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#125 of 1,844 Restaurants in Tampa
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202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
+1 813-875-3467
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Tampa, Florida
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love to go to this restaurant. The sea food is very affordable and very good . I requested a Side Cesar Salad and it was so big, good for 2. The Clam Chowder is a "must", however the best dish are the mussels.

Thank Daisy L
Aston, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was delicious & reasonably priced. Friendly servers & the service was excellent (I went on both a Mon. & Thurs. evening). Neatly decorated (nautical). They had some sea scrub in their restrooms for handwashing & softening, which they also sell. I was going to inquire @ price & possibly buy a jar, but noone came to the counter.

Thank SueM0712
san diego, United States
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my father in law out for lunch because he wanted good seafood so we looked at the ratings of this Shells and thought it would be good. We were disappointed. The clam chowder and fried clams were good. The shrimp on the salads were the little bay shrimp-no flavor. The counch fritters were awful, hushpuppies made as fritters and... More 

Thank Eric N
Elkhart, Indiana
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We ate here on the recommendation of our hotel. There were 3 of us and everyone ordered something different & all of us were disappointed. I would never recommend this place or go back.

Thank amehen23
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127 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

They had one of these joints in Marietta a few years back & had enjoyed them back then. I was actually headed for Cajun & drove by this place on the way so I decided to pull in for some seafood. I came in on a Thursday night & was seated immediately. Wendy was my server & she was very... More 

Thank Mrluthor
Schneverdingen, Germany
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Yesterday I had a cup of Clam Chowder and Shrimp Skewers (which came with rice and mixed vegetables). Both was prepared in good quality, we had quick service. All of this made a good choice. The aircon made it really cold.

Thank Frank_19661117
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Fresh catch grouper, mahi, or salmon cooked to your specifications and a delicious smoked fish dip plus tender fried calamari, shrimp and scallops and best of all very reasonable pricing given the quality and the portions. Top it off with great service and a friendly bar offering beers, wines and specialty cocktails and you've got a great night at Shell's.

Thank Joy B
Columbus, Ohio
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41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I found this restaurant while in town on business. I have to thank Trip Advisor for this one. This is a casual seafood restaurant with good food at a good price. The waiter we had was the best. He provided the best service I may have ever had.

Thank bossi1
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

ate dinner 9/25/16. went on suggestion of hotel staff. not far traveling to it. promarily seafood and pasta., good food and great price

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Have visited this restaurant at least 5 times now on visits to Tampa and each time have received great service and quality fresh seafood. Have eaten seafood all along the coast from Maine to Florida wrapping around the Gulf Coast. This Shells is a solid, unpretentious neighborhood seafood restaurant. it is well attended by locals. The shrimp, crab, and oysters... More 

Thank R M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$39
American, Seafood, Soups, Bar, Pub
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
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?