Best of Sarasota 2020

Readers’ Choice: Best Seafood

In the mood for fresh fish? Check out any one of these reader-approved choices.

April 29, 2020

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Get Hooked (Best Seafood)

Walt’s Fish Market Restaurant & Tiki Bar

4144 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-4605, waltsfishmarketrestaurant.comFacebookInstagram 

Walt's is open! The fresh seafood market opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Head on in or give them a call at (941) 921-4605. They have an abundance of locally sourced seafood to choose from.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

1435 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 312-4001, duvalsfreshlocalseafood.comFacebookInstagram

Duval's and its sister restaurant Element have combined forces to create a tantalizing menu: scallops Rockefeller, seafood bouillabaisse and the Seafood Sampler are among the many dishes that makes Duval’s a staple in Sarasota.

Owen’s Fish Camp

516 Burns Court, #7030, Sarasota, (941) 951-6936, owensfishcamp.comFacebook

Located in the heart of Burns Court in Downtown Sarasota, Owen’s Fish Camp is an ode to Old Florida living. Alongside fresh seafood is a great craft beer and wine selection. The restaurant is full of history and Southern hospitality—oh, and be sure to try out the jambalaya!

Lucky Pelican Bistro

6239 Lake Osprey Drive, Sarasota, (941) 907-0589, luckypelicanbistro.comFacebookInstagramTwitter

Located just off I-75 in Lakewood Ranch, Lucky Pelican’s menu has a wide variety of “today’s catch” options. Try the sake-glazed seabass paired with stir-fried snap peas, tomatoes, mushrooms, miso butter, griddled ginger and vegetable pancakes—could you ask for anything better? The specials change daily, but no matter what, don’t sleep on the Ocean Burrito and/or Crack Cakes.

Raw Talent (Best Oyster Bar)

Siesta Key Oyster Bar

5238 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 346-5443, skob.comFacebookInstagram

In the mood for some oysters? SKOB has you covered. Get in that island spirit and try fan favorites like the award-winning wings, a fried seafood platter or a classic SKOBwich. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beachy atmosphere. Open daily Monday-Friday.

Veronica Fish and Oyster

1830 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-1342,

A modern oyster bar with a nod to the classic supper clubs of the past. Fresh, ice-cold, clean and perfectly shucked—as its name suggests, you don’t want to miss out on the oysters here. Make sure to check out the red fish, too—it’s a fan favorite. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 4-8 p.m.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar

1525 51st Ave E., Ellenton, (941) 721-7773; 6906 14th St W., Bradenton, (941) 758-7880; Cortez Village, 6696 Cortez Rd W., Bradenton, (941) 792-0077; 200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, (941) 778-2662;, Facebook

Celebrating more than 25 years in business, the coastal and American inspired menu showcases traditional favorites like fresh seafood, lobster, crab, steaks and chicken, pasta dishes, hearty soups, Gulf-fresh fish specials and more (and don’t forget the oysters!). As a precaution due to COVID-19, AMOB is now featuring a touchless menu. Stop by and check out the award-winning seafood.

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