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Barnacle Bill's Seafood

1526 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
+1 941-365-6800
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good39%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (116 reviews)
“shrimp” (29 reviews)
“rice pilaf” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1526 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

We took advantage of their dinner for two promotion for $59. It included a salad, an entree, a desert to share and a bottle of house wine. The service, ambiance and the food was good but the wine was mediocre at best. Of course, no...More

Thank trvlbufElmhurst
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

We have eaten at a lot of Sarasota restaurants but hadn't tried Barnacle Bills... the large (150 items) usually scare us off but we tried it and were extremely pleased. We had an excellent Paella and Lobster and Scallops in a delicious white sauce... only...More

Thank Steven B
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Excellent menu, fresh fish and friendly staff made my lunch visit very enjoyable. I couldn’t resist the “Deadliest Catch” king crab and was not disappointed. Lobster bisque soup made a decadent and delicious lunch. Would recommend to anyone!

Thank oneweb
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Another very good seafood restaurant in Sarasota. We just love the whole Main Street area. Many cities could learn a lot. We had the seafood strudel and stuffed flounder with a glass of wine. Many quality choices to eat or drink with a large beer...More

Thank ngbtn
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We stopped on our way to Siesta Key because street sign offered happy hour from open til six. We were pleasantly surprised at the lunch menu choices. First,the bar area is cozy,but the main room needs attention. BUT, it was the fresh food that was...More

Thank Gregory Z
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Barnacle Bill’s used to be our favorite seafood place for over 20 years. That has ended. The seafood chowder which used to be to die for is bland, not much seafood, and completely different than it was for a couple decades. The dinner and dessert...More

Thank AddTeresa1
Reviewed 29 August 2017

A Sarasota institution that offers some of the best seafood in town. When you arrive, check out the selection of fresh fish in the display case. Make your choice, and tell your server how you want it prepared -- grilled, blackened,fried. Or make as selection...More

Thank edwrdjh
Management response:Responded 4 October 2017

Thank you for your review, we appreciate your comment. Please come and see us again:) We have a lot to choose from:)

Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

I wondered why the place wasn't filled. Maybe it was because we were eating at 6:30. We chose the restaurant because we specifically wanted bay scallops--grilled if possible. Very few restaurants had them on their on-line menus, or if they did, they were covered in...More

Thank Squirrelhound
Management response:Responded 4 October 2017

Thank you! We are glad that you enjoyed it:) Please come and see us again:)

Reviewed 31 July 2017

William Davis, the owner of Barnacle Bill's Seafood Restaurant in Sarasota, Florida, is so determined to produce the best and freshest seafood that he personally went to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to purchase and arrange for shipping the best Alaskan Red King Crab to his two...More

1  Thank Taylor B
Management response:Responded 4 October 2017

Thank you for your review! We truly appreciate your business! Please come back and see us again:) Glad you like what we have to offer:) We care for what we put on the table:)

Reviewed 30 July 2017

Great food, great service! Wild caught Alaskan halibut seared Amandine, Local fresh catch red snapper grilled mediterranean, oysters Rockefeller, crab stuffed mushrooms, Key lime pie was super smooth and light, Honey creme brulee was different with the caramelized honey topping instead of sugar. Based on...More

Thank rsteabo
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Questions & Answers
12 October 2016|
Response from Z1509DXsusanm |
I was charged over $14 for this, and have gotten 2 different prices, while the manager I emailed told me I had something added to the drink, and he was finished with the question. Strange customer service?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 60
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Validated Parking
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1526 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-365-6800
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