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Half Shell

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676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 549-1773
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great food & lots of atmosphere

Cozy neighborhood seafood bar. Very casual with friendly staff. My food was good and the beer was cold. I had the tuna steak but crab legs are their specialty. Be advised that it is CASH ONLY! ATM available.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
GaTraveler25
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Thomson
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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Thomson
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Cozy neighborhood seafood bar. Very casual with friendly staff. My food was good and the beer was cold. I had the tuna steak but crab legs are their specialty. Be advised that it is CASH ONLY! ATM available.

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Caledon, Ontario
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Great food, great atmosphere, I can't wait to go back." A neighborhood pub, where everyone is treated as a regular! I expected Norm and Cliff at the end of the bar.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We got out of downtown Chicago for a great seafood dinner at Half Shell -- took the Red Line up to the Diversey stop and walked a few blocks south to find Half Shell right across from Trader Joes on the corner, with a courtyard full of happy people enjoying a great summer Tuesday evening. We would have had to... More 

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Nashville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Great little seafood joint close to the Days Inn on Diversey. Great price, good service. It is CASH ONLY! I had oysters that were HUGE; wife had crab legs. Make sure to check in with the bartender for your table.

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Merrillville, Indiana
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Based on a recommendation, we had “Half Shell” on our "Go to List" for a while. The opportunity presented itself for an after movie dinner. As commented in other review, the place had caught us off guard by an unpleasant scent and lack of patrons, maybe early 3:30. Ordered Char-Broiled Shrimp, it came with the shell on and appeared to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I really love their crabs and French fries because of them my fav appetizer are salty edemame. Love to go and get chamapigne and good crabs sitting outside and enjoy the weather

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The food was amazing!! I ordered the fried shrimp for app. Lightly fried with amazing sauces, King crab app was also awesome. Be prepared to take plenty left on your plate. Portions are shareable. King Crab legs were fresh and sweet. Broiled shrimp was meaty and succulent. Bartenders are awesome. Ask for Anthony. Had a great time with my sisters... More 

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urban
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Fantastic oysters and calamari. Cheap drinks and CASH only. Second time here and nothing has changed and hope nothing does. Snow crab and filet is great as well.

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Machesney Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

First off, this is CASH ONLY. It is a bar with some tables. Located under the steps of an apartment building. See the bartender when you walk in if you want a table. This is a VERY informal place, It is more of a local landmark. The King Crab Legs are huge. it was $37.00 for the legs and worh... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This is a gem of a Chicago secret. If you don't know what you are looking for you would walk right past it. The Half Shell has been around since 1968 and it's the perfect little dive with amazing seafood. The Half Shell located on a corner in the Lincoln Park neighborhood is nestled below street level. You enter downstairs... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: (773) 549-1773

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?