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Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

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2954 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Covid-19 Sanitation Update: We have installed Plexiglass barriers between each table to ensure extra safety measures. We have also added additional electro-static disinfection with hospital-grade anti-viral solutions.

Herald-Tribune 2020 Sarasota Readers' Choice Awards: Best Restaurant in Sarasota, Sarasota's Best Seafood Restaurant (2016-2020), and Sarasota's Best Sandwich for our renowned Po Boy (2016-2020). Thank you, Sarasota!

A local eatery with a passion for stunning seafood, creative cocktails, fine wine, and service with style. Duval's uses the freshest product the market has to offer, sourcing the finest ingredients from local fishermen and farmers.

Duval's also offers convenient, complimentary valet parking. Heading west on Main Street (Duval's will be on your right), turn right onto Central Avenue, and take a right onto 1st Street. Our valet is ahead on the right, in the Plaza Entrance. Enjoy!

Support Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood. during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 2954 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outdoors on a lovely evening. Our waiter Diego was attentive, friendly, helpful and superb.

The food was excellent and prepared well.

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vipheykidd
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant - will let our friends know and we will return......

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Kathy
New England
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice place. Pleasant decor. Waiter was polite and professional. My scallop dinner was excellent but just a bit too rich for me.

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alanl
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once you eat there you will return for another great meal.

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Sister
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time to the restaurant, very good experience. It was a little different because it was very empty due to COVID. The service was excellent, Amelia was great. Would love to try again once things go back to normal.

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vipKwdiner
Central Coast
49 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious crab cakes, interesting scallop dish that’s an okay riff on oysters Rockefeller but get the sambuca flavored sauce on the side, it’s very intense. We are only dining outdoors and they have extended tables into the street with umbrellas and lighting. We are visiting Sarasota and have had good experiences here for lunch and dinner.

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vipKathy
Tampa
108 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our evening was perfect! Outdoor table, excellent food and drinks, great service and great value. Lobster Mac n cheese was delicious, and the lobster bisque was probably the best I’ve had ever! Tuna mignon was delicious- a cold meal. We will recommend to friends, and definitely be back!

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Palmlyn
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Diego was fantastic. I highly recommend the calamari appetizer. The best I've had. The bouillabaisse never disappoints. The surf and turf salad was not a visually intriguing dish so I was suspect at first but ended up having great flavor. I'd order again.
Again, service and food are consistently good.

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vipjsl25
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Very nice fresh food menu. Would recommend.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, quick greeting and seating by staff. Our waitress, Mya, took wonderful care of us. Accurate and prompt meals were there; portions just right, flavor supreme!
Thanks, Duvals

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Tur1261
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lilly (server) did an outstanding job. The food was excellent as usual - that's the reason I keep going back.

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vipDanny
Tampa
56 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another great visit to one of our favorite dining spots. Overall it was a fantastic dinner. Florida style calamari was tender and flavorful. The house salad, split for two, was excellent and perfect portions for us both. Entrees were black grouper and tripletail, which I never had before. Both were excellent, but my tripletail was one of the best fish dishes I ever had. Our only complaint, NOT exclusive to Duval's, are the drink prices. $13 for a good but tiny martini, and $13 for a decent sized pour of pinot noir. This was our third or fourth visit, so we expect that. But surely we will return.

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BobB58
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Well prepared seafood. Wine somewhat aggressively priced. Pleasant atmosphere.

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MelC
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on October 15, 2020

Mel, Thank you for the 5-star review. We can't wait to see you in again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager

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vipBday
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating and fun for my wife's birthday.. thank you Doug!

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vipMichael
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was outstanding. He was always there. Food was excellent. Very well prepared. An outstanding restaurant. A continual repeat here.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on October 8, 2020

Michael, It was our pleasure having you join us for another excellent meal. We can't wait for the opportunity to host you again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager

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CraigD
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place with really good food. The bread comes out hot and very good taste with hard crust and soft inside. The calamari appetizer was OK, I've had better, but not bad. The dinners and overall server were both outstanding. Their wine list was a bit limited on reasonable priced cabs, but I did find one called Ferrari for $50 that was actually very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant we have eaten at yet in Sarasota. Fantastic food, great ambience, impeccable service. Thank you!

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BettyR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was disappointed with the lack of flavor of the food. I would not go back.

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WyndalM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening every dish was prepared perfectly. Anthony was a great waiter I highly recommend him and will use him again and again as we have in the past.

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MilanV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We selected siting outside, which wasn't ideal, because tables outside feel like temporary arrangement.
Food and service was good.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on October 8, 2020

Milan, I would like to personally apologize for failing to meet and exceed your expectations. While some of our outdoor seating is kept year-round, the city has allowed us additional seating to accommodate social distancing during COVID. I would like the opportunity to discuss your visit further to know what more we can do to be an all-around 5-star dining experience in your eyes. Jonathan VanDyke General Manager 941-312-4001

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vipDottyg
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at Duvals to celebrate a birthday. The service and food were excellent. And the desert, a surprise which was a very nice gesture to help celebrate. We have been coming to Duvals for years and always have a good experience.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on October 8, 2020

Dotty, It was our pleasure hosting you for delicious food paired with exceptional service, especially on such a special day. We can't wait to have you join us again soon. Jonathan VanDyke General Manager

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vipCubbyDC
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were visiting from South Florida and booked the reservation ahead. Dinner was wonderful. Seafood was fresh. Ordered the seafood platter which included lobster, scallops, shrimp. Crab cakes were delicious. Service was friendly. Following social distance rules.

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rpaquette
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lily was our waitress she did fabulous job Of explaining the menu and providing a great experience!

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vipjamesm
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Professional wait staff
Great food
Really good for outside dining

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on September 20, 2020

James, It was our pleasure having you dine with us, and we can't wait to have you in again soon for more delicious food and exceptional service. Jonathan VanDyke General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was honestly good but not great . I ordered blackened Grouper which was average . Honestly I’ve had better in Elkhart Indiana at Sportstime.

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PPattySmith
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have the best dinner and the best experience at this restaurant. It is small but very friendly. The food is outstanding and the bar is a fun place to sit and have a cocktail before dinner. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Seated outside away from others. Only disadvantage was a seemingly unstable homeless person across the street screaming....

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing. The lobster bisque is so good. Duvals is one of our favorite restaurants.

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I sat at the bar for Happy Hour (available on weekends) and it was a great time. The bartender Anthony served us so quickly and gave great suggestions - cheesesteak egg rolls, salmon entree, and bread pudding! Great time and prices were super reasonable.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on September 14, 2020

Danielle, Thank you for the kind words! We'll make sure to pass along the kudos to Anthony, and we can't wait to see you in again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager

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LawrenceR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to dine in Sarasota. Wonderful food and wonderful experience!

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Carrs
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner at Duval's, even though we are under pandemic restrictions. They have done an outstanding job adhering to requirements. Our meals were good, other than abit lacking on garlic for both dishes. Waiter/Bar Server Anthony was excellent and very personable and yet professional. Dessert of bread pudding was awesome! We will return.

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MarilynC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood! Great cocktails and professional waitstaff. Love Duval’s❤️

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on September 12, 2020

Marilyn, Thanks for the kind words and 5-star review! We can't wait to see you in again soon. Jonathan VanDyke General Manager

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vipDebbo
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service. Clever way to accommodate for Covid

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on September 9, 2020

Thank you for your kind words and 5-star review. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager

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Bill
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Well done. Miss the old ambience but can’t be helped

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on September 7, 2020

Bill, Thank you for your 5-star review and honest feedback. We're looking forward to the day when social distancing measures are no longer required, and we work to make them as unobtrusive as possible in the mean time. We look forward to having you in again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Wonderful food!

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vipAnicka
Naples
69 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duval's is my most favorite fish restaurant. My husband and I are regulars here because the fish is always fresh and expertly prepared. Actually everything is absolutely delicious. You can't go wrong with any dish. We highly recommend Duval's.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on September 7, 2020

Anicka, Thank you for your kind words! It was our pleasure having you dine with us for Labor Day weekend, and we can't wait to have you in again soon for another great experience! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager

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KristaW
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time having the sampler and it was just as delicious as the first time! Food is consistent and so so good! I highly recommend the sampler, wedge salad, and the lobster bisque. Literally some of the best, if not THE BEST, seafood I’ve ever had!

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on September 7, 2020

Krista, Thank you for the kind words! We're honored to have met and exceeded your expectations in all aspects, and we can't wait to see you again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With a thunderstorm coming they accommodated our outdoor seating reservation and moved us inside - very helpful. Food was great

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on August 31, 2020

It was our pleasure having you dine with us last night. I'm glad we were able to meet and exceed your expectations, even when Florida's weather threatened to upend them. We can't wait to see you in again soon for more delicious food and excellent service! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lily was excellent. The restaurant did an excellent job with the current Covid situation. They made me feel so special as I celebrated my birthday. Top notch!

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on September 1, 2020

It was our pleasure having you dine with us. We can't wait to see you in again soon. Make sure to ask for Lily on your next visit! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager

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You can order delivery directly from Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood. using the Order Online button. Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood. also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood. also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 312-4001.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood. is rated 4.6 stars by 2954 OpenTable diners.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood. does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://duvalsfreshlocalseafood.instagift.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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