If you were to ask a local where to get great seafood in Polk County, Gary’s Oyster Bar and Seafood House would no doubt be on their list. Gary’s has been doing seafood the right way in Lake Alfred for more than 30 years! In fact, they are the oldest oyster bar in Polk County.

Oysters: Broil’ em, Steam em’, Fry em

Do you remember that scene from Forest Gump where Bubba Gump names all of the different ways you can cook shrimp, the fruit of the sea? “You can barbeque it, boil it, broil it, bake it…” the list goes on for a while, but it’s obvious Bubba knows what he’s talking about. So do the cooks at Gary’s. They specialize in fresh, broiled, steamed and fried seafood. Gary’s is also well-known for their homemade cocktail sauce, tartar sauce and salad dressings. And because everything on the menu is made to order and battered onsite, you can rest assured you aren’t being served any frozen pre-breaded fare.

The Best Place to Eat Oysters is at the Bar – Let Us Explain

Locals know that when they’ve got a hankering for oysters, there’s no better seat in the house than at the bar. Not only can you watch the Gary’s staff shuck them right in front of you, and catch a coveted view of the T.V. when you favorite sports team is playing. The bar is the only place where you can order a bucket of oysters when a dozen is just not enough. And since you can never have enough of a good thing, you should probably always order your oysters at the bar.

Gary's Oyster Bar and Seafood House
Gary's Oyster Bar and Seafood House

More Than an Oyster Bar

Aside from oysters, Gary’s carries all of your traditional seafood favorites. They even serve up local delicacies like gator, crawfish and frog legs. And don’t forget to check out their specials for a taste of something you won’t find on their everyday menu.

Not into seafood? That’s okay; Gary’s also grills some mean steaks and prime rib.

Come Just as You Are

When you walk through the door at Gary’s you’ll see eclectic decor, photos and memorabilia from the past years. This is a place to kick back and enjoy family, friends and fresh fare. Don’t worry about dressing up – come just as you are.

It’s an experience unmatched by others, and the crew at Gary's Oyster Bar & Seafood House pride themselves as a “true Florida seafood experience that the entire family will enjoy” and treat everyone like family. Stop in at Gary’s located off Hwy17 in Lake Alfred, and look no further to discover what casual Florida dining is all about!

Grapefruit Pie at Lang's Taste of Florida Cafe
Grapefruit Pie at Lang's Taste of Florida Cafe

But Wait, if You’re in the Mood for Dessert Before Dinner…

Lang’s Taste of Florida Cafe is this fantastic little restaurant down the street that serves the best grapefruit pie ever. We know, it sounds strange, but it is so good. So good even, that it has been featured on the Food Network show, Epicurious. You should check it out.

Address / Location

660 E Alfred St
Lake Alfred, FL 33850
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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5 Star Rating

I LOVE fresh Oysters on the Half Shell and when I'm in the mood to eat them fresh shucked I go to Gary's. You can get them shucked right at the bar and eat them right away. Get a bucket, with... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

A large group dined on the oysters on a Friday night. Oysters were fresh and very large. The gumbo is a family favorite as well as the clam chowder. The gumbo has a bite to it. Disappointed that they... Read Full Review

1 Star Rating

if you eat here...you will leave hungry! portions are small...very costly for what you get! disappointed! wont be back... Read Full Review

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