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$5 - $15
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed March 18, 2021 via mobile

Huge, juicy raw oysters, so fresh. $14 a dozen, such a good deal. Service very polite. Go. Only takes cash and no liquor, so don't be mad.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed February 7, 2020 via mobile

First off, service was decent. Parking is horrible, we tried to eat here twice before we got tired of trying to find a park and waiting. Our first time we didn't realize they were located in a steel link fence that was locked well before...the advertised hours. Anyhow, we were sat a table for 6 where there was another couple sitting. It was a little weird but we stayed. The food. We ordered oysters with the parmesan & butter. They were really tasty just extremely small. Then we shared a combo platter of the different fried options. I was disappointed in most of it, except the shrimp. It didn't taste very fresh especially the crab claws. It came with two sides we got fries & hushpuppies. Well, they gave us two hushpuppies. They are also small. The fries & fish were fresh & good. The other disappointment was the cajun steamed shrimp. They were like baby shrimp that were disgusting. The gentleman was nice when he came from behind the counter. I'd say this has been my least favorite visit tona seafood restaurant in Tallahassee. I'm so concerned at why this place has a #1 spot. But the service really saved them from a lower rating in our opinion. If I had to go back I'd get the fried shrimp & ffMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed November 23, 2019

Ok, the batter on the oysters was delicious but so darn greasy that I could taste it hours later. Either the oil should be hotter or the oysters should drain longer. The portion of oysters and shrimp was generous but the cole slaw came in...a thimble-sized container. Just don't understand why an item that is so cheap to make and serve isn't served in a decent proportions. Also, a personal preference, don't care for cabbage that is ground almost to a paste like theirs is. The seasoning however, was exceptionally tasty. The baked beans side was generous but cloyingly sweet. I really wanted to talk with the cook about modifying things a bit but the people working were so nice, I decided not to complain to them. Next time visiting, I'll try the raw oysters.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 9, 2019 via mobile

Best raw or cooked oysters around. Although the menu is limited, every selection is wonderfully and quickly prepared and served by very helpful and friendly staff. Seating is limited so come early for lunch and don’t forget to bring cash; no credit cards accepted.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 4, 2019

Pure old-time Tallahassee serving local fresh seafood. The best raw oysters around. Casual and priced right!

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

This place is a true hole in the wall. Takes cash only! Has a oyster bar with the best shuckers in America. Oysters are alway clean and fresh. The fried food is cheap and hot and crispy. Everything is alway served quick. Been eating here...for 40 years and ever been disappointed. It is the only seafood Restuarant worth anything in Tallahassee.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed June 19, 2019

Classic Tallahassee establishment with good food and good service. I would definitely recommend this place to any travelers.

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed May 20, 2019 via mobile

My hubby and me were traveling and we looked up Shell Oyster Bar! It’s a little place that not for the TripAdvisor we would not have gone into! We are glad we did! The food was very good! We both had oysters, scallop,crab claws! If...you don’t like fried foods this place is not for you! We would go again! We would like to try the raw oysters!!More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 1, 2019

This seafood restaurant has been around for years. It's located on the south of Tallahassee between Adams and Monroe. If you are looking for some consistent good fried seafood at a moderate price, this is the place for you. Oysters anywhere depend on the season...and other factors but usually, they have the best raw in town. It's mostly a locals restaurant but if you can find it, go. Take cash.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed March 5, 2019

I got the Oyster Combo, Dozen fried, cold slaw, beans, Bush puppies and a tea. All for under $12. Oysters were fried perfect, great service, fast for lunch, no dinner service and cash only

Date of visit: March 2019
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December 21, 2016|
Response from Lance B | Reviewed this property |
There's an abandoned gas station next door on the corner of Oakland and Adams. Shell's parking lot is tiny. Enjoy
December 14, 2016|
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Response from 943williaml | Reviewed this property |
No Not that style restaurant just simple
March 8, 2016|
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Response from fsufanTally | Reviewed this property |
Take Monroe St. South past the Capital Building. Go under the railroad overpass and look for a Subway Sub shop on your right. Turn Right onto Oakland Ave (aka FAMU way). The Shell on the right, tucked up behind a auto... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shell Oyster Bar

Yes, Shell Oyster Bar offers takeout services.

Shell Oyster Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5