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Shells Seafood

#33 of 1,842 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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2101 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612-5505
+1 813-304-2170
12:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Sugar Land
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67 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Go here instead of the many chain restaurants. Reasonably priced and great service. Clam chowder is a specialty and very good. Stone crabs when in season and local fish. Skip the oysters.

Thank Mary A
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't realize this was a chain until we got there (there were actually a couple in Columbus, Ohio years ago). Once I figured that out, I braced myself for a "Red Lobster" type quality of sea food. I was pleasantly surprised. The crab cake appetizer alone made it worth the trip and the sea food was pretty good. It... More 

Thank Wayne S
Franklin, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would have drove past this place if it hadn't been recommended by the hotel front desk staff. The building and sign are somewhat dated and not in the best repair but once inside we were pleased. We had no wait on a Sunday evening with a group of 10. All entrees were very tasty including crab cakes, grouper and... More 

Thank joeysmomma
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For those of you who don't know about Shells, or just found about them, here's a morsel of info. Tampa area staple for seafood in the 80's, 90's and early 00's.Red Lobster who? Bonefish what? You only went to those places if the lines and waititime ws over a hour at Shells. Due to unbeknownst reason, they went out of... More 

Thank Kev S
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Shells for lunch. We got the blackened salmon and blackened grouper. Both were excellent. Also ordered calamari as an appetizer and it too was excellent. We got the $3.50 drink specials (rum runner, hurricane and margarita) and were very happy.

Thank Ed M
Palm Coast, Florida
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in for lunch after an appointment and before our 2.5 hour trip home. Must admit we were a bit hesitant as there were very few cars in the lot... our concerns were unfounded, our server was very friendly and attentive & the food was very good and plentiful. Premises were clean and prices were reasonable... definite stop if... More 

Thank nottakloo
Claremont, New Hampshire
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71 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped in for lunch after hearing and reading reviews that it was a good place to eat. It definitely is a great place to eat. Friendly staff, clean and the food was great. You have to try the chowder, it's the best I have had in a while We both had the fried scallops and shrimp... More 

Thank Twinstatecritic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

My visit to Shell's was a very pleasant experience for me and my wife. Located about 1 mile from the Holiday Inn Hotel we were staying at made the location very convenient. My wife is very discerning about her food when eating and she was pleased with fried catfish, ie not greasy, arrived hot to the table. Steamed vegetables and... More 

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New Port Richey, Florida
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80 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The four of us went to celebrate my daughter's (32) birthday. We all enjoy seafood and have been here before. Our server Nick was great, friendly, helpful and attentive. Clam chowder and coconut shrimp was an excellent start. They have a full bar, so cocktails are available. We all enjoyed our seafood dishes, except for my finicky son who enjoyed... More 

Thank John T
Tampa, Florida
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102 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Seafood was pretty good. Clam chowder really good. Pasta with seafood medly tasty, could taste the white wine in the sauce, Fish tacos fair, would not get them again. Next time will try a fish entrée. Will give this place another chance. It has been there a long time and I am sure has a loyal following. I probably wouldn't... More 

Thank William C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$39
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 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: 2101 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612-5505
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-304-2170
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?