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Half Shell Seafood House

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5231 University Parkway, suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201
+1 941-952-9400
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

You Have Made An Excellent Choice To Visit This Restaurant. Great food, awesome menu items to choose from. Make sure and take your friends no one will be disappointed.

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Thank Betty N
Troy, Michigan
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227 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Great oysters and other seafood entrees. Clean decor, cheerful wait staff, and jazz on Sunday brunch. Convenient to shops.

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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

I've eaten a lot of seafood and this place rocks. Our waiter Mel ( Melando) was fantastic. Knew which fish were fresh and type. Very honest and great personality. Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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Thank Maresa P
Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

A fun place to have dinner and spend an evening. All of the food we ordered was delicious, whether it was soup and an appetizer or a full meal. And the Sangria was delicious -- as were the wine choices. We especially recommend the Scottish salmon.

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Thank 9CeCe55
Riverview, Florida
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The oysters were very good but... the seafood pasta was a major disappointment. Shell's, in Tampa, is far better and costs alot less. We also had the cinnamon roll bread pudding, my wife had one but and pushed it over to me. It was okay but needs work. The oysters is the only reason I gave it a 3 of... More 

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Thank Steve S
Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Have never been disappointed! My go to favorites are the battered asparagus w/ a sweet balsamic drizzle, the char-broiled oysters are to die for & the specialty cocktail with berries is amazing!

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Thank mystymarxx
Sarasota,FL
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

It was ok...nothing great, nothing horrible. The decor was better, nicer than expected...except for the booth seats! Very uncomfortable. Our bill for a party of 3 was $108(no drinks) with tax and a normal tip. Since the food was average, I feel that's a tad on the expensive side. I tried a cup of seafood gumbo...meh! Nothing to write home... More 

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Thank 2sisters07
New Jersey
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395 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Went with friends that love this restaurant. Most entrees are cajun style. My husband had the royal reds. They were big shrimp with their shells on so you have to peel them I tried them and have never tasted shrimp that were so sweet and delicious. In fact all the food was delicious. Service was top notch.

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Thank Connie L
Parrish, Florida
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81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This place is must try as the food is more unique in that is more Louisina style in many ways with seafood options. The service has always been top notch and the Manager cares about his customers satisfaction! This is a Y E S every time! 5 STARS

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Thank Paul H
venice, Fl
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234 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We were looking for a restaurant on our wedding anniversary, and saw Half Shell Seafood House on University Parkway. After a little consulting, we went for it!, What a delightful surprise. Our server was Amber,friendly and helpful. We ordered Comeback Crawfish and Shrimp as an appetizer, I ordered Seafood Pasta,my husband ordered The Redfish lunch of the day..We did taste... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 28
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
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.

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