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Shell Oyster Bar

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114 Oakland Ave # A, Tallahassee, FL 32301-4314
+1 850-224-9919
11:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 18:00
Fri 11:00 - 19:00
Sat 11:00 - 18:00
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Waukeenah, Florida
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I tell everyone I know that they should try this little family owned restaurant. It has the best seafood in Tallahassee and is very inexpensive and you cannot leave hungry.

Thank pelrod27
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017

A little quaint, but a great place for oysters make the Shell Oyster Bar my first choice for fresh seafood. This is a reasonably priced Mom and Pop restaurant that has been around for at least 40 years. It has always been my choice for freshly shucked pints of oysters that are also freshly battered and fried if that happens... More 

Thank Rhinopete1
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

In my humble opinion I'm not stretching it when I say this is the best, most Authentic, Fried Shrimp Oysters Fish in the State. Far from fancy, just excellent, and inexpensive. I've been frequenting the Shell for over 40+ years from when all it had was the freshest, cleanest Oysters at the 4 stool bar in an old Gas Station... More 

Thank M A
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Shell has the best fried shrimp and oysters we have had anywhere, including coastal places all over the world. We have tried them everywhere and we, along with apparently many, many others, think Shell does it the best!!

Thank Mary C
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food and amazing customer service. Staff was very attentive for as busy as they were. Food was fresh and fast. Environment was cute and homey. Bathrooms were clean and well cared for. Go where the locals go and discover this delicious treat in Tallahassee. If you love oysters and real food, you will not be disappointed!

Thank siaxf
Tallahassee, Florida
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125 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

I've eaten here off and on for many years and this year their raw beauties are wonderful. Large, pink, salty oysters and winter is the best time to enjoy them. Shell's has excellent fried seafood too, including shrimp, oysters, white fish. Hard to go wrong here. A Tallahassee institution for over 30 years.

1 Thank troypowell
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57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

We visited here on a Saturday at lunch after hearing folks rave about it for a long time. It's really off of FAMU Way a few blocks south of the State Capital building and if you didn't know it was there, you'd never notice it by the signage out front. We both ordered the shrimp basket lunch which came with... More 

Thank Keith P
Cartersville, Georgia
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157 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Great Oyster bar! Simple place but good food very small dining great place for quick lunch or dinner! Everything is served on paper plates? But very good Seafood! & Cash only?

1 Thank William L
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Best fried shrimp in town. Light, crispy breading and never over cooked. Get a basket! Cheese grits are good, macaroni salad is great...lots of black pepper and no weird bite like most. Cole slaw is a little sweet and fine (food processor?) for my taste. Not much in the way of ambiance; this is no frills, cooked right, down home... More 

1 Thank Jennieadventures
Tallahassee, Florida
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

If you like oysters - raw, fried, stewed or nuked - this is the place. The fried seafood is terrific, too. Everyone that works there have been cooking, shucking, and serving for years. Four generations of my family have been eating oysters and seafood. at Shell's, and I'm confident more generations will follow.

1 Thank Lance B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 114 Oakland Ave # A, Tallahassee, FL 32301-4314
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Tallahassee
  • Phone Number: +1 850-224-9919

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?