Image of License Plates at the Half Shell Raw Bar

Why Locals Love The Half Shell Raw Bar

With a long and storied history as a destination on Key West’s waterfront, but most recently featured on the cover of Kenny Chesney’s hit single, “When I See This Bar,” the Half Shell Raw Bar embodies everything good about the laid-back lifestyle of the Florida Keys. No pretense here, just easygoing people with a passion for life and living it to the fullest with their friends.

The Half Shell has been in business on the historic Key West waterfront since the early ‘70s. The restaurant naturally became a favorite of captains and locals due to its central location and proximity to the Key West commercial fishing fleet. The same holds true today, as the Half Shell is a popular dining destination for tourists and locals alike.

As you head toward the Half Shell Raw Bar, you can see the seafood unloaded from the day’s catch into the Half Shell Fish Market. The fish market supplies fresh seafood for the Half Shell Raw Bar and our sister restaurants, ensuring that the freshest and finest quality products are always available. In fact, we’re the only Key West seafood restaurant with our own fish market.

Walk into the bar and you’ll see the extensive draft beer taps, a large sailfish sculpture and license plates from all over the world covering the walls. The well-worn barstools provide an inviting place to sit and chill with a favorite beverage, recount the day’s events with friends and plan new adventures. The Half Shell is a Mecca for those looking to experience that Caribbean cool, easygoing lifestyle just like Chesney sings about in his songs.