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“Great atmosphere, great food!”
Review of Shrimp Boat

Shrimp Boat
Ranked #71 of 437 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.
Lexington
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, great food!”
Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

We were looking for an authentic place at the shore with fresh seafood. The food here is wonderful and it is such a fun place. The staff is very friendly and attentive. We had a party of 6 and everyone cleaned their plate! It is a short drive from OC but well worth it. We visited on a Wednesday night and had no wait, but heard that it gets pretty busy on the weekends. We will be back!

  • Visited June 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Best shrimp I've ever had”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

The shrimp is by far the best shrimp ever. Be sure to get the steamed shrimp and steamed clams. We've had shrimp everywhere and nothing compares to this place.

  • Visited June 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Exactly what I was looking for at the shore”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

This place is exactly what you think of when you think of authentic food at the shore. Very casual and friendly atmosphere with great fresh seafood. We had the soft shell crab sandwich (which was as good as any I've had), a basket of shrimp (yum!) and the scallops which came in a pond of butter and garlic. There was a good selection of beers which were nice and cold. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an out of the way place to hang out and enjoy a good relaxing meal.

  • Visited May 2013
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West Virginia
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Cream of Crab placed 2nd”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

I stopped here for crabs and the owner was very proud their soup won 2nd place in a crab soup contest in OC "up against the big guys." They gave us samples of their soup and shrimp. They were great. Shrimp with the head on to keep in moisture. But I wanted crabs and they were nice and sweet (but not large) this time of year. $40 a dozen. My spouse got the fried oysters which were good but heavily battered in cornmeal (I prefer a flash-fried lightly breaded oyster). Fries and cole slaw were very good. Very casual atmosphere and our waitress, Linda, was super friendly. On the way to one of my favorite places on the shore, Assateague.They also have an carryout place which is what you would probably see rather than restaurant. Across from a great bbq place. Our menu say Captain Joe's Shrimp Boat so that might be on the sign. I'll definitely go back whenever I'm in the area.

  • Visited May 2013
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Oil City, Pennsylvania
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“Good food! Great service”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

The title says it all! Crabs were tasty, mussels gave our sister-in-law a run for her money (sorry Jess). Will be back!

  • Visited May 2013
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