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Red Lobster is known as the foremost expert in fresh seafood. Our commitment to serving quality seafood starts long before you sit down at our restaurant. Fresh Fish, Live Lobster.
$20 - $35
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
American, Seafood
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed April 6, 2021

This is my second time here with a bad experience..though this is the worse ever. Went in on Monday for shrimp night..waitress who never identified herself came over, we order dinner. She kept disappearing so we waited and when she came back i said i...would have the 2 shrimp dishes...she said i can only order one refill at a time. she was gone again and this time for so long another waiter came over and asked what we needed and he ordered us a whole bunch of shrimp refills..he brought them out and then she brought some out and was gone again and then anouther server brought more out...when we asked Darius for napkins he yelled at my husband that he is bringing someone their food and he will be right there. I said well he can't see you behind him...he doesn't have eyes in the back of his head..Darius rolled his eyes, shook his head and never came back. After all the time we waited for our server, she came running over when it was time to pay...left with our credit card for another 10 minutes.. i finally stood up and asked the bartender for take out containers and to get our credit card back. She comes back and thanks us for our patience...really.. well she certainly wasn't going to thank us for our tip...since we didn't leave one. The last time we have been there at prime time there are only like 4 tables occupied...now i know why. There are so many excellent restaurants in this area...we certainly don't need to go there for horrible service. This is the 2nd and last time...there are no more chances. i complained about the visit and rudeness of Darius on my last review a few weeks ago and didn't hear a thing but that should not surprise me..there were 2 managers on last night and they could have cared less about anything.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed March 19, 2021 via mobile

We stopped here and were very impressed with the impeccable service and high quality food. The crab cake appetizer is new and they were the best crab cakes we’ve ever eaten! And that says a lot because we have eaten crab cakes at many local...restaurants and none even came close to these! Huge chunks of crab meat and hardly any filler. Plus the remoulade sauce was delicious. We also had fish dinner which were great as usual. Service here is excellent. Sometimes people overlook Red Lobster here where there are local seafood restaurants on every corner. Don’t overlook this place! And prices are better than some of the overpriced local places.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed November 16, 2020

I can't remember how long it's been since I had a meal here in this Sarasota location. I had a really BAD experience at the Port Charlotte Red Lobster, so I was hoping that this was going to be better and I'm glad it was....Jennifer was our waitress and took good care, unfortunately she emitted a few items in our "to go" bag, but for the time my friend Sue and I were there, she was attentive. We ordered the LOBSTER ARTICHOKE DIP to start, and then decided we both wanted to take an order of that home. Yummy.....so delicious!!! Served with TORTILLA CHIPS. Then I went for the LOBSTER LOVER'S DREAM, meaning I was going to feast on 2 MAINE LOBSTER TAILS as well as LOBSTER/SHRIMP LINGUINI IN A CREAMY LOBSTER SAUCE....my mouth was watering already just to imagine it all!!! It came with a BAKED POTATO and a CEASAR SALAD. And believe me, it was awesome, although I was supposed to take most of that home. (but Jennifer forgot to put it in my to-go bag) Sue ordered from the "CREATE YOUR OWN" menu and chose the GARLIC SHRIMP SCAMPI as well as WALT'S FAVORITE SHRIMP and her two sides were a BAKED POTATO and CRISPY BRUSSELS SPROUTS, but she thought they were a little too sweet.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed November 6, 2020

I ordered by phone for a pick up at 5:00 and I was there at 4:55. Four of us were waiting. No one, and I do mean no one, even acknowledged our existence for 25 minutes. Finally, we were handed our orders and I left....When I got home, all of the food was ice cold, and I found that I had been overcharged $10. I will not go back.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Clawde L, Owner at Red Lobster, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2020

We always welcome feedback and our team would like to learn how we could have made your experience better. Would you please copy and paste the following link into your URL bar, so that you may send us a private message directly on Facebook? Please...More

Reviewed August 15, 2020

Visited Red lobster on Tuesday August 11, 4 pm. Since this was during the pandemic, I was maybe 1 of 4 persons eating in. Many were ordering take out. I ordered the 3 main course, Coconut shrimp, Fish, scallops. Each was excellent. Service was awesome....Everyone had masks and practiced social distancing best can be during this time. I know this is hard for everyone so remember to tip very good!!!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed June 11, 2020

This red lobster has HORRIBLE service and the food was disgusting. My food was raw/uncooked, the biscuits were cold, hard and something tasted strange yet the manager (Stacey) was NOT apologetic, didnt attempt to make things right or even act as if she cared about...the experience we were having. I am completely lost for words. We will NEVER go back to this location and if you are looking for good service and good food this is not the place to eat.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 17, 2020 via mobile

We have been in Sarasota for 3 weeks and eat out every day. My wife and I both agreed that this was one of our better meals. We both had coconut shrimp, price and service were great.

Date of visit: March 2020
ClawdeL, Marketing at Red Lobster, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2020

That sounds like the perfect evening at our Sarasota Red Lobster!

Reviewed December 26, 2019

Well we're back in Sarasota and managed to get to The Red Lobster for a late lunch to celebrate Christmas early! Yet again we were given a warm welcome and quickly shown to our table. We arrived after the lunchtime rush (about 3pm) so the...restaurant was fairly quiet. However it meant that we had plenty of time to make up our minds on what food to have as the menu is quite extensive! We enjoyed our warm biscuits whilst deciding! My husband selected the Sirloin & Shrimp combination whilst I chose the Half Shrimp Linguini Alfredo. Since I was driving my husband "forced" himself to have the Bud Light (20 oz size) whilst I had iced water. My husband enjoyed his Bud Light so much that he had another one which was just as good! Our food was absolutely delicious, freshly cooked with good sized portions, and we were pleased with our selections. The only downside was we didn't have any room for dessert. Perhaps next time? Thanks for yet another great meal.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 18, 2019 via mobile

Went as my wife loves Red Lobster and she loves snow crab. Went on a Wednesday when they had the Snow Crab as a special. Unfortunately, the Snow Crab was far from special and was average at best. David, our wait staff person was terrific...and gave him a nice tip although the food wasn’t even average.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 5, 2019

As we travel (both my wife and I are retired) around we're always looking for and happy to find a Red Lobster...it had been awhile since we were able to have a meal there, but just recently had dinner at the one on Tamiami Trail...in Sarasota and we weren't disappointed, in fact surprised at their new (?) menu...unbelievable number of choices...can't wait for our next visit to try something different...food was outstanding! At the time they also had a special promotion going on...we left with 2 really neat lighthouse glasses...More

Date of visit: October 2019
ClawdeL, Owner at Red Lobster, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2019

That sounds like the perfect seafood experience, 0915R!

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Red Lobster is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5