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Ray's Shanty

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32157 Chincoteague Rd, New Church, VA 23415
757-824-3429
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 40
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  • 20
    Very good
  • 9
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  • 3
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Shrimp Galore!

What a terrific place! This is a regular spot for my family and friends. We went there on 3/14/15 (opening weekend for the season) and the food was WONDERFUL! We shared the shrimp trawler (2 lbs of steamed shrimp - on the large size) and the best french fries, coleslaw and hush puppies! Of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
DeeFrost
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Snow Hill, Maryland
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Snow Hill, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

What a terrific place! This is a regular spot for my family and friends. We went there on 3/14/15 (opening weekend for the season) and the food was WONDERFUL! We shared the shrimp trawler (2 lbs of steamed shrimp - on the large size) and the best french fries, coleslaw and hush puppies! Of course we couldn't resist the pitcher... More 

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Stanton, Delaware, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Nothing fancy here, just down the road from Chincoteague! All the steamed shrimp you can eat one night a week in season. Huge fried flounder, big as the plate, with hush puppies and homemade slaw. We stop here every year on our way to the Outer Banks and it is a one of a kind "shanty". Very casual, beachy, great... More 

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Rays is the old school, real deal, true Eastern Shore. If you want true local food this is the place. No gluten free vegan menu here. Seafood broiled, battered, fried, steamed…love it. The place is packed at lunch so get there early if you don’t want to wait. Try the flounder sandwich, needs 2 buns. Chowder, crabs, flounder, oysters or... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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40 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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Beltsville,Md
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Virginia
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24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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42 helpful votes 42 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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48 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 32157 Chincoteague Rd, New Church, VA 23415
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  New Church
  • Phone Number: 757-824-3429

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
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

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