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Half Shell Seafood House

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5231 University Pkwy, Suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201-3009
+1 941-952-9400
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
5231 University Pkwy, Suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201-3009
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Reviewed February 12, 2018

This was our first time here. At the request of a family member, we met for a late lunch. My wife and I had the Fried Green Tomato, BLT. Very unique and different. Also ordered at the table was an appetizer of Voodoo Shrimp. Voodoo...More

Thank Rick M
Reviewed February 7, 2018 via mobile

We stop in from time to time and they have yet to disappoint us. A rare restaurant that takes pride in their house vinaigrette. They provided a wonderful little plate of garlic toast. I had fantastic portabello stuffed with crab shrimp and scallops. Their Cole...More

Thank JordanS8
Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

We go here every so often and always enjoy! We were in this week for our anniversary and sat at the bar. The bartender was very friendly and attentive. Shrimp cocktail was good, we didn’t try their gulf coast version only because I am not...More

Thank KristynS
Reviewed February 2, 2018 via mobile

Nice lunch fare. Service was quick and cordial. Not crazy about paper covered tables, but hey, it’s called the Half Shell Seafood House, and paper usually means lots of messy eating. Plenty of starters, including raw and cooked oysters, blue crab claws, steamed mussels, et...More

Thank Philip2009
Reviewed January 26, 2018

We met friends at the Half Shell recently for dinner, and the meals get mixed reviews. My seafood pot pie was very good. My wife’s filet was over cooked; she ordered medium-rare and it was closer to medium-well. I did not like the cheesy grits;...More

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Reviewed January 24, 2018

We had a reservation and got seated immediately. Server came to our table and took our drink orders. She returned with the drinks and took our appetizer and meal orders. The appetizers came very quickly. Then came the salads and before we were half done...More

Thank markvillamaino
Reviewed January 22, 2018

Had dinner there and thought the overall experience was excellent. My wife had oysters on the half shell and I has the shrimp Orleans. We both raved about the food and the service. We are early (around 6:30) and sat in the bar area. Restaurant...More

Thank Jim S
Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Lunch menu portions are most adequate and priced reasonably for a seafood restaurant. Their cheesy grits and shrimp with a creamy bacon sauce is my husband's favorite. We went one Sunday for brunch and there was live music. Too loud for our liking.

Thank Helen B
Reviewed January 19, 2018

Visited the Half Shell Seafood House with friends. The food was excellent, the servers were very friendly and helpful. Never had fried Okra before, but theirs was outstanding. Even the wife loved them. She loved their oysters on the half shell, along with her entre....More

Thank erichlaumer
Reviewed December 21, 2017 via mobile

Haven't been to Half Shell since they moved on University. Brought our son and daughter in law, who hadn't been before. The food was delicious, service great. Fried green tomatoes and crab cakes, oysters rockafeller, and lobster and crab dip were our starters. All were...More

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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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Bar scene
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 Pkwy, Suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201-3009
  • 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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