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Ray's Shanty

32157 Chincoteague Rd, New Church, VA 23415
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in New Church
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations

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Laurel, Maryland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The majority of items offered at Rays are fried. We tried the shrimp which were OK, a little bland in taste due to sparse seasoning. The fried flounder was a small portion compared to other restaurants in the area, and was very greasy. Almost as if fryer wasn't up to temperature. Slaw was pretty much tasteless. Service was slow with... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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42 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Even thought this was the last weekend for the season, we had perfectly steamed shrimp and the best steamed clams. The service was timely and the food was hot. We expected things to be a little off their normal game, but Ray's didn't. As I stated it was near perfect. We will miss them not being open again until March... More 

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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I'll qualify this review by saying we have been going to Ray's since the doors opened at the "original" Ray's many years ago. During this past year we have seen a distinct change at Ray's in regards to the food. The past few times I have ordered the fried flounder it was absolutely soaked with oil, whether they did not... More 

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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

During our recent visit to Chincoteague, we decided to visit some restaurants we haven't in awhile. Ray's was just as good as we remembered. Instead of the shrimp, we had the crab cakes. We enjoyed two very nice, all crab, crab cakes along with the delicious Hush Puppies, cole slaw, and fries. This seemed like the in between season--after Columbus... More 

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Townsend, Delaware
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71 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Stopped as two couples,was recommended by other couple. Sunday for lunch,Mrs got the $5 burger,good price,but small and average. I asked for the grilled tuna sandwich,rare.... Came as very well done,only ate half. I didn't complain as we were guests. Creamed seafood soup WAS tasty and reasonable. Hush Puppies(5) were killer.

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Salisbury, Maryland
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47 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

Don't miss Ray' s Shanty when you're in the Chincoteague area. Amazing local seafood, especially the large flounder, and the best steamed and fried fish anywhere. This is one of our favorite restaurants and we highly recommend it.

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Philadelphia, Pa.
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39 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Back in 1998 my wife and I fell in love with the eastern shore of Virginia and we have been visiting the area ever since. Our home away from home has always been The Refuge Inn on the island and we were content just to stay put when we got there. About three years ago we were chatting with another... More 

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parksley, virginia
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14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

this is where locals go for seafood. always hot, always fresh. the mix and match seafood platters are great. trouble is, I always get the shrimp and scallops. never disappointed. prices are what you would expect for fresh seafood. only trouble is you usually have to wait.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Hadn't been to Rays in a couple years. Stopped in for dinner. Hushpuppies were great, shrimp were outstanding. I had the fried flounder and it was terrible. Service was great, the atmosphere was what it always is. Love the place but they gotta be doing a better job with the fish. It was awful. Stick with the shrimp.

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Newport News, Virginia
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The value $$ received for the great quality menu items is tremendous! All of the fish sandwiches are fantastic! You definitely get your money's worth! Friendly staff and great service too!

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Additional Information about Ray's Shanty

Address: 32157 Chincoteague Rd, New Church, VA 23415
Phone Number: 757-824-3429
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  New Church
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Seafood

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