Hi all! I’ve decided to go ahead and review another restaurant. Once a month seems like a good number for the moment. Today, we’re going to look at one of Dallas’s seafood joints, Half Shells Oyster Bar & Grill. There are a number of locations for Half Shells under a couple of different names (see their website for the one nearest you), but I’m lucky enough to be near the original in Snider Plaza (across Hillcrest Ave from SMU, next to Kuby’s).
Half Shells Oyster Bar & Grill – Snider Plaza
6617 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205
First off, a reminder of my rating system:
MMMMM = Everything is magnificent!
MMMM = Great, but something is off.
MMM = Pretty good, but a couple of things could be better.
MM = The bad’s starting to outweigh the good.
M = Definitely more cons than pros.
… = I couldn’t find anything nice to say.
Accessibility-wise, this place is a bit of a tight squeeze, but if you can get in when it’s not too busy and can snag a table by the door, it’s perfect. The table height is mid-normal, which is great for me. There’s also outside seating (again, tight but not impossible). My biggest problem with the outdoor tables are that they have a lip underneath, so I can’t pull up to them properly (my knees are too high). Personally, I don’t mind putting the plate in my lap, so I can make it work.
Next up, service. The service at Half Shells is almost always good. In all the times I’ve been, I think a waiter ignored my existence once and only until he realized I was capable of speech. There was one rude hostess who caused us to leave, but that was an unusual experience. Otherwise, they’re usually very good about not bringing things out too fast or rushing. Some are better than others about keeping up with drinks, but the food makes up for it.
Speaking of food, when Dad, a friend, and I went last Thursday, we had blue point oysters and crab bisque to start. Delicious! If you like oysters on the half shell and they have blue points (a special usually), it’s worth it. The bisque was amazing as well. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures, but there are pictures of the entrées.
Half Shells has twice daily specials (lunch and dinner). Dad and I usually order off the board, but the things I’ve had from the menu are equally as good. They have one of the best selections of fish we’ve been able to find in Dallas because of the specials. This time, I got the trout special, Dad had red snapper, and Sarah (the friend who didn’t warn us she was now vegan) had french fries.
As always, the food was superb. I don’t think we’ve ever run across a bad entrée here.
Dessert is a little less than thrilling. They have it listed on another specials board, so a few things usually change. It’s always been good, especially when they have one of their berry cobblers (divine!), but otherwise it’s pretty ordinary. Dad got a chocolate cherry mousse cake and I got a pecan cobbler (they didn’t have anything vegan for dessert). Both were good, but definitely not the highlight of the meal.
Price: It’s seafood in Dallas. In other words, a little pricy, but for the quality and selection of the fish, totally worth it.