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Shells

#72 of 1,907 Restaurants in Tampa
#73 of 2,102 Places to Eat 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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 42
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Pretty Good for Average

We had a party of eight, and they staff was very good with service and refills, etc. Portions were ample. With that many people, we had a variety of items from the menu, and everyone thought the food was good. Six people were from Tennessee so they are not fortunate enough to be around seafood... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
Konasmother
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Englewood, Florida
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Canton, Ohio
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Loved this place. Got the lobster and it was super cheap! Service was great. Beer from a local brewery was great! Would absolutely go back. They DO NOT CLOSE at 8. It is 10 or later even on weekends! We almost didn't go because the site said they were closed!

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Englewood, Florida
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We had a party of eight, and they staff was very good with service and refills, etc. Portions were ample. With that many people, we had a variety of items from the menu, and everyone thought the food was good. Six people were from Tennessee so they are not fortunate enough to be around seafood like the other two! Thankfully,... More 

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Central Florida, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We have been fans of Shells restaurants for over 30 years! Since the one closest to us closed many years ago, we make the trek down to Tampa every so often to enjoy this one. Shrimp Scampi is the go to meal for the hubby and I enjoy the baby lobster pasta or snow crabs. Of course the clam chowder... More 

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New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We just returned from a Carnival Cruise and stayed overnight in the Tampa area. We ate dinner here on Saturday night and we loved our food. Service was very good, our waitress was named Sarah and she was very good. Definitely worth a visit.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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243 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We visited Shells a couple times recently and enjoyed it each time. The food is extremely good, the service was great (servers always very friendly--even when the restaurant is very busy) and the drinks were not watered-down. Love it! While I don't rate restaurants heavily based on their prices, I was surprised to see that Shells is not overpriced at... More 

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Newborn, Georgia
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Spend 4th July in Tampa for family reunion. Managed over the long weekend to eat twice at Shells. Once because the hotel desk said a good place for Seafood and second time because first time was so good. Had shrimp linguine first time with a dozen oysters. The second time a crab cake appetizer, almost as good as I found... More 

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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I would call the food average, but I didn't have the Fish and chips that my wife had, which was dry and overcooked and small pieces. If I were to rate it on her meal alone, I would have to give it a poor rating. My meal was better, which is why I'm giving it an average rating between both... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Found this place last year on a business trip with my boss. Returned this year with a colleague and insisted on going back. Wasn't dissapointed. Food was as good as I remembered, and Tuesdays are lobster nights. Service excellent, atmosphere was jovial. Key lime pie for dessert was not quite up to my aunt's homemade, but still good enough to... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Super nice staff and food was good first visit. Drinks were strong and portions big. We were blessed with super nice waiter during first visit. Second visit we ordered out shrimp cocktail to go. We were very surprised to find shrimp was not fresh or local. Server explained where it came from and to be honest kind of ruined it... More 

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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

My wife and I were going to take a vacation to Sarasota,Fl. But before we went on vacation, a friend of ours told us about Shells of South Tampa. This restaurant is about 5 miles from the Tampa International airport. The seafood was amazing with the best clam chowder ever! We would highly recommend Shells

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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 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?