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Half Shell Raw Bar

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231 Margaret St, Key West, FL 33040-6639
+1 305-294-7496
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent food, marina views and perfect place to see the sunset. We had dinner on our last night in Key West and it was perfect. You can come casual no need to dress up. I had a salad and chicken (which I order everywhere) with lime mustard. The Lime mustard is soooo good. My husband had seafood and said it... More 

Thank VABeachMama
Madison, Wisconsin
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped here after we got off the Key West Express and ended up back before we got on the Key west Express! Very good food!

Thank Viv W
Weirton, West Virginia
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service, fresh seafood, food was served nice and hot! On the water and port for the Key West Express. Fishing, water sports etc.

Thank becky a
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ate here for a late night dinner, and sat outside. We ordered one of the fresh seafood towers and it was amazing! The service could have been a little better, but they were busy inside and we were the only table outside in our area. Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank Tami Y
Hillsborough, New Jersey
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good food right on the wharf. We had a lunch of oysters, shrimp and conch soup. All were very good. Service was quick and friendly.

Thank Katherine B
BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us and having lunch.... More 

Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great drinks, food and atmosphere. Conveniently located in the harbor near the marina. Very much a Key West institution.

Thank MichelLynch
BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your review we are nothing fancy but have been shucking since 1972... More 

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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great beer selection, happy hour menu have the calamari. Joe is a good guy and has worked there 19 years so ask him anything about key west. We are there 6 of our 7 nights. Don't overlook the burgers.

Thank treaz3
BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

You got that right Joe is a good guy and for a fish house we have great burgers....Thanks for the review More 

Tucson, Arizona
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110 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped at the Half Shell during a cruise port call. Been walking for a couple hours so sitting for a while was welcome. Great crab and drinks. Staff was extremely friendly and quick. View of the harbor was great. Very welcoming environment.

Thank Scott E
BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

Were glad that you found us and enjoyed your visit with us.... More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to eat in Key West. I have had the conch chowder at a few places but this was the best. I also had the mussels with red sauce and they were great! Conch fritters were also spot on.

Thank marxbk18
BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

You enjoyed some of our favorite dishes on our menu thanks....Our Chowder recipe has not changed since 1972. Thanks for the visit and review... More 

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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was okay... conch fritters were smothered in breading (which I'm not a fan of) couldn't really taste the conch tho. Stone crabs were $50 for 4 pieces!!! Omg! Way overpriced.. I could get 2 Alaskan king crab legs with that which has way more meat.. ( so, this was a huge disappointment) I suggest don't waste your hard earned... More 

Thank Claudine E
BobbyK528, General Manager at Half Shell Raw Bar, responded to this review

Wish we knew what you were talking about our Conch Fritters do not have a breading on them. Stone Crabs are an expensive delicacy we keep our prices as low as possible we by directly from the crabbers themselves. Alaskan King Crab is not native to our waters so we do not carry it except on special occasions when we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 35
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Margaret St, Key West, FL 33040-6639
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
  • Phone Number: +1 305-294-7496
A Taste of Old Key West! Traditional Key West Raw Bar & great Key West seafood restaurant! Oysters, clams, shrimp, more! A low key restaurant for casual lunch or dinner. Settle down to an informal atmosphere, local characters, great bar and waterfront dining. It's a little piece of Old Key West on the historic Key West Bight.

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