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Shempy's Grill

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$$ - $$$
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3911 Highway 35 S, Rockport, TX 78382-7366
+1 361-727-0019
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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San Antonio, Texas
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100 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is what traditionally is called a 'Hole in the Wall'. It has just a few tables but the food is seaside home cooking. That means they have fish, shrimp, Po' Boys, sliders, platters, and buckets. Most menu items come fried especially if it catfish or shrimp, but the fish can be grilled. The big values come in buckets.... More 

Thank Linda R
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37 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Shempy's use to be a regular for us. The last couple of times it has been hit or miss. Ordered soft shell crab and they were extremely small and tasteless. They do have good soups and specials. You just never know how it will turn out.

Thank Rockportlizardfish
Austin TX
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a place to go for fantastic Fresh Fish. The best clam chowder ever. Bread pudding is wonderful if you can get there before it is all gone. Friendly, experienced staff and downhome gulf atmosphere. Bring your friends and BYOB and share a wonderful dining experience.

Thank Avalarlady4
San Antonio, Texas, United States
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this place! Small and unassuming but delicious. If I only had more time during our stay to go back and try the other seafood they offered. My husband and I both had the flounder and we were overwhelmed with the freshness of everything they prepared. Their salad and fresh vegetables were delicious, for those who like a healthy... More 

Thank Myrna G
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a dive and it's delicious. A little farther out than most places but worth it. BYOB or walk to the liquor store immediately adjacent. Staff was super friendly and accomadating. Only negative wasn't their fault. (The Tripadvisor link for "Shempy's website" takes you to an old out of date menu. Prices are two to four dollars higher.)

Thank Victor D
Muskegon, Michigan
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We rented a house on the intercoastal for our February fishing holiday and noticed that Shempy's parking lot always had a lot of cars in it. The place is small but interesting and the staff very friendly. I ordered the blackened catfish and a side salad. The fish was fresh and delicious. We also sampled their crab dollars and those... More 

Thank Chanda N
Johnstown, Colorado, Usa
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Shempy's Grill is casual Rockport, TX dining. Nothing fancy, just GREAT food! They allow BYOB since they don't have an on premise license (I understand that's fairly common in Texas) We were there for dinner, and they offer a seafood special each evening. Our waitress recommended Shempy's famous signature, award winning crab cakes. The state of Texas holds an Annual... More 

Thank Joyce L
Fort Worth, TX
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113 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner at Shempy's a couple of years ago and were impressed. We decided to try lunch this time. Nothing related to the gulf on the lunch board and we were looking for a bit lighter fare for mid-day so we opted for the lobster bisque as no gumbo was available. It was good, but not from the gulf.... More 

Thank John&Mickey
Seguin, Tx.
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yummy crabby cakes, hamburgers and hush puppies. Good alternative if you get to steerburger too late which closes at 7:00pm. I was told the crab cakes were number 2 in state. Warning though.. they are a bit spiced but not too much! 😊

Thank JF
Brazoria, Texas
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had an awesome lunch in this quaint little eatery. The oyster platter was excellent. Oysters were fried just right, hushpuppies were perfect (not the hard tasteless golf balls that some serve), came with cole slaw and choice of fries or tater tots. My wife got sweet potato fries which were great. We enjoyed our own beverage of choice. We... More 

Thank Alan H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3911 Highway 35 S, Rockport, TX 78382-7366
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Rockport
  • Phone Number: +1 361-727-0019

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Naperville, Illinois
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?