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Shells Pasta & Seafood

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522 E Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5747
+1 361-749-7621
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Wed - Mon 11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've eaten here before and enjoyed it but this meal was very disappointing. I tried the mixed seafood on linguine with alfredo sauce. The pasta was seriously overcooked (mushy) and the alfredo sauce had been over cooked and had broken. On top of that it really needed salt just to try to bring out the flavor. Waitress did offer a... More 

Thank Jane P
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13 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We asked hotel staff for the best seafood in Port Aransas and they recommended Shells. This restaurant only has 9 tables inside, so we waited about 45 minutes for a table. We waited another 1/2 hour for a waitress to appear. This should have been our clue to leave. We ordered fried oysters as an appetizer ($11.99). There were 4... More 

Thank queendawn
Austin, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have eaten at this local establishment many times over the years. Recently it seems like it's been hit or miss. I had the Scallops with Linguine and was pretty disappointed. Pasta was overcooked, to soft, and the sauce wasn't very thick. Plus there just weren't enough scallops.

Thank Mark F
Fulshear, Texas
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a TINY little restaurant. A huge selection of menu items and everything I have ever tried there has been amazing!

Thank dawnbrien
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner with family and I have to say we all had a great meal. The wait was about 45 min, but we bought a bottle of wine and enjoyed the weather in the seated area outside. Waitress was helpful for suggestions, fried oysters, mango civeche, fish of the day and seafood gumbo.... worth the wait.

Thank Beth M
Wichita, Kansas
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73 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is not one good seat in the entire restaurant and you are basically sitting in the kitchen. We had to continually listen to the manager/owner (we think) complain to and about his employees during the entirety of the meal. Where we sat, the staff constantly bumped our chairs and had very unprofessional conversations. Food was very basic and nothing... More 

Thank REF W
Bowling Green
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate lunch outdoors at this restaurant. Ordered hamburger & the hotdog. The meat was fine for both but bread was way too thick on both orders. The aioli sauce was too thick on both. Very fair food.

Thank Jean B
College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unique and delicious chef created menu and freshly baked bread in a little bitty place that looks like it was once a gas station. We were very pleasantly surprised, the food rivaled any fancy place around.

Thank tacky_mom
Houston, Texas
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101 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is a very small place but it is well worth the wait. The service is wonderful and these people never stop. Love the food and is an all time fave

Thank mickeymom4
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We stumbled onto Shells by accident one day when we were driving around and hungry and that was a great day! Since then, we make it a point to visit every chance we get. The menu is so varied that you can get everything from local seafood to ahi tuna to Asian specialties to candied bacon. Yes, I said candied... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 522 E Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5747
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Port Aransas
  • Phone Number: +1 361-749-7621

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