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Shells Seafood

#24 of 1,873 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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2101 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612-5505
+1 813-304-2170
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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177 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were looking for a casual seafood restaurant near our hotel and heard about Shells. It is a very casual place with an extensive menu. We tried the clam chowder to start and were happy with the abundant amount of clam pieces in it. For main courses we had shrimp pasta and Dungeness crab. The shrimp dish came with a... More 

Thank Steigenberger592
Central Florida, Florida
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68 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having heard good things about "Shells Seafood" in Tampa, and having passed by it numerous times en route between work, I decided that a good plate of fried clams would be just right for lunch on this one day. And, although the restaurant was not busy at all (at 1:30 mid-week), and the service/server were quite receptive, the advertised "Best"... More 

Thank SidlerGK
Saucier, Mississippi, Usa
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's hard to define good seafood outside of MS and LA but shells seafood was really good. Although not as spicy as I am accustomed too, the seafood was cooked very well. The buffalo shrimp appetizer was really good. The shrimp pasta and shrimp skewers didn't disappoint. The service was excellent. Located close to Busch Gardens, this is a great... More 

Thank Jimmy L
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service was great! Katie paid special attention to what we wanted. I had grilled grouper with vegetables. It was amazing! My husband had a oyster po-boy and onion rings. It was great too. Highly recommend eating here!

Thank Rhonda M
Miami, Florida
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here on April 12 during lunch and have a very pleasant experience. Miguel is an excellent server, very professional, knowledgeable, and personal. He made good recommendations. The food was very tasty and portions generous. It came at correct temperatures. I highly recommend the snow crab, shrimp pasta, and clam chowder. The bartender made a very nice mojito. Great... More 

Thank DawnHB
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this place on TripAdvisor and were not disappointed. The food was excellent, fish for adults and chicken for the kids. The waitress was really helpful and friendly. Would recommend as a place to eat if staying near Busch Gardens.

Thank debandhim
Lutz, Florida
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shells always has great food & tasty drinks. We got the fried mushrooms which were very tasty. My husband order the clam chowder soup this has got to be one of the best soups I have tasted!! We also order, to me the best dish at Shells the shrimp pasta. Great food at a great price!! The only negative point... More 

Thank ddarragh9
Yorktown, Virginia
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301 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I have been fans of the Shells' clam chowder for many years. Every time we went to visit his parents we would make a point of going to Shells to get a bowl of the chowder. Well, most of the locations closed down and it has been years since we've been. When we happened to be in... More 

Thank Sabena Y
Franklin, Ohio
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and service was great! Only thing was I really want ed snow crab legs but they were out but I still enjoyed the environment and the food!

Thank Lipps2015
Fort Worth
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104 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The reviews for this were so, so but we were pleasantly surprised and the felix sauce was really good on our rice. I had the scampi and the shrimp were great! Great quality seafood! Great desserts!

Thank newtexan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$39
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2101 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612-5505
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-304-2170
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?