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Half Shell

676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614-1511
+1 773-549-1773
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“snow crab” (10 reviews)
“seafood” (23 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Pub
$$ - $$$
676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614-1511
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1 - 10 of 86 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have fond memories of this restaurant. Back in the day before smart phones, actually 26 years ago I frequented the Half Shell on dates. Tonight I shared dinner with my 22 year old son. He ordered the fried eggplant, which they peeled and we...More

Thank eurdav
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I ain't one thats interested in wearing a suit to dinner. I don't care about who sees me at any given moment, and especially when I'm eating like an animal. I care about authentic experiences with great food, and normal people. If you're in town...More

Thank Collyrad
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We were looking for a place who served good frog legs. After a search, Half Shell came up. We gave it a try. This place is super casual. A handful of tables. Nothing fancy but that is okay. Seven people in our party and we...More

Thank Linda010659
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

OMG!!! Love this place. Casual, relax atmosphere with delicious food. My third time eating crab here. Can't wait to go back. Staff is casual and nice. The best crab in Chicago (better than Shaws).

Thank Marisol6009
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Located in a basement with a bar as long as the restaurant itself. Food is excellent and reasonably priced. The Alaskan crab legs are plentiful and very tasty. A full order can be shared. Comes with fries which are very good. A terrific neighborhood restaurant....More

Thank Melvin K
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Really wonderful sea food. You have to visit. Alaska and Maine treats are here...lobster clamps, and wine!

Thank martinezzarate
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We visited Chicago recently and met some family members who suggested we go to the Half Shell for crab. OK, we are from Florida so my first thought is “right I am going to go to a restaurant in land locked Chicago, whose closest water...More

Thank Dr_Tom82
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Everything is fresh, steamed perfectly, and served quickly. East side neighborhood not far from Wrigley. Basement bar in an old brownstone. friendly neighborhood vibe with attitude.

Thank Sparkomatic
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Bring your wet wipes! King crab and Snow crab combo plate - the best. The amount you get is worth the wait and tastes amazing. Don't come anticipating having a quiet relaxing meal. Bring your cash, as this place is a cash only restaurant and...More

Thank WisconsinBurb
Reviewed 20 April 2017

For whatever reason, Half Shell doesn't get its props. Located at 676 West Diversey Parkway, at the northeast corner of Orchard and Diversey, in one half of the basement of a two-story brownstone, Half Shell is a no-frills, cash only neighborhood pub in Lincoln Park...More

Thank Taylor B
Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through
one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park
boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a
free zoo open to visitors year-round. This
pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks,
row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln
Park itself borders the lakefront area offering
peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline.
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26 March 2015|
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Response from Robert Z | Reviewed this property |
There is some street parking about a half block west. I always take a cab. Parking is tough and costs almost as much as a cab ride.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614-1511
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighbourhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: +1 773-549-1773
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