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Gary's Oyster Bar & Seafood

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$$ - $$$
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660 E Alfred Dr, Lake Alfred, FL 33850-2312
+1 863-956-5055
16:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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Sun 15:00 - 20:30
Mon - Sat 16:00 - 21:30
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Concord, Ohio
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Upon arrival you feel as if Gary's should be on a wharf near the water. A relaxing Floridian experience. An old wooden bar where the oysters are opened as you enjoy the banter of the bar tenders with the quest. Extremely friendly, a taste of southern hospitality, and awesome seafood. We have the fresh jumbo shrimp to start off. A... More 

Thank 19Danny56
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Never had a bad meal in 19 yrs and the food is always fresh and awesome. Sitting at the oyster bar you get to know everyone. A real hometown experience for all to try. Todd always works with his customers to make sure they have a remarkable experience. A real Polk County gem.

Thank Deborah H
Davenport, Florida
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not real fancy place, but really good food. We go there at least once a month and get the most delicious raw oysters. I've had most of the seafood on the menu and none of it was less than terrific. The staff is very friendly and the folks who eat up at the oyster bar seem to really be enjoying... More 

Thank Lynn M
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the second time I've eaten at Gary's and I brought a crew with me this time. Excellent oysters and amazing rock crab. It even amazed the local friends who know good food. Great service along with the food!

Thank Copernileo
Fayetteville, North Carolina
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I have family that lives in Winter Haven and every time I visit we make it a point to visit Gary's. The food is fresh and delicious. The servers were very attentive. My only complaint is it seemed the hosts were too eager to take away dirty plates.

Thank amandabullard14
Winter Haven, Florida
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Best place for oysters, hands down, and everything was made to order. They are fresh. Try their Grilled Jalapeno Oysters, but order ahead since it is fresh and take sometime to grill. There are limited sitting. So I recommend going there around 4:30. Well worth the drive and worth the wait.

Thank Alex H
Winter Haven, Florida
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We have lived in the area for 7 years. We kept hearing about this place. We went tonight. The service was good, the staff very inviting but the food.....my husband liked the oysters but they were not worth $58 which was our total cost even at early bird prices. The flounder, which we both had, was fishy tasting not blackened.... More 

Thank anklebiters
Lake Wales, Florida
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589 reviews
346 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We decided to head out late for dinner ( after 8 PM ) didn't have to drive far to find some of the best seafood in Florida! Gary's is a quaint eatery with lots of character. Wonderful selection of seafood, nice bar area, friendly staff, along with great service. Mid priced but seafood is expensive no matter where you go.... More 

Thank Bob S
Cincinnati, Ohio
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89 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Out of the way but easy to find. The BEST fried oysters a little south of Orlando, you won't be sorry for the short ride. Ms Kelly made sure we had everything for an enjoyable evening. I highly recommend this Mom and Pop type restrarant to everyone. Quiet cozy and very friendly, not to mention great food. Thanks girls and... More 

Thank jbwise1
central florida
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201 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

People, you have to understand this place before you go. It is a local hole with unconventional practices. In my opinion the place rocks. Again and again I LOVE eating here. But it is a hole. Don't go thinking you're going to the Ritz. It ain't. It's an oyster bar. It's been there forever and with the grace of God... More 

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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
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
15:00 - 20:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 660 E Alfred Dr, Lake Alfred, FL 33850-2312
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Lake Alfred
  • Phone Number: +1 863-956-5055

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?