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“Best seafood in Florida” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shells Seafood

Shells Seafood
2101 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL
+1 813-304-2170
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Ranked #28 of 1,878 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $39
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Description: Shells has been serving the Tampa Bay Area Great Casual Seafood for the past 30 years. We search near and far to bring you finest and freshest quality seafood at Dockside prices daily. All of our seafood is prepared fresh to order by our Seafood Experts and served in a casual friendly atmosphere that will impress your family and friends without depressing your wallet. At Shells our motto is what you eat is more important than what you wear!
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Best seafood in Florida”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

My family was vacationing in Florida and had just finished visiting the Florida Aquarium. We were hungry for seafood and took a chance on this place. We were so pleased with the fresh seafood and good service at this restaurant. My daughter and I had the crab cakes, some of the best we' e ever eaten.The sauce that they drizzled over the crab cakes was so unique and delicious. The swordfish was excellent too. The atmosphere was not fancy, but it was very clean, and our waitress was so sweet with a great sense of humor. I'm not sure that we'll ever go back to Tampa, but Shell's Seafood will be a fond family vacation memory. Don't hesitate to eat here, because we're picky!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Winston, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Fond Memories”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Shells Seafood was at one time franchised all over the southeast. The one in Marietta, GA was a favorite place to take friends for many years until it closed. I found this one quite by accident and was interested to find out that it is the ORIGINAL restaurant still owned and operated by the original family. Fond Memories, Fantastic Food, and very reasonably priced. This will be a regular stop when we pass through Tampa.

Visited July 2012
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Carrickfergus Co. Antrim Northern Ireland
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66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 70 cities Reviews in 70 cities
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
“No frills decor but great seafood and friendly service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

This is a new branch of the Shells chain in the Busch Gardens/University area of Tampa.

The newly recruited hospitality team is young and enthusiastic, giving a fresh and friendly feel to the whole place. The menu offers loads of tempting seafood options. We started with their signature Jack Daniels shrimp, which comes with celery sticks and a blue cheese dip. This was mildly spicy and the generous portion made for a good shared first course. For mains we had the shrimp linguine and a very fine blackened grouper with rice and seasonal vegetables. It was all delicious and the prices were easily digested as well. On the strength of this, our first visit to a Shells restaurant, we'd be very happy to eat there again.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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