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“Fresh, delicious and reasonably priced!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shells Seafood

Shells Seafood
Ranked #29 of 2,356 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $39
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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!
Hudson, Florida
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fresh, delicious and reasonably priced!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

I was recently on a 2 week business trip and ate here three times and every visit was just as good as the last.

I am a big fan of seafood and even lived in Boston Massachusetts for a while so am no stranger to good tasting and fresh seafood. I even took advantage of their Tuesday lobster special and invited a friend who lives nearby. She had just returned from a trip to Maine and she said the lobster she had at Shells was every bit as fresh tasting as what she had just eaten up there.

The host, Dave was always friendly and accommodating. I had 3 different servers on each of my visits and all were prompt, friendly and very helpful. I have no doubt that when I am back in the area on either business or pleasure,
Shells will definitely be on my go to list when I am traveling in the area.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Jacksonville, Florida
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114 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Amazing!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

Since I was alone I sat in the bar. The bartender, Kristan, was awesome. Great service and the Jambalaya was over the top. Prices were good too. All fish is fresh never frozen!!

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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“glad they are back, I've enjoyed their food for over 35 years a Tampa tradition.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

fresh seafood and excellent service follows their long tradition in Tampa. late lunch of chowder and grouper fingers was good and the experience server so friendly that I wanted to hire her! nearby diner was enjoying a huge lobster feast for under $10. miss the marjon salad dressings that were a shells table tradition.
for 25 years. I knew theiR organic food
supplier from Plant City.
shells is a winner once again.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank landplan414
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
“Great food great price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

The food was tasty,great, the service too and the price reasonable. The restaurant is easy to get to from the hotel 10 min away.

Visited August 2013
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Thank richard k
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Mich
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“the last one around?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

There were at one time, many Shell's restaurants. This one on Dale Mabry deserves to still be there. The service is excellent..many seafood choices...reasonable prices. Crab cakes were very good.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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