Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.

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$31 to $50
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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.

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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Specials

HAPPY HOUR

$3 beers and $5 wines at the bar! Bar Bites Menu featuring some of the best small plates in the city.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 30, 2019

Ends: August 31, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 2822 People Are Saying
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LF
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service as always. Eerie quiet due to coronavirus fears driven by ridiculous media hype and government response.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Food and Service were very good. It was somewhat pricey, but worth it.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent, as usual.

U
Toronto
188 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always!

MK
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katelynn H. did a wonderful job as our server. She was excellent in describing the various menu items and with all around service in general. Food was outstanding as usual. Best seafood in Sarasota!

FE
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Disappointed on our second visit. Had a late lunch on Sunday. Kitchen took a half hour to prepare our food even though the restaurant was empty. One of the Catch of the Day was tasty, but the other was a piece of unappetizing brown flesh from the belly of the fish that should never have left the kitchen. The server comped a dessert, but we still had to pay for the uneaten entree. Will not go back.

l
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating spring break with daughter and mother

RB
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a return trip to Duval's. We've been there several times over the last few years. It doesn't disappoint in terms of fresh local catch. I had triple tail for the first time based on our server Alli's recommendation. It was delicious as were the accompanying roasted vegetables. My wife had Scottish salmon and she Wass delighted as well. The helpers wore black gloves when pouring water or delivering bread as an indication of how they are dealing with the coronavirus. By the time left at 7:15 PM, the restaurant was just about full as were the outside tables. We'll be back again for sure.

HR
Naples
66 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since Duvals opened in Sarasota, it is our go-to restaurant

EP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We are a regular.This time not so good. Oyster PoBoy half reg size and soso.

EH
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great inspired cuisine. Small but interesting wine list. Exceptional and friendly service.

RF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing evening on the outside tables at Duval’s ! Seafood was excellent and service was great! Highly recommend!

D
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We brought out of town guests for dinner. Chris was attentive and friendly, he didn’t miss a beat! Everyone loved their meals and were very pleased with the entire evening.

J
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, fresh seafood. Excellent server who knew the menu and made good suggestions.

m
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Happy hour cocktails were excellent as was the bartender. We were seated for our reservation promptly but not rushed to leave the bar. Service tableside was excellent as well. We all enjoyed the calamari app as well as our entrees, though my Ahi tuna was rare but not warm. We chose Duval's for a thank you dinner to our hosts here in Sarasota. You did not disappoint

m
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious. 2 had the best grilled swordfish they have ever had. The other 2 had excellent fish

OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Marvelous seafood combinations of flavor and texture. Very creative dishes.

First class service. Great drinks, Mike is a very good mixologist.

P
Chicago
174 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was t too hungry so I got a salad and an appetizer. A lot of places frown when you give them that order but our server, Lilly was absolutely wonderful! My husband had Mac and cheese ( Lobster) and loved it, and the others loved their meals as well. We will be back!!

J
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in we were treated extremely polite and professional at the hostess stand. We were seated at a great table. Aly who waited on us did an amazing job and I will always request her section from this point forward. The Black Grouper and Red Snapper dinners were absolutely fantastic and extremely well prepared. Great wine selection also. Overall 5 stars!! Thanks Aly for making sure we had a great dining experience!!

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

Thank you for the 5 stars and kind words! We are honored to have met and exceeded your expectations and will make sure to pass along the praise to Aly. We can't wait to see you again soon!

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OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

CK
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Somewhat disappointing considering the reviews. Food was good, not great. Too many other very good restaurants nearby to settle for OK.

A
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place! This is not a tiki hut fish place but a lovely dining experience. My wife and I started out sharing the Eggplant Rollatini--it's like an eggroll in a rolled thin piece of eggplant. Try it. I had a local Florida fish called Triple Tail and my wife had black snapper. Both were excellent. Our server was very personable and knowledgeable. I'm only sorry I have forgotten her name. Highly recommended!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food! Creamy Mussels Dijon was the best I’ve had. They accommodate special dietary requests and the value for food received is quite good. Service by Angie was superb!

HM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! One of my favorites

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Mussels with light mustard sauce and tasso was excellent. Gazpacho has wonderful tomato taste and just enough spiciness.

MB
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both of our seafood dishes were outstanding! And the service could not have been any better!

d
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was very good, as was our server. However, the entire staff seemed somewhat frantic because people were waiting for tables. We had to wait past our reservation time because people were “lingering”. We also saw the hostess asking two or three tables to please leave because they had people waiting for the table. They are booking reservations too close to one another

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Responded on March 5, 2020

I would like to personally apologize that we were unable to meet and exceed your expectations on your recent visit. Occasionally, we have guests who dine with us longer than expected, but only a manager will ask a table to relocate in the rare instance it is necessary. I would love to discuss your visit further at your convenience to make sure to coach the right members of my team. Jonathan VanDyke General Manager 941-312-4001

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The crab & shrimp cakes were awesome as always. They are the reason I go whenever I'm in town. The clam chowder was also good. Our server Angela L was great.

SK
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always have good food here. Dessert (apple something) that my guests had was way overcooked. Otherwise perfect evening.

OT
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside and they accommodated a party of 8. Very good food and attentive waitress!

C
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a wonderful meal - family or friends group dining! (Noisy for couples romantic evening out)

HL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good experience on a very busy Saturday night. Excellent selection of great seafood. Fairly tight seating. Attentive service. We'll definitely return.

TR
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Eggplant appetizer was fantastic, Fish, Rice and vegetables were excellent, bread pudding was a little dry, but key lime crème brulee was very good. The seating outside was difficult with the sun and noise but not terrible. Overall a great dinner experience.

KE
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The house salad I ordered for lunch was fresh and crisp. Balsamic rosemary vinaigrette was very flavorful. I ordered crispy calamari as an added protein and it was the perfect lunch entree. Very filling, perfectly fried and obviously not a frozen addition. I like Duvall’s but the noise level for a late Saturday lunch made it hard for my mother to hear me. I wish they could fix that issue.

t
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duval's was perfect for a Saturday lunch with our visitors. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. It was our first time there and we will certainly return.

WW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mussels were fantastic, and brought fresh bread to to finish off the sauce, which I quite honestly I would have used a spoon if I had too- wonderful! Then the wedge salad was the perfect transition before the meal with that blue cheese crumble and bacon, just call it billionaire bacon, forget the millionaire types. The sampler with lobster tail, scallops, shrimp and the added the crab shrimp cake was delectable and portion perfect. Service was great- personal and genuine! I’m a local for 10+ years and this was my first time here and will be back very soon... well done Duval’s, well done!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

ALI provided excellent service. The grouper was very good but the rice and vegetables were cold. The boulabase was just OK. Not enough broth mainly muscles and calamari. Had high hopes but the food will probably keep us away.

J
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a special reunion with family.

JS
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Duval's on Thursday before going to Van Wezel. As always we had an amazing experience. I had the Red Snapper with veggies, and it was soooo good. My s/o had the pork chop, and he loved it. We were able to take the shuttle to Van Wezel for the show. Talk about convenience. Thank you.

GN
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly staff, good food and reasonable priced. This restaurant always looks clean!

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