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Shells Seafood Restaurant - South Tampa

#154 of 1,981 Restaurants in Tampa
€€ - €€€American, , Seafood
202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
+1 813-875-3467
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“clam chowder” (21 reviews)
“seafood” (52 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in here while on vacation. This restaurant does not look like much in side, but the service was fast and the food was ok. If you are looking for a great seafood dinner i would suggest going someplace else. This was like a...More

Thank Kerry1964
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious! Best Shrimp and Crab Dip. Also had the Baby Lobster Pasta, noodles were a little too al dente but the sauce was fantastic.

Thank Jascas99
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Lots of great reviews and we were traveling all day and starving so Shells seemed like a great fit except when we approached the hostess we specifically asked for a table away from the door and other people, the server heard us and told us...More

Thank Freestylefoodie
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Upon entering this establishment, we were met by a hostess with a business attitude and very cheery server. Joking with them both about the desire to be seated back and away from a lot of other people, server joked back about we were in luck...More

Thank TheSandyCrab
Reviewed 5 May 2018

This was our first time in Tampa. We did a quick search for a seafood place for lunch and this was the closest to our route, so we stopped in. Don't let the modest exterior and basic decor fool you. This was the best fresh...More

Thank Gracie47
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Vegas, you don't cook like these people do. Seafood so good it would make you cry. Clam chowder that is unbeatable! Service so much better than any fine restaurant anywhere!!!

Thank stacyvolin
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

We came her at recommendation of shuttle driver. Server was friendly and helpful. My husband got their clam chowder, and said it was some of the best he had even had. The grouper sandwich had a piece of grouper so big it was about double...More

Thank norcrt01
Reviewed 13 March 2018

This visit was excellent all the way around. The service was excellent from start to finish. The food was fresh and delicious. We will definitely go back.

Thank Jim1133
Reviewed 8 March 2018

Food was old and they over cooked to cover it up. They need to remodel the place and clean it up. I have been to other Shell and it was never this bad. You walk in the place and you can shell them frying oil....More

Thank W7598WJjohn
Reviewed 7 March 2018

We had been to another Shells Seafood Restaurant and enjoyed it immensely and came across this one after going to the Pinarama Bowling center again. It was just as good as the other one. Luckily this one opened at 11am so when we got there...More

Thank englishbrian2018
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22 June 2018|
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Response from 63Lincoln | Reviewed this property |
They don't take reservations that I know of. However, if you have a large party they might. I'd call to confirm. They have a nice bar as well. The food is really good and worth the wait to get seated. Once seated our... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$39
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
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>  > Historic Ybor
  • Neighbourhood: Historic Ybor
  • 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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