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Key West Restaurant Half Shell     Key West Bed and Breakfasts

Half Shell Raw Bar

Set in the heart of Land's End Village at the Key West Bight, the Half Shell Raw BarHalf SHell Raw Bar is an authentic Key West fish house. Once a shrimp packing building, it has stayed true to its blue-collar harbor front heritage. Fancy folks looking for fancy stuff will have to look elsewhere. No carpet on the floors. No expensive art on the walls. No air conditioning, for that matter. Just a main dining room inches from the waterfront where customers pull up to picnic tables and select their meals from blackboard menus hung from the ceiling. The centerpiece of the action is the shucker station with its mounds of fresh shrimp, oysters, clams and stone crabs. One dozen two dozen three dozen trays of oysters and stone crab fly across the room, with pitchers of cold beer and chilled bottles of wine not far behind. Get a "Frozen Pina Colada" here.

The Half Shell is a natural hangout for locals. Many of them work at the docks just behind the restaurant on sailing, fishing and diving charterboats. The bar is their first stop on the way home. This is where you'll hear yesterday and today's Key West tales being told. Daily happy hour specials include 33 cent oysters and $1 drafts. Sitting at the bar or in the dining room, you can watch the boats come in at night and get an unobstructed view of the open waters. And, an outdoor cocktail and dining area get you up close and personal to the activities happening on the waterfront.

Half Shell Raw Bar A Key West institution among visitors and locals alike, the Half Shell Raw Bar has been voted the Best Raw Bar in South Florida, and has received national ranking as one of the top six raw bars in the country! With the widest selection of fresh seafood on the island, the Half Shell Raw Bar owes it's success to it's terrifically- prepared fresh seafood, all received and processed daily in its own fish market. The Half Shell is committed to serve its guests the freshest seafood. And the kitchen knows that consistency counts. You'll always get your meal prepared just the way it should be to ensure the fullest flavor and value and to maintain the integrity of the product.

Half Shell customers, most of whom have made the pilgrimage before, start with the restaurant's special conch chowder, made with the Half Shell's own secret recipe, or spicy Buffalo shrimp and, of course, the obligatory dozen oysters on the half shell. From there, they move on to their favorite seafood selection, served with Half Shell's signature presentation of boiled potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, and home- made cole slaw. Dinner is polished off with a chilled slice of Key Lime Pie, baked daily on the premises. Wash this down with a cold beverage and a sigh of contentment and you can almost imagine yourself back in simpler times - the way Key West is meant to be. Visit the Half Shell Raw Bar for a sample of one of the last outposts of the old Key West spirit - no glitz, no glamour, just good fresh seafood, excellent service and ice- cold beer all in a charming waterfront setting at old-fashioned, reasonable prices. Group accommodations available.

Open 11 am to 11 pm.

HALF SHELL RAW BAR

231 Margaret Street
Key West, FL 33040

(305)294-7496, Fax (305)294-2964

 

Clyde's Key West Restaurants
 

December 18, 2013