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#114 of 1,873 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Seafood, Soups, Bar, Pub
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202 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609-2817
+1 813-875-3467
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 could get the scallops without the shrimp.) I recommend this restaurant.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No wait at 5:30 on a Thursday. Service was excellent. Daily fish specials were great tasting and not over priced. The crabcake appetizer was also very good

Thank gregoryd491
Winter Haven, Florida
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good, casual lunch. Food was fast. Nothing fancy in the atmosphere here but has gotten good reviews.

Thank Megan S
Duluth, Minnesota
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here after referred by Tahitian Hotel staff. Very good shrimp skewers, classic seafood pasta and shrimp pasta are amazing. I had asparagus and my sister had broccoli with our meals and even those were fantastic. Crab cake and crab shrimp dip were ok, but would not order again. Down to earth and comfortable setting, friendly staff. Definitely recommend this... More 

Thank Angela S
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived in Tampa in time for dinner and I decided that I wanted fried shrimp so I looked it up on my phone. Shells was close to our hotel so we decided to try it. Living in Montana we get fresh seafood but never fried shrimp so we decided that is what we wanted. We were seated right away... More 

Thank Skip59716
Tampa, Florida
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64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Shells Restaurant is often considered for dinner but it is a good choice for lunch, too. The fresh daily offerings and the friendly service make for a nice experience. The salads are wonderful, as are the appetizers!

Thank DeeDee3579
Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and i stopped in this Shells are looking for some seafiid restaurants in the area. We found out this one was close by so we chose it. We are glad we did. The seafood was amazing, i had the seafood platter and my wife had the crab cakes. We were both stuffed and took some home. It was... More 

Thank william C
Fort Drum, New York
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247 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

While in Tampa on business we took advantage of the proximity to the gulf to get some good seafood. I had the appetizers as my dinner. The peel and eat shrimp and the buffalo shrimp. Both very good. Reasonably priced. We also got there in the middle of Happy Hour for $2 draft pints of Yuengling. Not bad.

Thank Dealer06
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22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Walked from hotel on shuttle driver recommendation. Glad we did. Great clam chowder and pasta seafood dishes. $2 happy hour drinks. Service was friendly and good. Prices are reasonable . Would go back if just for clam chowder.

Thank WESTIEOhio
Richboro, Pennsylvania
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191 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Found this place while staying near the Tampa airport. The exterior and ambiance were modest, but the seafood was terrific. I loved my tall $2 happy hour sangria, crispy fried grouper, pilaf, and sauced vegetable medley. The prices were very reasonable, and service was down home friendly.

Thank Nan5049

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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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?