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Half Shell, Inc

676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)
(773) 549-1773
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Ranked #801 of 8,266 restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
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English first
Worthing, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Visited in the depths of Chicago winter so no dining al fresco. Instead you descent down steep steps to a hot and steamy bar, crowded and noisy. There appeared to be at least 4 groups of post-game football supporters, the bar area was packed. All very atmospheric and completely non-threatening. Our fellow diners seemed to want to chat to the... More

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Aurora, Illinois
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Appetizers, awesome. The food, outstanding. The atmosphere ok. It's in the basement of an old brown stone. Seating is limited. We've been going there for thirty years.

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Plainfield, Illinois
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70 reviews 70 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Yeah, it's a basement dive bar, but the food is REALLY good. Eleven tables and a bunch of seats at the bar. Cash only--no credit cards, no checks. Men cannot wear hats inside, and if you have armpit hair, your shirt must have sleeves. You won't be seated until your entire party is there. If you're okay with these rules... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

Saw this place when out walking and thought I'd try it as I love my seafood... The place - it is truly a dive (but that's not the cause for my low rating ) the man behind the bar vaguely motioned us to a table for 2.....and another middle aged man came over with 2 a4 laminated menus. Waved to... More

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chicago
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The Half Shell remains unchanged since the late 50's, and boy does it look like it! But let's face it, you're not coming for the decor, right? If you are, you're in the wrong place. What you come for is the seafood. Piles of steaming King Crab that melt in your mouth. Delicious oysters to start off your meal. A... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

The Half Shell is lovcated at Diversey and Orchard in Lakeview directly acroos the street from Pier One. They are located on the lower level of a Brownstone and they have been there since 1958. This place is all about seafood. They only have 48 seats but a 20 seat bar. No frills here, just great seafood. Cash Only, no... More

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chicago, IL
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

Our friends have been talking about this place for years and we finally made it here. As other reviewers have said, this is not a swanky, hip, or upscale restaurant by any stretch of the imagination. And if you want your server to do more than bring what you order, then you are best going somewhere else. Everyone in our... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

The Half Shell is a cozy dive bar with great seafood! You walk downstairs to enter and you are always greeted with a friendly hello. They always have daily specials and usually have King crab legs available at a reasonable price. We visit this place several times a year just us or with friends. It's a small place so there... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

this restaurant feels like coming home. I have never been disappointed when coming to this place for over 25 years. Food is outstanding and you feel like you have stumbled on a real gem.

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Kokomo, Indiana
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105 reviews 105 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I learned of this place as a "Hidden Gem" from the Chicago-area exploration TV show "190 North". For a dear friend's birthday, we decided to check it out. The dining area is a narrow and recessed downstairs space that fills up fast and feels like a secret hideout that has amassed a cult following. The menu is simple but that... More

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