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Shells

#245 of 2,047 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

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Decent, casual seafood place

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
greatone3800
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Wilmington, Delaware
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Middelburg, The Netherlands
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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

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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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46 reviews 46 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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139 reviews 139 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Nothing actually new about Shells, other than the menu updates that happen every so often. Staff always glad to see you, drinks just like you like them.

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Dallas, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

we had drinks which were ok but only 3.50 each. We just had apps first were the mussels wow very very good. The seafood broth I could just drink. Shrimp and crab dip was just ok chips are good. The fried clams were tasty. We should have tried the shrimp pasta. Service was excellent.

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florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Stopped by shells while visiting Tampa in December. This used to be such a busy place but that has seemed to change. I asked for what used to be one of the signature dishes at this place the shrimp scampi. After a lecture from the server that this was really just the base of all the sauces there and was... 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?