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Half Shell, Inc

676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)
(773) 549-1773
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Ranked #680 of 8,288 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $21 - $30
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
Cuisines: Seafood
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Outdoor seating
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English first
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

If there is one place that has great king crab legs and doesn't steal your wallet during the process, its Half Shell. I love this place when its warm out and you can score a table outdoors on the patio. The inside of the place looks like a dive, but it's well known locally to have some great food. I... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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212 reviews 212 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Every time we are in Chicago, it has become a tradition to have lunch at the Half Shell. Our favorites are the salads, shrimp, frog legs, crab cakes as well as a good offering of beers. The menu features many other fish and seafood offerings. We always go for lunch as the place gets very busy in the evenings...........not a... More

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Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

You would not expect this good quality food in an underground location. But Half Shell honors it's close to 50 years in business at the same location. Fresh oysters, fantastic king crab and crab legs...... And plenty of beer..... Highly recommended.

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Chicago, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you want good, well priced seafood in Chicago, this is the place. The portions are large and it has a divey, homegrown kinda atmosphere. It's small, so plan to wait unless it's nice out, in which case, there's a patio seating area!

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Jacksonville, FL
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167 reviews 167 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We had lunch here (warning - prices are identical to dinner) recently in search of one of our favorite Midwest fish: Yellow Lake Perch. The meal came with a generous portion of french fries and 8 nice-sized (6 inche +/-) fillets deep fried and tartar sauce. The dish was hot an flavorful, lacking only the melted butter normally seen with... More

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Worthing, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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