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Half Shell

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, Seafood
676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614-1511
+1 773-549-1773
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“snow crab” (11 reviews)
“seafood” (28 reviews)
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American, Seafood
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676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614-1511
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Half Shell continues to be a hidden spot for seafood in plain view - down a half story fro Diversey Parkway street level. The bar is convivial and the menu focused on simply prepared seafood. My crab legs were very good - a generous...More

Thank TerryL1462
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yes, it’s in the downstairs basement and may not have been redecorated this century (an old timey bar feel with Christmas lights), but the seafood is excellent! Bring cash because they don’t take anything else.

Thank carachil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To be fair we only went in for a beer. Dark & dingy this didn’t feel a very welcoming place. There wasn’t really any atmosphere amongst the people tucked away at their tiny Formica tables, signs made it clear we couldn’t choose where to sit,...More

Thank Sarah E
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

This is my number one spot for seafood!! I absolutely love this place and you can sit outside in the summer!!

Thank Prego51
Reviewed 27 August 2018

I love the feel of this Chicago landmark. Located in the basement of a two-flat it is a no-frills eatery but the crab will make you forget all of that.

Thank Relax273537
Reviewed 13 August 2018

none of this weirdo hipster seafood in the bag crap. i want my crab legs on a plate thank-you very much. half shell delivers! i had the snow crab legs with the tenderloin medallions. wow. i got both sets of crab legs, really tender steak,...More

Thank Reverend R
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Great dive bar for good King and Snow crab legs! We visit here every couple of months, when we crave crab. Please note, Cash Only. The ambiance is dark and dirty; the service is sub-par, but the crab legs rock! For $30 you get about...More

Thank LiveForFood2
Reviewed 7 August 2018

At least the waiter admitted his mistake. He did give us a free salad. Chicago seems to love this place but we found it quite ordinary.

Thank fsae9
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

This place is great for a casual easy dinner. They serve perfectly for kids and adults. The cream here is very fresh and served simply so you can just enjoy it! A must get for me is the clam chowder!! The freshest seafood in Chicago!!!

Thank World_Food_Critic18
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

Number one reason to come to Chicago! Shrimp, frog legs, chowder and cherry stones this visit. Great environment, great service in a funky cool environment. You owe this to yourself@

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27 March 2015|
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Response from Robert Z | Reviewed this property |
There is some street parking about a half block west. I always take a cab. Parking is tough and costs almost as much as a cab ride.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614-1511
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighbourhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: +1 773-549-1773
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