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Half Shell Seafood House
Ranked #74 of 1,071 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $28
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, 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 May 18, 2013

Great restaurant for the whole family! The food is delicious and my kids enjoyed being able to color and draw as they waited for their food to arrive. Their prices are very reasonable and the staff was amazing! We had friends from out of state come with us and they even thanked us for choosing such a fantastic place!

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Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

After trying many of the "touristy" restaurants in Siesta Key, we took the advice of a new friend and tried this place. Absolutely amazing. My hubby and myself both had Lobster Mac and cheese. Huge chunks of lobster, great taste and to top it off, we have enough for our lunch tomorrow. Loved everything about this place and if we were not leaving for home tomorrow, I would go back!

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Thank thollan9
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Great New Orleans style restaurant with big, fat, fresh oysters. Every bit of the dining experience was excellent, including service and pricing. Stop reading this as you are wasting time that you could be eating oysters. Go! Now! Love this place.

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Thank EddieinApollo
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Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful place in downtown Sarasota that serves the best oysters south of Apalachicola. Raw, Rockefeller.. Any way you want them. They serve a wicked good Cajun martini with a raw oyster on the bottom. My husband had shrimp and grits that had a secret recipe sauce and I had portobello mushrooms stuffed with seafood-- almost tasted like a crab cake -- both were delicious!. If you can imagine another morsel, there is a decadent cinnamon bread pudding served in a martini glass. You will be lucky if you have Donnie as your waiter- he had service down to a fine art. It's not dress-up fancy but the decor is old New Orleans with cool glitzy bathrooms. The only issue is limited parking in front of the restaurant but there is a parking garage close by.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I have never been disappointed here! The staff is friendly and the food is incredible. If you love authentic southern, Cajun cuisine, you have to try Half Shell. Every dish I've had is delicious.

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Thank ViaMaria
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