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“Very good casual dining” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Shanty

The Shanty
33 Marina Rd, Cape Charles, VA 23310
+1 757-695-3853
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Ranked #4 of 18 Restaurants in Cape Charles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Seafood, Korean
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Shanty is the Eastern Shores premier destination for waterfront dining. Offering the freshest local seafood and produce on a daily basis, Spring, Summer and Fall. Take in a beautiful sunset over the Chesapeake Bay while enjoying delicious homemade crab cakes, Caribbean style tacos, or the daily fresh catch special with an ice cold draft. Full bar, live entertainment, harbor front outdoor seating, available dock space and creative daily specials made for and by people who are truly passionate about food and excellent service.
Charlotte, North Carolina
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Very good casual dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The food was excellent. Crab cakes were delicious and the wahoo fish of the day was cooked perfectly.
Our server was excellent and the food was delivered promptly.
Prices were somewhat high but it is a touristy area.
The only negative was we were seated outside and it was quite hot. Would have enjoyed inside better.
We will come back to The Shanty

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Yorktown, Virginia
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Seafood with a view of bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The food was great in this restaurant on the bay. It was busy and a little noisy. Chairs, tables, were cleverly constructed of pipes, wood, corrugated roofing material. Picnic style tables and high tables with high chairs....not the most comfortable for seniors but worth it for the good food. Outside eating area would be nice for milder days.

Visited July 2014
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Indianapolis
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“Serious issues with management”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

To be fair, I can't comment on the food. I called to make reservations at 1:00 on a Monday. The woman who answered laughed and said "honestly you won't need reservations on a Monday night." So, we show up at 7:00 pm with our party, which included three boys under six, and are told we would have at least an hour wait. We told them about calling earlier in the day and they did not care. Mgmt made no accommodations, no offers to help, nothing. We won't make a return trip.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“A must on the water.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Came here last year with a large group. This time a more intimate dinner. The name says a lot. It is a shanty - however with the professional attitudes, great service and good food you think you're at a five star restaurant. Thanks again for a delightful evening.

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent service, food, and atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Where do I start... Second visit to cape Charles, but first visit to the Shanty. It was so good we went back the next night. First off, food is fabulous. The crab dip is amazing. Crab cakes, and Mac & cheese are recommended too. And if you are a hush puppies fan, theirs are great! Secondly, the atmosphere is good for all ages. Corn hole, bar, yet even children find ways to be entertain themselves. Outside is a dock, so it's not a smokey bar which is nice. Finally, the biggest seller of them all. The service. Not only were all the staff members nice as can be, but they were welcoming. The owner, john, is constantly...I mean constantly.... Walking around checking on all of his guests making sure they are all taken care of. The second night he realized we didn't have our orders taken care of as efficiently as he preferred so he took them, got us drinks on him, and had our waitress apologize. This restaurant goes above and beyond in so many ways, I will recommend it to everyone. My boyfriend and I had a wonderful anniversary weekend thanks to the Shanty!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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