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Barnacle Bill's Seafood

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1526 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803
+1 941-365-6800
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11:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
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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62 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

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Long Prairie, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Thank michael b
Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Jack M
Bradenton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Bob M
Bradenton, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Parrish, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

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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.

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Longboat Key, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We have dined at Barnacle Bill's several times in the 12 months we have lived in Sarasota. The last time was a rainy windy night and there were very few patrons in the place. We got undivided attention and really got to chat with the wait staff about the dinner selections. We were not rushed and had a wonderful meal.... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We eat here very trip to Sarasota and have always been pleased until this weekend. My wife ordered a fish and chips (fish being cod). her portions were too greasy as served and when asked to bring extra paper napkins to soak up the grease the server never brought them. Ended up emptying the bread basket and using that napkin... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Very large menu with all kinds of choices and specials. classic staples on very fresh daily fish choices (Oscar, meunière,capers sauce, etc). Somewhat confusing at first but worth the bother. Good choice of fresh oysters (locals and from north). Enjoyed the bouillabaisse And oyster Rockefellers. Good value fresh seafood very well prepared. Service was reasonable not great and the setting... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?