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Captain Brian's Seafood Market

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8441 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34243-2015
(941) 351-4492
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The food was very good, the waitresses were very friendly made you feel very welcome. Service was fast.

Thank Connie M
Nazareth, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I eat at Captain Brian's often; their fish market in the front of the house always has the best local fresh-caught fish and shrimp, and Brian himself is the fish chef extraordinaire! I am happy to pass other restaurants that have the word "fish" in their name to go to the one that I find to be best! Their seafood... More 

Thank Teryn G
Bradenton, Florida
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198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrific seafood restaurant and fish market, Easy to pass it by as outside is old school and hidden by trees. Inside is clean 70's decor but delightfully quiet with spacious table.You can actually talk to your companions! Great salad bar comes with most meals. Wait staff is great and doesn't say hello I am $%^ and will be your waiter.... More 

Thank dicksmith24
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best fresh seafood in the area. Casual atmosphere and no pretentious offerings. Just well cooked fresh fish. Crab cakes are also better than most.

Thank S C
Sarasota, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We eat here several times a month for many years. What it lacks in elegant decor is more than made up for in its constant variety of freshly caught fish and an abundantly diverse salad bar. The wait staff is friendly and experienced. We often come for their freshly flown in Maine lobsters and delight in their 2 - 3... More 

Thank babsele
Sarasota, Florida
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Captain Brian's has the freshest, tastiest, unadorned seafood. Dishes are simply grilled or sauteed -- no fancy sauces to mask the taste. The oysters and clams are excellent. The lobster is the best deal in town -- always fresh and sweet and juicy. Service is good, decor is simple, wait staff are friendly and efficient. There is always a good... More 

Thank luvtoscrab007
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196 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Captain Brian's has been here forever and most of the patrons looked like they had been here forever as well. The food was good, service was ho-hum, and the ambience has seen better days. We were here for lunch and ordered the grouper & shrimp basket ($13). The grouper was very good; the shrimp a bit on the tough side.... More 

Thank linnalu
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

The absolute worst Maine whole lobster I have ever had. The salad bar was great, the lobster was bitter and rubbery. $24.95 down the drain.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We were vacationing in Siesta Key and Tropical Storm Colin hit hard one day, so we couldn't go to the beach. We decided to try this place and were sure glad we did. We ended up having three courses including salad bar, main entrée and dessert (key lime pie) because of the "Savor Sarasota" that goes on during the first... More 

Thank siestakeyfl
Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and value. First course - peel and eat shrimp, salad bar and crab cake. (There were 3 of us!) all were excellent. Main course - sliders, grouper plate and shrimp basket. Outstanding. Dessert - key lime pie, raspberry cheesecake and gelato. Again - all good. Service was spot on. Everyone was attentive. Constantly filling and tidying up the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8441 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34243-2015
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: (941) 351-4492

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?