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“Best We Tried in Port A” 4 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 #12 of 75 Restaurants in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: Italian, American, Seafood, Pasta
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Omaha, Nebraska
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355 reviews 355 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
“Best We Tried in Port A”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

This place came highly recommended, and now we know why. Very broad standard menu, with a wide array of pastas, meat dishes and seafood. On top of that, there is also a large, changing blackboard menu, with 20-30 more choices. You can't go wrong with either. Service was very attentive, the decor was cheery, and they have a nice selection of beers and wine, including many by the glass.
My pasta bolognese was a thick ragu with penne. I added sausage, and while they were very tasty, I really didn't need the extra--it was just too much (excellent) food, especially after the house salad, which is 2-3 times bigger than most places, with lovely greens, onion, tomato, and olives. My wife had that salad as her entree, with shrimp added, but started with a mango gazpacho with shrimp. She liked the soup, but said it could use a bite of heat. As mentioned, good wine offerings, but one small nit. The glasses are like toys or something, offset somewhat, however, by generous pours.
All in all, the best we had in the area.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Corpus Christi, Texas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Still cooking good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Shells has been one of the best in Port A for a long time. They have gotten a bit stingy in charging for bread and the glass of wine was tiny BUT the fish was excellent. Whoever makes the sauces is inspired. All in all, a terrific meal.

Visited January 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful food -- small busy venue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

The food we ordered off the chalk board was great -- appetizers and entrees alike! Small building that was FULL when we arrived for lunch-- short wait and we had a table. Patio would be nice in warmer weather. We will definitely go back -- worth the wait at the ferry!

  • Visited December 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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San Angelo, Texas
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
“Best mixed green salad and pasta.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

Shell's is a wonderful small restaurant that has the best pastas, great salads, and super tuna tacos. Fresh Black Drum was yummy today with a nice sauce. A good appetizer is the slightly warmed olives with olive oil and rosemary. The spicy farfalle pasta with shrimp is great too. For something lighter, try the tomato basil soup. Enjoy!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Austin, Texas
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171 reviews 171 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
“Great food and service, sad ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We chose this restaurant based on TA reviews. Walking into the restaurant there is not a host stand therefore you just walk into the middle of the restaurant and hope to catch someone's attention, which they don't return with a 'welcome or hello'. The wait was short. We were seated at a 2-person table near the door, fine once we moved the table away from the door entrance. We ordered shells with gorgonzola and crab/shrimp/sausage gumbo. All servings were more than enough and with garlic bread (topped with pesto and cheese), our bill of $34 was reasonable. Ambiance was sad. Interior painted battleship blue, janky lattice around coolers, and poor lighting doesn't make it feel like good food is served there.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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