Monks Steamer Bar

Oh how I miss Monks Steamer Bar!

I’ve been having dreams. Cravings. Unstoppable thoughts about giant garlic buttered shrimp; big, firm crab legs; plates of glorious, well prepared seafood at prices I can actually afford…..

monk1It all started in March 2015 when I went out to Happy Hour with a friend and we ended up at this quiet, “working mans” bar in Gulf Gate Florida. Nothing fancy, just cheap drinks, attentive wait-staff, and their claim to fame—great steamed seafood.

The menu is up on chalkboard. We had to do a double take looking at the prices. I ordered their two pounds of luscious steamed mussels for $9. We watched as they were prepared right there behind the bar by a dedicated bartender/steamer. They were fresh, perfectly seasoned, and downright amazing.

That plate was so impressive, I had to go back and try their other items. Several times.Monk2

How about these beauties—one dozen amazing butter/garlic peel and eat shrimp only $6.95/dozen.



Look at these beautiful top shelf Raw Oysters—And Monks is famous for their Oyster Monkafellas—steamed with garlic butter and Parmesan cheese— oooh la la!



Crawfish, Little Neck Clams, Snow Crab Legs and Smoked Sausage, it’s all fantastic! Of course their prices have to flex a little with the market, but there’s no doubt they strive to offer great food at a very reasonable price.

One of Gulf Gate Sarasota’s best kept secrets, Monks Steamer Bar boasts some of the yummiest fresh steamed seafood you’ll find on Florida’s west coast. They’re easy to get to, casual, friendly, and reasonably priced, with indoor and outdoor seating, live music on the weekends, and a great Happy Hour from 4 – 6 every single day!

Like fresh seafood?

—then Get Shuckin’ over to Monks Steamer Bar!

Worth a try for any seafood enthusiast. I love this place and you will too!

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  1. ooh, gotta get some shrimp!

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