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Half Shell

#478 of 7,702 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Lincoln Park
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676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614-1511
+1 773-549-1773
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:30
Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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9 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Bring your wet wipes! King crab and Snow crab combo plate - the best. The amount you get is worth the wait and tastes amazing. Don't come anticipating having a quiet relaxing meal. Bring your cash, as this place is a cash only restaurant and bar. Not too often do you see a bathtub in the bathroom either! Great place... More 

Thank WisconsinBurb
Chicago, Illinois
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2,784 reviews
1,570 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,787 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

For whatever reason, Half Shell doesn't get its props. Located at 676 West Diversey Parkway, at the northeast corner of Orchard and Diversey, in one half of the basement of a two-story brownstone, Half Shell is a no-frills, cash only neighborhood pub in Lincoln Park that has been dishing up a delicious seafood menu since 1968. You won't find it... More 

Thank Taylor B
Cleveland, Ohio
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Definitely a neighborhood dive bar. Old and no frills, but the food was great for a late-night find. Clam chowder and lobster bisque were excellent as was the blue point oysters. The fried clams were a little bland, but the homemade sauces helped. Overall, a fun find.

Thank aeropom
Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I have been coming here for about 27 years. This little casual "joint" is consistently amazing! It has colored lights up you're around the freshest seafood you can buy at alarmingly reasonable prices. The shrimp is colossal as are the crab legs and perfectly fresh, The menu is a huge assortment of very inexpensively priced very very high quality seafood.... More 

Thank Jeanette S
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134 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I have been here twice and the food is always good. The jumbo fried shrimp is tasty and you get a load of food. Be awarw, cash only. Guys, remove your hats before entering.

Thank mauiwaves
Hillsboro, Illinois
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100 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

This is one of those small basement cafe/bars you might walk past but you really need to try. They have a limited seafood menu but everything is fresh and tasty. Try the bluepoint oysters and/or the crab leg plate along with a cold Heiniken on tap. Excellent!!

Thank Golfer010_11
Morristown, Tennessee
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65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Visited this quaint restaurant which was established in 1969. Very small bar with local appeal. We had oysters on the half shell and the fried perch. All was good.

Thank Kyojin42
Colfax Wi
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125 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

A friend ssid this was his favorite restaurant! Visiting Chicago for my birthday, it was right on our walking route to the zoo. Had to check it out. A little confused, we had to walk downstairs to get to it. Remember if you go, "gentlemen remove their hats"... My guess it's for the secuity cams as THEY ONLY ACCEPT CASH!... More 

Thank John G
Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

I've been going to the Half Shell for many years. It's always great food and a fun atmosphere. The ice cold Heineken on tap goes so well with crab legs, fries and lollipop. Although you may have reservations about going downstairs into a basement to eat, it's really a treat - that's why there's always a wait. Try the sashimi... More 

Thank mitzalina
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Although the ambiance is hard to find, the crab is not! Felt like we were in hideaway bar during prohibition, in the basement, dark, cash only. But you won't regret the king crab legs!! They were huge (approx. 1 pound per serving) served with a garlic butter & thin fries.

Thank 1BagTravel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
American, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 00:00
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.
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