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#119 of 1,867 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
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Tampa, Florida
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63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

Thank DeeDee3579
Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank william C
Fort Drum, New York
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246 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While in Tampa on business we took advantage of the proximity to the gulf to get some good seafood. I had the appetizers as my dinner. The peel and eat shrimp and the buffalo shrimp. Both very good. Reasonably priced. We also got there in the middle of Happy Hour for $2 draft pints of Yuengling. Not bad.

Thank Dealer06
Level Contributor
22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Walked from hotel on shuttle driver recommendation. Glad we did. Great clam chowder and pasta seafood dishes. $2 happy hour drinks. Service was friendly and good. Prices are reasonable . Would go back if just for clam chowder.

Thank WESTIEOhio
Richboro, Pennsylvania
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189 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Found this place while staying near the Tampa airport. The exterior and ambiance were modest, but the seafood was terrific. I loved my tall $2 happy hour sangria, crispy fried grouper, pilaf, and sauced vegetable medley. The prices were very reasonable, and service was down home friendly.

Thank Nan5049
Bristow, Virginia
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122 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

First time visit, the food was outstanding, especially, the clam chowder. The clam chowder is the best I have had in a long time. The restaurant was neat and clean with plenty of seating. Parking was okay. They had a bar while you wait for order to go. I had the fried Mississippi catfish, couple of chicken wings, and the... More 

Thank sbT9238BI
Hudson, Florida
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121 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

My wife and I drove down to Tampa for lunch at Shells last month. The service and all the staff were very friendly and answered all the questions we had. Decided on a bowl of clam chowder (more than enough to share and the pasta with shrimp, again, more than enough to share. Used our groupon with no problems. Parking... More 

Thank jgoo1112
Tampa, Florida
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I love to go to this restaurant. The sea food is very affordable and very good . I requested a Side Cesar Salad and it was so big, good for 2. The Clam Chowder is a "must", however the best dish are the mussels.

Thank Daisy L
Aston, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

The food was delicious & reasonably priced. Friendly servers & the service was excellent (I went on both a Mon. & Thurs. evening). Neatly decorated (nautical). They had some sea scrub in their restrooms for handwashing & softening, which they also sell. I was going to inquire @ price & possibly buy a jar, but noone came to the counter.

Thank SueM0712
san diego, United States
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Took my father in law out for lunch because he wanted good seafood so we looked at the ratings of this Shells and thought it would be good. We were disappointed. The clam chowder and fried clams were good. The shrimp on the salads were the little bay shrimp-no flavor. The counch fritters were awful, hushpuppies made as fritters and... More 

Thank Eric N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$39
American, Seafood, Soups, Bar, Pub
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 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: 202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-875-3467
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?