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Shells

#148 of 2,049 Restaurants in Tampa
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202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
(813) 875-3467
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 33
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  • 25
    Very good
  • 13
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Very good food and selection

This location doesn't look like much from the outside, but we were very happy we went. Very casual inside. Started with the fish spread. It had chunks of fish in it and was very tasty. Also had some raw oysters, steamed clams and grouper. The grouper was cooked perfectly. Everything was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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USA
Top Contributor
214 reviews 214 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This location doesn't look like much from the outside, but we were very happy we went. Very casual inside. Started with the fish spread. It had chunks of fish in it and was very tasty. Also had some raw oysters, steamed clams and grouper. The grouper was cooked perfectly. Everything was delicious. Good service too.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Absolutely one of the best seafood restaurants in Florida. Never been disappointed at any of the locations I have visited. This one in Tampa is the original. Affordable and WAY better than the popular national chain seafood place. Relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. HIGHLY recommend for any seafood lovers.

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Naperville, Illinois
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98 reviews 98 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Came here because of other reviews found on tripadvisor. Very inviting casual environment. Lunch specials seem to range between $7-$10. The famous clam chowder was only an extra $1.99 for a rather large cup/bowl of chowder! The chowder was thick, very flavorful and full of clams. The coconut chicken was very moist and sooooo coconut flavored which I love so... More 

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Middelburg, The Netherlands
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Stumbled across Shells @East Fowler Ave in Tampa. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, excellent food, good collection of beers on tap.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is our first stop when we landed in tampa. I'm not big fish eater so our server suggested salmon Felix. I was in heaven with this meal. we also got conch fritters to share those were awesome too. the service was amazing our server was very attentive and always kept our glasses full.

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Magazine, Arkansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Good casual restaurant, great blackened mahi mahi. Even the 5oz portion was enough to fill me up without overeating. Another guy got pasta, and the serving size was enormous! I went after a run in workout clothes and the servers didn't bat an eye, although I felt only slightly under-dressed. The service was prompt and friendly, and my drink never... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Great food for the whole family. The customer service was outstanding and the food was delicious. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

We were looking for a casual seafood place in Tampa before heading back to the airport and this place fit the bill. It's certainly not a fancy, fine dining experience, but it was a decent meal at a reasonable place. We were there for lunch and ordered off the lunch menu. Plenty of options to choose from. My husband was... More 

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Nyack, NY
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144 reviews 144 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A first time visitor will find this a decent eatery with very good service and very fresh fish. Nothing creative on the menu but the quality of the food balances that out. The broiled scallop and shrimp plate was excellent. The grouper sandwich was more than satisfying and the signature pasta dishes quite tasty. Desserts were decadent..the seven layer chocolate... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Real Garlic Bread! Not sliced bread with a dish of oil, thank you. My husband had the fresh oysters on the half shell appetizer and the Diablo penne pasta with shrimp. I ordered the Scallops and shrimp linguine in a creamy wine garlic sauce. Just the right amount of garlic, soooo good. More than I could eat. We also had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: (813) 875-3467

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?