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“Excellent Raw Oysters”

Half Shell Seafood House
Ranked #72 of 1,097 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$28
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 18 October 2017

We did call ahead seating for 6PM. Once seated, the service was real good and so was the food! Very noisy so for those with hearing impairment or hearing aids, heads up

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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Saw this place while searching online and took a chance on it because of the good reviews. Markus, our waiter, was entertaining and attentive, providing exceptional service. The chargrilled oysters were perfect and the Orleans Red Snapper was delicious. Couldn't have asked for a better meal.

1  Thank K. G
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

Expected More, got less. My wife and I went there last Friday night, September 29th. She ordered the lobster roll. The bread was soaked like it had been frozen, then thawed out retaining the moisture from frost crystals. She ended up scrapping the lobster off of the roll, and pushing the roll aside, as it was too soggy to hold on to. She sure didn't get much lobster with it either. I ordered shrimp and grits. Shrimp were great, but the grits left a lot to be desired. The bottom of the bowl had at least a quarter inch of liquid in it. Someone in their kitchen knows nothing about preparing grits. Service was adequate. I don't believe that I could recommend this place to anyone else. Most unfortunate, as we paid for and expected a good meal.

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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

This was our 1st visit dining here and we found that happy Hour went from 830pm until closing. We arrived around 10:00 p.m. and found the staff very friendly and willing to serve us. This was our 1st time here so the chef gave us a sample of their oysters on the house. They were fantastic. I then ordered the Irish something or another raw oysters on the half shell and they were most magnificent I have ever had.

The staff was extremely accommodating with my picky eating habits. I was extremely grateful for this and if for no other reason and there many I would return to this restaurant.

The selection of late night bites particularly outstanding and very reasonably priced. The wine selection was also excellent with $2 off any selection during happy hour.

1  Thank Byron C
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Please go here. Try it at least once. So good!! So good!! Best oyster presentation on the gulf. Oysters best bet!

1  Thank Arlene P
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