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Shells Cafe

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Sea Side, Strandhill, Sligo, Ireland
071 9122938
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I drove to Strandhill to watch the surfers and lucked into a seat at Shells Cafe at lunchtime. Delicious fish/crab cakes were served with a lovely salad. Browse the gift shop for locally made creations. One senses the artistic spirit of the people behind Shells Cafe. The freshly baked desserts really stood out. I returned to my Sligo hotel with... More 

Thank Carla J
Mullingar, Ireland
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Have visited several times and it never lets you down. Nice selection of well made food. Friendly staff recommend dishes too.

Thank SSSSpraoiiii
Limerick, Ireland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sat here for three hours, the best salad I have ever had. If you do not visit Shells then you have wasted a trip to Strandhill

Thank CarolineRafter
Sligo, Ireland
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

the food was excellent did not mind waiting for a table but i found the staff not friendly and the service was not great i know it is a busy spot but i think you can make poeple feel wellcome

Thank annnearby
Cork, Ireland
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food here is nice if a little bordering on average and certainly not worth waiting for over half an hour for a table. I would go back here again but only if a table was immediately available.

Thank Scully1234
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A great place to eat with the Family. Food choice good for everyone . We were sightseeing in the area and were very hungry. Served very fast too .

Thank Teresa F
Longford, Ireland
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

very busy little restaurant serving excellent food, be prepared to wait a few minutes as it is always busy, great menu at very reasonable price, staff very welcoming and friendly

Thank Richardmol
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We always enjoy breakfast at Shells, it's our go to place. Eggs Benny is the favourite!! It's great to get a window seat to lip out at the sea whether it's sunny or raining. Leave room for amazing cakes or take some home. Shells staff are so friendly and there's always a warm welcome. A visit to Sligo is not... More 

Thank Mary B
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The fish here is so fresh, it's about to jump off the plate. Every dish is cooked quickly to order by the hard working staff and presented beautifully. This is a wonderful cafe, it is no wonder it is so busy. We had to give our name and wait for a table to become available. But it was worth the... More 

Thank Dubmanc
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86 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A great spot full of locals. You get a great mix of surfers and spectators from town enjoying Shells. The cafe is adjoined by a nice shop that sells lots of local produce from food to souvenirs. The cafe is lovely on a rainy day to enjoy the rain pelting off the window while you enjoy your suasages and a... More 

Thank MalDublin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Irish, Cafe, Gluten Free, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sea Side, Strandhill, Sligo, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Sligo  >  Sligo  >  Strandhill
  • Phone Number: 071 9122938

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?