have had a number of different dishes and everyone has been awesome. I had lunch and dinner it's always exceptional. The service is the best you can get. I just love their shrimp kinda like Bubba Gump, - fried, boiled, baked etc. it's all good.

Thank lgprater1
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second visit to Half Shell. Service and atmosphere is superb. Food is served hot and flavorful. There is a wide variety of menu choices.

Thank Gail S
Winchester, Virginia
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great dinner here while visiting Sarasota for a couple days. I'm not a seafood fan, so I tried the chicken alfredo. It was fabulous. My other family got the snow crabs and oyster platter and were extremely pleased. The service was great as well, very attentive. It's kind of pricey, but it's great food. I'm glad they... More 

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a fabulous lunch at the Half Shell Oyster House with an appetizer of Bourbon Bacon Jam Oysters! Amazing! Love the Seafood pasta dish with ceasar salads and lobster macaroni, with great garlic bread on the side. Our server(s) were out of this world and very much paid attention to detail, service and quality of our food. The bottle... More 

Thank AAOcrossfire
Sarasota, Florida
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79 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there today for lunch and had fantastic food. Dylan was our waiter and he was very helpful. He told us about the Sunday Jazz Brunches and we plan to return with a group of people.

Thank ZeebruggeExplorer
Sarasota, Florida
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340 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Is it the best fresh seafood in Florida? No. Is it a good neighborhood joint where you can get good fish and seafood ? Absolutely. They usually have a good selection of "raw bar" items and good daily specials. They also have good salads and wonderful side dishes. The sweet potato brûlée is to die for. They made the jump... More 

Thank JordanS8
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198 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a group of 13 , we did make reservations and they did call to reconfirm. The food was better than expected and the price was average. Service could have been better, the waiter did forget to ask everyone for drinks and again missed a couple of apetizer order, but all in all it was good...service could improve

Thank PatriziaItaly

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $28
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5231 University Parkway, suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: 19419529400
The Half Shell Oyster House has five locations. The first one opened in the summer of 2009 in Downtown Gulfport, MS and the second in Downtown Biloxi, MS. The charbroiled oysters are legendary and the atmosphere will make you feel like you've stepped back in time. Located in the historic Kremer building in downtown Gulfport, the "Half Shell" or "Oyster House," as locals have abbreviated it, serves the Southern delicacy freshly shucked on the half shell, charbroiled over an open flame, BBQ, Rockefeller and Bienville. We expanded to Florida in 2012 with the opening of our Sarasota, FL restaurant. Our fourth location has opened in Hattiesburg, MS. Our newest location is on the corner of I-65 and Airport Boulevard, at 3654 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, AL 36608. Our oysters are outstanding, but if you're not in the mood for oysters, Half Shell has a vast menu with something for everyone, lunch or dinner. Start your meal with New Orleans style BBQ Shrimp or a Seafood Stuffed Portabella. The Half Shell Salad with avocado, goat cheese and toasted almonds is great paired with a cup of gumbo. We feature daily and monthly specials utilizing locally caught fresh fish and seafood. The burgers, poboys and sandwiches are all good too. Or, try one of our steak or chicken creations like the Chicken Half Shell with Alfredo sauce, sundried tomatoes, capers and artichoke hearts. Seafood specialties include classic Shrimp and Grits and hearty Seafood Pot Pie. Whatever you choose, it'll be served with warm Southern hospitality in a unique atmosphere that complements the food. Exposed brick walls, wrought iron railings, unique French Quarter lighting and architecture frame the room. Each location offers a beautiful and unique setting for your dining experience. Each of our locations has semi private areas for your party or banquet needs. Or, just pull up a stool at the long copper bar, order a cold one and watch your oysters be grilled to perfection. For lunch, dinner or happy hour, Half Shell Oyster House is sure to soon be your old favorite.

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