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Half Shell Oyster 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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Moncton, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not only is the food excellent and the service is friendly and impeccable, they greet you while opening the door for you. They have amazing oysters and seafood and an amazing half shell Bloody Caesar Excellent for kids and those who don't enjoy seafood as well I've been back a dozen times and recommended it frequently Enjoy!

Thank cherokee2017
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there to try their oysters steamed on the half shell but was disappointed with the size very small for the price my wife had new england chowder and that was good .

Thank Bruce W
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a fun and vibrant feel. Service was an issue. We did not see a server until two tables seated after us had been waited on. Food was okay, however I was surprised to see the steamed shrimp I ordered had not been cleaned, meaning the mud vein was still intact. Yuck!! Hubby ordered the redfish which was... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We eat at Half Shell quite often. I always order the Royal Red Shrimp and a Half Shell Salad, they are my favorite! The Fried Green Tomatoes and Crab Cakes are great as well, and my husband tries something different every time we go, and has never been disappointed.

Thank BJRaz
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230 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to have lunch there. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive to our needs. The food was very good. They have a very reasonable lunch menu and the Ruby Reds were very good. I saw Oysters on a half shell delivered to another table and the presentation was beautiful. I would definitely recommend.

Thank birdbreeder
Selbyville, Delaware, United States
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We tried the blue tip oysters and were pleased with the taste. Gulf oysters don't compare to saltwater taste of east coast Delaware, Maryland and Virginia oysters. The dinner was great, we had a Seafood Sampler, Grouper Oscar, and two other fish dinners. All the food was great, hostess open the door and seated us and the waiter and hostess... More 

Thank TermiteBrasure
York, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We were out shopping and decided to stop here because it was there. That said, I had also read on Trip Advisor the good reviews. We were not disappointed. My husband had the oyster sampler and we shared the fried green tomatoes with crab cakes... Excellent all around. My steak and our salads were good, as well ... The best... More 

Thank grandmaK63
Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

I was running late and went into Half Shell for a quick lunch. I sat at the bar where Becki took care of me. One of the best go to meals is the bowl of gumbo and salad combination at lunch. For $10, it is a genuine treat of excellent gumbo with a great rue and wonderful seafood. The gumbo... More 

Thank Happy201501
Bradenton, Florida
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87 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Went on a busy Friday night and had a great time. Chelsea was an excellent, fun and knowledgeable server. Will request next time. I ordered the Redfish Orleans and was impressed. Great flavor and feeder portion. Can't wait to try the brunch. The feel is more of a pizza joint than a nice seafood restaurant.

Thank bigboss6672
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Attracted to go by comments about their oysters. CHARBROILED oysters over-cooked and lacking any subtlety. Ceviche NOT fresh and chained NO scallops on first try. Our waitress Kelly and manager ?Jerry? tried to offer a fresher lot with many scallops. They should have just taken the first back and refunded its charge instead of forcing an inferior tasting concoction which... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 28
American, Seafood, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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