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Shells

#286 of 2,027 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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 23
    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
Most recent review
Very fresh seafood

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
NellieNyack_NY
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Nyack, NY
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Nyack, NY
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127 reviews 127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
49 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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Lakeland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We stopped in to have an early dinner. The staff was very friendly. The appetizer which was crab dip had a good amount of crab. The chips were good. I ordered fried oysters. They were greasy and did not taste fresh. There were no more mandarin oranges in the cole slaw. Hubby ordered scallop and shrimp pasta. Shells used to... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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192 reviews 192 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

our entrance was met with a happy pleasant man who escorted us to our table. We were then served by a wonderful gal named Sarah who was very congenial, efficient and made the evening even more pleasurable. A young gal cleaned our plates away and assuming her age, my thought was that she was a busser - NOT - she... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Just so happen to be Tampa on a Wednesday, and I'm so glad I decided to walk into this establishment. They have great Wednesday specials from 4pm to close. I ordered the mussel special (excellent) and half a dozen raw oysters. Both equally delicious!! I also ordered a rum runner and wings. Don't order the wings...... That's was me being... More 

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Houston, Texas
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132 reviews 132 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We stopped in for lunch when visiting family in town. I used to eat here years ago and was glad to see that Shell's still had a varied menu, generous portions and was delicious without costing a fortune. It's simple down-home atmosphere is welcoming, the service was excellent. Everybody loved whatever they ordered off the menu and I got to... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The blackened catfish entree was delicious. Service was great. Wife and kids enjoyed their meals. Very affordable. We will be back. Highly recommended.

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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?