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Half Shell Oyster House

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2500 13th St # 1, Gulfport, MS
228-867-7001
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 377
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  • 146
    Very good
  • 39
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  • 18
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  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A very nice surprise

The restaurant is designed to look like it's in New Orleans. It was very busy, and we waited 30 minutes. But, it was worth it. I took a chance on fried oysters. They were very good. My wife had a shrimp dish. And though she doesn't recall the name, she did remember liking it. The waiter apologized... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Ira P
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The restaurant is designed to look like it's in New Orleans. It was very busy, and we waited 30 minutes. But, it was worth it. I took a chance on fried oysters. They were very good. My wife had a shrimp dish. And though she doesn't recall the name, she did remember liking it. The waiter apologized for the wait,... More 

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Thank Ira P
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Dining at half shell was a nice experience. The wait was about 15 minutes due to large volume of people wanting to eat there that day. But it gave me time to talk with family and take in the atmosphere. Once seated, the waiter was prompt and courteous. The drinks and food were served in a timely manner also. The... More 

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Thank Rurea12
Detroit, Michigan
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

With a couple of hours waiting for a friend to arrive at the airport we stopped in mid-afternoon. Friends had a plate of fresh oysters, a plate of grilled oysters along with some fresh Magnolia draft beer. I had the Scallops and shrimp scampi. The waiter was well informed, recommended his favorites, gave us a little local history. The oysters... More 

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Thank Michael C
Gulfport, Mississippi
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Overall, the food is exceptional, as well as service. I live in area and have always been pleased with service and food from this restaurant. There are three locations on the coast. I have eaten at two of the three and they are both exceptional--very consistent.

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1 Thank Carolyn F
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate here last week and it was so good! Best meal I have had in a long time. We started off with some crab cakes and fried green tomatoes. Then I had snapper with cheese grits for my entree. It was awesome! I will be back! We went to the Gulfport location. Highly recommend this place!

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2 Thank Jessica S
Mandeville, Louisiana, Usa
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62 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As their name implies they feature seafood specials. The half-shells and their fried oysters were done perfectly. The gumbo was thick and hardy. The kids were happy with the size of their hamburgers. It has a casual atmosphere and service was friendly. We went back a second time and it was just as good.

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1 Thank Sal M
Gulfport
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been a faithful customer at the 1/2 shell for over 5 years. Never a bad meal, every meal was prepared excellently, yummy and so good. My favorites are the Shrimp Pot Pie and Portabella Mushrooms, and, don't forget the oysters, oh, so good! Every visitor to Gulfport must dine here. Dr. Aaberg

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3 Thank Wayne A
Houston, Texas
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The shrimp and grits were superb! This is a great restaurant with a lot of character. The atmosphere was lively and service was great!

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1 Thank SassyTxn
District of Columbia
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155 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't know, but this city has very very decent oyster restaurants. I like this restaurant, and oysters were very fresh. Love it.

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1 Thank 8Oiseaux
Dallas, Texas
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150 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a long 9 hour drive we decided to try the Best Western desk clerks advice and try a good seafood restaurant in town. We were so glad we did. We started with a cup of Gumbo which was filled to the brim with shrimp and crawfish but the best was yet to come. The raw oysters were huge and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2500 13th St # 1, Gulfport, MS
  • Location: United States  >  Mississippi (MS)  >  Gulfport
  • Phone Number: 228-867-7001

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?