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Half Shell Oyster House

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5231 University Parkway, suite 109, Sarasota, FL 34201
+1 941-952-9400
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11:00 - 22:00
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stopped in during brunch hours on Sunday. Our waiter Shane gave us a complete rundown of the specials and recommendations. My husband took his advice and had the crusted redfish which was fabulous. I had the gumbo and a salad, all very good. Wine and my key lime martini were nice too. Nice atmosphere with a jazz quartet playing in... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The ambiance is very nice in this restaurant. A nice eat-in bar area and restaurant area. Has a happy hour. Don't be fooled by the name they have a wide variety of food on the menu. The Oysters on the 1/2 shell were very good. The grouper oscar, voodoo shrimp tacos, seafood pot pie and burger were all very good.... More 

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Thank Susan A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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221 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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

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Thank tlc248
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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New Jersey
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282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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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, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
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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