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“Great crabs”
Review of Shrimp Boat

Shrimp Boat
Ranked #43 of 447 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 June 17, 2014

Was in OC last weekend..wanted crabs to take back to the condo... Called around,,, all about the same price.. Called Shrimp Boat...had a "special" $69 for a 1/2 buscel of mediums...So we ordered the...and got a pound of the $4.88 shrimp. Crabs were wonderful...full. heavy... BUT the shrimp...not so much...not sure what the legal size for shrimp is...But add $5 and get the next size up..these were SO small...couldnt hardly peel them .. Will def go back,,,but will get the nicer shrimp.. GREAT crabs..

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Thank ocmommom
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a small place, doesn't look like much from the outside. The food is awesome and the prices are great. I took a group of people to dinner here and we had trays of crabs, corn, shrimp, clams, potatoes and hush puppies. The table looked a mess when we were done, but it was an awesome evening. The waitress we had worked at the place for over 20 years. Just an incredible evening.

Two tips: First, if you have a reservation make a trip to the restaurant and reserve the large crabs that you want in the afternoon. They will absolutely sell out of the best crabs early.

Second, get the key lime pie. It is to die for.

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Thank David H
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Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

as visitors to ocean city my family and I were recommended to the shrimp boat by a life long local and WOW we were so thrilled we took his advise. the service was outstanding and the food was even better, totally fresh, home style cooking.

Thank carbuckle
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

We passed the place and later noticed the ad in the paper for the $1.50 crabs so we went for lunch. We arrived 40 mins before opening but Capt Joe invited us in and said the food might take a bit longer. We had our food in no time and it was delightful. We had cream of crab soup, the lobster roll, and the fried shrimp. Everything is prepared fresh using local and usa seafood. The steamed shrimp brought to the table when we were seated was a treat. We went back for dinner and had steak and shrimp and the shrimp n grits. Linda the hostess and Samantha our waitress, made us feel like old friends. We really enjoyed ourselves and will return the next time we are here. Capt Joe had us laughing and thanked us for coming.

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Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

Delicious shrimp! Great French fries! Nice touch is the free shrimp sample.
Great atmosphere. Relaxed, and casual.
I would recommend this place!

Thank Honeyandelmo
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