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Half Shell Seafood House

5231 University Parkway, Suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201
+1 941-952-9400
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“oysters” (132 reviews)
“royal reds” (17 reviews)
“redfish” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
5231 University Parkway, Suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

First time here for us but our friends go often. Server was quick and very friendly. We all enjoyed our dinners but mine, the Royal Reds, was especially well done. I chose a Caesar salad and hush puppies as my sides - both were very...More

Thank Manatee1965
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my mom to Half Shell for her birthday this past week, and it was okay. not sure i'd try this place again, however my moms birthday dessert was really good. our dishes that we both ordered were okay, but not something to blow...More

Thank Mika M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great jazz band playing during Sunday Brunch. The Lobster scrambled eggs have large chunks of Lobster, the eggs Benedict are equally great!! Moderately priced, easily becomes a Sunday habit

2  Thank jfriedeb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did call ahead seating for 6PM. Once seated, the service was real good and so was the food! Very noisy so for those with hearing impairment or hearing aids, heads up

1  Thank Pat-in-S-Fla
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Saw this place while searching online and took a chance on it because of the good reviews. Markus, our waiter, was entertaining and attentive, providing exceptional service. The chargrilled oysters were perfect and the Orleans Red Snapper was delicious. Couldn't have asked for a better...More

1  Thank K. G
Reviewed October 1, 2017

Expected More, got less. My wife and I went there last Friday night, September 29th. She ordered the lobster roll. The bread was soaked like it had been frozen, then thawed out retaining the moisture from frost crystals. She ended up scrapping the lobster off...More

Thank Robert F
Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

This was our 1st visit dining here and we found that happy Hour went from 830pm until closing. We arrived around 10:00 p.m. and found the staff very friendly and willing to serve us. This was our 1st time here so the chef gave us...More

1  Thank Byron C
Reviewed September 20, 2017 via mobile

Please go here. Try it at least once. So good!! So good!! Best oyster presentation on the gulf. Oysters best bet!

1  Thank Arlene P
Reviewed September 16, 2017

We stayed at University Park for three weeks and got to know the area and several restaurants quite well. Of all the restaurants we visited this was the most expensive by far, and also the poorest quality in respect of both food and service! Stodgy...More

Thank e_bilsborough
Reviewed September 12, 2017

Been to Half Shell Oyster House before and always enjoyed it. But last night's visit was exceptional. After enduring hurricane Irma's wrath and subsequent power outage we were physically and emotionally exhausted. We were overjoyed to find out that Half Shell was open for dinner....More

1  Thank 858maryi
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August 20, 2016|
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Response from Jerry S | Property representative |
Yes we serve both King and Snow Crab!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $28
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings
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: +1 941-952-9400
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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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