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Shells Pasta & Seafood

522 E Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5747
+1 361-749-7621
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (119 reviews)
“farfalle” (19 reviews)
“mixed seafood” (18 reviews)
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Italian, American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
522 E Avenue G, Port Aransas, TX 78373-5747
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Reviewed yesterday

My second time at Shells, and now I will go there every time I visit Port A! Delicious food, good wine, very small and quaint interior, definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.

Thank GunnerMorris
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Hostess made our short wait pleasant with quick service of cold drinks. Specials board really expanded the fixed menu with unique dishes. We enjoyed some fresh seafood including seared tuna & buttery crisp red snapper.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really great food. Can't believe we've been to the island so many times and this was our first time at this place.

Thank April B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here a long time ago and really enjoyed our meal. The restaurant is very small but very accommodating. We enjoyed capellini with seafood, capellini pomodoro , shrimp, and the largest grilled cheese I've ever seen. They have a good wine list and a few...More

3  Thank Dd S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Right by the beach on Ave G. Freshen up though as this place has a laid back yet elegant charm. There is usually a wait, even during the week! They have rice noodles and fresh made everything. My husband had the duck with potatoes and...More

Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First off, I am from CA, the land of delicious seafood. So, I understand good seafood, I also understand that we are in the Gulf and that Pacific Fish isn't easily available. BUT NO. I have been to Port A, MANY MANY times, and most...More

4  Thank jdcampusano
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A local shop worker recommended Shells, and are we glad she did. The food was fresh and delicious, and the service was great. We went for an early dinner, and the place was packed when we left. We sat outside in the shade, and had...More

Thank Jamie1960220
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Menu has a great variety of fresh seafood, and everything we ate was delicious! Liked it so much that after eating lunch, we returned there the same day for dinner. Grilled shrimp and fish tacos were cooked perfectly for lunch, and the red snapper in...More

Thank Lisa J
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Very casual atmosphere. Most people in Shorts and tshirts, even beach wear. Food is very diverse menu. Great seafood menu. Portions are not generous for the prices. In my case is good because I didn't want leftovers.

Thank Timothy H
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

I was in the Island for a single evening, and dropped by Shells for dinner. The Capellini with seafood was superb with al dente pasta and fresh fish, tender cooked shrimp etc. The place is very small so be prepared for a wait if you...More

Thank seansorrell1
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I would like to know if you have your roach problem under control. Last time I took my mother we were sat next to a wall, and 3 roaches were crawling up and down near the table top, I kept distracting my mother because I knew she would freak...I looked down the hallway where there is a swinging louver door and there on the door to the kitchen area were several more roaches. Disgusting and I have not returned sure do miss the wonderful pasta, salad and bread!
13 April 2017|
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Response from Tex R | Reviewed this property |
We were there a couple of weeks ago and didn't see any roaches. I know at one time they did have a problem but i think it's been corrected.
Mark S
I don't see any entrees on your menu...I am looking for a red snapper (or equivelent in season fish stuffed with fresh crabmeat
29 April 2016|
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Response from 127murielj | Reviewed this property |
Can' really help here. All I can say is I have always been pleased with what I ordered from the blackboard.
I think tripadvisor should know the prices at Shells are about 20% higher than stated here.
6 February 2016|
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Response from 4,601,234,567 | Reviewed this property |
I hate that!!!!! They are high priced.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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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