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Shrimp Boat

9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
+1 410-213-0448
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“shrimp” (163 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (23 reviews)
“hush puppies” (23 reviews)
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9724 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842-9313
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Stopped in for a late lunch and ordered the crabs. They were juicy and spicy. The place is nothing fancy but a good spot if you like crabs.

Thank Patricia Y
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Food overpriced. We are locals and have had iffy experiences here before, but this time was incredibly bad. Clearly old seafood being over salted to hide bad taste. Tourist trap for folks who do bit know what good seafood should taste like.

Thank John S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in based on the reviews , and it must be two different places because thus place is not worth your time or money . The shrimp was ok but very small , and you pay by the pound with the heads and body added...More

Thank Mike T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's been a crummy few days on the Eastern Shore, so we decided to have lunch. We have purchased fresh seafood from Shrimp Boat before, but never ate indoors. Our meal was amazing. We got the $6.99 lunch special. Shrimp slider and a cup of...More

Thank Puggmahoney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best seafood place. It doesn't look like much when drive to it but as they say looks can deceiving. The food is amazing and the service great. Like other places, their seafood wasnt fried out. It was cooked properly and seasoned properly....More

1  Thank Foodjunkie2004
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don't get me wrong there are some half way decent deals here but frankly not many. Everything has strings attached, must eat inside or outside or over there. Must take out. Not these those. If you go here sit down and eat inside you'll pretty...More

Thank Chuck B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time I ever eating here. I was impressed with the openness with screens so you enjoy fresh air, the freshness of seafood offered there. The crabs are seasoned well with Old Bay Seasoning. The shrimp sliders and sweet potatoes fries are divine. The crab...More

Thank JW1059
Reviewed 7 August 2018

It is always great to come home to the eastern shore and find a place like this to get great food. Nobody walks away hungry and the staff is great.

Thank motorbutt68
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

We love our crabs, we will definitely will be back, the service was great crabs were hot corn was sweet. So happy we found this hidden jem.

Thank Dollene M
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Don't buy crabs Mon-Thursday too expensive. Friday we got a bushel for $109.00. Very good crabs a must visit when your in OCMD

Thank Cynthia B
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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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Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 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
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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