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Shrimp Boat

9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
+1 410-213-0448
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“shrimp” (161 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (22 reviews)
“hush puppies” (23 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We wanted to find a seafood restaurant that was not a chain. The fried shrimp was great and a bit overpriced for the quantity. The corn was cooked perfeclty and the sweet potato fries were seasoned nicely. Our meal was delicious and the next time...More

Thank Michelle D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Absolutely the best in town that I found. Little crab shack outside and big big crabs. Had the nicest waitress named Darian. Everyone was super super friendly. My new favorite crab shack !

Thank Tracey H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My go to for Salmon that is not farm raised and not treated with artificial coloring and OH SO DELICIOUS when cooked is the Shrimp Boat! It is a long, painful winter when the Shrimp Boat is closed for winter, but when they are open...More

Thank Oper8bsn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Low key, rustic building behind their carryout business. Crab specials seem to be a big draw. Ours were small but tasty. Also had fried shrimp, which is another of their specialties. The rest of the menu is large enough that you should be able to...More

Thank lawrence152
Reviewed 17 April 2018

We visited Assateague National Seashore last Saturday and on the way back to Bethany Beach we found this nice little Seafood shack. It has great atmosphere and is unique. The food is very good, my wife had the fried flounder and I had Fried Shrimp....More

Thank Lawrence M
Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

While camping at Assateague State Park, we just happened upon this sweet little place on our way to visit Ocean City for the day. The Shrimp Boat has the BEST shrimp I have EVER eaten!❤️ We ate at a bigger, fancier seafood restaurant closer to...More

Thank jess322001
Reviewed 6 March 2018

Delicious fresh shrimp, blue claw crabs with Old Bay seasoning and delicious Hush Puppies, Soups and Orange Crush!

Thank monkeygirl8
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Love Love Love this place we always stop here when in Ocean City, friendly staff, T-shirts are the best and the food outstanding. Keep up the great work ....your green beans are the best I've ever had. They give you plenty to eat and the...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Talk about evolution of a business. If you like shrimp, have to stop here. Why, they step them with the heads on. Don't be squeamish, so much better that way sweeter from the head fat I am told. They have AYCE crab specials as well....More

Thank Craig W
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Ordered the Eastern Shore Sampler shrimp was burnt waitress explained some people like them darker brought out replacement which were also burnt. The Shrimp Slider was also over cooked and dry. Maybe turn the fryer temp down ? I was really disappointed since I had...More

1  Thank Denise R
joeshrimpoc, Owner at Shrimp Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

I am sorry to hear you didn't enjoy all of your appetizer. We would have been happy to make you something different. Our fried shrimp will be darker than premade ones but we always want you to enjoy everything. Please reach me at joe.white@ shrimpboat.com...More

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Patti L
11 May 2016|
Response from GoBinWi | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure when they run that special, check their Facebook page maybe.
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ocean City
  • Phone Number: +1 410-213-0448
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If you don’t know Captain Joe, then you just haven’t been to the Shrimp Boat yet. In 1989, Captain Joe set up an umbrella, scale, and a couple of chairs just outside of a box truck along the side of the highway. He set out to sell the freshest shrimp in Ocean City at the best price. Customers had to receive their education first in why cooking shrimp with the heads on kept the juices and flavor inside. This is a 10-second class and always ends with a Free Sample for graduating. Captain Joe says, “Try it before you buy it. I want people to know they are getting the freshest product possible.” The next year, he started selling his shrimp out of the back of a boat along Rte. 611 where we stand today. He is often quoted as saying, ” I’ve owned fifteen boats in my lifetime and this is the only one that has ever made me money!” What started out as just shrimp quickly expanded to meet his regular customers’ desires for fresh seafood with clams, crab meat, and crabs. Today it is now the most extensive line of seafood options like stone crabs, hand-cut sushi-grade tuna fillets, and live lobster. Over the years many nieces, nephews, and even Joe’s own kids worked at the Shrimp Boat as word spread and business grew. In 2009, the first kitchen opened to allow customers to take home the fresh seafood already prepared. Joe quickly outgrew it and added a second, larger kitchen in 2010. The original kitchen is now a state-of-the-art crab room with pressure steam pots to get hot crabs out fast. After much fan fare to get Joe to add seating, Captain Joe’s Restaurant opened in 2012 which offered a full menu, beer and wine, and comfortable seating. In 2013 Captain Joe turned over the day to day operations to his nephew, Joe White who worked at the Shrimp Boat from a teenager through college. Captain Joe himself is still a regular working out of the back of the boat selling shrimp or sitting in one of the chairs out front telling fish stories. So nothing has changed. 2013 saw several new features such as our outdoor seating area featuring up to 24 seats with umbrellas, our outdoor bar waiting for area adjacent to the restaurant, and draft beer tap system featuring local brews too. We have now begun to see our third generation of regular customers; many grew up with the Shrimp Boat their whole lives as a local or regular stop on long weekends and family vacations. Our customers are very special to us, we never take their experience of fresh seafood and great service lightly. However, we are the fortunate ones to have so many interesting characters sit in our chairs out front over the last 25 years and tell their fish stories.
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