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“No longer offeres Sports Bar style food” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shellfish Sports Bar & Grille

Shellfish Sports Bar & Grille
Ranked #2 of 47 Restaurants in Port Lavaca
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Nestled away in Lavaca Bay in the friendly townof Port Lavaca, Shellfish Sports Bar & Grilleoffers a casual and relaxing atmospherefor locals and visitors alike.Our FoodSourcing our seafood from the Gulf, Caribbean, North Atlantic, and Pacific Ocean we aim to provide you with the freshest product available. Working with local purveyors and fisheries throughout, we pledge to provide you with product that pays tribute and respect to the hard working men and women who fish and work these waters.Our BarFrom Conroe to Fredericksburg we embrace the local flavors of Texas breweries with a variety craft beers. In conjunction, refreshing cocktails and the friendliest bartenders in Port Lavaca.
Falls Church, Virginia
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“No longer offeres Sports Bar style food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

They changed the menu completely and no longer offer the hot tenders or a normal sized burger. The new burger is good, but very small and at $10 for it, one would assume they would get fries or a salad, but instead you get a handful of nasty Lays potato chips. Fried frog legs and "frenched" style chicken legs along with oysters and tropical fish is now on the menu. The restaurant no longer fits the "sports bar" part of its name, but now actually fits the "shellfish" part, which my family does not eat seafood. Extremely sad to see the tenders and burger go, since it was the only location in Port Lavaca to offer both along with liquor drinks. We used to eat there about once a week and drop nearly $100 each time and it was practically the only restaurant we would eat at in Port Lavaca. They have lost us as customers.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Mitzi C
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English first
Houston, Texas
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83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“The redo worked!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

Shellfish was closed in March for a reorganization, and it worked. They have an all new menu with real food, and not just fried food like the rest of Port Lavaca. This is something different. We started with a couple fo the speciality cocktails, and they were both good. They are making all their drinks with fresh ingredients, and the first one I asked for contained strawberries. I was informed that they couldn't make it because the strawberries they received that day weren't acceptable. I was highly impressed. We had the onion blossoms with homemade honey mustard sauce. They were crispy and flavorful. We also had the blackened Mahi and flounder. Both were cooked perfectly. The Mahi was especially good with a lot of flavor. The flounder could have used a little more seasoning, but it was still tasty. There are many more items on the menu we can't wait to try. There are several good wine, beer, and drink selections, and the menu is reasonbly priced. The most expensive item is the $24 ribeye. The service was a little slow on a busy Friday evening, but I take that as they were only open for five days, and are trying to work out the kinks. That is the only reason I didn't give it an excellent rating. It is so nice to see the staff dressed alike, looking professional, and working together to give the guests a great experience. We had avoided Shellfish in the past, but we will be back on a regular basis now. If you want the same boring, tasteless food you can find in most of the area seafood restaurants, don't come here. Thankfully, Shellfish now has real food with real flavor!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank GigEm98
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Shellfish2013, Manager at Shellfish Sports Bar & Grille, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
We are very happy to hear of your giving Shellfish another try. We too think the "redo" was a success but will continue to make it better and better. Its very refreshing that people can appreciate something that is actually fresh and a menu that isn't 100% deep fried.

Please stop in again and let us know how we are doing. Your feedback is very important to us.

Best to you and thank you again for the kind review.
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Victoria, Texas, United States
1 review
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

After a fun day at the beach we decided to try the restaurant. We heard from several people it was beach front and had good food. Nope-not oceanfront. It had very limited seafood on the menu. If you wanted a piece of bread with your meal it would cost you an extra $1.00. You could get a baked potato for extra money. It was not worth the money so we left. I had someone from North Carolina visiting and was excited to show him good Texas seafood. This was not the place. We were very disappointed.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Sharon F
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Shellfish2013, General Manager at Shellfish Sports Bar & Grille, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
We sincerely apologize for your experience. It's definitely not our standard to disappoint our guest. Please come back and join us a offer you the food and service you deserve.

Sincerely
Shellfish management
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Austin, Texas
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good, but not great selection.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Must be off season. Selection skimpy, but nice ambience. Would go back during high season to try out other menu choices.

Visited February 2013
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Thank truetexan2016
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Houston, Texas
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83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Not as good as it should be”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

This place has great potential with being on the water and having a great space. Unfortunately, it falls short. The menu is so so, and the food that is delivered tastes like it could have come from anywhere. It is nothing special, except for the cheesecakes. The desserts are almost always awesome, even if it sounds like something you wouldn't want to try. The wait staff is usually friendly and helpful, but there is one male bartender - who works at night, that unless you are a woman, will not pay attention to you. It's OK, because I'm sure his tips reflect that. I don't know why it is hard for bartenders to understand that if they give good service, they will get repaid for it?

Visited December 2012
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1 Thank GigEm98
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