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“Even if you are on the fence about oysters....”

Monk's Oyster Steamer Raw Bar
Ranked #154 of 1,039 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Even if you are on the fence about oysters....”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

....this is the place to have them. Oyster shooters (basically a bloody mary with a big fat oyster in it-ask for it to be a little spicy) and oyster monkafellas will convince you to come back time and time again. Snow crab was a little soft (left out a little too long?) THANK you for switching to smoke-free with new seating for smokers on the patio. Staff is great - attentive - hard working crew. Great pricing and convenient location. Just ok place to watch sports. Hidden gem. No one under 21 allowed - a shame since my teenage kids love seafood.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
Cranleigh, England
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Where everybody knows your name”
Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

Such a friendly place. Walking in a bit unsure but wow! Everyone says hi and asks your name and where from. Make friends in minutes.
Now the food. Simple menu. Don't come here for an extensive menu.
Fresh fresh oysters and mussels. Both perfect.
We ended up having shrimps and snow crab as well. Also excellent.

Others have highlighted that it allows smoking BUT they told me that is changing shortly with smoking only outside. I hate smoking but I would make an exception for the oysters.

Just go!

Visited December 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Oysters Monkafella!!!!”
Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

We've been here several times and always ordered beers and oysters Monkafella (steamed with garlic and a dash of parm). This is an oyster bar so don't come here looking for nachos! The food is so fresh and delicious!!!

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“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
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“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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