Owen’s Fish Camp: Hip, Authentic “Quintessential Southern” Seafood in Sarasota, Florida

Owens Fish Camp

Owen’s Fish Camp is a Fred Bollaci Enterprises Preferred Destination, and a must visit for authentic Southern-style seafood and cuisine in a cool, vintage Florida “Cracker” bungalow in historic Burn’s Court in Sarasota, Florida.

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Named for one of the founding fathers of Sarasota, Owen Burns, who moved to the once sleepy fishing village in 1910 and proceeded to play a pivotal role in the city’s development and transformation into an internationally-acclaimed winter resort and busy year-round community centered around Sarasota Bay and the barrier islands, Owen’s transports diners 100 years back into Florida’s past (with the bonus of air conditioning), featuring authentic locally-caught seafood (grouper, scamp grouper, snapper, and cobia, as well as fresh seafood flown in daily (including raw bar with oysters from places like Prince Edward Island, and fish from Hawaii), paired with popular sides like Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens.

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Scamp Grouper with Collard Greens and Succotash.

Burns, originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland would help develop Sarasota, including places like Golden Gate Point, today’s Burns Court, St. Armand’s Circle, Longboat Key, and more– at one time owning 75% of the current city. Burns, along with circus magnate John Ringling envisioned Sarasota and helped transform the city, leaving a lasting legacy.


Owen’s is owned by the Caragiulo family of Caragiulo’s and Shore Diner on St. Armands, and is a fun, family-friendly local’s favorite, with live music and a relaxed, “good old boy” vibe. It is recommended to come early, as it is extremely popular.

The following poem sums up what Owen’s Fish Camp is all about:

If you want a glimpse of Southern life,
Come close and walk with me;
I’ll tell you all the simple things,
That you are sure to see.
You’ll see mockingbirds and bumblebees,
Magnolia blossoms and dogwood trees;
Caterpillars on the step,
Wooden porches cleanly swept;
Watermelons on the vine,
Strong majestic Florida pines
Rocking chairs and back yard swings
Junebugs flying on a string
Collard greens and Barbecue
Fried green tomatoes,
 Fried pies and pickles too.
There’s ice cold tea that ‘s syrupy sweet,
 And cool, green grass beneath your feet;
Catfish nipping in the lake,
And fresh young boys on the make.
You’ll see all these things
And much, much more,
In a way of life, that I adore.

Patricia Neely-Dorsey

See you in Sarasota, and please tell the folks at Owen’s Fish Camp that Fred Bollaci sent you!

Owen’s Fish Camp
516 Burns Court
Sarasota, Florida 34236

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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