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Phillippi Creek Restaurant and Oyster Bar: Iconic, 'Old Florida' seafood, with an updated twist

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In the 'Old Florida Tradition' Phillippi Creek Restaurant & Oyster Bar offers a genuine, very casual, family oriented, waterside dining experience in a rustic setting.  With indoor and outdoor dining areas and a new Tiki Bar, the Creek is large; however the physical configuration makes the space feel smaller and personal.

The menu options at the Creek are extensive. Although there are non-seafood items such as salads, burgers, chicken, and pasta, make no mistake, this menu is about fresh seafood; and plenty of it! With multiple types of preparation, the seafood is prepared just the way you like it.

For our meals we had the following:

  • Oysters on the Half Shell:  Market Price $10.00  ½ dozen Fresh shucked gulf oysters, creamy and full of liquor
  • Wahoo Ceviche Cones:  Key lime juice, sriracha, cilantro, ginger, garlic, salt, blue corn tortilla cones.  $8.95 A terrific presentation, fresh, crisp, refreshing. Very creative.
  • House Salad:  $5.50 Fresh, big portion, carrots, peas, cucumber, red cabbage.  A perfect way to start the meal.
  • Florida Cobb Salad:  Crispy grouper bits, apple-wood smoked bacon, egg, avocado, mango, Maytag bleu, Valencia orange vinaigrette.  $13.95 A great combination of flavors, colors, and textures'¦very fresh and filling.
  • Calypso Salmon Salad:  Tomatoes, cucumber, green beans, chick peas, sweet plantain, Key West vinaigrette.  $13.95 Plentiful, fresh, the soy sauce honey glaze on the moist salmon was delicious.
  • Seafood Kabob:  Shrimp, grouper, lobster, with teriyaki pineapple topping. Served with choice of french fries, baked potato or rice with hush puppies and coleslaw.  $19.95

    Veggies were firm and crisp, the grouper was amazingly sweet, shrimp and lobster fresh and moist.

  • Ahi Tuna Special:  Charbroiled or blackened.  $21.95 This piece of tuna was fresh, cooked to temperature, and very flavorful. My mouth waters just writing this description.
  • Creek combo Pot for 2: Each pot contains 2 dozen oysters, ½ lb. of shrimp, 2 ears of fresh corn, onions, celery, and fresh baked garlic bread with a choice of toppings (Snow Crab, Stone Crab Claws, Alaskan King Crab, ½ sea scallops Market Price A large pot filled with sweet, delectable steamed seafood, a great mix of flavors meant to be eaten with your hands. Finger licking goodness!
  • Key Lime Pie:  $5.95 If you like your key lime pie tart...this is the place to have it!  Good graham cracker crust.

Phillippi Creek Restaurant & Oyster Bar offers a full bar service, wide selection of beers and wines and of course soft drinks. We found the wait staffs to be very friendly, quick, efficient, and attentive making the dining experience pleasurable.

With such a long standing history and tradition in Sarasota, the Creek has cultivated a large following of loyal customers. These customers have specific expectations when visiting the restaurant. So it is always a little tricky to add new items to a menu. Keeping all of their customer favorites, the Creek added a number of special items to their summer seasonal menu: jambalaya, steak topped with shrimp, gator country fried steak, baked oyster with Neuske bacon mignonette, tuna ceviche served on plantain chips, homemade flat-bread with scallops, and shrimp fritter with homemade tartar and sriracha just to name a few.


We are often asked 'Where can we get good seafood in Sarasota?' The answer is simple, Phillippi Creek Restaurant & Oyster Bar for a taste of 'Old Florida' in a rustic, family friendly, waterside setting.  

Phillippi Creek Restaurant & Oyster Bar

5353 South Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34231


Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm