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Half Shell Raw Bar

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231 Margaret St, Key West, FL 33040-6639
+1 305-294-7496
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11:00 - 22:00
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Bulmer, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a casual, friendly place near the beach. The food was well prepared, the scallops were particularly nice. The Key Lime Pie was excellent as was the Conch Chowder. After having gone out for fine dining on other evenings, this was best value for mo

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped in for happy hour, seated on the deck, great spot for watching the boats going in and out of the harbor. Our waitress took our order for happy hour early, so she could get the order in right away. Bravo! Our oysters were delivered right at start of happy hour. Our food fest began with a delicious tray... More 

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Philadelphia, pa
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78 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped in for dinner and were immediately seated. The food and services was great and we got the BOGO drinks for happy hour. I would recommend this place for the price and ambiance.

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Thank Reanie8
BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review... More 

Pittsburgh, PA
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Surround yourself in a large environment the uses license plates as wall paper. The happy hour prices are the best with 2 for 1 drinks and all appetizers well discounted - a pound of steamed shrimp around $14 (I think. It might have been $16). They were so sweet the sauce wasn't necessary. Tasted a few fritters at various places... More 

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BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

Glad that you found out about our Happy Hour it is the best and original Happy Hour we have been shucking since 1972 More 

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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Friendly and helpful server Fresh, plump, sweet pink shrimps Calamari was perfectly cooked and obviously fresh Drink not good

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Thank Shaka623
BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for the review.... More 

Traverse City, Michigan
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Come in the back door, sit at the bar next to the worn shuffleboard table, order the dozen oysters at happy hour(for $9), ignore the the t shirt sales and be greeted by the dogs laying on the floor, or go find something not so KW.

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Thank Gary M
BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

One of our favorite reviews yet...Thanks More 

Florida
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great little place on docks to eat delicious fish dinner. I had blackened snapper and blacken Mahi Mahi both so tasty. The Menu has items other than seafood. The place was packed on Friday night, but dinner seating and food service was fast. A large variety of licence plates decorating the restaurant walls are interesting. A few nice shops next... More 

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BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

Glad that you liked your local caught Snapper & Dolphin thanks for the review... More 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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57 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want air conditioning you are in the wrong place. Nothing fancy but the food was good and the drinks were good. No frills just good seafood. The service was efficient and the servers were well trained.

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Thank Wipfer
BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thank you we are not fancy but have been serving the freshest seafood in the same atmosphere since 1972... More 

Dayton, Ohio
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71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my favorite place to eat in Key West. During our latest visit we ate lunch here both days. It's a relaxed, casual restaurant with bench seats and picnic type wooden tables. I love getting a seat by the windows along the waterfront. You can look at the boats and the people walking along the pier. For one lunch... More 

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Thanks for he feedback..... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No clue what else they have on the menu as we always get the warm peal and eats. We went 3 times for lunch in the week we were there. They even blackened some of the fish we had cau on a morning charter.

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Thank _mgrewe
BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

You know we are perhaps one of the only places left in Key West that serves real Key West Pink Shrimp. That is what makes our Peel & Eats so good, thanks for the review... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Margaret St, Key West, FL 33040-6639
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
  • Phone Number: +1 305-294-7496
Description
A Taste of Old Key West! Traditional Key West Raw Bar & great Key West seafood restaurant! Oysters, clams, shrimp, more! A low key restaurant for casual lunch or dinner. Settle down to an informal atmosphere, local characters, great bar and waterfront dining. It's a little piece of Old Key West on the historic Key West Bight.

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