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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: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 22
    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
LOVE THIS PLACE

It isn't fancy and they only take cash! Other than that it is amazing! 1/2 pound snow crab 1/2 pound king crab for 28 bucks! We go here everytime we visit Chicago

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
KCBeau
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Overland Park, Kansas
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Overland Park, Kansas
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

It isn't fancy and they only take cash! Other than that it is amazing! 1/2 pound snow crab 1/2 pound king crab for 28 bucks! We go here everytime we visit Chicago

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Thank KCBeau
Highland Lake County, Indiana
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77 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

This is a dive bar with amazing seafood and cold beer. We went here after a cubs game and I loved it. I have to go back.

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Thank sgriffin1
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

A 35 year fave of mine. A Chicago neighborhood temple of good food, casual talk and never disappointing food. Some of the BEST seafood you can find in Chicago. Don't be put off by the dimly lit basement or Not There To Impress The Likes of You bartender. Trust me, your in for a real treat. The salad and shrimp... More 

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Thank jills834
Chicago, Illinois
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1,288 reviews
715 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 909 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Half Shell at 676 West Diversey Parkway, located in the basement of an old brownstone on the northeast corner of Orchard and Diversey, west of Clark Street, has been dishing out some of the best seafood in Chicago since 1968. It is a no-frills, cash only, no reservations, in the basement, no parking, neighborhood pub with an extensive seafood menu... More 

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Thank Taylor B
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

I have been dining here since 1978, when I lived in Chicago. Every time I go back, this is a must stop. I guarantee that anyone that enjoys seafood will go nuts here. The staff is excellent and as I said the food is mouthwatering. Watch your step going down the stairs and take a taxi as there is no... More 

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Thank John A
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

After not having been here in some 15+ years, I have now been back twice in the last 6 months. Each time the food had been reliably above average. People go for the crab legs and they were indeed the best entree that our group had. The service efficient, if not particularly friendly. The place is VERY informal--almost "slummin" and... More 

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Thank Bob C
Georgia
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank GaTraveler25
Caledon, Ontario
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 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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Thank DBATL
Nashville
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59 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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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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: Romantic, Bar scene
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?