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“Great Place”
Review of Shell Oyster Bar

Shell Oyster Bar
Ranked #22 of 808 Restaurants in Tallahassee
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Takeout
Jacksonville, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great Place”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Went here because of Tripadvisor. This place is great. Old Time Florida Seafood Places still exist. Great food, great service, great prices !!! It is in a unique location which to me adds to the experience. Best seafood we have had in along time.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank rick6973
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Tallahassee, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Oysters questionable for legal size-coon oysters”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

We were shocked at the size of the oysters, and spoke to the manager, I assume. She allowed as that was all she could get. To natives, we refer to these as coon oysters, for when the tides are out, the coons will feed on them. My brother had taken us as his guest, so he was extremely embarrassed and upset that they would even serve them. The color was also bad and several we were afraid to eat. There was no apology and next time, we will head down to Southern Seafood and buy our own. It would be better to serve none at all than to serve such poor quality oysters.

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Tallylassie1938
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Tallahassee, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Great Seafood”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

This small business has been in Tallahassee for decades, and it is apparent why. The raw oysters were fresh and delicious. The Fried Shrimp and oysters were fried to perfection and served with Delicious cheese Grits, Baked Beans, and Hush puppies. The tartar sauce was delicious ad even the coleslaw was superb. I will be back. Do not be deterred by the location which seems shady, this is a great restaurant.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank LiveLifeAbroad
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Tallahassee
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Oysters you will never forget”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

When I used to think of fresh and delightful oysters I imagined a restaurant overlooking the ocean, a boat pulling up and unloading them. Well, now I think of Shells Oyster Bar. It is by far the best seafood in Tallahassee and the surrounding area. The owners are extremely nice, grateful for your business and friendly. For 7.99 you get a delicious lunch. Personally, my party of 3 shared an order of shrimp (14), an order of oysters (14) and a dozen raw oysters and it was PLENTY. They had it to us in less than 5 minutes, and it was fresh, and lovely. Our server was extremely nice and pleasant as she explained what came with it. You get two sides per entree(pretty good portion for 1 person) and 2 hushpuppies. Everything was perfect. I will give them my business any day of the week. Such a gem!

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Justin H
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Shell Oyster is NOT closed”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Based on a recent review (2/2/2013) one might assume that Shell Oyster is closed. This is defintely not the case. However, potential customers have to realize that they have some quirky hours -they open at 11AM and close at 7:00 pm with no one seated after 6:45. Therefore it is more of a lunch place than a dinner place. Nonetheless, all of the raves about the great food are justified. Many restaurants here in Tallahasse have fried fish dinners with no variety specified - just "fish". Whatever the variety,it is probably is the cheapest available at any given time. At Shell Oyster you can get a great fried gouper dinner at a great price. Another tip. Bring your own beer or wine if you are a tippler. No alcoholic drinks are for purchase.

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Thomas L
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