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The Shanty

33 Marina Rd, Cape Charles, VA 23310-3248
+1 757-695-3853
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (63 reviews)
“crab dip” (23 reviews)
“fried oysters” (27 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 9:00 pm Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
33 Marina Rd, Cape Charles, VA 23310-3248
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We came late at night, the wait on Saturday was about 45 min., very noisy, the AC is extremely cold and drafty, we wanted something light - there was not much on the menu for that, and what we got was fine, but did not...More

Thank Vad A
Reviewed 4 days ago

We chose the Shanty based on Trip Advisor reviews. We had the fried shrimp and oyster baskets- both fresh and the best I have ever had. The staff was very friendly and quickly found us a table even though we didn’t have a reservation. Candi...More

Thank madhank
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fresh for the season and ready to greet guests. Menu is a nice mix of sandwiches, apps etc with Asian and southwestern fusion (sesame slaw, fish tacos, great guac and chips) but disappointingly short on seafood options, esp local ones. Fish in the blackened tacos...More

Thank 2BeAlive
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drove over one hundred miles to meet relatives halfway to their house. Got there and found out that the Shanty had only opened for the season that week. The TripAdvisor site didn't say that they had closed. We all had a nice time and the...More

Thank Tusab70
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying just one nice at a nearby RV campground, and came across this restaurant. It was close to closing time and the place was quiet. We ordered based on the recommendations of a very pleasant server. The food we received was incredibly good......More

Thank Ken D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My motel had called ahead to confirm they could serve me as it was close to their closing time. It was a cold Monday evening in March, the off-season, but you couldn't tell once inside. Located in the harbor, past the Harbor Master's building, is...More

Thank Mary Ann W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great casual, friendly, busy restaurant, great food, especially the seafood platter, bar. Friendly, efficient waitresses.

Thank philcspencer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cape Charles is certainly off the beaten path, but it's an interesting place to visit. The Shanty is a good and fun place to eat if you're in the area - even worth a little detour. Our best advice is to stick to the house...More

Thank Ed M
Reviewed 7 January 2018

Every bite was yummy. Local oysters were AMAZING. View was gorgeous. Server was super friendly and informative. Looking forward to going back!

Thank Maggie S
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

We visited The Shanty in December when it's nice and cold in Cape Charles. We warmed up quickly and had a nice meal with a view! Our calamari and clam chowder appetizers were great! Very tasty! Our main entrees were fish tacos and a Cuban...More

Thank scaredofghosts
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Questions & Answers
Debbie G
17 May 2017|
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Response from lindadG6092IJ | Reviewed this property |
You can pull up the menu via the web.
29 March 2017|
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Response from sister-cousins | Reviewed this property |
Interestingly, I thought they did but crabs are not on their current menu. They do serve clams, mussels, oysters, fish. You can go to their website.
15 August 2016|
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Response from brian9192014 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Mostly seafood.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
The Shanty will be closed until March 1st of 2018. Can't wait to see you next season!

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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