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“Not as expected” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Shells Pasta & Seafood

Shells Pasta & Seafood
522 E Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX 78373
361-749-7621
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Ranked #11 of 75 Restaurants in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: Italian, American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Takeout
San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Not as expected”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I was told that it's a good place to eat in Port A. I believe it really is. But I think i must have chosen the wrong dish that day. The fish was a squared fishblock, like a frozen supermarket fish. Dry, pretty hard. We were two and ate the same menu and got the same fish.

Visited October 2012
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Yukon, OK
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79 reviews 79 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Back at Shells Again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We go to Port Aransas alot. In fact, we are now part time residents. Each time we go, we make it a point to have dinner at Shells. It is my favorite restaurant on the island. The same people have worked there for many, many years. The food is consistently outstanding and priced fairly. I've never had anything but excellent cuisine there. I highly recommend Shells. It is very small but that makes it very quaint. Go!! We were there in September and October, 2012.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Premont, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“one of the best in port aransas....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

when in port a, do not miss the opportunity to have some of the best italian fare on the island..i love to lunch there as the prices are more reasonable..even their hot dog are good and very different on toasted bun...i always eat farfalle with light red sauce...avacado shrimp cocktail =yum...it is a small restaurant so it is best to arrive a little before of after main lunch or dinner hour..

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Worth, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Never fails to please us.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Our trips to Port A always include dinner one night a Shells. This last time didn't disappoint.
Everyone enjoyed their generous entree. Three of us had some sort of seafood pasta, which is sort of their specialty. The place is tiny with limited seating so we make it a point to eat earlier than usual at least by 7pm. The menu is huge w/ new items every year.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boulder, Colorado
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
“Seek It Out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Really enjoyed our meal here. The place is very small, and a bit dingy. Extensive, ambitious menu, though, with lots of daily specials. Plenty of choices, surf, turf, and pasta. Everything we had was excellent. Service average to good. Limited wine list. No view to speak of. So go for the food, not the setting; it's worth the trip.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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