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Half Shell

#621 of 7,468 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614-1511
(773) 549-1773
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Open now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great place. Total dive bar and you would never expect the delicious seafood they serve up. Been going here for years and it's always been great. The only downfall is the butter. It's decent but it's not your typical clarified butter. Don't get me wrong though, the crab legs are so good they don't need butter. Also try... More 

Thank JP2431
Chicago, Illinois
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great no frills neighborhood place for crab & beers. Very casual. The place is pretty small and depending on the time of day there may be a wait. You should plan sit outside and I think it may be cash only.

Thank Mark C
Omaha, Nebraska
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every time we head to Chicago we try to go to this secret little hole in the wall! It's nothing fancy inside but they serve a generous portion of King Crab that can't be beat! And the garlic butter they serve to dip it in is amazing! As appetizers we like to get either oysters on the half shell or... More 

Thank 163dawnr
Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Back after 11 years and decor and menu is the same. Smelt and fries light with a crunch. Yellow sauce is sweet with a kick and cocktail sauce on fries is hot. Broiled shrimp and fried perch was enjoyed by friends. Jukebox.music playing, guests arriving aroun 7:00 happily waiting for a table. Great spot to end the day after a... More 

Thank Mindy6358
Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

If we weren't coming with a local, we would have driven past this place without a second thought. A tiny set of stairs off the sidewalk takes you into a dark, crowded bar. Not the place you would expect for amazing crab legs. The crab legs are served over a bed of fries, non-descript bread and a lollipop. These had... More 

Thank ddub23
Chicago, Illinois
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65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

Picked Half Shell for dinner with my wife and almost 13 yr old for my 50th birthday. It is super casual (jeans and a nice t-shirt) is fine. Seems like Christmas lights are up all year round. Was not crowded on a Tuesday night. Go for the King Crab legs. My wife and son love them. They come with fries,... More 

Thank nlman1985
Libertyville, Illinois
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Walk down into the basement and you will find a true joint: crowded, dark, tippy tables and it all comes together when the food comes. We go as a family and get the crab dinner and some of the best fried shrimp I have had anywhere. Thin fries and interesting dips for the shrimp. No idea how they keep track... More 

Thank 1031JayC
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

This is a small place but busy . I felt welcomed here and received great service, prices are reasonable and a varied menu , something for everyone . I had an awesome experience .

Thank albePelham
Overland Park, Kansas
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

It isn't fancy and they only take cash! Other than that it is amazing! 1/2 pound snow crab 1/2 pound king crab for 28 bucks! We go here everytime we visit Chicago

Thank KCBeau
Highland Lake County, Indiana
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79 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

This is a dive bar with amazing seafood and cold beer. We went here after a cubs game and I loved it. I have to go back.

Thank sgriffin1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614-1511
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: (773) 549-1773

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