Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

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Duval's is proud to announce that we have earned First Place Honors in the Herald-Tribune 2019 Sarasota Readers' Choice Awards: BEST OVER-ALL RESTAURANT, BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT (2016-2019), and BEST SANDWICH for our renowned Po Boy (2016-2019). 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.

We offer a Free Shuttle Service to & from Duval's, so parking is never an issue!
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!

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Pittsburgh
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming to Sarasota for years. We had been to a Duval’s and it was spectacular the first visit a few years ago. Successive visits were never as good. We stopped going or recommending it.

Happy to say it was terrific tonight. The staff couldn’t have been nicer and the food was delicious. We will put this back on our list of favorites.

So... if you haven been here ...go! The menu has lots of variety. Friendly faces and a helpful staff. They also have a few tables outside. Highly recommended.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded 42 minutes ago

Thank you, Andidav, we're glad to have won you back! We've been working hard the last few years to be the best, and this year, the readers of the Herald-Tribune voted us not only "Best Seafood Restaurant" in Sarasota, but "Best Overall Restaurant" as well. we look forward to many more visits from you!

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Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Duval’s for many years to enjoy nothing but consistently great seafood and service. You just cannot go wrong coming here!

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Responded 40 minutes ago

Thank you, Sandra, for the positive comments about Duval's, and for the 5 star rating as well! It pleases us to know that we consistently serve you to the level of your expectations. Please be sure to visit us again soon.

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RL
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our visit to Duval's was quite good. My husband had the seafood cobb salad which had a great serving of seafood on top. I had the shrimp and crab cakes which were also very good. Our server Kayla was excellent...very attentive. She knew we were going to a concert and made sure everything was timely.

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Responded 3 days ago

Hello, Ruth, Thank you for the 5 star rating of Duval's and your kind words about our food and Kayla's excellent customer service. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Please be sure to come back again soon.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good. The service was poor. We never received bread or were asked if we wanted it. I asked for a straw and our waiter never brought it. I asked another waitress and she brought it. Our waiter checked on us very soon after our food was delivered and never came back again. I noticed that he was working at the bar most of his time. Maybe the staffing was short, but our service was very disappointing.

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Responded 6 days ago

Please accept my apologies for your inadequate service recently at Duval's. We aim to meet or exceed the expectations of our guests, and when we do not, we need to know. I want to thank you for taking the time to review and for your candid comments. Steve Powell, General Manager 941-312-4001

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Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Haven’t been in years. Fish was undercooked, Caesar salad was rough as I got the ends in the meal. Disappointing

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Responded 6 days ago

We are sorry that we disappointed you recently at Duval's. We would prefer that you left Duval's having enjoyed the experience, but that was not the case. If you'd like to call me to discuss your experience, and to offer some suggestions for improvement, I'd be pleased to listen. Best regards, Steve Powell, General Manager 941-312-4001 Best regards, Steve Powell, General Manager 941-312-4001

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wait staff were courteous, professional, well versed in the menu and the wine selection. Also they dress in uniform which looks crisp and tailored. The food is excellent; fresh fish, local catch selections and specials were all on the menu.

Wines by the glass were limited but they choices were very good.

Dessert offerings were plenty and there is definitely something for every palate.

Noise level was slightly more than moderate due to heavy bar activity but not obnoxious. The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. I look forward to returning.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you for visiting us at Duval's. We are thrilled that your experience was so positive and deserving of a 5 star rating. We are here to meet or exceed your expectations, and it pleases us when we learn that we did. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice place, very good seafood restaurant

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Responded 7 days ago

Thank you, Mark, We are happy that you were pleased with your Duval's experience. We hope to have the pleasure of another visit soon.

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Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Tile fish and grouper catch of day were both excellent. So nice to see zucchini vermicelli as a side dish and it was done perfectly. Would advise calling ahead and confirming reservation if you want to dine inside as they indicated they are having issues with open table reservations.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you for rating your Duval's experience 5 stars. We aim to meet or exceed your expectations of our restaurant, and we are pleased to learn that we did. We are looking forward to the possibility of serving you again soon.

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WV
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Reserve the table for lunch and we're seated immediately. Nice Ambiance and a good selection of food items on the menu. Our waitress was tending bar as well as waiting table which meant that one of the two had to sacrifice. Very good daily specials menu with Friday Fish Fry for only $7.50. Ordered sweet potato fries for a $2.50 up charge and when my order came out there were no sweet potato fries just regular fries. Told waiter to cancel sweet potato fries however they were brought out anyway and I was told they would not be charged. When check was delivered they were not removed. Had to request removal which was done with no problem. Overall a good experience however just not what was expected with all the rave reviews of the restaurant.

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Responded 7 days ago

Hello, Wayne, Please let me apologize for the errors we made serving your lunch recently. We cherish our "Best Overall Restaurant" and "Best Seafood Restaurant" ratings, and we are never pleased to hear that we did not live up to those expectations. Hopefully, if you visit us again, we will be able to show you what Duval's really is all about. Thank you for taking the time to review us, and helping us to improve. Best regards, Steve Powell, General Manager (941) 312-4001

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GG
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nuce seafood restaurant. Starred with gazpacho, which was a bit watery for my taste. A little spicy but not overwhelming.

Black grouper was delicious. Prepared to perfection.

Key Lime Creme Brulee was good but not great. Texture and temperature left something to be desired.

The entree made the meal worthwhile.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to rate Duval's. We strive to meet or exceeded all our guests' expectations, and hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon. If you have any suggestions for us that would help us be even better, please feel free to call me. Best regards, Steve Powell, General Manager (941) 312-4001

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were unique and delicious, and the service was friendly and attentive...we will definitely return!

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Responded on April 12, 2019

Thank you for the kind words and your 5 star review of Duval's. It is our goal to meet or exceed our guests' expectations, and we love to hear when we do. Please visit us again soon.

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1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Overpriced for the quality of the food. The grouper catch of the day, though sautéed with lemon butter, was dry. The accompanying potato and vegetable medley were overcooked and black. A zucchini was indistinguishable from a carrot or a beet. Truly a disappointing experience.

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Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to rate Duval's. We strive to meet or exceed all our guests' expectations, and when we don't, it concerns us. If you have any additional suggestions for us that would help us be better, please feel free to call me. Best regards, Steve Powell, General Manager (941) 312-4001

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again it was great. Love the crab cakes. McKenzie was a great server.

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Responded on April 12, 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review of Duval's, and for mentioning McKenzie's excellent customer service. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again.

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Dallas
85 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice selection, pleasant service, nice atmosphere, generous pours, and not overly expensive.

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Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review of Duval's. We are pleased that we met or exceeded your expectations. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate at the Bar & Anthony was very attentive & helpful with food recommendations & wine pairing

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for your review of Duval's, and for mentioning Anthony's attentive service at the bar. We are pleased that you enjoyed your experience here. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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j
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I have been there three times and have been very satisfied. I usually don’t get on Main Street much because of parking but Duval’s is worth the hassle. I have recommended your restaurant to several friends. The food has always been delicious and the waiters/waitresses have always been very friendly and knowledgeable. We consider it a real treat to dine there. Will definitely be back to enjoy.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on April 12, 2019

Thank you, Jean, for the kind review of Duval's and the 5 star rating! We are glad that you have always had a good experience dining with us. We hope to see you soon.

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Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best seafood restaurant in Sarasota. We have dined there many times and they never disappoint us.

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New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

It was a late dinner so 2 of us had the Ocean Cobb and while I've enjoyed it a few times before, I found it to be quite sparse in seafood for $ 28.00
Also there were a few shells that got in there as well.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We had family visiting last week and they took us to Veronica's Seafood Restaurant. They told Veronica's just liked I told Duval's that it was a celebration of my wife's birthday. Veronica's gave us complimentary champagne plus a slice of cake with a candle and wished my wife Happy Birthday. We got none of that at Duval's. Not even a mention of Happy Birthday which would have been sufficient. Other than that food was okay but overly spiced. Service good otherwise.

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MR
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent variety of quality seafood with creative dishes

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on April 9, 2019

Thank you, Michael, for your 5 star review of Duval's. It's nice to know that we met or exceeded your expectations of our restaurant. Please visit us again soon.

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Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of our favorites when in Sarasota! Excellent in all areas.

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Hello, Denise, How nice of you to say Duval's is one of your Sarasota favorites. It please us to know that. We look forward to many more opportunities to serve you.

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Twice in one week... lunch then dinner. A must dining experience when in downtown Sarasota.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on April 8, 2019

Twice in one week! We are flattered! With so many excellent choices in Sarasota, it pleases us to know that you returned to us for a second visit. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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JK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food as always and special enthusiastic service to accommodate our guests' vegan-like requirements

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you, JoeK, for your 5 star review of Duval's. It's nice to know that we met or exceeded your expectations of our restaurant. Please visit us again soon.

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Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wonderful! We’ve been dining here since they first opened more than 8 years now. We have seen them go through a change in ownership, 2 remodels, and several renditions of our favorite dishes. That brings me to a bit of a disappointment in the new scallop dish, which my husband ordered as it no longer appealed to me. It is a southern twist with grits, pork belly and fried oysters. Our issue is the once 5 scallop dinner is now 3 scallops (with 2 small fried oysters), over priced at $36 and just an ok dish, sorry to say. I had the pan seared black grouper with lime jasmine rice and vegetables, outstanding and a fair price for a generous portion of grouper. Our service was very friendly, but a bit slow. The manger Steve was kind, attentive and offered us a dessert for our anniversary. Duval’s is one of our favorites, we will look forward to the 4th rendition of the scallops!

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on April 5, 2019

Hello, Debra, Thank you for your review, and for your helpful criticism. It was a pleasure speaking with you when you were at Duval's and I look forward to seeing you again. Best regards, Steve Powell, General Manager

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PE
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Sarasota download place to dine! Always good food and service. Friendly waitstaff, too. Love the Southern caprese and Salmon carpaccio especially.

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Hello, Patty, Thank you for reviewing Duval's. We are happy that you were pleased. If you have any suggestions at all for improvement, we would be pleased to hear from you. Best regards, Steve Powell, General Manager 941-312-4001

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2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. Everyone loved their meals and it was a great experience! Get the bouillabaisse.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review of Duval's. It means a great deal to us that you chose our restaurant for your parents' milestone celebration. Please be sure to visit us again soon.

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Naples
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were exceptional. Our server, Lily perfect A bit noisy but not enough to keep us away. We will be back soon.

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Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you for your 5 star review of Duval's, and your praise o Lily's service. It's nice to know that Lily and our restaurant met or exceeded your expectations. Please visit us again soon.

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Naples
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great and our food and service was spot on.

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Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you for your 5 star review of Duval's. It's nice to know that we met or exceeded your expectations of our restaurant. Please visit us again soon.

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RD
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

GUIET AND PLEASANT SEAFOOD LUNCH IN DOWNTOWN SARASOTA.

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Responded on April 5, 2019

Hello, Rebecca, We are happy to know that you enjoyed your lunch at Duval's. Please be sure to come visit us again.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly fresh , great service with Michael !!!
Food was fantastic , I will return

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Responded on April 5, 2019

Hello, Jeanne, Thank you for your 5 star rating of Duval's and your kind words about our food and Michael's service. We are glad to have met or exceeded your expectations. We are looking forward to that return visit you mentioned!

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g
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite Sarasota places

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Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you Geoffrey, for the 5 star review of Duval's and your kind words. We are flattered that we are one of your favorites. We are looking forward to the pleasure of serving you again.

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Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very professional. Was disappointed our table near the front door and hostess stand was the only table available for “0pen Table” diners. Food always quite good.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on April 2, 2019

Thank you for your review and comments, and we apologize that you were not pleased with the location of your table. We always want to be sure that our guests are comfortable, and we feel bad that we disappointed you. We hope to see you again soon.

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London
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real top class restaurant in Sarasota!!
Everting is superb - ambiance, location, food, service.
Be there!!

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Thank you, HankanO, for the very kind, 5 star review of Duval's. We are happy to have met or exceeded your expectations, which is our goal. We are looking forward to serving you again soon.

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New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Duval's many times and they never disappoint. The service was right on but the food was out of this world. I had the seafood boulabas that knocked my socks off and my wife had one of the fresh fish specials, a fish I never heard of and can't remember it's name but it was excellent.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review of Duval's. We aim to meet or exceed your expectations at every visit, and we are pleased to see that we diid. We hoped to serve you again soon.

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Duvall's was perfect. We arrived a few minutes early and our table was waiting for us. Our server, Ashley was attentive and friendly without being overbearing. We both ordered two different catch of the day. Both were cooked perfectly with outstanding flavor. Next time we are in Sarasota, Duvall's will be one of our first stops.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you for your 5 star rating of Duval's, and for noting Ashley's excellent service. We are pleased that we met or exceeded your expectations, and we look forward to serving you during your next visit to Sarasota.

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Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding. Popular place but too loud when it is full which is most of the time. we asked to be moved to a sidewalk table so that we could converse. Overall though , I would strongly recommend.

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Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you, Alan, for your praise of Duval's. Thank you as well for the 5 star rating. We apologize for the noise level; we will look into it to see if there is something that can be done. We hope to serve you again soon.

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BB
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Grilled fish was cooked to perfection. One of the best pieces of fish I’ve ever tasted. And the bread pudding was outstanding.

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Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you, Bill, for the kind 5 star review of Duval's. We are happy that we pleased you. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again soon.

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JM
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Duval’s during our recent spring break trip from Minneapolis. The kitchen staff perfectly cooked our meals. The mussles, bass, chowder, and lobster were delightful. The service was spot on - perfectly attentive without being pushy or fake.

We also really liked how the manager stopped by the table and inquired about our meal in the most sincere and welcoming fashion. It was clear that they really wanted everything to be perfect.

I highly recommend Duval’s if you are in Sarasota.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you, Jules, for dining at Duval's while vacationing in Sarasota, and all your nice remarks. We appreciate your recommendation. We hope to see you again when you next return to sarasota.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was SLOW! My mother was falling asleep at the table waiting for her food.

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CK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our dining experience! We have friends coming to town next week & I’ve already booked a reservation!

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Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you for your 5 star review of Duval's. We are pleased that you enjoyed the experience of dining with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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