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“Grimy College Bar” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Shellback Tavern

Shellback Tavern
116 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5432
310-376-7857
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Ranked #69 of 183 Restaurants in Manhattan Beach
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Grimy College Bar”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

This place just gets worse and worse. Beer and drinks are still expensive, yet they're served in plastic cups. It's crowded, loud, full of college DB's, and dirty. No thank you!

Visited March 2012
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
California, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado,
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112 reviews 112 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“When I was single, I was a regular at Shellback, but I haven't convince my wife that we should try it.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Nice, very informal atmosphere, friendly staff, pretty good fare, and a good place to watch the sunsets if you can sit by the front window.

Visited October 2011
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Manhattan Beach, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Smokey and stinky”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

This place smells.....I would NEVER go back!!! Do not recommend it to anyone.

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LA
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52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
“Great Food, Service + View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2009

I was surprised at how good the food was for a beach bar. Excellent breakfast (Fajitas at 8 AM!), lunch and dinner (amazing burger). Decor is pure beach bar and it smells of beer - but great view and service.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“My favorite dive bar/volleyball player hangout.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2008

My favorite dive bar/volleyball player hangout.

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