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“Great place and great staff!”

Monk's Oyster Steamer Raw Bar
Ranked #158 of 1,031 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Sarasota, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Great place and great staff!”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

Great Oysters Monkefeller and fantastic bar staff! Very highly recommend!
Very good drinks and all in all a good place to unwind at the end of the day.

  • Visited October 2013
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Wisconsin
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“Over rated”
Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here a couple of times, mainly for drinks. Good drinks (can't screw them up) although new bartenders seem to be confused.

Had crawdads, nothing to write home about.

If you want a sports bar with locals, come here.

Not for food.

  • Visited October 2013
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South Florida, Florida
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“A True Oyster Bar”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Oyster "bar" is a term of art. There are actually few places where you can actually sit at a "bar" and watch the shuckers prepare your oysters for serving. Think of the greatest of them all (Union Oyster House in Boston) and you know what I mean. While it might not rise to the grandeur of the UOH in Boston, it is quite definitely the best such oyster bar in Sarasota. Gretchen and crew will set you up with your favorite beverage, take your order and do all the necessary prep - amid the din and banter of the busy bar. On our last trip, we had the mussels and littlenecks appetizers, followed by the house speciality - a dozen of the best raw oysters served over a bed of chipped ice with accompanying condiments. Delicious! My only complaint? The bar is a little smokey, but the oysters are worth it.

  • Visited April 2013
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Saddle River, New Jersey
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“Freshest seafood!!”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Monk's is a fun place!! Part sports bar, part best seafood & raw bar around!! I shared the 2lb. shrimp with Old Bay seasonings and it was DELICIOUS!!! Shrimp were cooked to perfection!!!! The raw oysters were fabulous too!! Other menu items were Oysters Monkefella, Clams, Peel & Eat Shrimp, Snow Crabs, Mussels, Crawfish and then a few specials. Friendly staff, good prices (similar to other seafood places), very casual place. Can't wait to go back - it was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!! Check their web site for more details!

  • Visited April 2013
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South Florida, Florida
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“"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

I am an oyster afficionado, and, for my money, these are the best oysters in Sarasota. They are fresh, large, juicy and safe! The shuckers are very careful to toss any shells that aren't tight and lookin' right. The shuckers and bartenders (sometimes the same person) are great down-home hosts who will treat you like regulars from the moment you walk in. Of course you want to have as many raw beauties as you can - served on platters of ice. However, the "Oysters Monkefeller" their version of Rokefeller are superb - especially for those who are a mite squeamish about the raw experience. So why not a "Five" rating? Monk's is also a bar where smoking is permitted and some, like my wife, have a tough time weathering that dank, smoky atmosphere - even though those little morsels are the best in town. Go in the afternoon before the smoking crowd comes in.

  • Visited February 2013
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