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Captain Benny's Half Shell

#206 of 7,109 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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8506 Main St, Houston, TX 77025-2703
+1 713-666-5469
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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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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56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Benny's has great seafood, reasonably priced items and incredibly cheap beer. However, if you are looking for ambiance you better head for Pappas or another high-end seafood restaurant. Personally, I just want some cheap but fresh oysters on the half-shell, some cold beer and some broiled scallops. Benny's hit all the right buttons even if the space was incredibly cramped... More 

Thank hcarnaby
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Catfish, Flounder, Shrimp, Oyster and even chicken. The food is always good. There is ample seating and everyone is very friendly and accommodating. The service seem to be very slow however it does not take away from the food.I had the chicken po boy and had enough to eat the chicken along side the toasted french bread, french fry and... More 

Thank number12
Midland, Texas
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loves this place we Love New Orleans and it gave us a taste of it. Gumbo was absolutely delicious! Catfish good, Oyster fresh as can be. Service great! Recommend this place!! Don't miss Out!! FYI oysters are priced low! Another plus!!

Sulphur, Louisiana
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

One of the specials was whole catfish and 6 shrimp. This is normally sold fried but I asked for grilled shrimp which I received. Both the catfish and shrimp were excellent and served piping hot. This was about a 35 minute walk from MD Anderson Mays Clinic. I highly recommend this place. Service was good and fast.

Thank LAfisherman
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Captain Benny's Seafood is a must if you're in the Houston area. Located very close to the heart of the medical center you will not find seafood as fresh and delicious as you will here! I found myself wondering if the fish/shrimp just came off the boat. It was that good! The seafood gumbo was also very delicious but probably... More 

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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

If I have to go to the Dr., I reward myself with oysters on the half shell and gumbo. The guy shucking the oysters and working the bar is El Jefe. Petfect. Gumbo is pretty darn good and the fried entrees are great. Don't miss the boat!

Thank StellaScout H
Tampa, Florida
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136 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

I've wanted to return to Captain Benny's since living in Houston years ago so was pretty excited to see that they are still around. Freshly shucked oysters were fresh and large, beer cold, service pretty good. Menu large!

Thank FoodieFoodies
Houston, Texas
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Love this place best gumbo in town, freshest shrimp lightly battered and fried to perfection. And if you prefer they offer grilled, blackened or boiled and all are delicious. Oyster's are always skucked in front of you so don't get any fresher than that.

Thank Texans4ever2469
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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278 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Another one of those small places that is uninspiring looking from the outside but a gem inside. Small old counter type restaurant with some bar tables and a few booths. It is always packed and the seafood is fresh and well prepared. You can choose from broiled or fried for most dishes. Service was friendly and efficient. I had the... More 

Thank JimH88011
Burnet, Texas
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Friendly staff, good fried shrimp, oysters, cole slaw and hush puppies. The building is set back from the street, which made it difficult to find at night. Nothing was exceptional.

Thank Notmyfirstrodeo2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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: 8506 Main St, Houston, TX 77025-2703
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: +1 713-666-5469

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?