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“Just sorry they are closed for the winter!”
Review of Shrimp Boat

Shrimp Boat
Ranked #72 of 441 Restaurants in Ocean City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: If you don’t know Captain Joe, then you just haven’t been to the Shrimp Boat yet. In 1989, Captain Joe set up an umbrella, scale, and a couple of chairs just outside of a box truck along the side of the highway. He set out to sell the freshest shrimp in Ocean City at the best price. Customers had to receive their education first in why cooking shrimp with the heads on kept the juices and flavor inside. This is a 10-second class and always ends with a Free Sample for graduating. Captain Joe says, “Try it before you buy it. I want people to know they are getting the freshest product possible.” The next year, he started selling his shrimp out of the back of a boat along Rte. 611 where we stand today. He is often quoted as saying, ” I’ve owned fifteen boats in my lifetime and this is the only one that has ever made me money!” What started out as just shrimp quickly expanded to meet his regular customers’ desires for fresh seafood with clams, crab meat, and crabs. Today it is now the most extensive line of seafood options like stone crabs, hand-cut sushi-grade tuna fillets, and live lobster. Over the years many nieces, nephews, and even Joe’s own kids worked at the Shrimp Boat as word spread and business grew. In 2009, the first kitchen opened to allow customers to take home the fresh seafood already prepared. Joe quickly outgrew it and added a second, larger kitchen in 2010. The original kitchen is now a state-of-the-art crab room with pressure steam pots to get hot crabs out fast. After much fan fare to get Joe to add seating, Captain Joe’s Restaurant opened in 2012 which offered a full menu, beer and wine, and comfortable seating. In 2013 Captain Joe turned over the day to day operations to his nephew, Joe White who worked at the Shrimp Boat from a teenager through college. Captain Joe himself is still a regular working out of the back of the boat selling shrimp or sitting in one of the chairs out front telling fish stories. So nothing has changed. 2013 saw several new features such as our outdoor seating area featuring up to 24 seats with umbrellas, our outdoor bar waiting for area adjacent to the restaurant, and draft beer tap system featuring local brews too. We have now begun to see our third generation of regular customers; many grew up with the Shrimp Boat their whole lives as a local or regular stop on long weekends and family vacations. Our customers are very special to us, we never take their experience of fresh seafood and great service lightly. However, we are the fortunate ones to have so many interesting characters sit in our chairs out front over the last 25 years and tell their fish stories.
Reviewed October 25, 2012

We are locals so going where the crowds don't go, yet getting a good value and great food is important to us. This place meets all those criteria. Fell in LOVE with the soft crab sandwich and the JUMBO head on shrimp. Man. My mouth is watering right now just thinking of them. I'll be there when they open back up in May!

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Thank Maggiemay602
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Went to the shrimp boat for fresh steamed shrimp.Was very good price wasnt bad.Wanted to go again recently on a visit in Oct only to find they closed Oct 1 for the season will return in May

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Thank Cheryl B
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

MET the owner who was a very nice salesman ordered a crabcake was very good not much filler but a lil small 4 13bucks and a pound of shrimp that they had on sale 4 9bucks they were ok e1 raves over them since they hav the head on people think they r special potatoe salad came w crabcake sandwich and was very good.great place 4 lunch nice people dont understand how they rank so high tho and would of bought 1 of the cute tshirts but they were all iron ons.they ring the bell after any tip so my buddy kept giving them change just 2 hear them ring the bell 2 funny.

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Thank foodlover39
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We used to live in Florida, now live in Wisconsin and we miss great seafood. The fish @ the Shrimp Boat is fresh, reasonably priced and our server Jackie was a delight. We spoke with the owner Joe Crocetti who came by to talk with us like he had all the time in the world.
Thanks Joe, and Jackie for a wonderful experience!

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Thank longingforfood
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We had dinner at another establishment the day before, and it was crap!!!! We found the Shrimp Boat based off of reviews on here and boy were we happy. It was the best shrimp we ever had, although I was a little freaked out by the heads on the shrimp. Only downfall is that they didnt have a kids menu. Their fish tacos were yummy.

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