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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 good24%
  • Average6%
  • 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 yesterday 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went as a group of 4. Normally this is an easy size group to seat fairly quickly, but this was not the case. We waited an hour. People ahead of us on the list were seated before us. We noticed they knew the people...More

Thank iteachmom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had read about the Shrimp Boat and we decided to stop in. They start you off with a taste of their head-on shrimp... mmmm. Just like a crayfish you suck the head and eat the tail. We ordered a cup of creme of crab...More

Thank Carl H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Prices were fair and reasonable, service was fantastic!!! As soon as we pulled up we were greeted by a young man who offered samples and then proceeded to present each item they had for sale. They were all very pleasant to talk to and the...More

1  Thank goldenrosy
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

Went here during my visit to the OC. I had the all you can eat blue crabs, and a crab cake. They were delicious and the customer service was even better. The owner even came out to check on every customer.

Thank Astuds
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

Always one to be attracted to a hole in the wall, we were attracted to the literal shack like appearance. Went in to be surrounded by regulars who talked to us about how often they come. Waitress brought free samples of peep n eat shrimp....More

1  Thank Shelby P
Reviewed 11 July 2018

I used to drive by this place and it was always closed. Through advertising this year I finally drove by it and it was open. I was greeted promptly and with a free sample of a steamed shrimp, DELICIOUS! I ordered shrimp and clams to...More

Thank babs550
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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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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