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The Shanty


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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1/2 dozen $8.00
Dozen $12.00
Local Oysters on the Half Shell
Fried Calamari
Tomato based caper sauce with parmesan cheese
Lump Crab Flat Bread
Garlic herb cream cheese spread, local jumbo lump crab meat, cheddar cheese, old bay seasoning
Try buffalo or our house made honey BBQ
New England Style Clam Chowder
Home-style clam chowder garnished with bacon, scallions and cheddar cheese
Local Steamed Clams
Bakers​ dozen served with drawn butter and cocktail sauce
1/2 dozen $8.00
Dozen $12.00
Steamed Seaside Oysters
1/2 pound $12.00
Pound $18.00
Steamed Shrimp
Spicy shrimp $+5.00
Grilled chicken $+5.00
Simple Greens
Mixed greens tossed in house balsamic vinaigrette
Spicy shrimp $+5.00
Grilled chicken $+5.00
Romaine with our house caesar dressing and crostini
Spicy shrimp $+5.00
Grilled chicken $+5.00
Quarter Lemon Salad
Pan seared sea scallops over mixed greens tossed with a quarter lemon, a pinch of salt and evoo, topped with fruit segments and served with crostini
Shanty Caribbean Style Tacos
You're choice of Korean bbq beer, spicy shrimp or fresh catch with tortilla chips and our house made guacamole
Local Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sandwich
100%​ local jumbo lump crab cake with lettuce tomato and old bay aioli served with shanty fries
Shanty Burger
Lto​ and American cheese served with shanty fries
Fried Softshell Bli
Local softshell crab on top of bacon, lettuce, tomato with old bay aioli and shanty fries
Local Fish and Chips Basket
Local​ catch with shanty fries
Oyster Basket
Local seaside oysters delicately fried with shanty fries
Chicken Tender Basket
Five​ tenders with shanty fries
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
With honey BBQ, apple chips and sharp cheddar, lto with fries
Seafood Platter
Local jumbo lump crab cake, soft shells, oysters and fresh catch fish with hush puppies and corn on the cob
Steak Tip Dinner
Marinated steak tips on top of our cheddar, bacon potato hash with fresh vegetable
Blackened Chicken and Shrimp Mac N Cheese
Made to order with extra sharp cheddar, blue, and parmesan topped with blackened chicken and shrimp, side of vegetable
Crab Cake Dinner
2 of our 100% jumbo lamp crab cakes over romesco sauce with side salad and home-style potatoes
Shanty Scampi
Shrimp, clams and scallops sautéed with white wine, lemon, garlic and capers over penne
The Shanty will be closed until March 1st of 2018. Can't wait to see you next season! 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!
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
American, Bar, Seafood
Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you want place that offers almost everything you might want to experience in the Mayberry of the Eastern Shore, this will provide it. A wonderful setting to watch spectacular sunsets, top quality creative cocktails, great appetizers, and a flavor of both tourists and locals...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank michaelmZ4999YD
Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

Great view and atmosphere is nautical. Food was ok but dining is noisy though it was expected since there is a big bar in the center and they frequently host bands. Great for the younger crowd. Prices slightly on the high side but not too...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank dwaynem733
Reviewed December 21, 2018

I go there to eat every time I visit Cape Charles. Great service and good food! A group of ladies and I go there twice a year to shop and always put this on our list for our lunch stop.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Z6682NQelaineb
Reviewed December 7, 2018 via mobile

Clam chowder was great. Cod was overcooked and dry. Expensive for what it was. Friendly service. Nice view. Okay restrooms.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank konradvonhochstaden
Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

Will certainly stop here again when we are in the area. The Chesapeake KOA gave us the directions and we were on our way to great food at the Shanty. Highly recommend this place

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank klfitzpatrick
Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

Great location and good cocktail. Disappointed with overpriced lunch. Unimpressed with oyster po-boy and soft shell sandwich.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank NashMD
Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

Being from the Midwest, it is not always the easiest to get great fresh seafood..this was such a treat and our server was amazing to say the least. I can’t remember her name, not because she did not leave an impression, but because I lost...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

Best Mac and cheese with blackened shrimp. Had to come back and order the same item from menu! Full cocktail menu, and TVs in case you don’t want to miss those college football games

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank cynthiamD79JJ
Reviewed November 5, 2018

What a great place to stop during our road trip to Virginia! The fried oysters were perfectly cooked, and so great to get them on salad rather than with the usual french fries. The crab cake platter, while completely delicious, was unexpectedly expensive--seemed out of...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Vicki W
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

We are locals and have come here for a few years. Has anyone else noticed the fish and chips basket has become more chips and very little fish? Last night we both ordered it and the piece of fish must have been 4 ounces, at...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Jen F
July 17, 2018|
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Response from Bob O | Reviewed this property |
We saw a family with a dog while we were there.
Debbie G
May 16, 2017|
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Response from lindadG6092IJ | Reviewed this property |
You can pull up the menu via the web.
March 29, 2017|
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Response from sister-cousins | Reviewed this property |
Interestingly, I thought they did but crabs are not on their current menu. They do serve clams, mussels, oysters, fish. You can go to their website.
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