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Shells

#82 of 1,929 Restaurants in Tampa
#88 of 2,161 Places to Eat in Tampa
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202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
18138753467
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children
Description: Shells has been serving the Tampa Bay Area Great Casual Seafood for the...
Shells has been serving the Tampa Bay Area Great Casual Seafood for the past 30 years. We search near and far to bring you finest and freshest quality seafood at Dockside prices daily. All of our seafood is prepared fresh to order by our Seafood Experts and served in a casual friendly atmosphere that will impress your family and friends without depressing your wallet. At Shells our motto is what you eat is more important than what you wear!
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  • 49
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  • 33
    Very good
  • 15
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  • 5
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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
Good fish close to the airport

We stopped here for lunch on our way to the Tampa airport. Good food, easy parking, stopped for gas at the BP just down the road for the rental car. Easy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
teamhurst
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Atlanta, GA
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Atlanta, GA
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on our way to the Tampa airport. Good food, easy parking, stopped for gas at the BP just down the road for the rental car. Easy.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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318 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here while visiting Tampa for some crabs and we weren't disappointed! The crabs here were very good and reasonably priced. The crab cakes could have been meatier but overall, the service and the food was pretty good here!

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Thank ZexSwain
Destin, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Tampa for a week and tried Shells on Dale Mabry. Liked it so much that we visited 3 times during our stay.

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Thank Gary K
Decatur, Illinois
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here when visiting Tampa for a Buccaneers game. It was a short drive from our hotel and easy to find. We did not have to wait for a table. The service was good. The food was very good.

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Thank Ace750
Tampa, Florida
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501 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 359 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have lived in the South Tampa three years now and this is my favorite place to come grab cocktails (love the Appletini), peel and eat shrimp, large entree like Jambalaya or a salad with a seafood addition (shrimp or salmon). It is a friendly environment that has served me well and it is conveniently located just 10 minutes from... More 

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Thank Easylivingtravel
Bloomingdale, Illinois
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97 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We have dined here year's ago and always enjoyed a good meal. We took friends here and were totally disappointed. We ordered our meals, and waited almost 1/2 hr. for them to arrive. We were ready to walk out when our meals finally showed up. We did notice that no one else was being served their meals. When we expressed... More 

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Thank edward N N N
Gainesville, Georgia
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81 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

We had lunch on our way to the airport in Tampa. The food was delicious. Everyone had different dishes, but they were all good. Staff was friendly and helpful with questions about the menu. The shrimp skewers were amazing. Huge salads! My friends enjoyed the oysters too! Overall the experience was great.

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Thank M R
St. Petersburg, Florida
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188 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

A friend wanted to take me out for lunch and suggested Shells. Since I was his guest I didn't feel it appropriate to object. I remember Shells from 20 years ago before moving to Fort Lauderdale and at some point I believe all Shells closed shop and now a few are reopening. I really didn't care for it back then.... More 

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Thank William W
Tampa, Florida
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

You can always rely on Great Sea Food at fair price. Service with a smile is always something that is guaranteed. If you have never been to Shells, I would give them a try.

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Thank netpower
Urbana, Illinois
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40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We love oysters on the 1/2 shell and this restaurant is just the place. They receive fresh oysters daily (when in season) for their menu. They are reasonably priced and have a varied menu to go with anyone's taste request. The service is very accommodating, it is clean and reasonably priced for the Tampa area. Parking can be a little... 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: 18138753467

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 39

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Shells has been serving the Tampa Bay Area Great Casual Seafood for the past 30 years. We search near and far to bring you finest and freshest quality seafood at Dockside prices daily. All of our seafood is prepared fresh to order by our Seafood Experts and served in a casual friendly atmosphere that will impress your family and friends without depressing your wallet. At Shells our motto is what you eat is more important than what you wear!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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