Since our family started vacationing in OC, my wife and I have been on the hunt for a place that serves good, quality seafood. There are a lot of pretenders here and we have been met with disappointment quite a few times. After reading the reviews and seeing their high rating amongst OC restaurants, I figured it was worth a shot. Now that I have been, it is safe to say we will visit many times in the future. Seafood is very fresh, the portions are sizable, and there is kid friendly food for those in your party that are not seafood minded. They have a nice selection of craft beer and domestic drafts. My only complaints are minor. Service was slow on a slow night. As the previous review mentioned, the fried food was overfried (deep brown). The cleanliness is average, but was what I expected for a restaurant that is essentially a 3 season room. When we are back in OC next year, I would like to try their take out and plan to sample more of their menu. Two things I would recommend trying are the tuna tacos (with spicy sauce) and the lump crabcakes (which had essentially no filler). Pricing is more than reasonable for the amount that you get. Overall, we were a very happy family leaving the Shrimp Boat.
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