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Shells Seafood

2101 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612-5505
+1 813-304-2170
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“shrimp pasta” (33 reviews)
“chowder” (17 reviews)
“snow crab” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2101 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612-5505
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a great meal without breaking the bank. This is a casual atmosphere , off the dock and seafood them ! I usually have low expectations for places like this . I am happy to say I was pleasantly surprised. I not much to...More

Thank Rykeegan85
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an old fast food restaurant that has been turned into a seafood restaurant. From the outside, this place looks deceiving. Once inside, it's cute/kitschy. The service is good, the food is great. The oysters and mussels are great. The seafood pastas and daily...More

Thank RosalieVC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I dined here our last night in Florida. Our meals(jambalaya, grilled shrimp & scallops, fried shrimp, chicken strips) was all very good. The appetizers were okay; we had conch fritters and seafood dip. The conch was more gritty/crunchy than I remember it...More

Thank CarmenCD1
Reviewed 15 June 2017

This place was great!! Miguel was our waiter and he was so good with the little ones. The salmon was wonderful and they were very open to substitutions.

Thank Tim M
Reviewed 11 June 2017

We went to Shells and had a delicious dinner with friends. Our server, Nick, was efficient and very attentive. There were 2 main issues: 1. There was a guy walking around scuffling his feet so it sounded like he was wearing wooden shoes. He had...More

Thank Donna H
David C, Owner at Shells Seafood, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Dear Donna, Thank you for your business and observations on your recent visit, I am so happy that you enjoyed your meal and that Nick took very good care of your party. I apologize for the young man being so casual about his appearance, that...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Told by hotel this was good place to eat - I've had much better. Fried shrimp was not good - was not fresh nor local. I've had better in Atlanta. Wife got seafood plate - we didn't finish it. Oysters were supposedly local to Appalacacola...More

Thank 261TomW261
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Good food, affordable prices and decent service, can't we ask for more? A better location. We all loved our food, it was our second visit.

Thank amsb31
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Probably the best snow crab my wife and son have ever enjoyed! Great sides of red new potatoes and veg. The coleslaw was excellent as well. The Jambalaya was packed full of Andouille and Chicken and loaded with shrimp. It was awesome! Service by Miguel...More

Thank Don_Kovacs
Reviewed 30 May 2017

My wife and I wanted a seafood lunch with oysters while visiting Tampa. We chose Shell's because the Blue Sea Seafood Rest. and Market is smelly and Ulele has too many flies. We were glad we went to Shell's. We had beautiful, large oysters from...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful! A return of a wonderful oldie! This great old classic is back and it is a delicious delight! After closing a few years back, Shells is back under new management and has a bright decor, with a very clean dining room and most...More

Thank savvytraveler2016
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Questions & Answers
31 March 2017|
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Response from David C | Property representative |
Yes, all of our locations have a sit down bar.
12 July 2016|
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Response from happy2travel1 | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember them having Haddock. Great Grouper though. You'll be in Florida so fresh more local fish. They have a great Salmon dish too.
13 October 2015|
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Response from David C | Property representative |
They are all great.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$39
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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
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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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