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Captain Benny's Half Shell

8506 S Main St, Houston, TX 77025-2703
(713) 666-5469
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Ranked #630 of 7,200 restaurants in Houston
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Most recent review
- Jul 2, 2014
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English first
Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We were looking for a seafood place for lunch so I hopped on Trip Advisor. We were staying at the Courtyard by Marriott and wanted a place nearby. I read the reviews about the gumbo and seafood so we decided to try it. Don't be put off by the run down exterior. The scallops and shrimp on skewers are Delicious... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We stopped in here, because we were staying at the local Courtyard by Mariott, and had read the reviews. I was amazed! The review that indicated to try the Gumbo was spot on! OH MY GOODNESS!! This was an amazing cup of fresh seafood and flavor. It is small - which makes it interesting. The service was spot on! I... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

An inexperienced marketing intern had us in a hotel in a no mans land outside of the normal Houston neighborhood. Wandering around for something to eat that didn't come from Papa (not easy in Houston) we found a bar shaped like a boat. We were early for dinner, it was really closer to Happy Hour time. There were a few... More

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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

This trip was sorely disappointing. "Under new management" is not necessarily a good thing. I remember Capt. Benny, his wife and his son. I also remember the people who worked at the place on Main St. in Houston, Texas. Tonight I had the shrimp basket - it was a big disappointment. There were 9 shrimp (which was the correct number)... More

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Houston TX
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

They don't come any better than the oysters and gumbo here. Prices are excellent and so is the food. Staff is friendly and remembers you and your guests. Best to sit outside when possible because sitting on the stools at the oyster bar inside places you on a slanting floor and staying put is a bit of a struggle. We... More

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Lake Texoma
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

When we come to Houston every year during the Houston Livestock & Rodeo and stay nearby at the HI Express & just walk over..we always have to stop at Capt Benny's sometimes twice a day. It is really good seafood at this quaint little bar/hut cafe. They really need a bigger spot because it is packed all the time, so... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We had shrimp basket and calamari. The calamari was great! Our friends had the captains platter. Everything was great. Right by reliant stadium.

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Springfield, Missouri, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

It is a dive of a restaurant but seemed clean for an older building. Prices are decent and the broiler platter was really good. Visiting from out of town and we have been here twice this trip.

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San Antonio, TX
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is a great neighborhood restaurant. We were visiting the area and were hungry for seafood but didn't want to break the bank. Captain Benny's was a great find. The kids had popcorn shrimp, which were delectable. My husband and I both opted for the grilled flounder - awesome! I have never had flounder prepared in quite this way. Well... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We've been going to Captain Benny's for over 40 years! Ever since the new owners took over things have slowly been changing and not for the better. Last night my husband and I wanted seafood. We ordered fried stuffed jalapenos. When we took a bite they were still cold inside. We sent them back to the kitchen. Now you won't... More

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