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) #113 of 1,904 Restaurants in Tampa $$ - $$$ American, , Seafood
202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
+1 813-875-3467
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“clam chowder” (19 reviews)
“seafood” (46 reviews)
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11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to get some seafood. I recommend whatever the fresh catch is or the Shrimp Diablo. Beer selection could be improved. Only one local selection.

Thank croth14
Reviewed 6 June 2017

We started with the calamari and also the onch fritters. Both were good. The fritters were a touch crispier than recommended. Calamari was great. Fresh catch of the day was the grouper with fries. Husband had it and I was amazed at the huge amount...More

Thank 212Poker
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Fish spread to start, yummy. Shrimp pasta, delicious! Tanya was our waitress, very professional, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Shells is a staple! Love it. ❤

Thank Penny B
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Shell's has good food, but atmosphere is pretty casual. Husband ordered the shrimp scampi with Shell's sauce and he raved about it with every bite. I had grouper nuggets with fries and the grouper was so good with a very light batter. Our waitress was...More

Thank Deb L
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Pleasant room and staff. Ordered a shrimp basket. The menu said gulf shrimp, but did not say fresh. The fried shrimp had clearly been frozen and of the type preserved with sodium tripolyphosphate. This is what makes some shrimp look translucent even when fully cooked...More

Thank jennydoll
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Started with Coconut and Buffalo shrimp...DELISH! Lots of food, great service. You get your money's worth here

Thank Gina G
Reviewed 6 April 2017

If you didn't know about this place, you might pass it right by. But it is a great place to enjoy seafood and much more. I understand it can be really crowded at times, but when I visited on a Tuesday evening about 7pm, there...More

Thank harphaulingdad
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

We visited here before our cruise and loved it so much we went back after the cruise. Prices are reasonable, seafood is fresh and the staff are friendly! My husband is extremely picky and he loved the Jambalaya. I recommend that you try this place.

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 28 March 2017

It was our last day in Tampa and we wanted to get some good seafood. After some research and asking advice from locals, we settled on Shell's. Great decision. We split buffalo shrimp, calamari and conch fritters for appetizers. I ordered the seafood pasta that...More

Thank Vincent C
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

My family ate at Shells this evening and enjoyed our meals and the service very much. The raw oysters were very large and delicious! My husband enjoyed the jambalaya and my grilled shrimp and scallops were also good. (It would be even better if you...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
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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
  • 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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