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“good food but a bit pricey” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ray's Shanty

Ray's Shanty
32157 Chincoteague Rd, New Church, VA 23415
757-824-3429
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in New Church
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Glen Ridge, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“good food but a bit pricey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

we stopped at rays for lunch at the recommendation of a native. located in what looks like an old warehouse Rays is filled with memorabilia of older days on the islands. That's always fun to look around. I'll say that the blackened mahi I had for lunch was the most succulent fish had in my eight days in the Chincoteague area. any tartar sauce or other toppings would certainly have ruined it, so I passed on them.
my wife had a dozen steam clams which she initially thought was just a tad over cooked but she almost cried when she dropped one on the floor.
french fries were good; Hush Puppies not so much.they were too big and a little mushy.
wifes meal was good, assorted shellfish, steamed and fried and she was happy with it.
my mahi platter, though delicious, was only my fish in filet, french fries, a couple hush puppies, coleslaw, pickle and a coke at 21 dollars. this would be in expensive place for lunch for a family of 4.
but if you're on your way in it's just a little bit down the road on 175 off of 13, and if you're before checkin time you might wanna stop here for lunch; the native highly recommended the prime rib.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best seafood so far”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

My family and I had eaten at this place in the past and had to try it again. Food was just as good the second time. It was the best seafood we had on our vacation so far. Service was just fair but food made up for it.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Newington, Connecticut
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61 reviews 61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Great food, cold beer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

We got a tip to come here from a local while staying on Chincoteague Island. The seafood was awesome ( mostly served fried) and the beer was served in frosted mugs.. Short drive from the hotels on the island just past nasa.

Visited June 2013
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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nice seafood!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We went to Ray's on their lobster night. We had a party of six and arrived around 6pm. We waited only about 15 min to be seated. We had the all you can eat shrimp, lobster, crab cakes, and two kid meals. Everything was very good, and we didn't have to wait long on our food. Shrimp refills were brought out quickly, and they were always steaming and fresh. One note, lobster night starts at 5, but at 6:30 there were only two left! If you want lobster, be sure to get there early.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Marblehead, MA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Always go to Ray's”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We always go to Ray's when we are in Chincoteague. Very Friendly. Always busy. Fresh (mostly fried) seafood. Steamed shrimp is very popular. I often have the soft-shelled crabs. Yummy hush puppies. Pitchers of beer. Fun atmosphere. Good for families and groups. Casual and relaxed.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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