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Captain Benny's Half Shell

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8506 S Main St, Houston, TX 77025-2703
(713) 666-5469
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 7
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  • 2
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Really like the fried catfish and hush puppies

We stopped by Captain Benny's on South Main Street for some fried catfish and were not disappointed. I ordered the jumbo basket with two catfish fillets and several shrimp and my husband ordered the plain basket with two catfish fillets. I really like the light batter they use on the catfish - it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
Patty1123
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Boulder City, Nevada
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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

All my favorites and an excellent price. Boiled shrimp, broiled tails at half the price of big name places.

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Houston, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

food was horrible because of batter used, everything was battered with some gritty batter, the place was cramped and loud

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Angleton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My husband and I have eaten here many times. We have never been disappointed. The fish, shrimp and oysters are seasoned and cooked perfectly. The shrimp etoufette (sp) is excellent! One of my favorite places to eat!

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Boulder City, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We stopped by Captain Benny's on South Main Street for some fried catfish and were not disappointed. I ordered the jumbo basket with two catfish fillets and several shrimp and my husband ordered the plain basket with two catfish fillets. I really like the light batter they use on the catfish - it is not greasy at all. The baskets... More 

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Galveston Island, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

All of the Captain Bennys are great. Sit at the bar and watch them shuck your oysters.Gumbo is very goof. Fried shrimp always a hit.

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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I lived in Houston in 1984 and I must admit Captain Benny's on Rankin lived up to the quality standards of price, taste that I came to expect.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Stopped for lunch at Gulf freeway location and had a wonderful meal. Fried shrimp was great as was the fish and gumbo. Staff was very friendly. Manager on duty was very friendly and checked with all diners several times.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Went on a Sunday afternoon for cheap seafood. We ordered Stuffed shrimp and Crawfish. Trying to be healthy so ordered the crawfish sautéed/boiled. Love the option of sweet potato fries! Food was fresh and perfect temperature. Crawfish was an ample serving and it was sautéed with onions and green peppers. They serve beer and wine only but have great "sweet... More 

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Leesville, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

It was just average, the fried catfish was bad tasting and it wasn't fileted, big turn off for me,I don't like fish with bones, the shrimp wasn't butterflied the were pounded flat, and I left smelling like fried food.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Good solid place to get some fried seafood. Seafood is breaded in cornmeal so it is not at all greasy. Walked in on a Friday night, seems old school with counter service seating as well as booths. Sat at the counter and the waiter was great, getting us drinks and was attentive throughout. One negative is entrees came out almost... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8506 S Main St, Houston, TX 77025-2703
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: (713) 666-5469

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?