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Captain Benny's Half Shell

#220 of 7,051 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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8506 Main St, Houston, TX 77025-2703
+1 713-666-5469
11:00 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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253 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
Newark, Delaware
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Fabulous food...highly recommend the Seafood Gumbo and the fried Shrimp! Small and friendly. Very reasonable!

1 Thank 485marthag
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Cooked oysters are incredible, I'm sure I would have loved them raw, didn't care to try. The catfish and other fried food is fine if you like that sort of thing.

Thank Kamilla J
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

It is not the nicest environment in this restaurant shaped like a ship, I guess it is already a few years old and you can see it. But the oysters for a $1 a piece on a halfshell where outstanding. Also the gumbo was excellent, the price for food is very affordable and the local beer at happy hour is... More 

1 Thank Ludwig E
Monroe, Louisiana
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Four of us ventured to this seafood restaurant. The ambiance is that of a Bar. We sat at a tall, rather than a booth. Our waiter was exceptional an eager to serve. My dinner was delayed, so he offered a bowl of gumbo for our inconvenience. The seafood platters are fresh and very good.

Thank Louis B
Austin, Texas
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80 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

We were in Houston off and on due to our daughter being in the hospital. She wanted some seafood and just minutes from the hospital. The Boudain balls are excellent and I mean excellent! Shrimp with rice wonderful, gumbo, oh my but our very favorite item is the crawfish etiquette!

1 Thank maxwhite1

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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
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?