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Shells Seafood

#26 of 1,873 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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2101 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612-5505
+1 813-304-2170
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Hamilton, Canada
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294 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went for Dinner and had a good meal.The Atmosphere is very colorful,the staff are friendly and the Food is good.Nice to find a place that is not a Chain Restaurant.The sea food pasta is very good and the crab cake dinner is second to none.Recommend this place.

Thank woodeye66
Saint Augustine, FL
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86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here on our way into town for a day at Busch Gardens. Can't say enough good things about this resaturant. The atmosphere is warm and bright. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive, even if we did come in half an hour before close. And, the food was fabulous. Not a bad app or meal for any of... More 

Thank Mark K
Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We passed by several seafood restaurants to get to this one - highly rated by hotel staff - not stuffy and casual environment. The food was awesome - started with chowder and salads. Enjoyed scampi, fish and chips, peel and eat shrimp and salmon - ALL WAS GREAT!! A hidden gem and not expected based on location. Server very attentive... More 

Thank MitchReviews2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I are new to the Tampa area (been here 2 months) and we were looking for a local (but not chain) restaurant to try before our wedding anniversary. I have been seeing the sign for Shell's Seafood Restaurant on hwy 60 on evenings that I leave the gym so I decided to Google the reviews and menu.... More 

Thank Patty R
Lavallette, New Jersey
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently, my son and I visited Shells while we were staying at a nearby hotel. The server, Amber, was very friendly and efficient. She recommended the Salmon Felix which my son ordered and loved. We shared the peel and eat shrimp appetizer which was seasoned with just enough Old Bay. Their house made cole slaw is also quite good as... More 

Thank BeachBumBev
Little Rock, Arkansas
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a good meal and drinks with co-workers. Wait staff were attentive, menu was wide and prices were reasonable.

Thank ScoutBooRadley
Jacksonville, Florida
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91 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed in the area for a business trip and visited Shells based on other reviews here. They were short-staffed, so it took a while to get seated, but they made up for it with great service. The food was delicious, and portions were generous, including dessert. I would definitely go again next time I'm in the area.

Thank Clint C
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241 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Shells jumped out as a good restaurant when we checked TripAdvisor for a local restaurant. The service by Steven was excellent, the beer was ice cold, the house wine was good and the happy hour was happening between 5&7. They brag about their New England clam chowder and it is good. It is filled with diced clams and while not... More 

Thank Bill G
Dade City, Florida
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68 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Years ago, we frequented SHELLS on Dale Mabry, but then moved from the area. We happened to be near the Fowler Avenue SHELLS today so stopped for an early dinner. We were disappointed. We had some concerns while walking into the restaurant; the exterior building/grounds were not well kept. The interior was also worn and outdated. Our waiter was professional... More 

Thank FloridaCathy
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful fresh tasting dinner. Very reasonable in price, fast service and great waitress. Will definitely return when near the campus of USF. Very causual.

Thank David N

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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Groups
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?