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Reviews

 

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One of the best seafood restaurants we have ever been to.

One of the best seafood restaurants we have ever been to. Lived here for 9 years and it was our first time trying it, we got the steam pot for 2. We also added 1 1/2 lbs of king crab legs. The food came out super fast. It was so fresh and cooked perfectly. There was so much food in the pot for 2 that we didn’t even need the extra king crab legs. The service was great and all the staff was very friendly. The cocktails were fun and tasty. The complimentary smoked fish dip they give you was absolutely delish, and yes they sell this!!! Definitely our new go to restaurant!!

K Ruvalcaba

Service, food and beer was excellent.

Had lunch at Walt's Fish Market & Restaurant with my wife and northern friends. Service, food and beer (Yuengling) was excellent. They do not take reservations and may be crowded during season, always a sign of a good restaurant. I had the fish sandwich, my wife and friends enjoyed the crab cake sandwich, all very good. When there, need to check out the seafood market, great variety and choices.

P Fowler

A great place for family.

Walt’s fish market and Restaurant is a great place for family. One of the best places for seafood. We ordered Seafood Alfredo, Fish & Chips and Country burger. All the entrees were great in taste and quantity. Waiters were pleasant and attentive. We will definitely visit again if we are in the area.

S Lobo

This place is amazing!!

This place is amazing!! Best place in the area that I've found for fresh seafood. The staff is super friendly and accommodating, cant say enough good things about them! Been coming here for several years now and ALWAYS a good experience! It can be a long wait when its busy but there's a reason there is a line and it'll be worth the wait.

M Martin

This place is fantastic.

They’re not busy because they’re bad. This place is fantastic. Locals referred me here unanimously. And now that I’m a local, let me pay forward the favor. If you want fresh seafood done right, this is the place to go.

T Huggins

Excellent food, prices and selection.

Great atmosphere. Excellent food, prices and selection. Server was great. Fresh fish counter is wonderful. Went back a few days later and got a couple of different fish spreads for a carry out... a great beach snack. Bar area outside is very nice too.

S Bas

Walt's has all the choices a Florida seafood restaurant should have...

Walt's has all the choices a Florida seafood restaurant should have fresh and clean and cooked to perfection any way you like it. The Tripletail Oscar on the lunch special today was heavenly as were the asparagus served on top and redskin potatoes (my choice for side).

My partner got the King Crab legs and they were sweet and meaty and perfect!

S Alger

Walt’s Fish Market has been one of my favorite restaurants for years!

Walt’s Fish Market has been one of my favorite restaurants for years! Great service and amazing food. Every time I’m in Sarasota I look forward to joining my friends at Walt’s for delicious hush puppies, OB shrimp, and crab legs! They are always so busy, for good reason, but definitely worth a wait.

L Walker

Food is excellent and staff is always very helpful and friendly.

Food is excellent and staff is always very helpful and friendly. Prices are not bad. You would expect their menu to include only seafood, but they actually have a nice variety ( even churrasco!). Service is pretty fast and they have tons of parking space. I'm definitely coming back soon.

T T

Fabulous crab cakes and peel and eat shrimp!

We went 2x for dinner this week and a 3rd time for carryout,. fabulous crab cakes and peel and eat shrimp! When we picked up our carryout and got it home we had the wrong order,the excellent manager made everything all right with exquisite customer care and flawless service recovery, we will be back again and again!

M Melms

One of my all time favorite seafood spots

One of my all time favorite seafood spots. It's been open for 100-years. I always get the original Sarasota seafood plater. The stuffed crab is the best... Mild and awesome texture. Lisa was our waitress tonight and as always the service and food was superb!

I

Awesome place

Awesome place. They been in business for 100 years as a fish house and now they added a tiki bar. Eric, Gabby and Francis were amazing bartenders! Seafood is fresh never frozen. Great drinks. Very clean. They have great prices on Florida seafood.

R Wyatt

Not enough words to describe how FANTASTIC everything was

Not enough words to describe how FANTASTIC everything was... from food to service to management making sure we were OK... can't wait to return ...Steve is phenomenal!!

H Sandburg

A great Seafood Restaurant

A great Seafood Restaurant extremely fresh from the gulf! Plus you can also take some seafood home and prepare it!!

J Jenn

I’ll be back!

Ok, just finished a fish sandwich from this place at it was a ten.....Licking my fingers as i type. The kitchen is also very clean. I’d go here if u want a sure thing. The Coleslaw was also amazing... kinda like eating real light juicy pasta.. creamy light and crunchy.. I’ll be back. If there were more seafood restaurants like this I don’t know what I’d do.

C B

Kind attitudes and awesome service!

Many thanks to all staff for your kind attitudes and awesome service! Hard to find a place that offers a gluten free menu, and oh my so delicious! Right around the corner from my cottage, I can grab take-out or hang there without fighting for a parking spot. Alas, I am moving South and will miss you terribly, but will always direct anyone looking for a fine dining experience in a fun and casual environment your way. Thank you!

S Kuster

Place was amazing!

Place was amazing! Have lived in Sarasota since 1990 and finally got in here to try thinga out. I had lunch with my kids and and had a wonderful time. Food was amazing and loved the atmosphere! Very much look forward to coming back

M Niemczak

What a superb experience!!

What a superb experience!! Took my Grandma for her 72nd bday and we had a blast! The customer service was great and the food was delicious! And There was awesome live music!! I definitely recommend this plac

J Guglielmo

DELICIOUS. FANTASTIC FOOD.

DELICIOUS. FANTASTIC FOOD. I had the Cracker Basket- the frog legs were out so they had to substitute with scallops, but they were literally the best scallops I've ever had so I was delighted. The complimentary dip and crackers was tasty. Great gluten free menu. I only had one drink which was a Moscow mule- normally my favorite drink to order but somewhat ho hum here. Wonderful family restaurant, with a great history.

S Jimenez

I had a wonderful experience

Walt's Fish Market is in Sarasota on the Tamiami Trail it was 2015 when I ate there.

I had a wonderful experience the atmosphere was great and my seafood was awesome! I highly recommend this place for seafood!

I can't wait to go back!

T Hussong

Great old school joint that lives up to the rep

Great old school joint that lives up to the rep ,fantastic service fresh seafood and love the Florida White IPA perfect with the fare had crab cake,tuna,prawn cocktail and oysters ,maybe a sharper knife and a little more love to the bivalve presentation wise but other than that a must stop if you are in the vicinity.

K Shaw

Walt’s is our favorite spot in Sarasota

Walt’s is our favorite spot in Sarasota - we love sitting outside in the chickee hut. From the music (Desi on Thurs!) to the service and most definitely the food - Walt’s is the perfect spot for a weekday dinner, a meal at the bar or an energetic weekend dinner with friends.

A Heath

I've been a customer at Walt's Fish Market for almost 30 years.

I've been a customer at Walt's Fish Market for almost 30 years. The fish market has always offered a great selection of fresh fish and other seafood. The restaurant has developed from a semi fast food style place with food in foam containers to more of a gourmet seafood joint and the food and service is outstanding. Top marks to the staff and chef.

T D

An impressive seafood market

The seafood is all local catch from local fishermen from the Gulf and the fish is by far some of the freshest I've had in any restaurant establishment in Florida.

The outside of the restaurant is very surprising and not what you expect once you step inside. Some of the best dishes I've had at the restaurant are the clam chowder, the steamer dishes when they're in season, and the cobia steaks.
The swordfish steaks were good, but some of my other favorites were the oysters, and a local white fish I haven't heard of before and the name currently escapes me.

The restaurant is not what you would expect from the outside, but when you're inside you get a busy friendly atmosphere that has 100 years of history behind it, and an impressive seafood market counter with all the fresh catches from the day.

M Walsh

A place you shouldn't miss.

Great casual restaurant, with a great atmosphere, low prices and amazing food. The wait staff was super friendly, the food arrived quickly and tasted amazing. We also got a piece of delicious key lime pie for my mother's birthday. All in all, a place you shouldn't miss.

J Nielsen

Delicious fresh caught fish

Delicious fresh caught fish and by fresh caught they mean same day! Alot of places say fresh fish they take that literally. Excellent service in an authentic Florida themed restaurant. They also have a fish market as the name suggests. I highly recommend this place!

D Simon

Great atmosphere, service and amazing food!!

Great atmosphere, service and amazing food!! The patio is nicely decorated, you truly feel like you're on vacation. Inside the store/restaurant is also great and they do a great job keeping it from smelling fishy. We come back here every year...one of our favorite places!

Y N

Freshest fish ever

We love walt's... it is my favorite restaurant in Sarasota maybe Florida maybe anywhere.. freshest fish ever only place fresher is if you caught and cleaned it on the boat your self... amazing spin on shrimp and grits...owwwman so so good

B O

Hands down greatest seafood Restaurant i ever been too.

Hands down greatest seafood Restaurant i ever been too. Been in fla. 45 years plus .this place makes want to move to Sarasota. Prices reasonable Brittney margarita 10 hands down. Thank you Frances Gabby and Eric for the awesome attendive service. You r all a 10 star server. Thk u so much.

M Medrano

amazing food!

Even on a packed, busy Saturday night, we received the most warm, personable service and not to mention amazing food. I recommend specifically the alligator dinner basket! Great restaurant.

S Alexander

I am so glad I gave it a try

Walt was highly recommended to me by a local and I am so glad I gave it a try I've been back a couple of times when I'm in town, If you wanna get a good yummy fried seafood platter this is definitely the place to go I thought it was absolutely delicious and the service was good as well. parking is a little difficult

R Wells

The best stuffed flounder I’ve ever had

The best stuffed flounder I’ve ever had with potatoes! My husband loved the mahi mahi and he doesn’t like fish very much. We love the family history of this place & the fact they catch their seafood daily! They have a wide variety on the menu and we will be back!

M Anderson

Some of the best seafood in Florida!..

Some of the best seafood in Florida!..fresh, fresh, fresh with daily specials..fish dip is the best..smokey..not fishy..take some home every visit. Market has wonderful assortment of seafood..5 stars!!

B Stein

reat prices and good sized portions too!

Was looking for a place to eat lunch at before we visit Sarasota for the first time. My sister brought this up on the map and the reviews were good so we decided to give it a shot. We were not disappointed!! The food was great and the service was great. The customer service was A1! Great prices and good sized portions too!

R Flowers

EVERYTHING was delicious.

Went here during a recent vacation. EVERYTHING was delicious. They run their own boats, so the fish is super fresh. The live music was a nice touch, and didn't overpower table conversations. Can be a busy place, but for 1-3 people you might be able to be seated immediately if you are willing to sit at the bar counters.

R Kallal

Great family owned local restaurant.

Great family owned local restaurant. Food was fresh and had that homemade taste. Wil definitely be on the list to stop at next time we are in town. Reasonable prices for the amount of food you get. Staff is friendly.

J Roberts

Some of the freshest seafood around.

Some of the freshest seafood around. As a crab/lobster fan myself, I can eat their crab cakes, lobster bisque, and 1 1/2 pounds of King Crab legs all day. If you've got a sweet tooth, the Creme Brule is the perfect way to end an already epic meal.

A N

Terrific food with friendly, attentive staff.

Terrific food with friendly, attentive staff. Bit of a wait but worth it and live music while we waited. The seafood scampi is enough for two and it was exceptional but so was everything else.

S Shields

Service good and very fast.

Had fried grouper cheeks, corn on the cob, cobia fish tacos. Parking no problem, service good and very fast. Grab a menu, find a seat, go to the counter and order. Freshest fish possible unless you catch and prepare your own. We loved it!

J Walker

One of the best seafood experiences of mine and my wife's life.

One of the best seafood experiences of mine and my wife's life. We are from Maryland, so seafood is nothing new to us. This was easily some of the best seafood around and the old bay style is definitely MD approved!

T Seay

Best margarita in town!

best margarita in town! I can't say enough good things about this place. Seafood is always fresh and delicious, Margaritas are well made. Customer service is excellent. Parking can be a little tricky but well worth it.

Beach Girl

The food here is amazing and very tasty!

The food here is amazing and very tasty! Would definitely recommended this place for lunch or dinner! The service was great and our waitress, Delaney, I believe, was excellent and was quick to help. The prices are about equal to the amount of food brought. Had a great time here.

R K

Seriously, eat here. Several times.

I always eat here too many times when I'm in Sarasota. Soft shell crab sandwich.....oh yum. Plus loads of everything else, all great. If ordering prepared food, you should call ahead. The flounder is good. The dip is surprisingly delicious. Seriously, eat here. Several times.

G Lengacher

We love Walt's.

We love Walt's. We loves it even more when it was a hole in the wall and we could walk in and get a table with no wait. Now the secret is out and everybody knows what we've known for the past 25 years. Walt's is awesome.

A Z

A great experience

I have been to the restaurant several times and always had a great experience. Today, I was driving by and decided to stop at the Market to see what was fresh. WOW, I chose the King Salmon. I grilled it with a little Cajun spice. Best piece of fish I have ever had. BTW, I am an ex-chef

Talk to the folks at the fish counter, they will take GREAT care of you.

Thanks Walt's, keep up the good work :)

C Charlton

Walt's is THE seafood restaurant/fish monger of Sarasota.

Walt's is THE seafood restaurant/fish monger of Sarasota. They've been around forever, I believe three generations. They're known for the gratis smoked mullet spread, that should have an addiction warning on it (yes, you can buy it in bulk to-go). When they have it, the lionfish bites are amazing, but the shark bites are an excellent fallback. Everything is fresh, so you won't be disappointed.

J O'Connor

Food was excellent and fresh.

Great atmosphere. There was a live singer the night we were there. Food was excellent and fresh. Wide variety to choose from but we choose to try the Justin's steamed seafood pot. Excellent choise by the way. We will definitely be back.

Steven E

Seafood was fresh and the service was great.

Seafood was fresh and the service was great. The place has been in operation in the same spot for years. Will definitely make a point to stop by again next trip down.

K Wates

The freshest fish you can find.

The freshest fish you can find. It's the only market/restaurant in Sarasota area. Get here early!!! We arrived at 6pm and it was an hour and 10 min wait but it was absolutely worth the wait. If you want sea food this is THE place to have it

C Johnson

The food here is wonderful.

The food here is wonderful. Fresh fish and other sea life all available for a surprisingly low price. You can go to other lower quality sea food place and pay way more. The food was very quick to arrive even when the store is full. The atmosphere is that of most similar shops, but the location has a nice history. The outdoor seating is even heated. Overall, great place.

L

One of our best dinners in Sarasota

My wife and I had a delightful dinner last evening at Walt 's Fish Market Restaurant and Tiki Bar. We decided to have an early dinner at the advice of locals due to its popularity. We were not disappointed. The meal was great. Surf and Turf, Clam Chowder, Shrimp Cocktail and of course, the ubiquitous Key Lime Pie. Our server Jeff was terrific, professional and courteous. One of our best dinners in Sarasota. I highly recommend this spot.

David A.

That sous chef could WIN Top Chef.

That sous chef could WIN Top Chef. If you do not watch that program, let me put it this way. Most coconut fried shrimp are heavy on the batter and over cooked. This was actually DELICATE and I did not order the shrimp. I ordered the Grouper which was amazing. I have never gotten an overcooked bite. This is the best seafood in town. Period. And they are very nice too. Go. Early, because otherwise you will wait in season. GREAT, not fancy, just fabulous fresh fish cooked to perfection.

T Mason

We were DELIGHTED

We had oysters and they were DELICIOUS! We had them raw and I had a fried oyster sandwich that was amazing. The Shrimp cocktail was also really good. We were DELIGHTED to have stumbled upon this great find in Sarasota

B Synon

Can't say enough how much I love this place

Can't say enough how much I love this place. We come here every now and again to indulge in the best seafood Sarasota has to offer. If you like margaritas, get the Linda's margarita. You will not be disappointed. The hogfish is amazing too! While you wait for your drinks they serve you a complimentary smoked mullet dip with saltine crackers and it is absolutely amazing. The peel and eat shrimp are good, and honestly you can't go wrong with any choice of seafood on the menu!

L R

This place is a Sarasota tradition

Got stone crab and mullet dip at the fish Market. Crab was very fresh since they run their own boats. Their mullet dip is fantastic, they serve it as appetizer with all their meals in the restaurant side and we have been taking home ever since our first visit. This place is a Sarasota tradition, if you want the freshest seafood in a fun environment EAT HERE.

B Firth

Everything is grea!

Love Walt's Fish Market!! Everything is great... food, service and atmosphere!! We are from PA and everytime we visit we have to go to Walt's... that's a must!!

C Horn

I really enjoy coming here!

Just darn good... A name I've recognised for the entire 45 years I've lived in Sarasota. Great vibe and good food. I really enjoy coming here with my wife or entire family.

G Switzer

The food is fantastic!

What is there not to love about this restaurant? The food is fantastic! My gumbo was mouth watering perfection. Everything I ate that day was phenomenal. I will say that the servers need a bit of work. They seem all over the place and unorganized.

K Adolphin

This place rocks!!

This place rocks!! The people are very friendly, the live music is really groovy, lots of beer, especially Guiness on tap, and the food is excellent!!

K Livesey

I don't know how they do it!

Every dish I have had here has been by far AMAZING! I don't know how they do it! Kind of mad I didn't know about this place sooner! Friendly staff, cool bar.

Beware there is always a high wait time and parking sucks but the food it so worth it!

H Cortman

What a great place to eat!

What a great place to eat! I came here to get shark because my uncle said they sold shark but they do not. However, alligator was on my bucket list and they do make some good alligator bites. I'm not from this area, I'm from across the country. While waiting amy came over and was super friendly and we talked about what i should eat.

She recommended frog legs to help Aleve my shark bucket list. Amy was a really pretty and friendly girl and that always helps for business. If I was a local I would come here more often. Also would like to mention that the manager was very professional because I heard him dealing with an upset customer and he did everything right. Also Amy mentioned how nice Stacy was and Stacy happened to be the server. She did an excellent job as well. She brought out a lobster to show my younger cousin the live lobster...very cool!!

J Boty

Bring your catch and they'll cook it! Love Walt's!!!

The complementary smoked fish spread is yummy and for the 1st time, today i did not order my fave...the crab cakes. I had sashimi and man, oh man, it did NOT disappoint! Linda's margarita is a MUST from this 100 yr old restaurant....bring your catch and they'll cook it! Love Walt's!!!

A Spencer

Good food and a fun environment.

Good food and a fun environment. The prices were very good as well. I had the pound and a half of snow crab. It sounds simple but the fries and hushpuppies were very good.

K Smoot

Everything was excellent.

This was our second time here brought the daughter and son in law this time, everything was excellent. Will definitely be a regular stop any time we are down for vacation..

J Miller

A must!

A must! Freshest and best selection! Amazing and creative specials! Fantastic service and a truly kind and friendly staff. Don’t miss this! Scamp and grouper and halibut are amazing.

A Garrett

By far the best seafood I have ever had!

Wow! By far the best seafood I have ever had! We had the stone crab and king crab dinners. Both were simply fabulous. Plus our server (Nicole) was amazing. I see why the restaurant is packed every night.

D VanBrackel

Fun casual dining experience with great food, service and prices

Fun casual dining experience with great food, service and prices. Easy access off main road, but parking is tight at peak hours. I live in this area and eat here often.

J G

Their tuna dip is to die for!

OMG! This place is one of my favorite! Their tuna dip is to die for! I always order fish with rice and fresh veggies . They have pretty good fish selections and they are fresh! Price is totally worth it . Plus awesome and good-looking servers! 👌

M Sumila

This is a must eat place

Have came down from Ohio for the last couple years and this is a must eat place. We don't leave without eating there, it's my favorite. Everything is delicious and fresh.

C Pergram

Would happily go there everyday

Love this place. Would happily go there everyday. The food is amazing as well as the ambience. Bonus is the live music.

R Jasmin

The food was very delicious

the food was very delicious we came like about 11 months ago ...and we went last night n the food still yummy we sure recommend this place to everyone if u on vacation

C Cardona

YUMMM...5 stars!

Love the baked cod and steamed vegies when I want to eat healthy. When I dont I love the fish and schips with the smoked fish spread on crackers. Either way YUMMM...5 stars!

R Marino

This place is amazing!

This place is amazing! The stone crab is super good and the service is very fast. We sat at the bar and delaney was our waitress! She was so caring! You have to stop at this place if you are around the area!

K Bruno

This is a Hidden Gem.

They have fresh seafood. They're roasted potatoes are fresh and they're fresh vegetables are beautiful. This is a Hidden Gem. Everybody has to come here. Don't miss it. And they have outside Tiki Bar

L Duchesneau

I just love going to Walts,

I just love going to Walts, there usually is a wait but it has never been very long and they give you a very tasty fish spread and crackers to enjoy while you wait. They have a full Bar for those that like that but the best part is the delicious food, I haven't eaten anything I haven't liked so far. My favorite is the fresh caught fish blackened with grilled asparagus and a baked potato. Yummmmm it's making me hungry just talking about it.

A Kooyman

Such a great experience

Such a great experience, meal, our waiter Ross was excellent and thank you Eric for getting me a koozie to take home to Illinois. You won’t be disappointed when choosing Walt’s :)

S Johnson

The food was amazing

I went here with my family of 6. Outside there is a small bar that you can order drinks at while you are waiting for your table. The food was amazing and service was quick for 6 people.

M Orbell

This is a great place to get FRESH fish.

This is a great place to get FRESH fish. The smoked mullet dip is wonderful. Staff is friendly local and the prices are more than fair.

P Carlton

Great food, staff, and music is hard to beat!

Walt's Fish Market is always a great place to eat and relax. Great food, staff, and music is hard to beat! We have been coming here for over 40+ years.

K Ehlers

Love Walt's, fresh fish!

Love Walt's, fresh fish, usually caught last night or same day. Prices can be a little high, but to us it is worth it knowing how fresh the food is. Mullet spread is out of this world. Favorite is blackened scamp with vegetables. Decor is not fancy, but I'm there for the food, not the design.

Tricia B

The fish was fresh and delicious!

We got fresh fish here to cook at home. My husband went in to get it and said they had excellent service. The fish was fresh and delicious!

D Bell

Highly recommend!

Great restaurant within a few minutes drive to Siesta Key without the Siesta Key inflated prices. True Florida vibe eatery. Definitely recommend the coconut shrimp and the fresh catch of the day ceviche. Highly recommend!

K

The seafood is fresh and the prices reasonable.

Always a great place to eat. The seafood is fresh and the prices reasonable. The staff is always friendly and happy to see ya. They are often busy which is also a good sign that their food is well liked by lots of locals.
H S P

Always impressed at the freshness of the fish and friendliness and courtesy of the staff.

In addition to always being impressed at the freshness of the fish and friendliness and courtesy of the staff, we recently picked out and had them cook a whole fish for my Dad's birthday and could not have been more pleased with the result. The fish available was extremely fresh, the staff including the fish monger, manager and chef could not have been more helpful, nice and knowledgeable and the resulting cooked fish was beautiful and delicious, the presentation was amazing and the fish was cooked beautifully and it made the birthday very very special.

We are much much impressed and appreciative to all involved. Could not recommend them more highly and are so grateful to all

B Joslin

We will definitely be back again.

Loved this place! Can't think of why it took us so long to find it! Hush puppies were perfect, love the Chilean Sea bass, the grouper. We will definitely be back again.
Updated 1 year later to add that we still love this restaurant. Just had the blackened scamp and veggies. Absolutely delicious!

J Suger

A great seafood place to eat.

Great food and great service. The food was delicious and plenty of it too. A great seafood place to eat. We will go back again.

D Sines

This place is amazing!!

This place is amazing!! We eat here for dinner and sometimes get fresh fish to take home to cook and to make sushi. It is always good and fresh, I've never had a bad meal here and have been more times than I can count

J Hart

Always been impressed with the quality and consistency!

Been here multiple times and every thing was perfect and fresh every time! We always take visitors and family here and have always been impressed with the quality and consistency of the dishes. Thanks Walt's, we'll be back every chance we get.

L Shortridge

Freshest seafood on the west coast!!

Freshest seafood on the west coast!! Great restaurant and fish market. I have not had anything on their menu that wasn't excellent. Their blue crab is fresh and delicious. We bought fresh jumbo lump to take home with us, and I think it was the best we've EVER had!!

F S

Such a great experience,

Such a great experience, kids love the fresh seafood counter to see everything and the food is delicious. Very kind and helpful staff!

D Callahan

It’s her favorite restaurant!

My grandmother never raves about any restaurant but she raved about Walt’s. She’s already told the whole family it’s her favorite restaurant!

A Mendoza

I think it's the best seafood in town.

I think it's the best seafood in town. Really great variety on the menu. But highly recommend Walts if you're in the area.

R Marks

A local hangou

Great food seems like a local hangout which speaks volumes as there are so many places that serve seafood around that area this is where they choose to come.

M Rogers

Best restaurant in town.

Best restaurant in town. Servers are really nice and have a lot of knowledge. Chef Rigo always surprise me with amazing specials. The tropical colada is to die for. CNT wait to go back

T Alejandro

If u like fresh catch, great service & good food Walt's is a must try for you!

We go weekly after dr. appts & grocery shopping. It's across street from Trader Joe's so very convenient to have lunch at Walt's. We had lunch there today. You're always given a small bowl of fresh mullet spread & crackers & its tasty (yes mullet) when u are seated. Today we tried flounder sandwiches $9 with 1 side.

I had breaded w/side of roasted rosemary taters, hubs had grilled & side of breaded okra. We ordered hush puppies to start $4. Creme brulee for dessert $5. Service is always great at Walt's. We eat out under the tiki hut & w/ceiling fans it's not too hot. Many FRESH fish to choose from & we always buy fresh grouper inside at fish market to take home & grill.

The guys behind fish market counter know their stuff & happy to give you ideas on how to prep/cook seafood. If u like fresh catch, great service & good food Walt's is a must try for you!

M Woods

They are doing it right.

If someone is in business for over 100 years they are doing it right. Along with the multipage menu, there is a seafood counter that you can select from and for $5 they will cook it for you.

S BArton

The smoked mullet fish dip is legendary

Walt's has been a fresh seafood joint in Sarasota forever... sit at the tiki bar outside and enjoy occasional live music and friendly staff. It gets crowded in season, so be aware that there can be a wait... but the fried shrimp is always amazing, best ever! Oh, and the smoked mullet fish dip is legendary. Be careful not to fill up on that before your entree arrives!

S Baar

Great selection of truly fresh seafood

Excellent! Great service! Reasonably priced. Great selection of truly fresh seafood. Great casual environment for big family's or groups.

J Methum

Best fish market and restaurant ever.

Best fish market and restaurant ever. Their fish is caught every day by their own boats. Service both market and restaurant is fabulous

Robert U

Favorite seafood restaurant in Sarasota.

Favorite seafood restaurant in Sarasota. Highest quality food, excellent service, and great live music outside at the tiki bar. Red Snapper was delicious, as were the shrimp dishes and crab cakes. Love this place!

C Wright

Don’t hesitate about going here—-Run—

I really enjoy this restaurant.When you put in an order,it’s like your the only person in the world.Love that.Very knowledgeable of menu and variety of dishes available.Don’t hesitate about going here—-Run—

S Roche

simply the freshest high quality fish around.

What can I say, simply the freshest high quality fish around. The food is great! The only problem is that everyone thinks as I do so it can be hard to find a parking spot during lunch and dinner times of day.

J Collier

Everything is delicious!!!!

Lobster bisque!!!!! That's my weakness, for those of you who are trying to break me down to take advantage of me!!!!! Everything is delicious!!!! Fresh seafood of your choosing, and they'll cook it, or fry it up for you....another landmark, see you there maybe!!!😎

L W

The food is as fresh as they say

Jeff and Dalaney took GREAT care of us, especially my 7 year old and catered to our needs as well as helped saving us money!! We stayed in town for a week and my son made us come here 3 times!! The food is as fresh as they say, we went to two other places in town and nothing compared. This will be planned into the next vacation we take and highly suggest coming here!!

C Baker

WELL WORTH every minute.

This place is definitely popular (judging by the wait list) but it is WELL WORTH every minute. The food was excellent, we sat at the cozy tiki bar rail and our waiter Mike was also excellent, clearing our dirty plates at exactly the right time and bringing our drink refills, and knowledgeable about the menu and prices. Definitely recommend this place!

S Dixon

Great food.

Great food. Long wait, but well worth it. We were hoping that when all the tourists left it would be easier to get seated. Not the case. The hush puppies that are brought out durring the wait make it a little better.

T B

ALWAYS GOOD!

ALWAYS GOOD! If you love seafood don't waste your time going anywhere else. Not much else say... Walt's is the best.

D D

My husband's favorite restaurant in Sarasota!

My husband's favorite restaurant in Sarasota! He loves the fresh fish. I suggest you get to the place early (4:30-5:30). It's packed! Parking becomes an issue but I guess the foods worth it!

C Greenblott

Best Fish House in Sarasota.

Best Fish House in Sarasota. Whatever you get its the best in SRQ.

M C

Excellent fish selection.

Excellent fish selection. Nice decor and live music. Wait staff was very helpful. It can get busy so expect a wait (but trust me, it's worth it).

D

Absolutely Delicious!

Absolutely Delicious! Great fresh seafood. Everything came out hot and fast. Good service and excellent food. We'll be back for sure.

M C

This is my local place since the early 70's

This is my local place since the early 70's and it's always had the best seafood any where in this town and it still has nt changed ..Lou our outside bartender was sssooooo awesome she accommodating with the menu and made it that much easier love her you need more of her.

M Thompson

The customer service was great

Market opens at 9, all of the seafood appeared to be very fresh. The customer service was great. The cashier even offered a bag of ice to go with the scallops I ordered in case I had a long drive

R Werdell

Top notch seafood at an incredible price.

Top notch seafood at an incredible price. Service was through the roof. I'm a Chef for a living and this is the only restaurant I've ever at eaten twice while vacationing. Absolutely
without a doubt dine at Walt's; you will not be disappointed.

C Hubbard

Best Sea Food around

As always the Best Sea Food around don't go anywhere else..Many years coming here great place..

F Montoya

I have never been so impressed!!!

In town from out of state for vacation/my birthday and how this place is not rated #1 or 2 in town is beyond me!! We have visited a few seafood places here so far and I can honestly say after my years of waitressing, I have never been so impressed!!! We went yesterday night (Thursday) and when we arrived we knew it was about a 40min wait but we were lucky enough to sit at the bar and have Lou and Eric wait on us. They were very patient, took the time to answer our questions, we never felt rushed, and they were slammed as well.

I could not believe how well they managed it and the other servers in the bar area had good attitutes and even smiled as well. We even had some fun with them as well with the shanagens going on. The food took a little while although, they were sure to communicate that with us as well. We completely understood the kitchen was backed up and again Lou and Eric were on top of it!! They made sure everything was good and checked on us multiple times!

We even were lucky enough to have some other friendly people sitting next to us as well. We also loved how cool this place was with the laid back atmosphere and the seafood you could purchase from the case. They had heaters too and I like how open it is and its a local spot so even better!! When we come back to town we will definitely visit again!!! I would definitely recommend this place. It's the most fun going out to eat I have EVER had!!! Everything was great!!! Portions were good, food quality was good, and all around just great!! Thank you!!!

D G

Awesome lunch

This was an awesome lunch, one of the best mixed seafood grills in recent memory. we stumbled on it as we passed by. the service, top notch, the food awesome and pricing more than fair. You love fresh sea food, try this out. We will be back.

D Gray

Can't say enough good stuff about Walt's!!!

Can't say enough good stuff about Walt's!!! I've been going here since I was a kid and the quality is still top notch! They have the best fish dip around and its complementary!!! Can't wait to go back!!!

Kirk L

Seafood is very fresh and tastes great.

Seafood is very fresh and taste great. I like they they provide you with an article explaining the family business history. The staff and service makes you feel welcomed.

A Barreto

Surf-n-turf was amazing.

Surf-n-turf was amazing. Presentation was top notch. The filet mignon was the best I've ever had. Lobster stuffing on top with a bed of crisp properly done asparagus. Perfection! Best meal of my vacation.

P David

One of our very favorites.

One of our very favorites. Great local family restaurant with much local fresh seafood. Cool owner and pride in what they do combined with great local seafood and hospitality makes for a great experience.

A Courter

 

5 stars for the food, drinks, and service!

5 stars for the food, drinks, and service. I must say good luck when it comes to parking. Seriously....good luck! But that is the sign of a good restaurant and I'd be a fool if I rated them anything less than a 5 for it.

The wait time I believe was an hour on a Saturday evening, but the company at the bar made that fly by. We sat inside the restaurant and instantly you can smell the fish market inside, it was amazing. Our waitress was from the area where everyone in my group was originally from so that made easy conversation.

I had the blackened grouper with green beans and rice. There wasn't too much blackened seasoning which is perfect for me, I like to taste the seasoning and fish at the same time. We will be vacationing in the Sarasota area every year since we have family down here so we will definitely be back to Walt's again.

J Martin

Contact Us

Walt's Fish Market Restaurant
4144 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 921-4605

Hours

9:00 am to 10:00 pm
Monday - Sunday
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