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Half Shell Oyster House

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Unknown, Spanish Fort, AL 36527-9335
+1 251-626-2188
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Foley, Alabama
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88 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Half Shell does a great job with presentation, service and great taste. Good quality lunch at a good price.....you will probably spend a bit more here but the quality is noticeable and enjoyable. Broad menu of Southern and Louisiana style seafood is the primary strength. Much to enjoy and try over lunch or dinner.

Thank James B
Pensacola Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

And I've always enjoyed it. There are some things that don't really care for. Like the gumbo or the broiled selections. But I really like their crab cakes, fresh fish selection and their oysters on the half are really good as well. Keylime pie and turnip greens are killer good too! I'd also recommend anything that is blackened.

Thank sammL5827MZ
Starkville, Mississippi
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466 reviews
357 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was excellent: Fire grilled oysters, baked stuffed shrimp, and key lime pie (although I thought it was a small piece). The service was spotty. The greeter seated me, brought my iced tea, and took my order. Someone else checked on my oysters, then my waiter brought the entree. It took a long time for him to pick up... More 

Thank misteron2014
Cecilia M, Guest Relations Manager at Half Shell Oyster House, responded to this review

Hi there, Happy to hear you enjoyed your food at Original Oyster House. We deeply apologize for the service you experienced. Attentive service is of the utmost importance to us and we appreciate you sharing your feedback. However we are glad you enjoyed your meal and we do hope you will come back and dine with us again soon. More 

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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to this place for dinner a night. Staff and environment was great. Food taste wasn't bad but wasn't anything special. Probably the only thing I didn't like was the price. It just seemed like everything was high.

Thank psuzinger
Cecilia M, Guest Relations Manager at Half Shell Oyster House, responded to this review

Hi there, We're happy you enjoyed your time at Original Oyster House. We do apologize if our pricing wasn't to your liking, we try and offer delicious seafood, and great service at the most reasonable price possible. We are however happy to hear that our service was top notch, we work very hard t have an informed, and attentive staff.... More 

Daphne, Alabama
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190 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After eating at both OOH locations in the same week, we have decided this location has the better food while the Gulf Shores location has the better views. The newest item on the menu is the Fire Grilled Oysters. They are pretty good, although I still prefer mine raw on the half shell.

Thank Ramblingman163
Cecilia M, Guest Relations Manager at Half Shell Oyster House, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you for letting us know about your experience and we're happy to see you enjoyed the oysters!. We appreciate you letting us know about your visit as it provides us the opportunity to improve as we’re dedicated to giving our customers the best service possible. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Daphne, Alabama
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43 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I have been here twice now and enjoyed the food and service both times. I would have given the restaurant a top rating were the facility itself nicer; it isn't "bad", it just doesn't live up to some of the competition. But the food does live up to the competition. We had the lobster/crab bisque with a... More 

Thank Hugboat
Cecilia M, Guest Relations Manager at Half Shell Oyster House, responded to this review

Hi there, So happy you an your wife enjoy dining with us. We do apologize if our atmosphere isn't to your liking but we do hope you continue to enjoy the food we offer at Original Oyster House. Thank you for your kind words, we hope you'll come back again soon. More 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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431 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First meal in Mobile while on a short vacation. The restaurant is original and quaint and has nice views of parts of the bay. We had Natchitoches Meat Pies, Fire Grilled Oysters, Josh's Shrimp and Grits, and a large salad. The Fire Grilled Oysters was the best of the group. Nothing was wonderful... but everything was good. The service was... More 

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Thank IverJohnson
Cecilia M, Guest Relations Manager at Half Shell Oyster House, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for your feedback and welcome to Mobile! We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your wonderful experience with us. We're happy to see you enjoyed the food and received friendly service. We look forward to serving you again. More 

Ada, Oklahoma
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service & food!!! Our waitress Kinzie was fantastic & had Great recommendations!!! Definitely will be returning!

Thank mapots
Cecilia M, Guest Relations Manager at Half Shell Oyster House, responded to this review

Hi there, We will have to pass your kind words on to Kinzie, and tell her to keep up the good work. We're glad you enjoyed yourself, we hope you'll be back soon! More 

Spanish Fort, Alabama
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed our visit. Food is all delicious. Menu is mostly fried selections; seafood and chicken. Have visited several times with friends; we always enjoy time there overlooking the water on the causeway in Spanish Fort, AL. Recommend it.

Thank Sandra M
Cecilia M, Guest Relations Manager at Half Shell Oyster House, responded to this review

Hi Sandra, So happy to hear Original Oyster house is a fun place for you and your friends. Thank you so much for your kind words, and we hope you and your friends will come back again soon! More 

Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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194 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We travel through the Mobile area frequently going to and coming from Louisiana and Texas from Florida. We've tried most of the restaurants around the Battleship Alabama and decided last week to give the Original Oyster House a try. We do not understand all of the raving reviews and the packed parking lot. Our waitress was very polite and fairly... More 

Thank AuditMan001

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Unknown, Spanish Fort, AL 36527-9335
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Spanish Fort
  • Phone Number: +1 251-626-2188

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