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Shells

#109 of 1,874 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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American, Seafood, Soups, Bar, Pub
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202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
+1 813-875-3467
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Weddington, North Carolina
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you didn't know about this place, you might pass it right by. But it is a great place to enjoy seafood and much more. I understand it can be really crowded at times, but when I visited on a Tuesday evening about 7pm, there were lots of people there, but got right in. The fried shrimp was delicious, and... More 

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Thank harphaulingdad
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here before our cruise and loved it so much we went back after the cruise. Prices are reasonable, seafood is fresh and the staff are friendly! My husband is extremely picky and he loved the Jambalaya. I recommend that you try this place.

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Thank Kathy H
Chicago
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101 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was our last day in Tampa and we wanted to get some good seafood. After some research and asking advice from locals, we settled on Shell's. Great decision. We split buffalo shrimp, calamari and conch fritters for appetizers. I ordered the seafood pasta that had mussels, oysters, shrimp and scallops with a white wine garlic sauce that was a... More 

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Thank Vincent C
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

My family ate at Shells this evening and enjoyed our meals and the service very much. The raw oysters were very large and delicious! My husband enjoyed the jambalaya and my grilled shrimp and scallops were also good. (It would be even better if you could get the scallops without the shrimp.) I recommend this restaurant.

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

No wait at 5:30 on a Thursday. Service was excellent. Daily fish specials were great tasting and not over priced. The crabcake appetizer was also very good

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Thank gregoryd491
Winter Haven, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Good, casual lunch. Food was fast. Nothing fancy in the atmosphere here but has gotten good reviews.

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Thank Megan S
Duluth, Minnesota
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Came here after referred by Tahitian Hotel staff. Very good shrimp skewers, classic seafood pasta and shrimp pasta are amazing. I had asparagus and my sister had broccoli with our meals and even those were fantastic. Crab cake and crab shrimp dip were ok, but would not order again. Down to earth and comfortable setting, friendly staff. Definitely recommend this... More 

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Thank Angela S
Montana
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We arrived in Tampa in time for dinner and I decided that I wanted fried shrimp so I looked it up on my phone. Shells was close to our hotel so we decided to try it. Living in Montana we get fresh seafood but never fried shrimp so we decided that is what we wanted. We were seated right away... More 

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Thank Skip59716
Tampa, Florida
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64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Shells Restaurant is often considered for dinner but it is a good choice for lunch, too. The fresh daily offerings and the friendly service make for a nice experience. The salads are wonderful, as are the appetizers!

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Thank DeeDee3579
Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and i stopped in this Shells are looking for some seafiid restaurants in the area. We found out this one was close by so we chose it. We are glad we did. The seafood was amazing, i had the seafood platter and my wife had the crab cakes. We were both stuffed and took some home. It was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 39
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-875-3467
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!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?