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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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Orlando, Florida
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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Our party of three discovered Half Shell while heading to the Ringling Museum and decidied to give it a try. It was a busy Thursday night, but we managed to get a table. Despite the crowd, service was prompt and very attentive, timing was excellent, and food was properly cooked. Two of us ordered the Seafood Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms and... More 

Thank Vinny227
Bradenton, Florida
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141 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Second visit to the Half Shell was a great experience. Marcus was our server and attentive, knowledgeable, and fun. Ordered lobster crab dip as an appetizer and it was excellent. For dinner, I had the Royal Red, large shrimp with drawn butter and two sides. Hushpuppies were very good and the sweet potato crème brulee was too die for. Shrimp... More 

1 Thank dabears11
Chicago, Illinois
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

HALF SHELL Seafood House -5231 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 3420, (941) 315-2877, halfshellseafoodhouse.com “Where do I begin”? It is difficult to write this review but NEVER again will we go to Half Shell. Heard some good comments about Half Shell and we decided to finally try it. Service was good but first ordered a drink and the waitress said “we... More 

1 Thank Alice34203
Jerry S, General Manager at Half Shell Oyster House, responded to this review

Hello, My name is Jerry I am the GM here at Half Shell. I am very sorry for your experience you had with us. We take great pride in our food and service and I am sorry we failed to exceed your expectations. I would like the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. Please contact me at your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Very good and quick . Food was very fresh and our waiter Dylan was super friendly and wuick. It is a bit pricey. But you get what you pau foe the portion are big .

Thank Sylvia B
Central Florida, Florida
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The best, great food, drinks, and service. Never been disappointed. I have been for diner and lunch. The only place I will eat oysters and gumbo.

Thank James P
Sarasota, Florida
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141 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is probably my third time here and it was the worst for the food, also we felt rushed for our order. We sat down and ordered our drinks and they came pretty promptly then the server asked us for our order. We hardly had time to open the menu's and it was early so no one was waiting yet.... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We were visiting Sarasota and looking for some good seafood. My husband LOVES oysters and this place did not dissappoint. It's a little pricy, but since we don't get out a lot, it was worth it!

Thank Amanda P
Tampa, Florida
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We love seafood and were not disappointed here. Every selection was fresh and delicious. They also have specials which are not necessarily regular menu items that tend to be a good value. We tried the salmon slider special, which was very good. Very good service as well.

1 Thank sueffla
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Nice atmosphere The food is always great Fresh seafood. The workers are always friendly. The crab cakes is amazing. They have live jazz bands. Just a overall great place

1 Thank Nicole D
Omaha, Nebraska
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122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Excellent varied menu. If you crave seafood, you will not be disappointed. Good portions, well prepared and excellent presentation. Dishes taste as good as they look on the plate. Be sure to the Lobster Bisque - it is outstanding.

1 Thank Dick L

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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, 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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups
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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