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“Amazing Place for the Family.”
Review of The Half Shell

The Half Shell
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Seafood, Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: We're a casual, family friendly restaurant with contemporary coastal American cuisine. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram!
Reviewed August 30, 2014

This place was referred to is by a guy named Blake who said he knows one of the owners named Blake. He said go to there and tell them Blake sent you. So we did and what an awesome place! Wonderful staff, great atmosphere, and wonderful food. We did meet the other owner awesome and funny guy. He tended to the customers very sweet. Once again great local seafood! I am a pastry chef so when I tell you the butter cake is amazing, it's amazing! Oh did I mention we were a party of seven and didn't have a long wait for our food! Just an amazing place to eat.
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Reviewed August 28, 2014

We have been here twice, and highly recommend this restaurant...mostly because the fish is so fresh and well-prepared. I ordered the Catch of the Day both times -- sheepshead one day and flounder the other -- both heavenly. The atmosphere is nautical, but the interior is a little dark and dingy. I prefer eating outside. We noticed a lot of families with kids going in, and they do have a children's menu. It is expensive for the setting, but well worth it if you like good seafood.

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Reviewed August 26, 2014

Tried The Half Shell after seeing some good reviews and was not disappointed. This is a very laid back and casual spot. Staff was very nice and service was quick and exact. Oysters were great to start, then we had the crab cake sandwich and the grouper special. Both were excellent. Portions were ample but not too much to make you feel overdone. They only have one dessert, a slice of cake with ice cream. Whatever you do, get it, you will not be disappointed, it is out of the world good. Can't wait to come back to SSI and eat here again.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

A local business person recommended that we try this place, as my husband loves oysters and they were featured for happy hour. He found the oysters to be only so so, my Caesar salad with shrimp was limp and the waitstaff expected customers to know the specials and happy hour deals without being told. I will not be returning.

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rankchef, Owner at The Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2014

Thank you for choosing to dine with us and taking the time to review our restaurant. We depend on the reputation we have built with the local community in helping us to attract new customers. It is truly disappointing to hear that you did not enjoy their recommendation or your dining experience with us.

We source our oysters from the east coast, typically Virginia and Maryland, and have had much success with them in feedback from our customers.

A limp caesar salad is unacceptable. We order only romaine hearts to help ensure that, and the salads made to order.

It is not commonplace for the servers to assume that guests know the specials and happy hour offerings. They usually inform guests as part of their greeting.

Again, thank you for your review. It seems that we missed the mark with you and would appreciate the opportunity to change your opinion of us on your next visit to St. Simons Island.

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Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Great Vibe. Amazing. Oysters. Overall a very good place to go where the locals go.

It's my third time there and alway good.

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