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“Outstanding Oysters/Great atmosphere”

Half Shell Seafood House
Ranked #72 of 1,079 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $28
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed August 7, 2012

The oyster selection is simply outstanding,as was the ceviche. Our waiter,Markus,was
attentive and efficient. No wait to be seated or to be waited on. Food was excellent,as
was the wine. We shall return......again and again..........

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Reviewed August 5, 2012

This location has housed a series of failed operation in recent years, including one with a similar name, but finally has a winner in the Half Shell Oyster Bar. We recently enjoyed both a lunch and dinner there with raw and cooked oysters as a centerpiece. But there is much more to the menu than its namesake, which belies the fact that this is a full seafood establishment with the usual addition of items for carnivores and vegetarians. Dining is enhanced by a courteous and well trained wait staff. The noise level is moderate, especially at many tables away from the bar. Street parking is somewhat spotty, but a free parking garage is a block away. HSOB has survived and seems to have prospered for six months and we will return.

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Reviewed July 23, 2012 via mobile

Excellent oysters, went for lunch somewhat slow service outside, a bit pricey for lunch.

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Reviewed July 22, 2012

This was our second visit, this time with kids. The oysters, raw, char-broiled and Rockefeller were a hit! Everybody just loved them. The fish, the shrimp, the fried okra were stupendous. Service has become a great deal more knowledgeable and efficient. A good value.

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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Ordered the raw oysters that were out of this world and had the crab stuffed portabello mushroom entree and a special mediterranean seafood pasta dish that were very tasty. We would definitely come back again!

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Thank Patspro
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