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Shells

#83 of 1,896 Restaurants in Tampa
#85 of 2,090 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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 40
    Excellent
  • 27
    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
Nice Staff

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
J S
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Tampa, Florida
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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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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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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 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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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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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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Land O Lakes, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Seven of us ate here. The restaurant accommodated us with no problem and the service was very good. Several of us had clam chowder which is always wonderful. Just loaded with clams. The shrimp dishes are very good. A couple had coconut shrimp. One had fried shrimp. And a couple had shrimp tacos. We always enjoy eating here.

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Saint Cloud, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Awesome shrimp pasta, but was disappointed they no longer included a salad w/their lunch menu. We really enjoyed that, as we knew it wasn't w/the dinner menu. Either way, if you enjoy seafood &/or pasta, go get it!

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Finding Shells close to our hotel was a stroke of good luck! First we ordered a cup of clam chowder, I don't like clam chowder but I tasted my boyfriend's, so now I have to say I do like clam chowder but only at Shells. The cup was a big bowl! We had the lobster and amberjack, they were delicious,... More 

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Additional Information about Shells

Address: 202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
Phone Number: (813) 875-3467
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
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
Average Prices: USD 20

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
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?