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The Shanty

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33 Marina Rd, Cape Charles, VA 23310-3248
+1 757-695-3853
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed the atmosphere and service was great! I would recommend the fried oyster and the blackened fish tacos.

Thank K M
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Shanty is right on water, and is much like many beachy casual type seafood restaurants. They were busy. People seemed to be enjoying the food. It was not my favorite, but have heard others rave about it. The margarita was very sweet and syrupy, so if that is your drink preference, you are set. It was not for me.... More 

Thank CR_in_the_US
Cape Charles, Virginia
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Apart from the fantastic view from this restaurant, the staff are fun and helpful and the menu is interesting and varied. Great atmosphere for a fun night out.

Thank AntrimGal46
Manassas Park, Virginia
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff a good were wonderful. Great atmosphere for a family dinner by the sunset. I was jealous of everyone's food order at the table even thoughI really enjoyed my wrap. The prices were very reasonable for the flavor and service provided.

Thank Kristi S
Olney, Maryland, United States
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food and service were great! Some of the best Hush Puppies my husband and I have had ( and he grew up in NC ). The Cod and Chips were done very well! My Steamers were local and so good, they had a nice briny finish, and not over steamed. The Key Lime pie, meh. The servers where so... More 

Thank Lauren G
United States
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My nearby hotel recommended The Shanty. Atmosphere is sand in your shoes beach hut. Food is several steps above that! It's crab season - so I was told - and I enjoyed a wonderful crab cake sandwich. With a side of cranberry spinach - try it before you wrinkle up your nose. Very good. Service was slow to get started... More 

Thank WhereToNext5050
Richmond, Virginia
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was hard to find but good to try, the service was outstanding very friendly personal. Food is good view is even better. Plenty of parking space

Thank Macarena's L
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55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

...but the Shanty was seriously lacking. We live right across the Chesapeake Bay from Cape Charles and took a motorcycle ride over for a day trip so we're used to good seafood. We ordered the oyster basket and shrimp po'boy The oysters were so overcooked they were tasteless. They had a large amount of breading too so when fried they... More 

Thank hokiegirl
Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seriously delicious food. Fun bar /beachy atmosphere. Food is reminiscent of true Baltimore seafood with a "gourmet" nuance. I had the Meyer lemon salad with grilled shrimp- not a Morse left I the plate. Hubby had the shrimp Po Boy- he says "excellent" perfectly fried shrimp, very lightly breaded. Nice soft roll. We will be back!!

1 Thank melissapP4074ZF
Williamsburg, Virginia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for dinner while visiting Cape Charles. Great food, lousy service. Hopefully they have improved and other diners won't be frustrated as we were!

1 Thank lindadG6092IJ

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 Marina Rd, Cape Charles, VA 23310-3248
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Cape Charles
  • Phone Number: +1 757-695-3853
The Shanty is the Eastern Shores premier destination for waterfront dining. Offering the freshest local seafood and produce on a daily basis, Spring, Summer and Fall. Take in a beautiful sunset over the Chesapeake Bay while enjoying delicious homemade crab cakes, Caribbean style tacos, or the daily fresh catch special with an ice cold draft. Full bar, live entertainment, harbor front outdoor seating, available dock space and creative daily specials made for and by people who are truly passionate about food and excellent service!

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Anand, India
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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