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Captain Benny's Half Shell

#307 of 7,027 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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8506 S Main St, Houston, TX 77025-2703
(713) 666-5469
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Houston, Texas
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55 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live and work in the medical center. I have passed this place for years because it just didn't appeal to me from the outside. I gave it a try on July 4th because everything else I wanted was closed for lunch. The oysters were reasonably priced but they were fresh and delicious! The shucker was quick and efficient! I... More 

Thank AbeMovingForward
Austin, Texas
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120 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Oh yeah, oysters always good and beer served ice cold! Oysters out of season now and price is a little high at $13.95dz. My 1/2 dz were large and plenty. I had been planning on that whole cat! This is butterflied and seasoned well before broiling. It is a work of art though and that shrimp seasoned rice makes this... More 

Thank Hank512
Lafayette, Louisiana
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is a small venu. The food was good the atmosphere inside was similar to being on a boat. Although is was somewhat crowded inside the food made up for it..

Thank Gayle G
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Oysters here are good. The catfish poboy, fries, and gumbo are terrible. Just stick to the oysters when you come here. Prices for the oysters aren't bad per dozen. The size of the oysters are usually small to medium.

Thank Michael B
Lubbock, Texas
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

I have eaten at Captain Benny's for over 30 years and have never had a bad meal. Their food is always fresh and prepared when you order it. Best place in Houston for oysters on the half shell

Thank LubbockMike
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

We went for dinner. Good oysters, combination platters and good service. Nothing fancy, just good seafood.

Thank Jim F
Houston, Texas
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

If you want quick, good, wonderful catfish and seafood - this is a perfect little stop. 🙂 Casual, tight little dining room and a heavenly patio for those beautiful Houston afternoons! Great service too! Give this place a try.

Thank visitor_67220
Humble, Texas
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

We enjoyed the fresh oysters ($8.95 dozen-good price) and a fried seafood platter. The food was delicious and the beer was cold! We were served by a guy named Guy who was super friendly and easygoing. He had our drinks full and our food out pretty quickly. We will definitely be visiting again. On your visit, definitely try the oysters... More 

Thank Becky E
Hurst, Texas, United States
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121 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

This place doesn't look like much on the outside but the food and service were great. I had the big platter (can't remember the name). I enjoyed the shrimp, scallops, catfish & stuffed crab. It all was good. I like the corn mill batter light and good.

Thank Scott D
Miami, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016

This restaurant was amazing, the Red fish was huge and the oysters were soooo fresh. Staff was great too.

Thank Christopher K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Television
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8506 S Main St, Houston, TX 77025-2703
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: (713) 666-5469

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