Off The Hook Seafood Restaurant

4.5
237 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

About

Chef Wes Duval, A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Has been serving the best fresh fish the great blue has to offer for more than 20 years in Sarasota. With his fusion of fresh fish paired with unique and flavorful creations, you are met with the satisfaction of handmade food and top choice fish. Chef Wes' passion for the very best in food pairs his masterpieces with an amazing dining room and friendly knowledgeable Staff.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 237 people are sayingWrite a review
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RG22
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as always. They were very understaffed but the service did not suffer. They were very hard working and met our needs completely.

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JOANNEF
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood wow I’m from NYC and I’m pretty picky about good food , this restaurant has an excellent chef fresh seafood delicious sauces creative , wonderful wait staff ,good wine and beer selection ,my new go to local restaurant

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viplovestoeat
Atlanta
128 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time eating at Off the Hook. It was delicious both times. If we are in Siesta Key again we will go back.

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RichardR
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

All seafood was great. We had an excellent server. We have been here numerous times; the chairs are always uncomfortable. Ambiance resembles a restroom. But we keep coming back because the food is so good.

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vipLoanguy
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was fantastic. Went there for our anniversary celebration and was not disappointed. We both ordered the Grey Tilefish (similar texture to snapper) with different preparations. Both were excellent. Ordered a cheesecake to share and it was one of the best that I ever had.

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vipKateCM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

fantastic! Best Halibut EVER. Awesome service by Ella, can't wait to return.

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Golfgirl
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re so happy to have found this place. I love the choices of fish and the creative ways Chef Wes prepares them.

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KristenM
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, good service BUT not cool that the male waiter/bartender wasn’t wearing his mask. Ewww.

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johnb
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was wonderful . Service was great and the waiter gave us great selections to pick from.

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PeterB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This used to be one of our favorites but this was not a good night. Service was slow and forgetful, the swordfish was not fresh - it was spongy. Too bad because with so many good choices, one so-so experience makes you not go back, at least for a long while.
Hope it was just an off night because we really did like it before.

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vipHadrian
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We come here about once a month. Always excellent fish. Best fish in the area if you are a foodie

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vipSteve
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal . The combination of the fresh daily fish and the myriad of preparation choices is a winning formula . We will continue to frequent Off the Hook , as it is one of our favorite eateries in the area .

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vipAriane
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was very good.
We requested to sit outdoors... not realizing that tables were next to parked cars.
Waiter should have worn a mask....

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GaryI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This was our first time dining at Off the Hook. The food was pretty good. Some dishes were better than others at our table. The concept is unique and fun. The ambiance was okay as it is small. Our server was pleasant and helpful however another server delivered the food and asked who had what. This was annoying and a disruption. How difficult would it be to know who had ordered what meal. The wine list was small and reasonably priced. Draft beers were good.
Overall we had a nice evening and we will probably return for another try.

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vipKnowgreatfood
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was great. The coconut shrimp is hand breaded there and terrific, gespaco was fantastic. We all had different dishes and everybody gave high praises to all. We sat outside and the tables are close to the line of parked cars (6 ft). The evening turned out well in-spite of that.

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TeriT
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visited Off the Hook while on vacation. Although it's not in a very desirable location, the food was excellent! Outdoor seating is to be desired as it's out front in a kind of strip mall location on a busy street. But the interior was great and we loved the service and the food!

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vipMaxwell
Austin
75 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Have been here before and it was very good which is why we go back but never again. Food was good but that was it. Entree arrived in the middle of our salad course. Our server had a major attitude the moment she arrived at our table and she deteriorated through our short evening there. Probably one of the worst, most inappropriate servers I’ve ever had at any restaurant in decades. Rolled her eyes at us. They ought to be ashamed having someone that terrible representing them to their diners. Fortunately the manager was terrific and salvaged some of our evening at Off the Hook but they’re off the hook with us in the future. Would not recommend this place and will never go back and we eat out 5 nights a week and live here in Sarasota many months of the year.

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DeborahN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great concept - pick your fish then pick your preparation. Outside Muzak didn't really fit the atmosphere. Would go back.

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Eclectic
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their menu is unique in that it lists the possible preparations and you choose the variety of fish you want from an ever-changing “fish board.” All their fish is fresh daily. The portions were large and very well prepared. We took home half of our entrees. The bread pudding for dessert was delicious. The indoor space is very attractive with lots of hand-blown glass fixtures, and there is ample outdoor seating as well. Parking was abundant. I will definitely return to Off The Hook.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

FRIED OYSTERS were the best I’ve ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

A little pretentious and not as good as the Yelp/open table ratings made it out to be

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately, service was outstanding. In the past the service was a bit slow. Our food amazing. We will return soon!

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PatS
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Had reservation for outside table for 6:30. Arrived at 6:30 SHARP. Was told no outside available. Said we would wait. Was seated at 7:10. I ordered Gazpacko. They were out. My partner ordered fried Oysters. They were out of them. She ordered Conch Fritters. Our main.course took forever to come and when it did, the sjde was wrong on one of them. Chek came. We were charged for the Oysters. Waitress was apologetic and offered us a free drink or desert. We declined but expected a round of drinks to be comped on our check. No such luck. She did discount our check 10%. These guys are NOT READY for prime time nor my business. Go elsewhere on a Thursday evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic preparations. Fantastic service. Highly recommend.

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vipStuffed
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a reservation - thank goodness as it was packed. It took a bit for the staff to get to us, but once they did they were polite, funny, attentive and helpful. Great menu with plenty of choices...liked how you pick from five fishes and then choose from 10 preparation styles. Great appetizers too and local micros on tap and full bar. A great evening out!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Host exceedingly rude. Arrived 5 minutes after reservation time and told they were closed but they “had to serve us and get this done”. Table not cleared and ready. I would never recommend this place.

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vipTonyD
Cleveland
65 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the concept of picking fresh fish available with different preparation options. Enjoyed sitting outdoors as well. Fish was extremely fresh and preparation was outstanding. Calamari was excellent!

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Susan
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE coming here every time! The food is absolutely fabulous and they know just the right wines to pair with your meal.

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vipbeamer15
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for a quick lunch. Staff very knowledgeable about seafood and friendly!

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vipDougL
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and presentation.
Ate outside, not any ambiance but the dinners made up for it.

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vipFudegirl
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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kevinvest1
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great fresh seafood prepared perfectly. You don't know what fish choices will be on the menu until that day They only serve the freshest fish.
This restaurant is close to where I live and will become my go to restaurant Have eaten there 3x in the last 3 weeks.

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vipBarbK
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful find in a cute area. You select from the list of fish of the day- then choose from about 15 different preps - each comes with risotto or potato and asparagus - it was excellent! Had the halibut with capers, the tri fish with capers and the snapper with a garlic sauce - all were delicious - and come with warm rolls to soak up all the toppings. It is a small restaurant - make reservations - and the noise level can get loud - but once the bar thinned out the noise level was ok - the key lime pie was also delicious. We already made reservations for next week - it is that good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful again!!!

Blackened mahi mahi was excellent. 4th time back and the blackened orange sauce is to die for. Have tried to blackened with several fish and it never disappoints.
My dad got the mahi with piccata and said it wasn't the best, lacked a little flavor. The Caesar salad dressing was okay, doesn't taste very good but wasn't mad with it. Overall happy with the experience again, blackened is by far never disappointed with flavor and taste. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was very good. We booked outdoor seating but they didn't have heaters and it was in the low 60's and windy. Our server had a mask around his neck but didn't pull it up to wear it. On a different night it might have been 5 star.

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vipFoodie
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous fresh fish beautiful presentation had the salmon which melted in my mouth will be back!!

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NACPEYE
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants with one of the best Chefs, Wes Duval!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hard to find but well worth it. Limited fish selection but very fresh. Recommended to our friends. We will be back with a large group.

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit and we came with a party of 5 to celebrate my birthday. The food and service were both amazing. I loved the way the menu works to select a fish and then select how it is prepared. We had the sheepshead and snapper and they were fantastic. All of the food was served incredibly hot and fast. We will be back.

FAQs

Off The Hook Seafood Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 923-5570.

Off The Hook Seafood Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 237 OpenTable diners.