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“Best King crab legs in Chicago”
Review of Half Shell

Half Shell
Ranked #496 of 9,717 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Reviewed February 20, 2012

This no frills bar on Diversey in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood is a well kept secret for oyster and crab lovers. It is a tiny, cramped basement space, and has been there for years. In the past couple of years they have added sidewalk tables during the summer which almost doubles their capacity at that time of year. The place is packed every Friday and Saturday, no reservations, but the huge steaming plate of king crab legs served with white toast, fries, drawn butter and a lollipop is to die for and a favorite with the locals.

Prepare to wait for a table, then be cramped, and get messy eating, the crab legs, at about $35 a plate are worth it! Cash only, no reservations

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Reviewed January 5, 2012

My husband and I were taken to the Half Shell while on a business trip over a decade ago but it was late and having already had dinner did not partake of the legendary crab legs...much to our later regret. We always talked about "the biggest legs we had ever seen at this dive bar in Chicago" but we could never remember the name of the place. We finally tracked it down again through a local, and 14 years later went back to do what we neglected to do the first time. Prepare to wait for a table and prepare for the best crab legs east of Alaska! The Half Shell is all about food. Great value too. Hopefully it won't be another 14 years before we go back!!!

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2  Thank stabell
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Reviewed December 17, 2011

Fun, no frills place with great food! Love crab? Love specials that you get allot for your money then your in the right spot.

Crab legs with fries, bread grilled onion, tomatoes and pepper with tenderloins of filet$ 20 how can you beat that and I couldn't finish it all.

Amazing crab cakes, best I have ever had. Wines all great big bar and the staff just good people bringing you good food. If your in the area you would be silly not to go!

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1  Thank zimrock
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

We finally tried this place after hearing several recommendations from friends. A great little hideaway in Lincoln Park, with fantastic crab legs. I had the special: king crab and tenderloin for $21 which you can't beat in Chicago. Very large portion of crab legs, and they were so tasty. My fiance had the Dungeoness crab and it was huge! Go for the food, not the atmosphere. I'm glad we finally made time to tryi it, and will definitely go back. It is cash only, but there is an ATM machine inside.

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2  Thank wisgirl01
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Yup, this is a dive bar. Yup, they have great seafood. Yup, you should try it if you're in Chicago.

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1  Thank Outofdodge_10
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