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Shells

#88 of 1,831 Restaurants in Tampa
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202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
18138753467
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great meal. The clam chowder is the best anywhere. Fried shrimp was excellent as well as the salmon Caesar salad. Service was excellent. Prices were reasonable. Will be back.

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Thank Richard F
Charlotte
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw the good reviews and gave Shells a try. The clam chowder is pretty wonderful. Got a cup on visit one and a bowl on 2nd visit. My favorite dish was the Salmon Felix which was amazing. I don't even care for Salmon normally but it was a waitress recommendation and I am so glad I took it. There are... More 

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Thank Thomas K
Nashville, Tennessee
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always try the local places when we can. I have found that google and trip advisor give the best reviews that are more accurate to customer service and food taste. With all this said, we tried this Seafood place at last minute which was about 8 minutes from the hotel. Looking at the menu, it seems to be the layout... More 

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Thank iamtravelman
Pensacola, Florida
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97 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived early on a Friday evening and beat the rush. Service was prompt and our waitress offered suggestions. We all enjoyed our meal. Would definitely go again if in the area.

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Thank elaefcie
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Just wanted to put in a good word for Shells. We enjoy the seafood, the fish is fresh and cooked properly. The drinks are tasty. Our server Rachel was on point, made suggestions and provided excellent service. We'll continue to come back again and again.

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Thank Glenn G
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Attempted to call in a carry out order for two. Put on hold. No problem there but when the server or hostess returned to the phone, she clearly did not have customer service training. I had to repeat my order THREE times (for 4 items that were directly from the menu without any special requests) which took her several minutes... More 

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Thank Pat M
John C, Owner at Shells, responded to this review

Pat, I'm so sorry this happened. Could you please email me and tell me when you called? I need to address this immediately. Thanks so much. John Christen Owner Shells Seafood jc@shellsseafood.com More 

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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Great food for a great price. It's a local chain but worth the money. I had to take the test of my food home. Had the Shrimp and Scallop Pasta. Amazing!!!!

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Thank Daniel A
John C, Owner at Shells, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! JC More 

Dayton, Ohio
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Atmosphere leaves a little bit to want but food is good. Mahi mahi dinner plate is delicious. Prices decent. Sweet tea is great to. Casual dining for sure

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Thank Lindsey A
John C, Owner at Shells, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! JC More 

Rex, Georgia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Down for a wedding from ATL I researched casual, local seafood restaurants w/fresh seafood close to our hotel. Shells was it. Our waitress Findley was sweet and full of info. Several fresh fish offerings were posted and I ordered the double grouper grilled. My wife had fish and chips. We started with clam chowder. Foe good reason, Gourmet Magazine wants... More 

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Thank tomflo08
John C, Owner at Shells, responded to this review

Awesome to hear! Thank you! JC More 

South Bend, Indiana
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

9 PM Airport to pickup a friend, directly to Shells in South Tampa! Seated right away, local IPA on Tap served immediately by seasoned and attentive wait staff. I ordered the Classic Seafood Pasta for $15.99 and it's better than any seafood pasta I have ever eaten and paid much more for elsewhere- Loaded with mussels, clams, shrimp, and bay... More 

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Thank Jaci P
John C, Owner at Shells, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed it! JC More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $39
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: 18138753467
Description
Shells has been serving the Tampa Bay Area Great Casual Seafood for the past 30 years. We search near and far to bring you finest and freshest quality seafood at Dockside prices daily. All of our seafood is prepared fresh to order by our Seafood Experts and served in a casual friendly atmosphere that will impress your family and friends without depressing your wallet. At Shells our motto is what you eat is more important than what you wear!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?