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Shells

202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817 (Downtown)
(813) 875-3467
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Ranked #252 of 1,961 restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Macon, Ga
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We got caught in a monsoonal downpour on the way there. Ramp we were supposed to exit on was closed, then our gps dropped us off nearly a block from the restaurant, A quick call for directions and we were there, only to sit in the car for 10 minutes waiting for the rain to subside. Once inside, food and... More

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Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
185 reviews 185 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is THE most affordable seafood restaurant I have ever experienced. I was not expecting much based on my past experiences with seafood places but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and freshness of the seafood here. The prices were unbelievably cheap and food was great! I had the seafood platter and 2 for 1 beer. I paid under... More

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Winter Park, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Service was slow...seafood we ordered when it finally go there was not that great for the price we had to pay. Go else where for seafood as they don't know how to cook it or how to serve it promptly. We won't be eating there again.

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Estero, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

What a surprise!! We happened to go there on Lobster Tuesday and were pleasantly surprised that Maine lobsters were $16.99 for 1-1/4 lbs.! We began the meal with the mussels that were so tender and cooked to perfection. We kept thinking that we were going to be disappointed with the lobsters, but we were so wrong! The lobsters were succulent... More

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New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I happened upon this place while looking for the walmart. I just saw the sign said seafood and decided that is where I would eat. I'm so glad I did. I went there on a Tuesday which just so happens to be Lobster night. For $16.99 you get a whole lobster , potatoes and cole slaw. How can you beat... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

We were waiting around, wanting to get lunch before we left for our flight back north. Wife wanted to eat seafood, so I checked online and found this place. Price was right, good for 2 kids, and luckily food was also really good. We had shrimp more than anything else that day we visited, but other things looked pretty good... More

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Palmetto, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

I hadn't been to Shells in 11 years. Not that my first visit was bad but I was visiting from out of town at the time and after I moved down here I just never lived in proximity to this or any other location. So, when I did happen to be in the area and hungry, I decided to check... More

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Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
302 helpful votes 302 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

we have been coming here since the Restaurant opened in the 1980s, and it's certainly seen a lot of changes over the last 20 years. The remodeling of the Bar and Restaurant gave it a nice new look though. We came here this time with several friends, and everybody loved the food that Crystal (a terrific server by the way)... More

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Columbus, Nebraska
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A great, laid back, casual kind of place. Enjoyed king crab legs and the highly recommended clam chowder! Loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I brought my family in for a seafood dinner. My brother was visiting from Wyoming where seafood is scarce. Jim the bartender gave us great service the seafood was fresh and tasty. The single best thing on the menu is the Chowder. When you go re it and you will be a believer!

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