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The River Shack

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American, Seafood, Bar
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Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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  • Socially distanced dining tables
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  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Floors marked for social distancing
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Reviewed July 5, 2022

The location, menu offerings, and the steamed crabs make for a great time at the laid back River Shack. Crabs were full and tasted great, outdoor dining area was a surprise. All of our food was very good as well as the service. We will...definitely make this one of out go to locations.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 3, 2022 via mobile

Our 4th time and the others 1st. One dozen x-large and another dozen large. Heavy and meaty, not a bad one in the lot. French fries were some of the best also. 2 dozen filled us up. This restaurant is fun and very beachy with...a sand floor. Dogs were welcome. Great and attentive serviceMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 24, 2021 via mobile

We ate here our first night staying in Northeast Maryland. Heard about this restaurant for great all you can eat crabs and we were not disappointed. The all you can eat crab special is wonderful. Comes with hush puppies and corn on the cob as...well as fried chicken and french fries. A complete meal that is sensational and worth the trip and money. We ate outside under a tent at a picnic table surrounded by sand, which gave a fun beachy feel for eating. Enjoy!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed October 10, 2020 via mobile

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon drove to this quaint town on the North East River for some of the best crabs ever. Meaty and spiced just right they were a mouth watering treat. Social distancing is practiced so you feel safe dining outdoors under the...big top tents. Staff was terrific and very accommodating. If you love crabs or seafood this is the place to be. We didn't have any but the fried chicken is supposed to be wonderfulMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed October 4, 2020 via mobile

My family and I got food from here tonight and I would say overall it is pretty average. My grandfather got the shrimp salad and he said it was okay. He liked the shrimp and said they were fresh, but overall his meal he said...it was okay. My brother got the shak burger. When he asked for medium rare over the phone they told him the best they could do was medium. He said it was cooked medium how he got it but overall he said it was very average. I just got the jumbo philly pretzel which was nice, came with cheese which was good and it filled me up but it’s a pretzel you know it’s not too hard to get right. I also will say the waffle fries I highly recommend if coming here, they were very good and they give you a good amount of them. The one big thing with this place is the fried pickles. Which were a big NO. My grandfather and I really like fried pickles but these ones weren’t it. The texture was off and same with the taste. Definitely don’t recommend them. Overall I’d say I would come back here. For four of us it was $89 which for how everything tasted I would say was a little high but I would come back. Not a long wait on carry out. Overall average food. Not badMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed July 24, 2020 via mobile

Full Large crabs! Good variety of sea food! Good friendly service! Price a little high but it is worth it.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed June 27, 2020

Some of the best fried chicken around! We also enjoyed the crabs, delicious oysters, and steamed shrimp. All the food was amazing, topped only by the wonderful wait staff- Esther & Tiffany. Both were so attentive and ensured we were never wanting anything! They even...enabled us to order a special dessert from the Wellwood menu!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 21, 2020 via mobile

Great experience!! Our server Esther was amazing!!! So attentive! And the food was outstanding, especially the crabs!

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed September 10, 2019

As always, good food and good atmosphere. I almost always request Hannah, she has been there for years and is very pleasant. Go check her out before the season ends.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 8, 2019

I came in with my family for the crabs and they were excellent!!! Very fun atmosphere and our waitress, Tiana, was the sweetest thing and very attentive. Food was served fast and great service!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 5, 2019 via mobile

First we came when they first opened for the day. We were seated in a timely manner, however it went downhill after that. Our waitress was not attentive at all. I ordered the crab cakes which were great but rather small. My husband ordered all...you can eat crab. 5 minutes he gets his chicken, he said it was good not great. To me it looked pink. We waited and waited for the crab. We were told they would be right out. Uh no we never received them. Huge disappointment! The manager did come by however she was sloppily dressed and spoke very loud. All she could say was excuse after excuse. Bottom line basically was the steam room did not see our ticket. I felt the quality of food was over priced for what we got. If I am ever in the area again definitely will not return.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

Not cheap but very good crabs. Beer prices are high. Wednesday is half price wings and $3.00 draft beers.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

They don't care about your satisfaction. You better be ready to wait until they are done talking between themselves to not even care about you getting a seat or service. Terrible customer care. When you are there you are bothering them. To bad good food....Management needs a wake up!!!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed September 1, 2019

Crabs were delicious! Our server was very attentive and professional (Titiana-sorry if I misspelled her name). The chicken and hush puppies were excellent too! We will be back!!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 31, 2019 via mobile

Went here today with my husband and 3 children. The atmosphere is laid back and casual. Outside seating is benches and picnic tables some under a tent all of then in sand. Its some beach chairs with picnic tables also. Family friendly and everyone makes...you feel like your family. Our server was very attentive and continuously checked on us. Very friendly and professional. Even the other customers were so friendly. The food was delicious. We ordered the ayce crabs which was $45 they were very delicious and full. They kept them coming too. It also came with ayce juicy delicious fried chicken. This chicken was everything. Very well seasoned and crispy!! Also corn on the cobb and delicious hush puppies as well. It was well worth the $45. My husband had the crab fries also, which we all devoured. Overall a great experience from start to finish. Will definitely go again makes the hour and a half drive from philly seem like nothing. We all left stuffed happy and very satisfied. I have recommended this place to everyone I talked to who wants great crabs or just some down right good food.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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The River Shack is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5