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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AG
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and ambiance was commendable. Our fresh fish dishes were superb. The chef prepared a special dish for my husband who can’t tolerate salt and butter. We will be back.

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LS
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food is overpriced and very mediocre. Many of the seafood dishes have heavy cream sauces. The person with me got the blackened tuna which had not blackening or any taste whatsoever, it was just a hunk of bland rare tuna. They were good about getting her something else. I had the crab/shrimp cakes which were soggy and had a few dried out beets and two snap peas underneath it. It was overall a disappointing place.

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BP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service were good but the restaurant is very noisy.

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TO
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday
We were given a very nice table location and our waitress , Mackenzie was extremely helpful and efficient.
We always enjoy Duval’s

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MJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael was an outstanding waiter!!!
Great night out with superior food!

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

Good food, service and ambiance. Really like this restaurant and have been there several times.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is wonderful. The food is amazing and we liked everything we ate. The lobster bisque was exceptional! The service was outstanding, and the ambience was just fine. We will definitely come back again.

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r
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food was well prepared and hot. Bisque was tepid, not hot. Drink was okay.

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BI
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply one of the best in the US. And after 50 years of finer dining experience that’s saying something!

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P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sat at window and watched "the world" go by. Anthony, bartender/waiter - the best. Kenny (soon to be (Ken) was fabulous. Terrific calamari and mussels appetizers. We love Duval's...

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M
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Appetizers unique, excellent salads and top-notch entrees. Service was also excellent.

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PR
Richmond
193 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the crab and shrimp open faced sandwich on rye bread. It was delicious but I did not realize from the menu description that it was a cake with breading. I probably would have chosen something else. My companion had the tuna salad on croissant and it was delicious also.

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d
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch celebrating our mom's birthday. Food was well prepared and extremely delicious. Service was excellent.

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P
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love it here. Its our favorite restaurant in downtown Sarasota. Its not often where service, food, price, and overall experience hit on all cylinders, but 5 across the board at Duval's.
The Cobb Salad, Bouillabaisse and Gazpacho are some of our favorites. Make reservations.

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MK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All aspects of our fine dining experience were excellent as usual for this restaurant!

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O
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were able to get a table and had a wonderful experience! our waiter was excellent and the manager took time to check on our experience. She was charming! The entreés were delicious and dessert was outstanding.

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PN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service our waiter was quite personabke

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with friends from the past, turned into a beautiful reunion because of Duval’s. Thanks to Doug for great service and understanding that we needed extra time to reconnect. Would recommend Duval’s for great food and service!

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H
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous evening with incredible seafood dishes. We loved the food and service.

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AD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Not up to par this time! There seemed to be a problem in the kitchen. The entree was VERY slow in coming and the fish cry and overlooked.

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

Duval's is one of if not the best restaurant in Sarasota my red snapper was prefect as was my wife's grouper. We shared a salmon carpaccio appetizer that was out of this world. Woody was our waiter and the guy knew his stuff. The place is well decorated without going over the top.

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VK
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Enjoyed the photo artwork from Thomas Barnny!

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DA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Entrees took too long and on three dishes the veggies were under or over cooked. Got the sense something went wrong in the kitchen. Server did not seem sincere in their explanation. Clearly an off night.

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F
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were able to sit outside which was much quieter than inside. The food and service were wonderful!

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LW
Tampa
68 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Duvall paid close attention to my request on Open Table and we were given the exact table I requested. Our waitress was energetic, smart and very knowledgeable about the menu items. She was also very responsive to our needs without “hovering”. Good experience!

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh delicious and cost worthy! Would definitely go there again!!

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k
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Nice for a neighborhood seafood spot for hanging with friends but not for special occasions.
Food was good, service was good & you can bring your own wine for a 25 cork fee.

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Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Aside from an issue with the kitchen, the service was poor
We were ignored from the time we entered while others around us seemed to be getting better service
The bread was burned

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PK
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Arrived on time for our reservation and was shown to a table by the busy entrance. Requested another table. The manager came and told us we cannot move as all of the tables are booked. I explained we also had a reservation so please provide us with another table. Cannot do but will provide you with a free appetizer.
The two tables we would have preferred were empty for one and a quarter hours and when seated it was with two people. We were a party of four. All the two sea tables remained empty until we left.

What has happened to Duval’s ? We have eaten there several times but this was the first time this winter season.

We placed our orders and the food took forever to arrive. I ordered the very simple fish and chips. The chips were cold and the fish batter was a heavy , soggy ball of flour that out weighed the tiny pice of cod inside.

Management imcompetence and a kitchen that cannot prepare a simple dish does not deserve to stay in business. My guest dinners were mediocre to say the least.

Will not return or reccomend.

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OT
New York Area
358 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Grouper and calamari were both very fresh and well-prepared. Preparations were good, but not exceptional. We sat outside and service was friendly and attentive.

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was overpriced for the quality. Burnt crab cake appetizer. Mac and cheese lobster noodles were undercooked and didn’t have much flavor. Seafood scampi was like soup instead of a pasta dish. Service was good though.

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Naples
50 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are in Sarasota full time and Duvals is one of our favorites.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service clueless. One dinner was completely cold. Waiter more interested in serving dessert to table next to us as opposed to bringing a hot dinner. Would not return.

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RS
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our third trip to Duval’s in the past two weeks. That in itself should tell you something. The food is and was very good, the service is top notch and they are extremely busy, You absolutely must have a reservation or you’ll be disappointed and not able to get a table. One of the better restaurant in Sarasota, a definite must for good dining.

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LT
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

We normally love Duval's. But it took an hour to get our food and when it came it was mediocre. We had friends here from New York and were very disappointed.

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C
Grand Rapids
35 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duval's has it all - food, service, and ambience! Lily is an excellent server - very personable; very knowledgeable about the food and beverages; and doesn't rush to turn the table. The lobster bisque is the best in town and the lobster Mac and Cheese is definitely worth a return visit!

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SN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It’s hard to relax and try to enjoy dinner when it starts off with a 20 minute wait past the time of our reservation. Our visit was made better, however, by the great service provided by our waiter, Michael M. The food was overall very good but not excellent.

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RE
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was very good. It’s more formal than I was informed of but I was comfortable.

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MK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. Impeccable service, sophisticated atmosphere, great drinks and outstanding food preparation!

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BH
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food-portion size great

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