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Half Shell Seafood House

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5231 University Parkway, suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201
+1 941-952-9400
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Always pleased with the food, service and atmosphere. We always sit at the high tops and would recommend Markus as your server. Will not disappoint! If you enjoy a taste of New Orleans, then this should be a point of interest.

Thank Robert W
Candler, NC
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So many great choices and price points for lunch or dinnerr. We had lobster rolls and they were perfect. Relocating to Sarasota is in our future along with return trips to this great spot.

Thank BonsoirCandler_NC
Sarasota, Florida
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342 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu is so extensive it is hard to choose. The dishes are New Orleans inspired. We got oysters rockefeller for the appetizer. They were tasty. I ordered seafood stuffed portebellas, which were delicious and, because of the huge portion, I had some for lunch the next day. My boyfriend's voodoo shrimp po boy was just pretty good as well.... More 

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11 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

go often for late lunch excellent service , great oysters , shrimps and fries outstanding, good wine list will come back for dinner and will check out sunday brunch when we are back in town

Thank 114712
Moncton, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The half shell has it all! Excellent staff, friendly service, amazing food, wonderful atmosphere When you arrive they hold the door open for you and then seat you where you want - bar side or restaurant side. My husband and I start our annual visit to Sarasota every April with half shell as our first restaurant visit. We always get... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for Sunday brunch as a party of 8 (including 2 kids). Lobster scrambled eggs and bananas foster french toast were awesome! They even brought out a chocolate pecan bread pudding treat for the birthdays in our group, and that waa delicious too. Very reasonable prices considering the portion size and quality. Staff was attentive/responsive and the live jazz... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food here is excellent - especially the pecan crusted redfish and the cheesy grits. Also a nice selection of wine and cocktails. Service is very good and the atmosphere is warm and inviting.

Thank jjiskm
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

We love Half Shell and dine here often. They have a wonderful Sunday brunch with a small jazz trio playing background music. I love their Royal Reds - large shrimp that taste like lobster. Wonderful Seafood chowder as well. Marcus is our favorite server and never disappoints us.

Thank Nancy M
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

My husband and I recently tried this place. It was in a shopping center so parking was good. We went about 8 pm and had no wait. The ambiance is nice and the feel was great. Our server Josh was very helpful. We started with the crab and lobster dip which was very good but you don't get very much... More 

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Aurora, Illinois
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73 reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

From the Lobster quesadillas to the Lobster Corn Dogs...each appetizer was completely different and uniquely delicious. We never would have gone, but we wanted to see the contemporary jazz group of Ted and Sherry Williams. Their music was perfect volume to still socialize to. We did not eat dinner that night, however, I will go back again to try the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 28
American, Seafood, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5231 University Parkway, suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-952-9400
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.

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