see what locals and world travelers have to say about dining at duval's

"Thumbs up!" - West Chester, PA

"Fantastic Florida Fare" - NYC Metro

"Phenomenal!!" - Nashville, TN

" absolute excellent rating for service, food, atmosphere and fair value." - Paris, France

"Duval's offers a great mix of ambiance, service, and fresh seafood that will have you planning your next visit while you're having your dessert." - Sarasota, FL

"Tasty creative food, love the free shuttle bus!" - Millington, NJ

"Outstanding Sunday brunch and evening happy hour" - Sarasota, FL

"High quality food" - United Kingdom

"We had an amazing lunch on the patio!" - Berkley, MI

"Great Ambiance, Great Food, Great Service!" - Toronto, Canada

"Fantastic Food, Wine, Service" - Venice, FL

"Fabulous Lunch - The fish & chips were amazing and the sandwiches fab! Everything was fresh and extremely well prepared. Great service (rare in Sarasota). We could not have been happier. We will certainly be back for more!"

"The food, wine, and service were exceptional."

"Duval's in downtown Sarasota wa outstanding... excellent food and very good service in a lovely restaurant.

"Highlight of our vacation so far!!"

"Wonderful experience - Excellent bar, good food well presented, comfortable dining room. One of the best in Sarasota."

"We really enjoy the food and service here. Have been there for both lunch and Dinner and the service and food are worlds above the other downtown restaurants. I have already booked my next reservation."

Exceptional - Since moving to Sarasota, we have visited Duval's most often. We have also brought out of town guests. The service and food have never been less than extraordinary. The people at Duval's truly know what clientele service is all about."

"A downtown Sarasota GEM"

"Loved every minute of our Anniversary dinner at Duval's. Cathy was an exceptional server, food was divine and they could not have made our 17th anniversary more memorable."

"From our appetizer to dessert, the 4 of us enjoyed every bite." - Bradenton, FL

"Duval's Fresh Local Seafood is my favorite spot on Main Street!" - Philadelphia, PA - Elite Yelper

"It was a fun and delicious meal at Duvals Seafood restaurant." - Cincinnati, OH - Elite Yelper

"We enjoy Duval's! & they even have free shuttle service" - Sarasota, FL

"Great fresh fish, and the best fish PO' Boys you'll ever eat!" - Abilene, TX

"This place is great for a fresh lunch!" - Boston, MA - Elite Yelper

"As Good As It Gets!.... Perfect Service. Perfect Ambiance. Perfect Food. Divine Cocktails and Wine!" - Venice, FL

My fiancé and I went to Duval's a couple weeks ago when we were on a mini vacation and had a wonderful experience.

The fish was very fresh and our food was delivered piping hot. Our server was very attentive. Very pleased and look forward to returning.

Hands down, one of the top restaurants in Sarasota. The Awesome factor is HUGE; there isn't anything on the menu that isn't screamingly delicious. And the Bloody Marys are from Mars!! Best Bloody Mary anywhere on the planet! Of course everything's super fresh. You can close your eyes and be in the quarter just eating at this OUTSTANDING restaurant.

This place is AMAZING! Service is always stellar and the food is simply delicious. I have been numerous times for lunch and dinner and have NEVER been disappointed with a single thing. It truly is a downtown gem!

"Inspired Cuisine" - Sarasota, FL

"Excellent Fresh Fish and More" - Toronto, Canada


"Lovely meal in downtown Sarasota...... An Ideal place for a meal pre theatre." - United Kingdom

"Fantastic food and service" - Wilmington, DE

"Seafood and Service - both great!!" - New York, NY

"Wonderful dining!" - Bradenton, FL

"Amazing Brunch!!!" - Sarasota, FL

"A very pleasant experience! A+" - Bradenton, FL

"Excellent service & food" - Jamaica

"Best meal in many years" - Lake Mary, FL

"Main Street Gem" - Sarasota, FL

"A Downtown Favorite" - Princeton, NJ

"Duval's delights, no doubt about it!" - Sarasota, FL


"Lunch Downtown....Fantastic!" - Longboat Key, FL

"Everything about Duval's was outstanding"

"A must stop in Sarasota - From the moment we walked in the door, everything about Duval's was focused on making our experience special."

"Another great dining experience - Once again my dining experience at Duval's was nothing short of excellence."

"The food and the service were both excellent. What a find for us... first-time visitors to Sarasota. I would highly recommend this place to all."

"excellent! - I'm addicted to their Bouillabaisse and white cranberry cosmos :-)"

"Love the food!!!! We will definitely go back again."

"Freshest Fish"

"A Gem on Main Street"

"Small gem in Sarasota - This is a very cute restaurant on Main Street in Sarasota. We had a hard time ordering because the menu is so full of wonderful fresh options. The wait staff were so friendly and helpful. Our food was perfectly paced to allow for enjoying the food and conversation."


"Always Fabulous! - The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. Our server, Raechelle, was personable and attentive. She is a delightful person. The pork tenderloin was flavorful and tender, served on a bed of the tastiest spaghetti squash I have ever had. In the past, I've had many different fish entrees. They are always wonderful."

"Wonderful dinner. I encourage you to try it"

"What a find! Everything was perfect." - Cincinnati, OH

"Very happy with the atmosphere, attention and food at Duval's during my visit to Sarasota." - Las Vegas, NV

"What a great find." - Lexington, VA

"Food is absolutely delicious!... Extremely friendly and accommodating service! Highly recommend and will definitely be returning!!" - Melbourne, FL

"I am a big fan of Duval's." - Sarasota, FL

"Great food, service and value!  We stumbled upon this place while walking around downtown Sarasota and we love it." - South Windsor, CT

"Oyster Po' Boy can't be beat. Best fries I've ever had in my life. Everyone is great. Lunch is perfect and I will be back for dinner." - Charlotte, NC

"The service and food were outstanding and the meals were reasonably priced. We will definitely be going back."- Morris Plains, NJ

I took my friends from Germany who were visiting here to try the seafood. Out of all the places they visited this was the best! Our server was awesome and did not miss a beat! Thanks Rodrigo! Awesome food and good prices! :)

Duval's is one of the gastronomic jewels of downtown Sarasota. After dining there over quite some time I can only recommend this Main St. oasis without reservatio

This restaurant was absolutely amazing!!

My 'go-to' restaurant in downtown Sarasota, home of many fine dining establishments. Fabulous entrees, appetizers, drinks, wine, setting. Easy to find. Fabulous food in a quality, white tablecloth, comfortable setting. Reasonable prices.

My family and I had lunch at Duval's yesterday. Sooooooo, yummy!

5 Star all the way. Down from Ohio this weekend and Duval's was recommended by some dear friends from Sarasota. and I'm telling you this has to be the best kept secret in town .The food was fantastic and the staff was so nice.

The lobster bisque and salmon are both amazing and the staff are awesome. Definitely make a reservation, especially during season.


"Tasty creative food, love the free shuttle bus!" - Millington, NJ

"Outstanding Sunday brunch and evening happy hour" - Sarasota, FL

"High quality food" - United Kingdom

"We had an amazing lunch on the patio!" - Berkley, MI

"Great Ambiance, Great Food, Great Service!" - Toronto, Canada

"Duval's - What a meal! You'll love it." - Fitchburg, MA

"Great Ambiance, service and the freshest seafood in town!" - New York City, NY

"Delicious Po' Boy Sandwiches" - Indianapolis, IN

"Delightful and creative cuisine...." Boston, MA

"Best dining experience while touring Florida and The Bahamas" - Dublin, Ireland

"Amazing restaurant in every way!!!" - Montreal, Canada

"Duval's - What a meal! You'll love it." - Fitchburg, MA

"best burger I've had in Sarasota!" - Bradenton, FL

"Wonderful Local Menu" - Long Beach, CA

"The bouillabaisse was exceptional. Worthy of the south of France!"

"Excellent! A great downtown location"

"Great service and food"

"A great dining experience - We turned to Open Table to find a nice restaurant for the first time in Sarasota. We had an absolutely wonderful meal. We look forward to coming back the next time we are in town"

"Very quaint yet stylish restaurant in downtown Sarasota. Excellent fresh fish and many other creative appetizers and main entrees. Well designed Bar with nice choices in premium alcohol and an excellent wine list at reasonable prices. You won't be disappointed.

"Great spot for pre-theatre dining."

"Food was outstanding. Service (Pam) was fabulous!"

"Wonderful Again - I had the Autumn Scallops. Four huge perfectly seasonedscallops over a bed of butternut squash hash... simply delicious. Hubby had the Lobster Mac n Cheese with a wonderful creamy cheese sauce and a lobster tail atop. I know it was very good because he gave me a taste! The wine list is very good and at varied price points. The Happy Hour wines and spirit choices are only $5 and are not the cheap stuff! The servers all know the menu and ingredients and aim to make dining there a pleasant experience. We love this place and will return."

"There is no fault to find with this lovely local spot. The service was wonderful, the food delicious, and the location is close to anything downtown. We took it in before a play at Florida Studio Theatre and had a delightful meal before our curtain. A hearty YES!"

"Duval's is a very charming seafood-focused eatery situated in the heart of downtown Sarasota.  The food is very well executed with an eye for details." - Portland, OR

"The ambiance of this establishment is amazing! Located in downtown Sarasota, right in the heart of the downtown area, this place could be easy to miss- but don't! Stop by this fine place if you are in the area! Will be back soon!" - Boca Grande, FL

"The Seafood Bouillabaisse was excellent and our server Pam gave us 5 star service." - Fort Lauderdale, FL

"Both dishes were amazing and the service ..... The best !!! Highly recommended and I'll make sure to visit you on my next trip to Sarasota. Great job!! Thank you !!" - La Mirada, CA

"I've recommended Duval's to lots of friends and family because it's definitely one of the best restaurants in Sarasota." - Irvine, CA

"Lovely trout, duck confit excellent ambience and outstanding service and pricing. Yum to the yum" - Chicago, IL

My wife suggested a visit before FST. Holy crap. $5 early bird apps and cocktails. FOOD-GASM!!!

Thank you for the great food and service. Five stars!

Have eaten at Duval's twice, once for dinner and once just recently for lunch, and have always enjoyed my meal. I was born in Sarasota and so have tried most restaurants that have come into the area, some of which are still open but many of which have closed. I can say pretty confidently that Duval's has some of the best tasting seafood around.

Absolutely wonderful food and service was excellent.... Evening was perfect. Recommend for a foodie or just a romantic or special evening.

This restaurant is the best seafood restaurant is Sarasota

We had the freshest fish, the best salad and excellent service... Duval's is the best place for the freshest ingredients.

Incredible service & impeccable eats paired with a quaint and upbeat atmosphere, Duval's is IT!

Local (and exotic) seafood. Cozy atmosphere. Great friendly service, especially at the bar. Wifi. And for dessert, don't miss the bread pudding!

Great Restaurant. The food was amazing and the service was perfect.

a new beginning: duval's seafood

"What is the hottest ticket downtown, the most difficult place to get a reservation? Duval's. Yes, Duval's. A restaurant that one year ago would have been an easy walk-in. Today, it's hoppin' and with good reason. The restaurant that was always good with its eclectic fusion menu has now found its niche with seafood and that seafood is great and sometimes spectacular......"

"Service is very personable and professional. And here's the icing on the cake. Acknowledging that parking can be a hassle on the street, Duval's has a shuttle that will pick you up at any of our parking garages downtown or at your downtown abode...."

"It's wonderful to see a transformation receive so much well-deserved attention. Try it. I think you'll like it." - Kristine Nickel | Style Magazine

Duval's Transformed: Favorite Eatery Reopens with Extensive Renovations and a Fully Stocked Bar

"...Indeed, the atmosphere is most welcoming, but it undoubtedly is the diverse menu and delectable food that has been Duval’s trademark since the restaurant first opened on Main Street in Sarasota in November 2011. 

Voted the #1 seafood restaurant in Sarasota by OpenTable Diners, Duval’s features more than 40 types of fish on its menu every year. “We hang our hat on our fresh seafood, which we source exclusively from local purveyors and fishermen..." 

Duval’s: New name, newly remodeled — same great taste

"...With a completely remodeled interior, the addition of a full bar and lounge area and an increased focus on the menu, the Duval’s team aggressively addressed any concerns people might have. In fact, if you walk past the newly remodeled restaurant, you might not even recognize the place....

The wait staff is very friendly, attentive, fast and efficient. There is full bar service and a good-sized wine list to accompany your meal.

With a stunning remodel of the restaurant, the addition of a full bar, new colors and intimate dining spaces, Duval’s is poised to become one of downtown Sarasota’s hot new dining destinations; perhaps a candidate for the “Comeback Restaurant of the Year” award." - Jack Littman-Quinn

"Duval's is Back and Better Than Ever!"

...After recently closing for remodeling, the downtown Sarasota restaurant returns with a chic, coastal feel. Most important for us drinkers, it features a full-service bar. But wait, wait, there’s more. Duval’s now has a happy hour that will call to you like a terrible temptress.

Yep, even those desk jockeys who find the movie “Office Space” inspirational for all the wrong reasons will want to leave work early to imbibe and nosh at Duval’s. Do you appreciate a good deal? The happy hour drinks and bar bites menu is so cheap even a college student cut-off from mommy and daddy could afford a good time...."

A Po Boy That Tastes Like a Million Bucks!

Have you ever eaten something so simply delicious that you had to stop chewing and convince yourself that you weren’t dreaming? You know, when your eyes become as big as the plate you are eating off of just so you can stare at the person across the table with that look of ‘Oh. My. God. What is this amazingness that I’ve gotten myself into?’ Well, at least, that’s what I experienced the first time I took a bite of a Duval’s Scallop Po’Boy.

Local Foodie Review: 'The Watering Mouth'

Tucked in among the trendy boutiques, eclectic restaurants, and stylish condos that call Main Street home, is a delightfully bright and cheery restaurant called Duval’s... The food is incredibly delicious and well-prepared – bring friends; you will NOT be disappointed you made a trip out to this place!

Herald Tribune Ticket: Best Seafood Restaurants!

"The only restaurant from Sarasota's crowded downtown dining district to make the cut..."

"Amazing Food!"

One of our favorite places in Sarasota for lunch and dinner. Had an amazing dinner last night. The pasta and fresh grouper were wonderful. The food will never disappoint! Thank you to one of the owners - Josh - for making our night so special. You are always there to make sure everyone has a great experience. Thanks again and looking forward to many more amazingly tasty meals. - Sandy

Local Favorite!

As a full-time Sarasota resident, I eat at Duval’s fairly regularly – I love your restaurant. The food is consistently excellent, the ambiance is welcoming…

"What a Varied Menu!"

We have now been to Duval's on three occasions and the food is not only gourmet level - but the vast variety of different entrees and appetizers would impress anyone. Whether you are sampling the excellent Southern Hospitality dish of shrimp over a bed of grits and sausage or a linguini and seafood dish, the food in impeccably prepared, over the top delicious and the service is wonderful - even with a packed house.
The variety of the wine list matches the food. In an area where restaurants abound, Duval's will always be on our "go to list". Did I also mention that the prices are extremely reasonable to boot?? This is a truly excellent dining experience. Special Featuresfit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem