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Half Shell

) #463 of 7,898 Restaurants in Chicago $$ - $$$ American, Seafood,
676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614-1511
+1 773-549-1773
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good32%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“crab legs” (27 reviews)
“king crab” (13 reviews)
“seafood” (23 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
American, Seafood, Pub
$$ - $$$
676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614-1511
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Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

OMG!!! Love this place. Casual, relax atmosphere with delicious food. My third time eating crab here. Can't wait to go back. Staff is casual and nice. The best crab in Chicago (better than Shaws).

Thank Marisol6009
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Located in a basement with a bar as long as the restaurant itself. Food is excellent and reasonably priced. The Alaskan crab legs are plentiful and very tasty. A full order can be shared. Comes with fries which are very good. A terrific neighborhood restaurant....More

Thank Melvin K
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Really wonderful sea food. You have to visit. Alaska and Maine treats are here...lobster clamps, and wine!

Thank martinezzarate
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We visited Chicago recently and met some family members who suggested we go to the Half Shell for crab. OK, we are from Florida so my first thought is “right I am going to go to a restaurant in land locked Chicago, whose closest water...More

Thank Dr_Tom82
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Everything is fresh, steamed perfectly, and served quickly. East side neighborhood not far from Wrigley. Basement bar in an old brownstone. friendly neighborhood vibe with attitude.

Thank Sparkomatic
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Bring your wet wipes! King crab and Snow crab combo plate - the best. The amount you get is worth the wait and tastes amazing. Don't come anticipating having a quiet relaxing meal. Bring your cash, as this place is a cash only restaurant and...More

Thank WisconsinBurb
Reviewed 21 April 2017

For whatever reason, Half Shell doesn't get its props. Located at 676 West Diversey Parkway, at the northeast corner of Orchard and Diversey, in one half of the basement of a two-story brownstone, Half Shell is a no-frills, cash only neighborhood pub in Lincoln Park...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Definitely a neighborhood dive bar. Old and no frills, but the food was great for a late-night find. Clam chowder and lobster bisque were excellent as was the blue point oysters. The fried clams were a little bland, but the homemade sauces helped. Overall, a...More

Thank aeropom
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I have been coming here for about 27 years. This little casual "joint" is consistently amazing! It has colored lights up you're around the freshest seafood you can buy at alarmingly reasonable prices. The shrimp is colossal as are the crab legs and perfectly fresh,...More

Thank Jeanette S
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I have been here twice and the food is always good. The jumbo fried shrimp is tasty and you get a load of food. Be awarw, cash only. Guys, remove your hats before entering.

Thank mauiwaves
Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through
one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park
boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a
free zoo open to visitors year-round. This
pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks,
row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln
Park itself borders the lakefront area offering
peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline.
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27 March 2015|
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Response from Robert Z | Reviewed this property |
There is some street parking about a half block west. I always take a cab. Parking is tough and costs almost as much as a cab ride.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 676 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614-1511
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighbourhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: +1 773-549-1773
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