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Captain Benny's Half Shell

#208 of 7,179 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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8506 Main St, Houston, TX 77025-2703
+1 713-666-5469
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12:00 - 22:00
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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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237 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is a small place next to a big Target store, so it can be easy to miss. The service is outstanding...friendly, fast, and accurate. The food is very good...your staples of shrimp, oysters, fish. Very reasonably priced. Good value.

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Thank Michael Y
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten at Captain Benny's for years and today was no exception the food is really great be sure to ask for your Seafood to be seasoned. I had the catfish basket and it was on point, the shrimp are great as you can't go wrong with anything you order.

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Thank Kimberly B
Winslow, IN
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

The workers were not friendly or helpful. What we learned we learned from others near us. Food was just ok. Very rustic place. And service was pretty bad.

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Thank Sue N
Denton, TX
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574 reviews
350 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Stopped in while in Houston for a quick overnight as it was within walking distance to the hotel. Great decision. Had a bowl of seafood gumbo followed by a fried shrimp and oyster plate. Both were killer good. The downside is that they did not appear at ALL ready to deal with the crowds brought on by the rodeo across... More 

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Thank Tupelo010835
Gatesville, Texas
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

the food was really good .They dont have much room inside and we ate on the porch by the outdoor heater.The wind was cold so our food got cold quickly.If we could eat inside we would go here again.only one waitress outside and she was super busy. It took a while to get our food and drinks but it was... More 

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Thank mary s
Austin, Texas
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106 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Stopped by there today, first time, had the shrimp basket, great, food, will go by there again! Easy to spot, part of a boat!!

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Thank Abel G
Lubbock, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We had been to Captain Benny's a couple of years ago and loved their raw oysters, so our group stopped by for a couple of dozen of them as our mid afternoon appetizer. It's definitely a diner atmosphere, but everyone is friendly and the oysters are obviously from a local source. They are large, cold and taste fresh. One person... More 

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Thank GoGoTravelbug
Hamilton, Ohio
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62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Fine place for good old seafood. Catfish, fries and hushpuppies, what more do you want. O, well maybe some huge shrimp too.

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Thank beckerde
Houston
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72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

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 

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Thank hcarnaby
dallas
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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12
Cuisine
American, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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?