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Barnacle Bill's Seafood

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1526 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
+1 941-365-6800
Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon 11:30 - 21:00
Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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268 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our motel staff referred us to Barnacle Bill's Seafood with a comment that it was great local seafood, but not much on atmosphere. So, we did not have high expectations. Well, the food was absolutely great and so was the service. The atmosphere is ok, but nothing special. The lighthouse on the outside is a nice touch and makes it... More 

Thank WireWrapGems2
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate lunch while visiting Sarasota for New Years. We had a table outside which was very pleasant. Our server, Christian David?) was short with us and took forever to bring flatware, salt & pepper and I had to ask for water three times (the third time I went inside to ask and was told he would be there "in... More 

Thank Akmkm
Lake Worth, Florida
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Great food(we had Shrimp), creative drinks, excellent service and all at a fair price. Parking is a challenge on the weekends but spots open up nearby so I wouldn't let that deter me.

Thank floridalover57
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62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Wanted to try BB's after attending a wonderful Key Chorale concert on a Sunday evening. Started with crab stuffed mushrooms - 4 large mushrooms with tasty crab stuffing. Then, couldn't resist trying the conch chowder. Delicious and perfectly spiced. Complimentary frssh toasty bread was a nice touch. Entrees were crab stuffed shrimp - 6 good sized stuffed shrimp with fresh... More 

Thank SeaWalker_Bass
Long Prairie, Minnesota
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Happened to be walking Main Street when I saw this restaurant. Large varied menu with 5 different kinds of raw oysters from all over the USA. I elected for the Oysters Rockefeller and I am writing this review simply because it was easily the best I have ever eaten. The interior is charming and the staff is friendly. Highly recommended.

Thank michael b
Sarasota, Florida
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

The Internet told me and my wife that Barnacle Bills, in downtown Sarasota, had "the best" crab cakes in town. A mighty boast but since I'm still searching for a crab cake that really satisfies, I had to check it out. My wife and I are new to Sarasota and always searching for great places to visit, etc. We hadn't... More 

Thank Jack M
Bradenton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

My wife and I love seafood restaurants. We were not impressed with the decor because it's very dated. Lot's of heavy wood and old fashioned decorator values. But once we sat down everything changed. The wine and spirits list was really quite good as was the service from start to finish. The menu offers lots of fresh items as well... More 

Thank Bob M
Bradenton, Florida
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Barnacle BIll's is a tacky tourist trap that advertises itself as having the "best" seafood in the area. Don't be fooled -- their self-promotion isn't reality. My seafood dinner was terrible and not worth taking the leftovers home. The decor is faded, as is the dining selection. Sarasota has many truly great seafood venues -- this is not one of... More 

Thank From_Madison_Wis
Parrish, Florida
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We haven't been here for almost a year, but my husband has been talking about the cedar plank salmon for awhile. It was just as good as he remembered it. For my part, it is always the Blue Point oysters, (oyster fanatic) raw, natural and naked!

Thank connie m
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40 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

A full bar with great seafood. We started with gator bites with great sauces. Followed up with blackened grouper and sea scallops both prepared very well.

Thank Ron R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?