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Shells Pasta & Seafood

522 E Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX 78373
361-749-7621
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Ranked #11 of 72 restaurants in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
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English first
Austin, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

This place was recommended to us, and we were excited to try it out, but we were quickly disappointed. My view at my seat was of an AC unit sitting in an inch of water, thick with dust bunnies. The thermostat looked like it needed a good scrub. Hubby ordered a $20 shrimp with horseradish sauce. The shrimp looked and... More

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Hewitt, Texas
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

We were in Port A for almost a week and only ate out once-lunch at Shell's. The food there is really, really good and much more vegetarian-friendly (at most places the only vegetarian options are a baked potato and/or salad) so we can all enjoy a great meal. It is a little more pricey than the average in Port A,... More

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Cibolo, Texas
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Very small establishment. Go really early or you will wait forever. Pricey. Service was good. Quaint.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Something has changed here we haven't been here in 3 years. This was our place to go on the last night each time we have gone to Port A. Some basic ideas and flavors off on everything.I feel like someone else is running or bought the place. Each dish we had was bland. The almost good hotel food feel. Maybe... More

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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Admittedly we have only been there once, but it is nothing special. Maybe the pasta dishes are worth the wait and expense, but the seafood is not. It's a quaint little place, with an expansive and creative menu, and as they have been in business since 1996, clearly they are doing something right, but there are many better choices on... More

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Great place to enjoy good food in Port A! Varied menu to satisfy a wide variety of tastes! I love the Lobster Roll (sandwich, not sushi) and pastas! If youre into olives too, get the appetizer! Relaxed atmosphere + Great food = win!

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New Braunfels, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

You can't go wrong dining at Shells. The food is delicious with a wide variety to select from either off the menu or their daily chalk board. My favorite is the Rigatoni Pollo. I order it extra spicy without the meat. Sometimes you may have to wait a while but not to worry. We get a bottle of wine and... More

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Waco, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Ate at Shells the first night in Port A. This place was suggested by the guy at our hotel (it was only a blocks walk). He said to eat there this evening because they are not open on Tuesdays. A quaint little place, 9 tables inside and 5 outside on the covered patio. That is where we sat. Wait staff... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We ate at Shell's tonight for dinner from a recommendation of the hotel we are staying at. Overall the food was great! We started off with Bruschetta for an appetizer, it was excellent but there was only 3 small pieces. We both ordered one of the specials, the Faralle pasta with shrimp and bacon in a spicy garlic sauce. The... More

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New Braunfels, Texas
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Upon our early afternoon arrival in Port Aransas we stopped for lunch at Shells. While most of our party of 8 enjoyed the seafood at Shells, my wife and I opted for a hotdog. On the menu this was listed as "Grilled Black Angus Hot Dawg with Chipotle Dijionaise, Grilled Onions and Today's Salad". The dog, bun, and condiments were... More

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