Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
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!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Thinly sliced eggplant stuffed with a trio of ricotta, mozzarella,
We ordered the Sea Bass and it was delicious. Very nice restaurant.
Thank you for joining us for Thanksgiving. I'm glad we were able to meet and exceed your expectations. We can't wait to see you again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager
Been here many times and the food and service is very good
My son & I had Thanksgiving dinner here, and we both said we would have had a better dinner at Cracker Barrel.
The ham had so much fat on it, we couldn’t eat it. The gravy was cold and had started to jell, the stuffing was large cubes of bread with almost no seasoning. They said they had sweet potatoe casserole, but it was only sweet potatoes sliced. Over all it was a huge disappointment & we will probably never return.
Our first experience at Duval's was on Thanksgiving and it will not be our last! The food and service were A One! And their efforts for client safety were head and shoulders above anything we have encountered thus far in our area. The plexiglass dividers between the tables was so comforting. Kudos to the management and staff for their outstanding efforts.
One moment of discomfort occurred when a family of 5, with 3 teenage girls, entered without masks. Their table outside wasn't ready so they waited in a corner at the front of the restaurant. Our table was in the front as well. One word of my concern to our server, Anthony, and within minutes the staff gave them masks and they grudgingly put them. I was so relieved and thankful! A shame that some people are so disrespectful not only of others but in the face of the cautious efforts of management! HIghly recommend! I had the Thanksgiving Feast (and it most certainly was) and hubbie had the Sea Bass, both delicious! I was rewarded with a pre-made box with leftovers!
Dulcie, It was our pleasure hosting you on Thanksgiving. We take great pride in putting the health and safety of our guests and team above all else, and work to innovatively find ways to accommodate this. I'm glad we were able to meet and exceed your expectations, and we can't wait to see you in again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager
Great holiday meal while we were on a family vacation! Service was great and able to accommodate my children with an already set menu.
Thank you for the kind words and 5-star review. I'm glad your family enjoyed Thanksgiving with us, especially the accommodations for your children. We can't wait to see you again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager
Felt we were the only outside table our server had.
Took a while to get dinner and when it was served almost cold and steak ordered medium was served almost well done
Pat, I would like to personally apologize for your experience with us this Thanksgiving. We take great pride in pairing delicious food with exceptional service, but obviously fell short. I would like the opportunity to discuss your visit further so we can make it right for you. Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience. Jonathan VanDyke General Manager 941-312-4001
We will never go back there.
We had a 3 PM reservation for outside. We arrived at 3 PM and had to wait 30 minutes to be seated even though there were 3 empty tables. We were finally seated at one of those tables at 3:30.
They brought us a bread plate that included a corn bread which was delicious. I felt there might be hope there. But the rest was straight downhill from there.
The salad they provided had no dressing. Just lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrot sticks.
Then came the main course - ham and turkey and vegetables. The plates were so covered you could not see the china. The vegetables were served with an ice cream scoop. That wouldn't have been bad if the food was good. The turkey was scraps from the carcass that maybe I would have given to the cat. The ham was dried out and tough. The mashed potatoes were ok. The sweet potatoes were a mix of OK small pieces and large undercooked pieces. The stuffing was like breadcrumbs with no turkey flavor - it certainly had never seen the inside of a turkey. The green beans were grossly undercooked. The cranberry sauce only provided a vinegar flavor no cranberry flavor.
Needless to say we did not stay for dessert. BTW - we had to wait forever to get the bill and pay for this insult to restaurants every where. I cannot believe that they actually stay business with that poor quality food and bad service.
Lloyd, I would like to personally apologize for your experience with us this Thanksgiving. We take great pride in pairing delicious food with exceptional service, but obviously fell short. I am glad we were able to get in touch with you and make it right. We look forward to having you in again for an exceptional experience. Jonathan VanDyke General Manager
After a slow start, Thanksgiving dinner was very good! Food was delicious, timely, and made us forget about dining with family. Manager was very responsive when we hadn't been waited on. Definitely be back.
Delicious food and safe environment! Duvals is the only restaurant where they have installed hanging, movable plexiglass between tables. It increases my sense of safety when eating out. The calamari is one of the best in sarasota. I had it added to a salad for lunch. Crispy, not greasy and perfect way to enjoy calamari as a protein added to a lunch salad.
Ate outside.. was perfect. Had the Tuesday fish tostado .. delicious. Will return!!
Excellent food, cozy atmosphere and great service!
Great meal and server. A little awkward trying to move around with the hanging plastic table separators.
Thank you for your honest feedback. We take health and safety as our top priority, and try to find creative ways to accommodate during these unusual times. I'd like to personally apologize the dividers hindered your dining experience, but I'm glad both the food and service met or exceeded your expectations. We'll see you again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager
Wonderful as always
Great food good service
Another wonderful dinner at Duval's!!! Great food although one entree - fresh catch was some kind of snapper - wasn't up to Duval standards. But the restaurant made it right. Doug, our waitperson, was attentive and made sure that all was good in the end. We'll be back.
Thank you for the kind words and 5-star review. We'll see you again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager
An amazing seafood dinner at a great price. It's a definite stop every time we are in town!
We were quite early for our reservation on a busy Saturday night and they accommodated us pretty quickly and it was greatly appreciated. The food and service was outstanding. Thank you again for a very pleasant evening
Excellent food. Excellent service. A great experience.
First impressions were a bit disappointing, as we were seated right away but no server arrived for quite a while. We mentioned it to the host/hostess stand and our server arrived soon thereafter. From that point onward our experience was amazing. Server was super and food great. Everything was perfect - drinks, appetizers, main course and dessert. Highly recommend Duval's. Near the end of the evening the Manager came back around to apologize for the initial inconvenience. He provided us a champagne toast and even guided us to local spots for the next day's dining/events. Truly appreciated everything and he was spot on, as the next day was great because of his suggestions. Awesome evening for sure.
Great place for seafood in Sarasota. Nice .outdoor seating area
Our Favorite Sarasota Restaurant. Came to celebrate a friend's 70th birthday. Enjoyed the Seafood Bouillabaisse, the same thing we get nearly every time we visit. Bread is delicious and fresh. Service is professional and well paced. Dined inside, few people, good separation and plexiglass partitions. We will definitely return next time we are in town, hopefully March 2021.
This is an exceptional restaurant. Honestly, it is such a treat. Fish and seafood perfectly and not overly cooked to perfection.
The service was excellent, but unfortunately everyone's (party of 3) fish was overcooked.
This was my first time at Duval's and it won't be my last. The service was fabulous and the food was absolutely delicious. I'll be back!
Mary, Thank you for the kind words! We take great pride in pairing delicious food with exceptional service, and we can't wait to see you in again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager
If you appreciate fine food...this is the place. I totally enjoyed the flavors and fresh seafood. Spectacular! Going back tomorrow, we loved it so much.
This was a treat from my friend whom I helped move to Sarasota. Thanks to the very accommodating staff (we were late due to parking issues) and especially our waiter who had great recommendations. Our food from the bread to the appetizer and our entrees, top notch! Thanks for a wonderful dinner that served as an exclamation mark to our FL trip!
It was our pleasure having you join us! We're glad we were able to meet and exceed your expectations, and we can't wait for you to join us for another perfect meal! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager
Yes, great outdoor eating atmosphere. Food and service were very good.
I was celebrating my 1st year anniversary and our dinner was perfect!
The staff was very friendly,professional, and right on the ball. They set up a quite table with flowers for us and the food/service was excellent. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone!
Thank you for the kind and humbling words! It was our pleasure to have you join us for your anniversary, and we can't wait to see you in again! Jonathan VanDyke General Manger
Food is consistently delicious there ! Excellent service and happy to be outside. A few noisy cars went by but no big deal. Wine was nice and I got to taste a couple before I decided.
We both had the fresh Corvina it was fantastic grilled
Everything was excellent! Go if you have not been!
Ben, Thank you for the kind words and 5-star review. It was our pleasure having you dine with us this weekend. We can't wait to see you in again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager
Service and food were excellent. What was meant to be a quick meal, turned into a wonderful tasting experience.
Wedge Salad with salmon
Mussels with curry
Shrimp and Crab cakes.
Always a great dining experience
We dined outdoors on a lovely evening. Our waiter Diego was attentive, friendly, helpful and superb.
The food was excellent and prepared well.
Great restaurant - will let our friends know and we will return......
Nice place. Pleasant decor. Waiter was polite and professional. My scallop dinner was excellent but just a bit too rich for me.
Once you eat there you will return for another great meal.
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.
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.
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!
Kathy, Thank you for the 5-star review. We'll make sure o pass the kind words along to Doug, and we can't wait to see you in again soon! Jonathan VanDyke General Manager
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 2987 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.