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Half Shell Seafood House

5231 University Parkway, Suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201
+1 941-952-9400
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“oysters” (133 reviews)
“royal reds” (17 reviews)
“redfish” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 11:00 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
5231 University Parkway, Suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Went to the jazz Brunch with a friend. Food was excellent and the brunch drinks were amazing. The atmosphere was very nice and the wait staff was very attentive. Will go back again.

1  Thank GopherIndustries
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Recently dined in on Friday night, and was greeted by a super friendly face! The service was good, but the food was exceptional!! All of our party really enjoyed the whole meal. Definitely will be returning , and will definitely be getting grouper the next...More

Thank tarae2010
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Dropped in during 'Happy hour'. Young lady behind the bar was cordial, personable and helpful. Raw oysters frm LA were superb, baked wth cheese, butter and bacon with jalapeños on top.... even yummier. Reasonable prices, excellent voice of micros.... overall a great dining experience. It's...More

Thank ncpiper
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Been here several times with hubby and friends. EXCELLENT atmosphere, service and food. Their NE lobster roll is wonderful. They also have a nice brunch on Sunday. A step up at reasonable prices.

Thank Rebekkasmom
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We have been dining at the Half Shell Seafood House at this location for a couple of years now and how enjoyed many, many great dinners there. The seafood is delicious and they always seem to create some great specials each month. I love their...More

Thank Belinda M
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

My son and I live within a half mile of the restaurant, and yet we've never been there. So today was the day, and we're glad we did! I had the yellow tail tuna and my son got the seafood sampler. Both orders were fabulous....More

Thank Fusion3
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Driving from Orlando, chose Half Shell as on way home. Josh was our server and one of the best. Delivered our cocktails promptly, knew the menu extensively when questions asked and had eye contact with you when speaking. Also picked up on my displeasure of...More

Thank SRQtravelqueen
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Half Shell does a fabulous brunch every Sunday with a live jazz band. My husband and I were so impressed. They have a "make your on Bloody Mary" bar with anything and everything you can add to it, we loved that! I had the crab...More

Thank rlcfloridagirl
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Sharing Royal reds for appetisers - shrimp po boy, chicken almond salad and blackened grouper for appetisers. Our group enjoyed our food and drinks and were well entertained by Markus. Most enjoyable evening.

Thank Gill68
Reviewed 6 June 2017

I wanted to really like this restaurant as it was recommended highly but cannot. Ordered the Half Shell salad with "dressing on the side' along with plain grilled Snapper. The dressing arrived on the side, but somehow the salad had already been tossed in dressing...More

Thank FLTraveler88
Jerry S, General Manager at Half Shell Seafood House, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

I am very sorry to hear about your experience with us. We take great pride in our food and service and I apologize we fell short of your expectations. I assure you this is out of the ordinary for us. Please give me a call...More

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21 August 2016|
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Yes we serve both King and Snow Crab!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 28
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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
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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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